Archive for August, 2022

By Carrig Side-30/08/2022

By Tom Aherne

The death has taken place of Patrick (Paddy) Molyneaux, The Cross, Ardagh, peacefully at St Catherine’s Nursing Home, Newcastle West on Monday, August 22. Predeceased by his wife Joan, parents and brothers. Reposing at Riedy’s Funeral Home Newcastle West on Wednesday August 24 from 6 to 8pm. Paddy’s Funeral Mass was concelebrated by Canon Tony Mullins, Fr. Michael Noonan, Fr. Tim Curtin and Fr. Paddy Bowen at 11.30am on Thursday followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery. Sympathy to his daughters Bridget, Josephine, sons Patrick, Michael, Jim, grandchildren, great grandchildren, son in law, daughters in law, nephews, nieces, neighbours and friends. May he rest in Peace.

Congratulations and best wishes in the future to John O’Connor. Boughill Bó, Kilcolman and Aishling O’Sullivan. Newport who were married in the Church of The Most Holy Redeemer, Newport Co. Tipperary on Saturday, August 27. It was followed by a reception at Limerick Strand Hotel where the Carrigkerry Wren Group put on a performance.

Congratulations and best wishes in the future to Lena Fitzsimons Ballyneety, Shanagolden and Joseph Halpin Shanagolden who were married in St Colman’s Church, Kilcolman on Friday, August 12. The reception was held in the Ballyseede Castle Hotel Tralee.

St Kieran’s defeated Galtee Gaels by 2-12 to 0-9 in Round 3 of group 2 of the County Senior Football Championship at Kilmallock on Sunday, August 21. They led by 1-6 to 0-5 at half time. They continued to push on to claim the points and join Adare on full points after three matches. TEAM: Ian Mackessy, Mossie Shine, Johnny McCarthy, Mike Shanahan 0-1, Kevin Meade, Diarmuid Mulcahy, Brendan McCarthy, (Captain) Liam Kennedy 0-1, John Hayes 0-1, Jack Ben Harnett, Darragh Treacy 0-1, Sean Ryan 0-2, Seamus Mangan 1-1, Anthony Molyneaux 0-1-1, Dylan Moloney 0-2. Subs Noel Callanan 0-1, Adam Lacey 0-1, Shane Fitzgerald,  Anthony Mullins, Aaron Heffernan.

St Kieran’s lost to Dromin/Athlacca by 2-18 to 1-11 in the County Under 19 B Hurling Championship semi-final at Bruff on Tuesday, August 23. They led by 1-7 to 0-7 at half time but the south team dominated the second half. TEAM: Nathan Cahill, Shay Greaney, Killian Heffernan,  Darragh McMahon,  Conor Kelly,  Liam Scanlon, Cathal McEnery,  Mikey Long,  Cormac Mann, Cathal  O’Connor,  Fionn  Gleeson,  James Normoyle,  Conor Woulfe,  Sean Ryan, Conor Shanahan. Sub Tom McMahon.

The Limerick GAA Club draw  result for August was announced on the Limerick Live 95fm Sports Show on Saturday, August 27. Congratulations to Donal O’Donovan who won €100. 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.

The Ardagh Development Association and Saint Kieran’s GAA joint weekly lottery draw took place on Monday, August 22. The numbers drawn were 1, 6, 16, 29 and  there was  no  winner of the €9,100 Jackpot. Congratulations  to the five lucky dip winners who received  €40 each:  Billy Liston, Glenastar c/o Denis Greaney, Billy Breen (Online), Marie O’Donnell, Ardagh (Online), The Buston family, c/o Neary’s, Noreen Clancy, Effin (Online). Next Monday night’s jackpot will  be €9,200. 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 Sadie Collum, Knockaderry who  won €375 in the West Limerick 102fm 50/50 draw, held on Friday, August 26. The tickets cost €2 or 3 for €5 and they are available from volunteers, in local shops, (including Moloneys  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 third music, song and set dancing night was held on Tuesday, August 23, at the Flag Floor, Glensharrold, Carrigkerry. The numbers were up, including people from further away and they enjoyed the entertainment, tea and chat on offer.  The entertainment continues  on Tuesdays from 9pm to 11.30pm over the coming weeks. There is no Eircode,  but the venue is just past V94 39N9. Teas are served, admission is €5, and all are welcome.

