By Tom Aherne

The death has taken place peacefully of Willie (Bobby) O’Sullivan, O’Sullivan Fencing, Gortroe, Rathkeale,  on October 11. A memorial service in celebration of Willie’s life was held in the Community Centre, Coolcappa on Friday, October 14, at 1pm. This was followed by a service at Shannon Crematorium at 4pm, in the presence of his family and close friends. Sympathy to  his wife Anne, daughters Sarah and Laura, son Michael, granddaughter Heather, sister Eileen, brother Paddy, son-in-law Joby, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nephews, nieces and many good friends and neighbours. May he rest in Peace.

The death has occurred of Mary O’Connell (née Egan), Finnoe, Ballyhahill, peacefully in the wonderful care of the Matron and staff of St. Ita’s Hospital, Newcastle West on Wednesday, October 12. Mary was predeceased by her husband Mick and sister Margaret. Reposing at the Church of the Visitation, Ballyhahill, on Thursday evening from 5pm to 8.30 p.m. Her Requiem Mass was celebrated on Friday, October 14, at 12 noon, with burial afterwards in Kilfergus Cemetery, Glin. Sympathy to her family, Mary, Nora, Joan, Tommy, Patsy, Mike, Rita and Cathy, sons in law, daughters in law, 22 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, sister Cathy and brothers, relatives, neighbours and a large circle of friends. May she rest in Peace.

Sympathy is extended to Pat and Daphne Casey and family Ardagh, on the death of Pat’s sister, Sheila Sheppard, formerly of Knocknasna, Abbeyfeale who recently passed away in London. May she rest in Peace.

Congratulations to Con Brouder Kitchens based in Glin who have been named AIBF All-Star Kitchens and Interiors company award winners for 2022/23 by the All-Ireland Business Foundation. This is the fourth consecutive year receiving the award, and well done to all involved.

Congratulations to Eleanor Fitzsimons St. Senan’s Community Games who received a number of presentations at the National Finals of Community Games in Navan, Co. Meath on Saturday, October 8. Eleanor has given 40 years of dedicated service to her own club and as an official in several roles.

Congratulations to Niamh Nolan, Kilcolman who appeared on ‘The Voice’ TV Show on Saturday, October 8. She sang ‘Shallow’ by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper and advanced to the next stage. She received the support of judge’s singer Tom Jones and rapper who will be her mentor. 

A  CD in aid of Friends of St. Ita’s titled Autumn Melodies was launched at the Longcourt  Hotel, Newcastle West, on Friday, September 23. It was compiled  for people to enjoy and to support the work the Friends continue to do at Newcastle West Community Hospital. The CD is produced by local singers Theresa Doyle McMahon and Siobhán Doody. The CD €10 can be purchased at Tony Hayes Shop, Sonas Health Store, Post Office and  St Ita’s Hospital Reception all in Newcastle West,  Pat Costello’s Shop, Templeglantine, Collins Pharmacy, Abbeyfeale, Roche’s Shop, Shanagolden and from committee members.

Ardagh ICA Guild members  wish to thank very sincerely all those who gave so generously in supporting the coffee morning held in Ardagh Hall for Milford Hospice. The amount raised was €1,175 which they have forwarded on to the Hospice.

West Limerick 102fm held their annual general meeting recently. Noreen O’Callaghan from Ardagh was one of many new members elected to the board. Retiring board members for many years, including  Patsy Naughton,  Reens and Tom Aherne, Glensharrold were thanked for their services. The late Sheila O’Regan was also a board member at the time of her passing. Best wishes to the new board in the future.

St Kieran’s defeated Kilteely/Dromkeen by 1-16 to 0-10 in the County Junior A Hurling quarter final played at Doon on Tuesday, October 11. They trailed by 0-6 to 0-5 at half time but powered ahead in the second half to progress to the semi-final. TEAM: Cillian Ambrose, Anthony Mullins, Diarmuid Mulcahy, Aaron Heffernan, Jack Ben Harnett 0-1, Brendan McCarthy 0-1, Cathal McEnery, Cormac Mann, Mossie Shine 0-1, Sean Ryan, Johnny McCarthy, James Muckell, Ian Mackessy 0-3, Eoin McEnery 1-9,  Darragh Treacy. Subs Liam Kennedy, Anthony Molyneaux, Donie Nolan 0-1, Mike Flynn, Michael Murphy.

St Kieran’s defeated Croom by 1-12 to 2-7 in the  County Under 17 Football Division 2 Shield  playoff replay played at Coolcappa on Saturday, October 15. They led by 1-9 to 1-4 at half time. TEAM Ben Cussen, Jack Flavin, Josh Daly, Mikey Kelly, Eoghan Sheehan, Oisin Ryan, Derry O’Connor, Sean Long, Fionn Gleeson, Luke Corrigan, Con Enright, Jack O’Sullivan, Cormac Murphy, Oisin Cummane, Bryan Sheehan.

Congratulations to Old Mill who defeated Feohanagh/Castlemahon by 2-12 to 3-8 after extra time in the Limerick Senior B Football Championship final played under lights at Mountcollins on Friday, October 7. Old Mill lost out to Galtee Gaels by 1-14 to 3-5 in the Junior Shield final played on Saturday, October 8.

Creeves Celtic lost 3-2 at home to Ballingarry in the Desmond Premier Division League Cup Group B on Sunday, October 9. Seamus Mangan and Bryan Meade scored their goals. Carrig Celtic defeated Ballysteen 3-1 at home in Division 3 with goals from Darren Ward, Pa Sullivan and Seanie Dwyer. In Division 1 of the Ladies League Creeves Celtic defeated Breska Rovers B 1-0 away with Maureen Noonan scoring. Kilcolman Rovers defeated Dromore United 9-2 away with goals from Rebecca Horgan 3, Patrice Dillane 2, Mai Kennelly, Gillian Musgrave,  Marie Balfe and Molly McGrath.

Congratulations to Billy Crowley, Knockfinisk who received the Athea Golf Society Golfer of the Year trophy at their final outing of the year in Ballybunion on Saturday, October 8.

The Ardagh Development Association and Saint Kieran’s GAA joint weekly lottery  draw took place on Monday, October 10. The numbers drawn were 4, 9, 19, 22, and  there was  no  winner of the €9,800 Jackpot. Congratulations  to the five lucky dip winners who received  €40 each: Anne Marie Conway Ardagh c/o Denis Greaney, J.M. Buston, Reens c/o Neary’s, Julie Mackessy, Coolanoran, May Gallagher, Ardagh, Tom Neary, Ardagh (Online).  Next Monday night’s jackpot will  be €9,900. 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 Ita Reidy Broadford  who  won €370 in the West Limerick 102fm 50/50 draw, held on Friday, October 14. 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.

A  series of  free musical, dance and poetry performances will be held at the Desmond Castle in Newcastle West  each Sunday evening at 6pm during the month of October.  On Sunday, October 23, a Concertina Recital by Padraig Mac Aodhgáin accompanied by Conor O’Sullivan on guitar will be held. The performances will take place in the atmospheric surrounds of the fully restored medieval banqueting hall, where for centuries past performers entertained the Earls of Desmond.  For more information phone 069-77408

The next  rambling house will be held at Ballyhahill Hall  on Friday, October 19, at 8.30pm.  All musicians, singers, dancers and storytellers are most welcome to attend. Ita Mc Quinn, Monagea Rambling House is holding her monthly rambling house on Friday, October 21 at  a new venue  at the Desmond Complex, Newcastle West at 8pm. All musicians, singers, dancers and storytellers are most welcome to attend.