Archive for October, 2022

By Carrig Side-25/10/2022

By Tom Aherne

The death has taken place of Eileen O’Connor (nee Aherne), Carrigkerry West, on Wednesday, October 19, peacefully at her residence. Wife of the late Sean and former Sacristan in Carrigkerry Church.  Reposing  took place at St. Mary’s Church, Carrigkerry on Friday, October 21, from 5pm to 7pm. The Requiem Mass was concelebrated by Fr. Michael Noonan, Fr. Dan Lane and Fr. Tim Curtin, on Saturday at 11.30am, followed by burial afterwards in Ardagh cemetery. Sympathy to her  son Patrick, daughters, Mary (Hennessy) and Sharon (Quinn), sons-in-law Dan and Mike, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends.

Eileen was a gentle person who always had a smile for everyone. She was a former sacristan in St Mary’s Church Carrigkerry.  With husband Sean from 1994, until his passing in 2006 up to retirement in 2017. A woman of deep faith she was blessed with a long and fulfilled  life, lived to the full serving family and community.  She enjoyed her leisure time which included many outings and trips to Ardagh Social Club and the Desmond Complex, Newcastle West. She liked dancing, watching sport, and playing cards. May She rest in Peace.

The death has taken place of Christy Moloney The Cross, Ardagh, peacefully, on  Monday, October 17, at Milford Care Centre. Husband of the late Kitty and former caretaker of Ardagh School.  Reposing took place at Reidy’s Funeral Home, Newcastle West, on Thursday, October 20 from 6pm to 8pm. The Requiem Mass was celebrated at St Molua’s Church Ardagh on Friday at 11.30am, followed by burial afterwards in the adjoining Cemetery. Sympathy to his sons Edmond, Peter and Thomas, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, brother Joe, sister Eileen, brothers-in-law, sister-in-law, nephews, nieces, extended family, neighbours and friends. May he rest in Peace.

Readers are reminded that winter time comes in on Sunday, October 30 at 2am. Clocks to be put back one hour beforehand. Enjoy the extra hour in bed.

St. Kieran’s defeated Killeedy by  2-17 to 1-13 in the County Junior A Hurling semi-final played at Ballyagran on Saturday, October 22. They led  by 1-9 to 0-9 at half time. TEAM: Cillian Ambrose, Diarmuid Mulcahy, Paudie McCarthy, Aaron Heffernan, Jack Ben Harnett , Brendan McCarthy, Cathal McEnery, Cormac Mann, Mossie Shine, Sean Ryan 0-2, Johnny McCarthy 0-2, James Muckell 0-1 Ian Mackessy 1-7, Eoin McEnery 0-4,  Darragh Treacy 1-0. Subs Liam Kennedy, Anthony Molyneaux 0-1, Donie Nolan, Anthony Mullins, Mike Flynn.

St Kieran’s defeated Caherline by 1-15 to 1-11 in the County Under 21 Hurling Championship played at Caherconlish on Sunday, October 16. They led by 1-10 to 0-5 at half time. TEAM: Nathan Cahill, Darragh McMahon, Jack Kiely,  William Steele, Cathal McEnery, Aaron Heffernan, Shay Greaney, Cormac Mann, Mikey Long, John Hayes, Sean Ryan, Conor Woulfe,  Liam Scanlon, Eoin McEnery, Conor Kelly. Subs Tom McMahon, Dan Geraghty, Cathal O’Connor, Fionn Gleeson, Cillian Heffernan. They received a walkover from St Patrick’s in round 2.

Creeves Celtic lost 4-1 away to Glin Rovers in the Desmond Premier League Cup Group B on Sunday, October 16. Carrig Celtic lost 3-1 (Pa O’Sullivan) away to Dromore United B in Division 3. In Division 1 of the Desmond Ladies League Cup Kilcolman Rovers defeated Breska Rovers B 2-0 at home with Mia Forrestal and an own goal the scorers. Creeves Celtic had no match.