The following are the Glenville House and Gardens, Ardagh, opening hours for September, from Thursday 1 to Tuesday 13. Tuesday to Saturday from 9-30am to 1-30pm. Admission €5, Students €3, children and old age pensioners are free.  The house is located a mile from Ardagh on the Kilcolman road and is well worth a visit.

The official opening of the playground and new car park in the Captain Tim Madigan  Community Park, Shanagolden will take place on Friday, September 2, at 6.30pm. It is the centenary anniversary of Tim Madigan’s death and a wreath will be laid at the entrance  to mark the part he played in the fight for freedom. A memorial bench will be unveiled to honour the involvement of past community  council members. It is an evening to look forward to as the Liam McCarthy cup will be in attendance and all are welcome.

Set dancing returns in the hall in Milford on Saturday, September 3 from 9.30pm. It is a very popular venue for West Limerick dancers and a warm welcome awaits all. Music by Jerry McCarthy and tea served. Admission is €10.

A set Céilí will be held at the Dúchas  Comhaltas Centre, Tralee on Sunday, September 4 from 2pm to  5pm. Music by Jerry McCarthy and Liam Healy and tea will be served. Admission is €12 and the Eircode is V92 HD4V.

Athea Vintage Club will hold their annual Charity Road Run which supports local charities on Sunday, September 4. Registration from 11.30am at the Top of the Town and assembling from 12 noon in the church car park. Check Athea Vintage Club Facebook or phone Francie on 087- 6666850 for all the details.

West Limerick 102FM will hold their annual general meeting on Monday, September 5 at 7.30pm at the Long Court House Hotel, Newcastle West. All members of the community with an interest in the future of your local radio station are asked to attend. The West Limerick 102FM Board is made up of representatives from various groups including geographical, business, HSE, ETB, Irish Language, PPN, volunteers of the radio. There are a number of vacancies on the board, where nominations are currently being sought to join the board. Nomination forms can be obtained by emailing – [email protected].

Ardagh/Carrigkerry Comhaltas branch announce that music classes will recommence on Tuesday evenings in Ardagh Hall this September.  Tuition will be available for the tin whistle, flute, fiddle, accordion, concertina, banjo, bodhrán. The registration will be held on Tuesday September 6 from 7pm to 9pm in Ardagh hall.

The College of Further Education and Training, Newcastle West Campus is now accepting applications for a wide range of part-time courses commencing in September.  These include Healthcare, Pre-Nursing Studies, Computer Skills, English as a Second Language and much more. For further details, and to apply, check out our website or call us on 069-77636.

Paddy’s Final Whistle

In every village town and parish throughout Ireland there are great community workers, who take pride in their own place, enhancing its appearance and promoting its values. They are often taken for granted but they are the unsung heroes who brighten life’s journey. One such person was the late Paddy Molyneaux, No 2, The Cross, Ardagh who we laid to rest on Thursday last August 25th. Paddy, up to recent years, (when his health declined ) was seldom idle and a familiar figure around the village and beyond. He was rarely seen without an implement of work  in his hand as he cut and split timber, cut grass, trimmed hedges and planted a garden. He picked up litter on the road and cleared away rubbish with his wheelbarrow, cut the grass in the graveyard before Ardagh Development took over  in 1993 and dug many a grave as well. The school field benefitted as he prepared it for matches, put up nets and swept out dressing rooms.

Paddy could be seen cycling around the village greeting all he met  as he went about his work when cycling was near extinct and not as popular as it has now become.  Slowing down he could be seen minding his grandchildren and taking them for walks in their buggies. He was a familiar figure sitting on the bench near the Stables, admiring the shrubs and  flowers and watching the world go by. Paddy was a good man to sing a song with the Hurling Field in Ardagh and The Fag Song being  favourites of his. The former was recorded and broadcast by Donnacha O’Dulaing for his RTE Radio programme which came from Ardagh in 1993.

His wife Joan (a great community worker also) passed away on January 4th 2019 and Paddy’s final years were challenging with health issues. He received great care from his family until his final move to St Catherine’s Nursing Home. He passed away on Monday August 22, on the 100th anniversary of the death of Michael Collins in an ambush at Béal na Bláth in West Cork. Paddy’s Funeral Mass was concelebrated by Canon Tony Mullins, Fr. Michael Noonan, Fr. Tim Curtin and Fr. Paddy Bowen. Family members participated in the ceremony and the readings were taken from the book of wisdom and St Paul’s letter to the Romans. The symbols  taken to the altar showed his love for family, Liverpool FC, sports and pastimes. Fr. Tony paid his own tribute to Paddy and shared a hospital story with the congregation.

