Archive for 2022

By Carrig Side-20/12/2022

By Tom Aherne

The Coolcappa/Kilcolman Christmas ceremonies are as follows: Christmas Eve Mass will be celebrated in St. Kyran’s Church, Coolcappa at 5pm and in St. Colman’s Church, Kilcolman at 6.30pm. Christmas Day Mass will be celebrated in Coolcappa at 9.30am and in Kilcolman at 11am.

The Ardagh/Carrigkerry Christmas ceremonies are as follows: Confessions will be held on Christmas Eve, Saturday, December 24, in St. Mary’s Church, Carrigkerry at 11am and in St. Molua’s Church, Ardagh at 12 noon. The Christmas Eve Mass will be held in Ardagh at 6.30pm and the Christmas Day Mass in Carrigkerry at 11am. On Saint Stephen’s Day Mass will be celebrated in Ardagh at 10am.

The 13th annual Limerick Burial Grounds Awards Night was held in the Millennium Centre, Caherconlish on Wednesday, November 23. In the modern category of Newcastle West Municipal District, Ardagh Burial Ground was awarded 3rd place. In the Ancient Category of Adare/Rathkeale Municipal  District Kilbradern Burial Ground was awarded 3rd place.

The death has taken place of Edward (Eddie) Cregan, Ashlawn, St. Vincent’s Centre, Lisnagry and formerly of Dungeeha, Newcastle West on Tuesday, December 13 at his residence. Reposing at his residence on Wednesday  from 5-6pm. His Requiem Mass was celebrated in St. Vincent’s Church, Lisnagry  at 11am, on Thursday, December 15. Eddie was laid to rest in Ardagh Cemetery. Sympathy to his nieces Mary and Anne and extended family members. May he rest in Peace.

Minister Heather Humphreys under the Town and Village Renewal Scheme has announced funding of €1 Million for three Limerick communities. Herbertstown  will receive €495,000 to refurbish the old creamery in the village. Bruff will receive €250,000 to convert the old Bank of Ireland into a remote working hub and co-working space. Ardagh community will receive €250,000 to renew and upgrade the main street/ buildings.

Congratulations to West Limerick 102 fm who won a gold award for a tribute programme for the late Sheila O’Regan, Ardagh at the recent Community Radio Achievements Awards. The team of volunteers involved were Pat McLoughlin, presenter, Jason Smith, producer, Bernadette O’Connor, researcher, Patrick Sheehan, editor and all other contributors.

The Coolcappa Community Centre committee  held a fundraising Christmas draw and the results are 1st prize: Fuel voucher sponsored by Estuary Fuel- Paige O’Sullivan. 2nd prize: Limerick jersey sponsored by Madigan Bus Hire- Donal Culhane. 3rd prize: Afternoon tea sponsored by Dromoland Castle Hotel- Maurice Meskell. 4th prize: Meat voucher sponsored by ABP- Katie Griffin. 5th prize: Christmas hamper sponsored by Dooley’s Supervalu-Joe Cussen. 6th prize: Turkey and Ham from MCE consulting-Des Hough.7th prize: Meal voucher sponsored by Foley’s  Reens Pike-Charlotte O’Mara. 8th prize: Porter cake, chocolate, biscuit, pudding and whiskey-Patsie Cusack. The committee wish to thank all who supported the draw and their sponsors.

On sale in the local shops are the 72-page Limerick Annual published by the Limerick Leader costing €4.00, and the 164-page Cork Holly Bough published by the Echo costing €6. The annual contains a look back at events over a year that we will never forget, with articles, photos, sport,  fondly remembered section.

The Holly Bough contains the usual mix of seasonal fare relating to our neighbours in  County Cork.  It contains lovely articles, poems, photos, Crossword, Diffney Quiz, fashion, sports and children pages. Both come highly recommended for over the Christmas reading, and either would make a nice gift for that special magazine reading friend.

Ireland’s Own and Ireland’s Eye magazines have also published their Christmas Annuals which contains lots of seasonal reading. Old Moore’s Almanac 2022 €6.50 is a must buy for many of the elder generation involved in farming and rural activities. It contains the usual mix of the fairs, marts and horse fixtures around Ireland. Monthly Calendar, weather predictions, Eclipses, Sunrise and Sunsets, Hints and Tips, Crossword, Horoscope, gardening and lots more articles to enjoy.

