By Tom Aherne

The death has taken place of Thomas (Tom) Barrett, Kilquane, Rathkeale, on Friday, March 25. Predeceased by his parents James and Mary Ellen and granddaughter Brooke. The Requiem Mass was celebrated in St Kyran’s Church, Coolcappa on Monday, March 28, at 11 am, followed by burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. Sympathy is extended to his wife Mary, daughter Mary Jnr, adored grandchildren Holly, Harley and Hayden, son in law Liam, brother Michael, sister-in-law Breda, nieces, sisters in law, brother-in-law, kind neighbours, cousins and a large circle of friends. May he Rest in Peace.

The death has taken place of Mike Greaney, Ballykennedy, Ballingarry,  and formerly Rooska West peacefully, at University Hospital Limerick, on Sunday, March 27. Predeceased by his loving brothers Mossie and Con. Reposing at Riedy’s Funeral Home, Newcastle West, on Tuesday, March 29, from 5.30pm to 7.30pm. The Requiem Mass was celebrated in St Munchin’s Church, Knockaderry at 1pm on Wednesday followed by burial in Clouncagh new Cemetery. Sympathy is extended to his wife  Bridie, sons, daughters, sons in law, daughters in law, brother-in-law, sisters Maureen (Reens Ardagh) and Gretta, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nephews, nieces, relatives, neighbours and a wide circle of friends. May he rest In Peace.

Sympathy wishes to Susan Griffin, Moloney’s Shop, Carrigkerry on the death of her brother Eddie Dore, 1 Páirc Luachra, Abbeyfeale and formerly of Templeglantine and Brighton. He passed away unexpectedly at his home on Sunday, March 27. Reposing took place at Harnett’s Funeral Home, Abbeyfeale on Wednesday, March  30, from 6-8pm. His Requiem Mass was celebrated in the Church of the Most Holy Trinity Templeglantine on Thursday at 11am, followed by burial in the adjoining Reilig na Tríonoide  Cemetery. Sympathy is expressed to all other family members. May he rest in Peace.

Sympathy to Tom and  Frances Ahern and family, Coolcappa on the death of Tom’s sister,  Mary Mannion, Tuam, Galway.

The Month’s Mind mass for Pat Collins, Glensharrold will be celebrated in St Mary’s Church, Carrigkerry on Thursday, April 7, at7.30pm.

The church Easter  Confession times are Kilcolman, Wednesday, April 6,at 7.30pm, Ardagh, Saturday, April 9, at 12 noon, Coolcappa, Tuesday, April 12, at 7.30pm.

Congratulations and best wishes in the future to Rita (Forde, Rooskagh) and Johnny Corkery, Knockaderry who recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.

St Kieran’s Heritage Association members are saddened to learn of the retirement of our local Rector Rev. Canon Patrick Comerford who was based in Askeaton. He was a good friend of the Association and joined us on occasions for walks and talks. A noted historian and writer his daily blogs on his Facebook page contain wonderful detail and information. We wish him a speedy recovery from his recent illness, and many more years of health  enjoyment to both himself  and  Barbara.

Jerome O’Connor, Ardagh farmer featured on the  RTE Countrywide radio programme on Saturday, April 2. In conversation with presenter Damien O’Reilly, he intends to sow 20 acres of tillage this spring to address the possibility of food shortages next winter.

Donal O’Sullivan, Carrigkerry and Diarmuid O’Brien, Glin were featured on RTE on the Céilí House programme on Saturday night last. They were guests of Kieran Hanrahan promoting their CD Album ‘In the Back Kitchen’.

The recent parish  collection to aid the Ukraine refugees taken up in Ardagh/Carrigkerry churches raised €1,230, which will be forwarded to the Limerick Diocesan Office.

The Abbeyfeale Cycling Club presented a cheque for €2,370 to the Cahermoyle Ukrainian Appeal Fund.

The Daffodil  Day fundraiser held at Ardagh Station House Greenway on Friday, March 25 was very well supported and the total collected was €855. It was part of the Rathkeale Irish Cancer Society fundraising event and thanks was expressed to Mary Kury, Teresa Doyle McMahon and friends for their efforts. Thanks to everyone who baked, helped and donated to reach that total.