The St Kieran’s club members held a guard of honour outside the church as the coffin passed through.  Paddy was laid to rest beside Joan in the corner of Ardagh cemetery on a mild still afternoon with birds chirping in the nearby trees. When the prayers concluded the words of the Liverpool soccer club anthem ‘You Will never Walk Alone’ arose from the silence in tribute. The shrill of a whistle concluded the ceremonies. Sympathy to his daughters Bridget, Josephine, sons Patrick, Michael, Jim, grandchildren and extended family members. May Paddy rest in Peace.

You’ll Never Walk Alone

Song by Gerry and the Pacemakers

When you walk through a storm
Hold your head up high
And don’t be afraid of the dark

At the end of a storm
There’s a golden sky
And the sweet silver song of a lark

Walk on through the wind
Walk on through the rain
For your dreams be tossed and blown

Walk on, walk on
With hope in your heart
And you’ll never walk alone

You’ll never walk alone

Walk on, walk on
With hope in your heart
And you’ll never walk alone

You’ll never walk alone



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By Damien Ahern

Club Development Draw
Just a few days left to purchase your ticket for the Athea GAA Club Draw 2022.
Our Club has set ourselves an ambitious plan to achieve the following over the coming months –
1. Drainage and sand carpet of Lower and Upper Training areas
2. Tarmacadam resurfacing of Carpark
3. Installation of Sound System around our Walk & Talk Track.
This will only be possible if we raise sufficient funds through our Club Development Draw to part fund these projects. We have listened to you, the public, and taken on board feedback received on developments required to improve user experience. Tickets are priced at just €50, gaining access to 5 draws over 5 months with a total prize fund of €7,200.
If you would like to be training on a smooth sand carpet pitch, parking your car in a lined, high-quality surface, or running the track to the sound of ABBA, then please do consider supporting our annual fundraiser. Tickets can be purchased now through Clubforce –…

Athea Coiste Na Nog – 30th August 2022
Boys & Girls Football Training:
Nursery, U7, U8, U9, U10 & U11 – Friday @ 6:30pm
Newcomers welcome, please come and try out.
Boys Football Training:
U13 – Monday @ 6:30pm
U15 – Monday @ 7pm in Ballyhahill & Thursday @ 7pm in Glin
U17 – Tuesday @ 8pm in Glin & Friday @ 8pm in Athea
Boys & Girls Hurling Training:
Nursery, U7, U9 & U11 – Sunday @ 11am
U11 – Sunday @ 11am & Wednesday @ 7pm
Newcomers welcome, please come and try out.
Helmet and Hurley’s available for newcomers for first few weeks.
Accepting children from Athea and outside Athea.
Boys Hurling Training:
U13 – Sunday @ 11am & Wednesday @ 7pm
Please bring Gum shields and water.
This week’s Coiste fixtures:
Tuesday 30th August
U11 Boys & Girls Hurling – Granagh Ballingarry V Athea in Ballingarry V94 V264@ 6:45pm
Wednesday 31st August
U13 Boys Football – Shannon Geals Tournament – Athea V St.Senans in Ballyhahill V94 CF61 @ 6:30pm
Saturday 3rd September
U10 Football – Monster Blitz – In Moyvane V31 CR44
11:30 Duagh V Athea
11:55 Ballydonoghue V Athea
12:20 St.Senans V Athea
Tuesday 6th August
U11 Boys & Girls Football – Kileedy V Athea in Kileedy V42 N927 @ 6:30pm
Upcoming events:
U11 Billy Kirwan Tournament in Foynes on Saturday 10th at 12
U15 SGA County Semi-final game against Oola, dates, times and venue to follow.

U7 Football Blitz
Our U7s travelled to Mick Neville Park in Rathkeale on Saturday morning last on a lovely sunny day and played several matches against various different clubs in the regional West Limerick blitz. All players got a chance to show off their football skills and a great morning was had by all. Well done Coaches, Players and Parents

Best of luck to our U8s who play Monagea in a blitz in Monagea on Wednesday night.

