By Tom Aherne

Congratulations to Michael Lynch, Carrigkerry National School and St Kieran’s GAA Club who lined out with Limerick in the Primary football game during half time at the Munster senior football semi final in Thurles on Saturday, April 14. It was a great honour for Michael, his family school and club.

The death has taken place of Emer Dore, Balliston House, Shanagolden, peacefully  in St Ita’s Hospital, Newcastle West on Friday, May 13. Predeceased by her brothers, sisters and nephew Michael and deeply regretted by her extended family. The Requiem Mass was celebrated in St Colman’s Church, Kilcolman on  Saturday, May 14, at 3pm, and burial  took place after in the local cemetery. May she rest in Peace.

The death has taken place of Margaret Martin (nee Mulcahy), 4 Hazel Grove, Newcastle West, suddenly at University Hospital Cork on Wednesday, May 1. Predeceased by her daughter Bernadette and son Johnny. Margaret’s remains arrived at the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Newcastle West on Sunday, May 15, for 2pm Requiem Mass. Burial  took place afterwards in Calvary Cemetery. Sympathy is extended to her  husband Gerry, (a native of Corbally Kilcolman), daughters Marian and Lera, sons Gerry and Mikey, granddaughter Rosie and daughters-in-law Elaine and Tanya, sons-in-law Seán, brother Martin, sisters Josie and Mary, brother-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. May she rest in peace.

Congratulations to all the school students who received their First Holy Communion  on Saturday, May 14, in St Mary’s Church, Carrigkerry, St Kyran’s Church, Coolcappa, and  St Colman’s Church, Kilcolman.

The parish of Coolcappa/Kilcolman will have only one weekend Mass from  Saturday, June 4. They will lose their Sunday  morning Mass as a result of the changes in their cluster due to the shortage of priests in the diocese. Mass will be  celebrated weekly on Saturdays at 7.30pm in St Colman’s Church, Kilcolman, until Saturday October 1. Then  the Mass will switch to St Kyran’s Church, Coolcappa, at the same time until the next changeover. The weekday Mass schedule has yet to be decided.

On Sunday, May 21, 1972, Carrigkerry defeated Pallasgreen 2-8 to 1-5 in the 1971 County Limerick Junior Football Championship final at the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick. Seven members of the starting team were from the Carrigkerry side of the parish, and it was the first ever County title to come to the area of Ardagh/Carrigkerry and Coolcappa/Kilcolman. The celebrations in Carrigkerry village that night is still talked about to this day. Bonfires blazed along the surrounding  hills and crossroads, with many a farmer missing  tyres and paling posts to fuel the flames. The three pubs in the village were packed to capacity and most of the supporters were intoxicated well into the new week.

TEAM: Michael O’Connor, Michael Haulie Foley, Moss O’Connor, Maurice Windle, Johnny Kennelly, Tommy Cregan, John Windle, Paddy D O’Connor, Stephen Kennelly 0-1,  Aiden Murphy 0-1,  Jim Bourke 1-0, Tim Crowley 0-1, Tommy Greaney 1-1,  John Hartnett,  Tommy Upton 0-2, Subs Tommy Kelly 0-1, Sean McCarthy 0-1. The team trainer was Donie Flynn the former Limerick hurler.


Darragh Treacy from the St Kieran’s club was a member of the Limerick team that defeated Tipperary by 2-10 to 0-10 in the Munster Senior Football Championship semi final at Thurles on Saturday, May 14. Liam Kennedy is a member of the extended panel. They will meet Kerry in the Munster Final in Killarney at 3pm on Saturday, May 28.

Fionn Gleeson was a member of the Limerick Sarsfields team that defeated Kilkenny Blacks 5-18 to 2-16 in the Celtic Challenge Corn John Scott Under 17 Hurling semi final played at Nowlan Park on Saturday, May 7. St Kieran’s defeated Gerald Griffins by 0-13 to 0-10 in Round 4 of the West Senior Football League at Ballyhahill on Tuesday, May 10. St Kieran’s drew with Dromin/Athlacca 2-13 each  in the Junior B Hurling League played in Athlacca on Friday May 13.

Members of the St Kieran’s Heritage Association participated in the Listowel Town walk and talk on Sunday, May 8. Jimmy Denihan led the way, and the group had a most interesting and informative afternoon. The association extend a warm welcome to the new Church of Ireland Bishop of Tuam, Killaloe and Limerick the Right Reverend Michael Burrows, who was enthroned at St Mary’s Cathedral Limerick on Saturday, May 7. The members  look forward to meeting him in the future.

In Division 1 of the Desmond League Creeves Celtic drew 1-1 (David Guerin) at home to St Ita’s on Friday, May 6. They defeated Newcastle West Reserves 2-1 away on Sunday, May 8, with goals from Eoin McEnery and Richie Hayes. They are in second place on the league table five points behind Breska Rovers and on course for promotion to the premier league for next season. In the ladies Desmond cup quarter final Creeves Celtic lost 6-2 at home to Charleville with Jessica Moroney and Angela Sheehan scoring their goals.

The Ardagh Development Association and Saint Kieran’s GAA joint weekly lottery  draw took place on Monday, May 9. The numbers drawn were 5,13,17,23, and there was  no  winner of the €7,600 Jackpot. Congratulations  to the five lucky dip winners who received  €40 each: Anthony O’Shaughnessy, c/o Reens Bar, Aonghus Gannon, (Online), Ian Mackessy (Online), Tina Sheehan, c/o Greaney’s, Dan Ryan, Coolacokera. Next Monday night’s jackpot will  be €7,700. 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 Archie Madigan, who won € 360, in the West Limerick 102fm 50/50 draw, held on Friday, May 13. 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.

The Rosary is recited at Churchtown Grotto Newcastle West every evening at 7pm, during the month of May.

The next  rambling house will be held at Monagea Hall on Monday, May 23 at 8pm.  All musicians, singers, dancers and storytellers are most welcome to attend.

Knockfierna Heritage Society have organised an outing to Cork on Saturday, June 4. They will visit the butter market museum, Shandon Church, Cobh Cathedral, Spike Island etc. Early booking is recommended as spaces are limited and all are welcome. Contact Pat at 087-9977340, or Helena at 085-1190991.