Last Saturday, April 2, was dedicated to  the fundraiser ‘Climb with Charlie’ which was held at many locations around Ireland. Charlie Bird was a former RTE news reporter who has been diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease. St Kieran’s Heritage Association organised  a local walk/climb from Ardagh Community Hall to the Black Hill in Ballylin. It was a showery and mild afternoon and 27 people participated. Mary Kury gave a brief talk on the history of the hill at the summit. The scenery from the top  was good and clear despite the showers. On a very clear day five  of the Munster counties can be seen. John Hough gave a brief talk about the Ardagh Chalice at the entrance to Reerasta fort where it was found on the way back to Ardagh Hall. Donations were also accepted for Charlie Bird’s two chosen charities. Motor Neurone Disease Association and Pieta, Ireland’s national suicide charity. People can still donate by clicking the link https://www.climbwithcharlie.ie/donate/

The annual Con and Anne Kirby, Memorial greyhound stake, sponsored by JP and Noreen McManus is taking place at Limerick Greyhound Stadium at present. All the Limerick GAA Clubs were allocated a greyhound and prizes will be awarded to the final six as in previous years.  St Kieran’s have drawn Da Bold Freddie who won Heat 12, on Saturday March 26.

Cian O’Mahony (Kilcolman NS), Michael Lynch (Carrigkerry NS) and Alex O’Sullivan (Kilcolman NS) were part of the West Limerick primary schools’ team who contested the Mackey Cup final  on Thursday, March 30. They were defeated by Limerick City 1-12 to 0-6 at Bruff. Amy Mullins, Ardagh was a member of the West Limerick team who defeated South Limerick by 2-2 to 0-3 in the Eithne Neville Cup final also at Bruff on the same day. Congratulations to Amy on their win, and well done to all four for representing  the area.

Darragh Treacy from the St Kieran’s club was a member of the Limerick football team  who defeated Fermanagh by  1-16 to 0-14 in round 7 in Division 3 of the National Football League  played at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick   on Sunday, March  27. Liam Kennedy was a substitute. Limerick lost to  Louth 1-14 to 0-12 in the Division 3 League final  played at Croke Park on Saturday, April 2.

Creeves Celtic defeated Kildimo United 4-3 at home in round 2 of the Desmond Cup on Sunday, March 27. Eoin McEnery 2, Tommy Dillane and James O’Connor scored their goals. In Division 1 of the Desmond Ladies League Kilcolman Rovers defeated Breska Rovers B 3-0 away with Ciara Downes 2, and Caragh Kelly scoring their goals.

The Ardagh Development Association and Saint Kieran’s GAA joint weekly lottery draw took place on Monday, March 28. The numbers drawn were 5,13, 22, and 24, and there was  no  winner of the €7,000 Jackpot.  Congratulations  to the five lucky dip winners who received  €40 each:  The Buston family Coolcappa c/o Neary’s, John Doyle Carrigkerry (Online), Michael Liston, Glenastar, Ardagh, Loretta Hayes, c/o Eileen Collins, Lorraine Flavin, Coolcappa, (Online). Next Monday night’s jackpot will  be €7,100. People can play online using club force on the club’s Facebook page, with 6pm on Monday evening the deadline. The tickets are also on sale at the usual outlets, and all support will be appreciated.

Congratulations to Sylvia Sheehy Newcastle West who won €475 in the West Limerick 102fm 50/50 draw, held on Friday, April 1.The tickets cost €2, or 3 for €5 and they are available from volunteers, in local shops, (including Moloney’s Carrigkerry, and Denis Greaney’s Shop Ardagh) or from the radio station. All support will be appreciated. The station can be contacted at 069-66200 if people have news of interest to the West Limerick area.

Congratulations to Maighread  Feehan who won €562 in the seventh Creeves Celtic FC Split the Pot monthly draw held on Thursday, March 31. Tickets to enter the draw are available from committee members,  at Neary’s Ardagh, Thatch Newbridge and Hanley’s Creeves. All support will be greatly appreciated.

Coolcappa Parent’s Association are holding a children’s Easter Disco featuring DJ Bomba on Friday April 8, from 7pm to 9pm in the Coolcappa Community Centre. All children from ages 12 and under are welcome to attend. Parental supervision please. Charge of €5 per child/€10 per family. Refreshments shop open that evening. Prizes for best dancers awarded on the evening.

Limerick Council has announced a road closure to facilitate the construction of a cattle underpass at Kilrodane Ardagh from 8am on Monday, April 11, to 6pm on Friday, April 15. The R-521 Regional Road at Kilrodane, Ardagh from its junction with the L-1340 at Churchtown, Newcastle West to its junction with the R-523 at Ardagh village. Alternative routes will operate, and diversions will be clearly signposted and local traffic will be accommodated if possible.

Carrigkerry National School will commence accepting applications for Admission to the 2022/23 school year on Monday, April 25. A copy of the school’s Admission Policy and the Application Form  is available as follows: By emailing [email protected] carrickerry.ie or writing to the Principal, Carrigkerry NS, Carrigkerry, Co. Limerick.