U9 Football Blitz
Our U9 team played in the Limerick Regional Blitz in Askeaton on Friday evening on a glorious evening for football, we had 14 players and played 4 great games against, St. Senans, St. Kierans, Askeaton/Ballysteen and Fr. Caseys. These players are improving with every game and are great to train every Friday evening, thanks to players, coaches and parents.


We started back the U11 league on Tuesday last after the Summer break against a strong Cappagh/Rathkeale team. We had 19 players on the evening and all played extremely well attacking freely and defending fearlessly with some excellent points being kicked and great skill levels on display. The panel for the evening was; Lily Carmody, Nathan Ambrose, Aaron Hunt, Se Ahern, Jack Leahy, Eoin Ahern, Tadhg Hunt, Rory Carmody, Jontie Weiling, Oran Hayes, Shane Ahern, Cathal Fitzgerald, Shauna Collins, Loren Healy, Aine Ahern, Anna Murphy, Liam Og Reidy, Tiarnan Fitzgerald, Oisin McCarthy. Special Thanks to our own “in-house” referee Derek Byrne who always makes himself available to referee these home matches and teaches the kids the rules of the games.

U12 Girls
Well done to our U12 girls who played so well against Glin on Monday night. They have improved week in week out.

U13 Boys
We played our last game in the league on Thursday evening last in Athea against Claughaun. We started slowly and led at half-time 4point to 1 but upped our performance in the second half with goals from Tadhg Hunt, Conor Fennelly and Patrick Healy to win out on a score line of 3:06 to 1point after playing brilliant attacking football in the second half. Mark Reidy has done a fantastic Job with this team who have improved throughout the year and with only 3 players over age for next year the future is promising: Panel for the match was: Cathal Fitzgerald, Daniel Leahy, Jack Leahy, Jamie Brosnan, Tony Ambrose, Mark Collins, Mark Ahern, Daniel Hunt, Daniel Broderick, Tadhg Hunt, Conor Fennelly, Arron Hunt, Patrick Healy, Arron Broderick, Nathan Ambrose, Tom Mullane, Shane Ahern. We are currently taking part in the Shannon Gaels Tournament with Moyvane, St. Senans, Cappagh/Rathkeale and Shannon Gaels; Our next match is Wednesday 31st at 6:30 in Ballyhahill against St. Senans.

U14 Girls
Best of luck to our U14s who play Pallagreen in the county semi final in Athea Friday 2nd September at 7 pm
Junior Ladies Championship
Round 3 of the championship against St. Ailbes which was to take place last weekend has been postponed  as a mark of respect for Margaret Madden, LGFA County Treasurer who died suddenly. The club would like to send our condolences to her family and friends at this difficult time . May she rest in peace.

Junior Men’s Championship 

Athea played Ballybrown in round four of the championship last Thursday evening in Askeaton and came out on top, winning on a scoreline of Athea 4-11 Ballybrown 4-06. Athea’s next game will be against Croom on Thursday September 22nd.



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Abbeyfeale Notes-30/08/2022

By Marian Harnett

DEATH:  We offer our sincere sympathies to Mary and the O’Donnell family on the death of Moss, Clash Road.   We also offer our sympathy to the family of Carmel Nagle,Listowel /Carrageen Brosna on her recent death and to the partner and family of the late John Leahy. Toureenfineen, Rockchapel on his death.  May they all  rest in peace.

SINGING CLUB:  Philip Enright’s Ramble Inn Friday, September 2 at 8pm.  Song and story.  All welcome.

OSKARS:  The Oskars will be taking place in the Devon Inn on Friday, October 21.  This fundraiser for St. Ita’s Sheltered Housing has been rescheduled from October 2020.   All tickets will be honoured and if you were involved in the filming contact your producer.  This will be a real Oscar moment for the people who took part in the various films with presentations to those deemed to be the best actor, best comedian etc. etc. so start thinking about making your hair and beauty appointments because this is your night to shine.

AGM:  The AGM of Abbeyfeale Community Council will take place at Leens Hotel
on Thursday, September 8 at 7pm. Have your voice heard. New members welcome.

REOPENING OF ABBEYFEALE MART:  The Mart will reopen on Saturday, September 3 with a Weanling Show and General Sale at 12 noon.  A sale will be held every Saturday thereafter.  For further information 087 6903172/ 087 9480484.