The Ardagh Development Association and Saint Kieran’s GAA joint weekly lottery   draw took place on Monday, December 12. There was  no  winner of the €10,700 Jackpot. Congratulations  to the five lucky dip winners who received  €40 each,  Johnny Frank, Carrigkerry c/o Moloney’s, Stephen Kennelly, Shanagolden, Billy Breen, Shanagolden, (Online), Archie Madigan, Ardagh, J.A.N.E, c/o Denis Greaney.  Next Monday night’s jackpot will  be €10,800. 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 John Cregan, Dromcollogher who  won €320 in the West Limerick 102fm 50/50 draw, held on Friday, December 16. 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 Kilcolman School Calendar 2023 is now available to buy. It features photos of the pupils, and the cost is €10. They  also offer the Limerick Colouring Book and School Recipe Book for €5 each. The above would make lovely stocking fillers for Christmas. To order contact the office on 069-60005 or email [email protected] Thanks to everybody for their support of the many fundraisers during the past year and happy Christmas.

The following are the opening times for Gortnadroma dump over the Christmas break: Open to the public on Tuesday 20/Wednesday 21, December from 9am to 3pm. It will be closed from Thursday, December 22 to Monday, January 2, 2023, inclusive. Open to the public on Tuesday and Wednesday January 3/4, from 9am to 3pm.

The Ardagh Community Centre Fundraising Bingo evening takes place on Wednesday, December 21 at 8pm sharp. There is €2,000 in prize money with lots of prizes on the night. All support will be greatly appreciated.

West Limerick 102fm are holding a coffee morning on Friday, December 23, from 10am to 1pm, at the Station in the industrial estate off Sheehan’s Road. All are invited to call and meet the presenters and staff and share a cup and some treats. The Christmas Hamper raffle is ongoing, and tickets are on sale for it costing €5. The draw for it will be held also on Friday during the Exchange programme.

Carrigkerry Wrenboy Group weather permitting, instead of their usual house to house visits have decided to perform outdoors at various locations on St. Stephen’s Day. Their opening performance will take place in Carrigkerry at 11am , followed by Knockdown Arms  at  12.05  Kilcolman 1.10 pm. Creeves Cross 2.45 pm. Ardagh at 3.45pm. with a final performance in the Square, Newcastle West at  4.50 pm.  Hopefully the weather will be favourable, and people will get the opportunity to visit one of these locations. Looking forward to seeing all the other groups keeping the tradition going as well.

Saint Kieran’s GAA  annual charity road hurling will take place on Tuesday, December 27 around the  traditional 4km route in Ardagh starting and finishing at the Bottom Cross. This event has grown from strength to strength since it’s inception and the support and generosity of the entire community is greatly appreciate by all concerned. The event is open to participants of all ages. Teams of three. €10 per person. The chosen charities this year are Milford Care Centre and Crumlin Children’s Hospital, Dublin in appreciation of the recent care of Jack King and his family. The event will start at 11am. Please bring an old sliothar (or two) and please wear a high  Viz jacket. The club look forward to seeing you all on December 27.

A  set Céilí will be held at the Marian Hall, Moyvane on Tuesday, December 27, from 3pm,  Music by Taylors Cross and admission is €10.

We are lucky to be at home for Christmas but spare a thought for those who are unable to come home because of other commitments and for those who will never again come home. Since last Christmas the sadness of death has struck many a home. On Christmas Day many a tear will be shed when loved ones look across the room and see the empty chair, never again to hear the stories, laughs, and caring word.  Many a cemetery will be visited  to say a little prayer to cope with the loss, and to ease the pain. We think of the many lonely people in our midst, especially those who are alone and may not see anyone this Christmas Day. For those who are sick in hospital, nursing homes and their  worried family at home. For the many people in distress, due to illness, job loss, debt, etc, who are worried about what the year ahead holds for them.