In the latest issue of the Green and White  Limerick GAA Youth Magazine the return of underage  school competitions is featured. Michael Lynch, Carrigkerry and Alex O’Sullivan, Kilcolman were on the West Limerick squad in the Sarsfield Cup. Michael Lynch, Carrigkerry, Cian O’Mahony and Alex O’Sullivan, Kilcolman were on the West Limerick squad in the Mackey Cup. Amy Mullins, Ardagh was on the West Limerick squad that won the Neville Cup. In the Primary Game matches, Alex O’Sullivan, Michael Lynch and Amy Mullins represented Limerick in the Munster matches.

The Ardagh Development Association and Saint Kieran’s GAA joint weekly lottery   draw took place on Monday, October 17. The numbers drawn were 6,7,18,23, and  there was  no  winner of the €9,900 Jackpot. Congratulations  to the five lucky dip winners who received  €40 each: Pat O’Connor, c/o Moore’s Bar, Jane, c/o Greaney’s, Mary Harnett, Ardagh, Susan Moriarty, Ardagh (Online), Jim Long, Feenagh. Next Monday night’s jackpot will  be €10,000. 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 Tom Mackessy, Coolanoran,  who  won €385 in the West Limerick 102fm 50/50 draw, held on Friday, October 21. 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 CD in aid of Friends of St Ita’s titled  Autumn Melodies which was launched at the Longcourt  Hotel Newcastle West, on Friday, September 23, is selling very well. 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  cost €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.

Communities across Limerick are being urged to donate gift-filled shoeboxes for children  affected by poverty  in Eastern Europe  and Africa this Christmas. The Shoebox Appeal Week runs from Monday, October 31 to Sunday, November 6. This week  aims to encourage people to think  about the single impact, joy and smiles that a shoebox brings to the child who receives it. All people have to do is find an empty shoebox, wrap it in Christmas paper and fill it with gifts  for a boy or a girl aged between 2 and 14, give online or attach a €4 donation and bring it to a local drop off point  before November 6. People can also build a box online by donating at www.

Coolcappa Parents Association  are holding  a Children’s Halloween Disco and Fancy Dress at Coolcappa Community Centre on Friday, October 28,  from 6.30pm to 8.30pm. Admission €5 per child and €10 per family. All children from ages 12 and under are welcome to attend. Parental supervision please. Refreshments shop  open and prizes for the best  costume and best dancers will be awarded.

The  Old Mill ladies football club are holding a fundraising bucket collection in Newcastle West on Saturday, October 29, from 9am to 6pm. They are seeking volunteers to fill the two-hour time slots and all details from Moira at 086-8110634.

The Limerick GAA Club draw for 2022 continues with the October Draw taking place on  Saturday 29. The entry fee is €10 per month or €40 for the remaining four 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 September is a €500 voucher for Tully Travel Agents.  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 annual Bodhrán Competition will be held at the Top of the Town in  Athea on Saturday October 29, at 6pm. The four events will be open competition, confined competition, ladies’ competition and juniors’ competition.

Donie Nolan and Taylors Cross Céilí band will provide the music for the Patrick O’Keeffe Céilí  at An Riocht Athletic Clubhouse, Castleisland  on Sunday, October 30, from 3 to 6pm. The admission is €10, and tea will be served. Johnny Reidy band will be on stage at the River Island Hotel  for another Céilí on Bank Holiday Monday, October 31, from 2 to 5pm.

A fundraising dance in aid of Noonan Christmas Lights will be held at the Woodlands House Hotel, Adare on Tuesday, November 1. Music by Michael Collins Band and a raffle will be held for charity.

The annual Fair of Athea will be held around the village on Saturday, November 5. Weather permitting it promises to be an enjoyable day out and all are welcome.