COMHALTAS MUSIC CLASSES:  The Comhaltas traditional music classes will be recommencing shortly on Monday nights at Halla Inse Bán and most instruments associated with traditional music will be catered for. Enrolment for the new season of classes will take place at Halla Inse Bhán on Monday, September 5 from 7 – 8pm. It is hoped that all the pupils from last season will be back to continue their musical progress. Newcomers and beginners will also be taken on. For any queries or further information on these music classes contact 0879654451.

CONGRATULATIONS AND WELL DONE:  U 18 player Christian Foley has been added to the U18 Munster Rugby Team and will be competing against Ulster and Connaught in the near future.  All good wishes Christian.  We also offer our congratulations to butcher Toddy McMahon who has been shortlisted as a finalist in the 2022 Blas na hEireann Food Awards which take place in Dingle at the end of September.

GLÓRACH NEWS:  PRO Lorcan Curtin writes; “While all involved at the Glórach have enjoyed the recent burst of fine weather, there has been no extended siesta for us as we prepare for a busy Autumn schedule.  First up are the dynamic duo of Trevor Sexton and Ger O’Donnell, who make a welcome return to the Theatre on Saturday, September 3, bringing a fine repertoire of songs and skilled interweaving of guitar playing.  Daoiri Farrell appeared at the venue just before the country went into lockdown in the Spring of 2020, and delivered a most memorable gig, bringing a fresh and vibrant take on many traditional songs and ballads, and we look forward to his return on Friday, September 16.  Both concerts start at 8 pm, and tickets can be booked online at, or by ringing 0871383940”.

AMERICAN TEA PARTY AT THE ROCK:  Rockchapel Community Centre committee are delighted to announce we are hosting our tea party on Friday night, October 21. A hot meal will be served at 9pm sharp. Dance the night away to Jerry McCarty and his band. A great night of fun and dancing guaranteed. To book your tickets please contact Breeda 0876818113 or any member of community centre committee.

RAMBLING House in Knockanure on Thursday, September 8.

FAREWELL FR. TIM:  We wish a safe journey and good health until we meet again to Fr. Tim Galvin who is in transit to his mission in South Sudan as I write.  Abbeyfeale for Africa has an account in the Credit Union which is open to anyone who wishes to lodge funds for Fr. Tim and he contacts us when he needs help and our joint treasurers withdraw whatever is there and forward to him.   As well, we are planning to hold a Market outside the church some Sunday morning in September after 10am Mass and as soon as the details are finalised I’ll have it in the notes.

CLASSES IN THE TECH:  The College of Further Education and Training, Abbeyfeale Campus is now accepting applications for a wide range of part-time courses commencing in September. These include Cookery, Art & Craft, Wood Turning, Upholstery, Furniture Restoration, Childcare, Local History, Genealogy and much more. For further details, and to apply, check out our website or call us on 06831198.

DRAMA CLASSES:  Glórach have announced that there will be drama classes for children and teenagers taking place on Saturdays over the Autumn and Winter starting on Saturday, September 24 and run for ten weeks.  To register email [email protected] or text 086 1944852.

HELP TO STOP SMOKING:  “Quit Mid West is a Free Local HSE stop smoking service with clinics in your area, support is available by phone call, video chat or face to face. Quitting is much more likely to be successful with the right support. We are sharing the Good News that there are immediate benefits to quitting smoking and they start from the moment you quit. To request a call back from a stop smoking advisor phone Quit Mid West on 065 6865841 or email [email protected]

September series starts at Glórach: The hay is saved, the Glórach is painted, we’ve gotten our share of Ballybunion air and water and now we’re looking towards the slightly longer Autumn evenings and the resumption of various events at the Theatre.  First up this Saturday 3rd is the dynamic duo of Trevor Sexton and Ger O’Donnell, with Daoirí Farrell following on the 16th.  Drama arrives on the 23rd and 24th with the play A Rose by any other Name and a traditional music night coming up on the 30th.  For this month, we are offering a culture month ticket for the very reasonable sum of €50 that will allow attendance to all four events.  To book, call 0871383940 or book online at, our new site where you will also find more details about upcoming events.

WEST LIMERICK MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION AGM:  The AGM of the association will take place in Maple Lodge, Gortboy, NCW on Tuesday, September 13 at 8pm.  New members are all welcome..







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