By Tom Aherne

Congratulations and best wishes in the future to Elizabeth Kiely, daughter of Peg and Mike, Knockfinisk, Athea and David Hunter, who were married in Larkhall, Scotland on Saturday, July 2. The reception was held in the Radstone Hotel and the happy couple will reside in Scotland.

The death has taken place of Mary O’Brien, (Nee Relihan), Ballynacally, Ardagh,  peacefully at UHL on Sunday, July 17. Predeceased by her husband Jim and sister Eily. She lay in repose at Riedy’s Funeral Home, Newcastle West on Tuesday, July 19, from 6.30pm, followed by removal to St Molua’s Church, Ardagh. Her Requiem Mass was celebrated on Wednesday at 11am, followed  by burial in Killscannel Cemetery. Sympathy to her daughters Eileen, Maryita Mulqueen, Pauline McMahon, sons Liam, Michael, brother Sonny, sister Joan, grandchildren, Aisling, Niamh, Sarah, Jamie,  Kelly, Aaron, Jack, Daniel, daughters-in-law Ann Marie, Sharon, sons-in-law Mike, Aidan, nephews, nieces, other relatives and friends. May she Rest in Peace.

Hanley’s Grocery Shop and Filling Station, Creeves Cross, closed for business on Friday, July 22, after nearly a century serving the people of the locality. The owner Thomas Hanley is retiring from the business situated at the five crossroads branching towards Askeaton, Ardagh, Foynes, Rathkeale and Shanagolden. The shop began life in a thatched house owned by John Barry who was a teacher in nearby Nutgrove School which opened in 1869. Patrick Hanley and his wife Johanna Doherty, who came from Rooskagh, took over the shop in 1925 building up the business. Their son Tom continued to serve the people of the area until the present owner his son Thomas took over in 1981. He oversaw the construction of a newly extended premises, offering a wider choice of goods and better value. The closure of the one stop shop will be a major loss to its local customers who will now have to travel to the adjoining towns and villages to conduct their business.  Happy retirement and best wishes to Thomas in the next chapter of his life.

A sincere thank you to all who helped in any way with organising and participating in the Cemetery Masses in Kilbradern and Kilcolman. A lot of help was at hand  behind the scenes which was much appreciated. Thanks also to all who attended the masses and supported the maintenance  collection for the cemeteries.

From Monday, July 18, a food truck has been operating from the car park at Ardagh Railway Station. Melissa and Gillian are open for business daily over the summer months from 9am to 6pm. They are very friendly and helpful and dedicated to offering a great service to all passers-by. A seating area is provided for customers to relax with their food and drink before or after using the Greenway. They intend to expand their range of goods to cater for more customers into the future. Best  wishes to both in their new venture and please call for  a chat and refreshments while in the area.

Congratulations to Laura O’Shaughnessy from the Creeves Celtic soccer club who has been chosen as  the Desmond Ladies Division 1 Player of the Year. She was due to receive her award at the Awards Night held in the Rathkeale House Hotel on Friday July 22.

St Kieran’s received a walkover from Mountcollins in round 1 of the West Junior B Football Championship on Friday, July 22. The Under 17 hurlers lost to Killacolla Gaels  by 5-13 to 0-13 at Ballyagran on Wednesday, July 20. The Under 19 football match versus Fr. Casey’s  fixed for Tuesday, July 19, was deferred to August 2, due to a bereavement.

In the Sunday Game on  All Ireland Sunday, July 17, the club featured highlighting their involvement in the Ukraine crisis in recent months. Deirdre Ambrose and Ivan Neary spoke and Cahermoyle House where families are being housed featured on the short clip.

The Ardagh Development Association and Saint Kieran’s GAA joint weekly lottery draw took place on Monday, July 18. The numbers drawn were 3, 7, 15, 19, and  there was  no  winner of the €8,600 Jackpot. Congratulations to the five lucky dip winners who received €40 each: Noreen Clancy, Effin (Online), Nora Mullins, Ardagh, Billy Breen, Shanagolden (Online), Dympna Mangan, Ardagh, Richard Dineen, Ardagh. Next Monday night’s Jackpot will  be €8,700. 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 Elle McCaskey, Monagea who  won €365, in the West Limerick 102fm 50/50 draw, held on Friday, July 22. 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 Limerick GAA Club draw for 2022 continues with the July Draw taking place on  Saturday, 30. The entry fee  is €10 per month or €80 for the remaining eight draws  and €21,000 will be given out in prize money each month. The first prize is €10,000, 2nd prize €3,000, 3rd prize €2,000, 4th prize €1,000, 5th prize is an exclusive star prize, and 4  prizes of €500, four prizes €250, and 17 prizes of €100. The exclusive Star Prize for July is a two night stay at Ashford Castle. To join contact the local St Kieran’s club members in person, or online through the Club force App with direct options available. The club will receive 50% of all membership received which is vital for the running of it over the year.

Mass will be celebrated at  Clounagh Cemetery, Reens, Ardagh on  Sunday, July 31, at 7pm, Ardagh Graveyard on Friday, August 5, at 7.30pm, Knockpatrick Graveyard on Sunday, August 7 at 2.30pm, Barrigone Blessed Well  on Friday, August 15 at 3pm, Reilig Mhuire, Askeaton Cemetery  on Sunday, August 21 at 3pm.

The annual National Pilgrimage to Croagh Patrick takes place on Sunday, July 31. Mass will be celebrated on the hour from 8am to 2pm and confessions will be available from 7.30am to 2pm.

The annual 600km Tour de Munster Charity cycle around the six counties of Munster will take place from Thursday, August 4 to Sunday, August 7. It commences in Cork City and travels through Munster over the four days before finishing there on the Sunday afternoon. For all details see www. tourdemunster.com and other social media outlets.

St Kieran’s GAA Club will hold their annual Cul Camp in Coolcappa from Monday, August 8, to Friday, August 12.