The Irish Rambling House organised by Joe Harrington and Kay O’Leary from Lyreacrompane, Kerry are holding two shows in Harrow, London on Saturday, November 5, and Sunday, November  6.  They have been entertaining the exiles with their show  for over twenty years, but Covid has restricted the tour since 2019. The well-known Cork duo Sean O’Se and Elle Marie Dwyer, will be joined by a number of the regular musicians, singers, dancers and story tellers. Readers are asked to inform their relatives and friends in the London area of the show dates so they can attend. The tickets are by reservation only from Patrick O’Connell at 073 12032905.


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By Damien Ahern


Wednesday October 26th 2022 in Mick Neville Park

  • 10:00 am – Division 3 Final (11-a-side)

                        Cappagh NS v Athea NS

Cluiche Ceannais an Contae

Three Boys as Áth an tléibhe are on the Templeglantine u17 Hurling panel who are playing the div 3 shield final on Saturday next in Mick Neville park at 10 am. We wish Ciarán Hunt, James Hunt and Jack Sexton and the team the best of luck.


The Shannon Gaels Áth an tsléibhe u 17 football team are awaiting the winners of St. Kieran’s and Galbally to see who we will meet in the div 2 county shield final. The final is fixed for Saturday Nov 5th in Mick neville park.

Scoil Násiunta

The local primary school boys football team defeated Glin N.S. last Friday in Athea to qualify for the West Limerick final v Cappagh N.S. on this Wednesday.

Athea – Coiste na nÓg – 25th October 2022

Traenáil Peile Buachaillí:

Boys Football Training

U17 – Dé Luain & Déardaoin @ 7pm i Áth an tSléibhe

U17 – Monday & Thursday @ 7pm in Athea

Tabhair leat sciatha Guma agus uisce le do thoil.

Please bring Gum shields and water.

Cluichí Coiste na seachtaine seo:

This week’s Coiste fixtures:

Dé Céadaoin 26ú Deireadh Fómhair

Wednesday 26th October

Cluiche Ceannais Roinn 3 Peile na mBuachaillí

Boys Schools Football Division 3 Final 

Athea NS V Cappagh NS in Mick Neville Park V94 AX23 @ 10:45am

Fós le teacht:

Still to come:

U17 Cluiche Ceannais Sciath Roinn 2 – TBC

U17 Division 2 Shield Final – TBC


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Abbeyfeale Notes-25/10/2022

By Marian Harnett

DEATH:  We offer our sympathy to the family of the late Kathleen Healy, The Hill whose funeral took place on Monday. May she rest in peace.ABBEYFEALE’S NIGHT AT THE OSKARS:  There was glamour, there was glitz, red carpet and champagne at the Devon Inn last Friday night in a grand culmination to a coming together of a community determined to raise funds to keep St. Itas Sheltered Housing and Day Care Centre at the heart of Abbeyfeale.  A wonderful night was had by all and if you missed out there will be a DVD on sale shortly that will tell the story of what can be achieved when people of all ages have the passion to help and assist the elderly to remain in their local environment.

ALL SOULS DAY: Parishioners will find purgatorial lists in their weekly box of envelopes. These lists should be brought to the church next weekend so that all names can be included in all Masses on All Souls Day.  Mass will be offered on Wednesday, November 2 at 10.00am and at 7.00pm.  During the year each priest in the diocese is obliged to offer 15 Masses for the Holy Souls, all those listed on the purgatorial list.

BRIDGE CLUB:  Abbeyfeale Bridge Club meet at St. Ita’s Day Care Centre every Thursday from 7.30pm.  New members welcome.

CARA:  Cara are all about the Creative Arts Raising Abbeyfeale – a dedicated group set up to promote and showcase Abbeyfeale through the arts.  The idea is to use the arts to lift the profile of Abbeyfeale on a local, regional and national level.  The calendar “Abbeyfeale – The Bare Essentials” is their first project. The official launch of the 28 page glossy calendar which showcases Abbeyfeale in a way you’ve never seen before takes place on Saturday, October 29 in Fr. Casey’s GAA Club House with doors open at 7.30pm.    This is an over 18 event.  Sales will not only benefit the Irish Cancer Society but will enable CARA “to create a dedicated fund for future artworks and creative projects in the Abbeyfeale streetscape”.

GLÓRACH NOTES:  First up, congratulations from the Glórach to all of those involved in the Abbeyfeale Oskars night at the Devon Inn on Friday, it was a fantastic night of entertainment and a magnificent embodiment of  the tremendous community spirit of this town and parish.  Lots of excellent acting talent on display in the films on the night, and hopefully some of those involved may have caught the bug and take to treading the boards with local drama groups.  Until then, we’ve two very interesting one-act plays coming up this weekend at the Glórach.  Limerick based collective Tiger’s Eye Theatre Company present ‘It’s always the quiet ones’, a drama mixing black humour, intrigue and questions of morality, and got very positive reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.  Our near neighbours in Knocknagoshel take up the baton in the second half of the show, with the Spike Players presenting ‘Purple Mountain Heather’, a humorous and at times, poignant story of an old woman’s life spent in the Black Valley.  Don’t miss a chance to support new writing, the plays take place on Friday 28th and Saturday 29th October, with curtains up at 8 pm.  Tickets can be booked at or by calling 0871383940.  Look forward to seeing you there.

FAMILY CINEMA NIGHT:  Duagh Sports Complex on Saturday, October 29 at 7pm – a family cinema night with popcorn and prizes for the best dressed.  Admission €5.

MEN ON THE MOVE:  This a six week programme open to men who want to get back into physical  activity in a fun, social, group environment.  It focuses on improving functional fitness through strength, aerobic, flexibility and mobility and will run from Thursday (7-8pm), October 27 until Tuesday (7.30 -8.30pm), December 6 inclusive at Abbeyfeale GAA Sports Complex.  The six week programme costs a total of €10 per person.

EUCHARISTIC  ADORATION: Currently Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament takes place every Friday in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel from after the 10.00am Mass until 7.00pm. We are grateful to all those who give of their time to this devotion. The Parish Adoration Committee are now establishing a second day of Adoration in the parish beginning on All Souls Day Wednesday, November 2. If you are willing to give some of your time to this devotion we ask you to sign the schedule which is located on a table at the rear of the sanctuary area. Adoration can only take place if there are enough people (at least 4) in the Blessed Sacrament.

CHRISTMAS MARKET: Ballydonoghue Bardic Festival Christmas Market on Saturday, December 3rd at Tomáisín’s Function Room, Lisselton. To reserve a space for the Market, please call or text 086 845 1263.

FREE musical, dance and poetry performance at the Desmond Castle in Newcastle West on Sunday evenings in October at 6pm.

GOOD NEWS FOR LIMERICK:  Plans are in train by biopharmaceutical company Eli Lilly to create over 300 new jobs and spend €400m in a major manufacturing facility at Raheen, Limerick.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY: The dates for Confirmation and First Communion were announced this week.  Confirmation will be celebrated by Bishop Leahy on Friday 10th March and First Communion will be celebrated on the 13th and 20th of May.

COMMUNITY ALERT: Keep Sunday, November 27 free for our annual Christmas Party in Fr. Casey’s Club House with dancing after lunch to Paddy Qulligan. Tickets are just gone to the printer and will cost €25. There will be goodie bags for everyone in the audience and talks from the local Fire Station Officer and our new Community Garda Tommy Commane.

CHURCH GATE COLLECTION:  Graveyard Church gate Collection will take place on the weekend of November 5/6.   Your support is  greatly appreciated.

CHURCH NEWS:  Abbeyfeale is part of the parish pastoral unit  that consists of Athea, Templeglantine, Tournafulla and Mountcollins.  Contact numbers are as follows:
Fr Willie Russell Tel 087/2272825.  Fr Tony Mullins  Tel 087/2600414 Fr Denis Mullane Tel 087/2621911. Fr Dan Lane Retired  Tel 087/2533030.  There is always a priest from one of the other pastoral areas on emergency call on Sundays and his name and number is published on the parish website and also on the weekly newsletter.


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