We have come through another year, which has been lucky for some but more difficult for many others, including the people of Ukraine. Despite the few joys, and all the trials, we struggle on to another new year with courage and hope. We have a lot to be thankful for this Christmas as it is the time of the year that unites us by the message  it gives, about peace, joy, happiness, caring, and love. Happy New Year to all.

These are the final notes for 2022, which was a challenging year for many  with little social activity to attend until the summer months, when Covid restrictions eased. I would like to thank everybody who assisted me in the task, and wish Domhnall, Lillian, and all readers  a happy and safe Christmas, and a bright and  stress free New Year.


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Abbeyfeale Notes-20/12/2022

By Marian Harnett

PROLOGUE:  Hail and Blessed be the hour and moment in which the Son of God was born of the most pure Virgin Mary, at midnight, in Bethlehem, in the piercing cold.  In that hour vouchsafe, I beseech Thee, O my God, to hear my prayer and grant my desires through the merits of Our Saviour Jesus Christ, and of his blessed Mother. Amen.

8th. ANNUAL MEMORIAL SWIM:  The Connie Harnett Memorial Swim will take place in Ballybunion at 1pm on New Year’s Day.  Raffle, Family Fun, Refreshments.  Proceeds to The Saoirse Centre, Listowel, St. John of God’s and Down Syndrome Kerry.

ABBEYFEALE’S CONNECTION TO NEWGRANGE AND THE WINTER SOLSTICE:  Professor Michael J. O’Kelly was born in Abbeyfeale, County Limerick in 1915. Although he was Christened as Michael, his family called him Brian. He was one of Ireland’s most prominent archaeologists, having studied at University College Cork. His legacy is long-standing and his body of work is incredibly well respected in the field of archaeological academia. Shortly after graduating with his MA, he was appointed to the role of curator at the Cork Public Museum, a position which he retained for over 20 years. He also replaced his great mentor Seán O’Ríordáin as head of the archaeology department at his alma mater, UCC. Newgrange is largely regarded as his life’s work, his magnum opus as it were. His name has become synonymous with the monument.

CHRISTMAS PRAYERS IN RELIG IDE NAOFA:  Well done to the committee and especially to John who brushed all the paths to make sure there were no remnants of frost left last Sunday.  Thank you too to Canon Tony and Fr. Willie who said the prayers for all our dead.

LIVE CRIB IN DUAGH:   The Live Crib opened on Sunday 18th December after Mass in Duagh and will remain open until January 6.

WALK: In aid of Crumlin Children’s Hospital will take place at 11.30am on St. Stephen’s Day from O’Brien’s Bar, Duagh. All welcome.

CAREGIVERS: online course, ‘Building Better Caregivers’ due to begin in January which will offer valuable support and practical advice to those supporting a loved one through cancer treatment.  The free course, is given over two and half hours, one day a week, for six weeks and will cover topics such as communication skills; staying well and getting a good night’s sleep; tools for managing fatigue; dealing with challenging emotions and behaviour and getting help and action planning.  For more information, please ring Reception at Recovery Haven on 066 7192122  Recovery Haven Kerry – Cancer Support House.

SWIM: Christmas Day Swim in aid of the Ballybunion Sea & Cliff Rescue on Christmas day at 12.30pm from the Sea & Cliff Rescue building. Sponsorship cards are available from Mike Flahive 087-9502167.

EDUCATION & TRAINING CENTRE, MOUNTMAHON, ABBEYFEALE:  The following free courses will be starting in January 2023:  1. Healthy eating made easy: This course is packed full of hints and tips for the home cook, and will allow learners to take their cooking to the next level.  2; Everyday cookery skills: Learners will explore a range of classic recipes aimed at healthy breakfast, lunch and dinner options with a dish to suit everyone’s taste.  3: Cookery for blokes: Men, this class is for you. This class will allow you to develop your everyday cookery skills in a modern, purpose-built culinary fun setting;   4. Grow your own vegetables: This practical course will also cover a range of useful tips and ideas suitable to your own gardens at home. You will be based in our large polytunnel on-campus which comprises a variety of raised beds and gardening equipment.  Please call the office on 06831198 for more information, Email: [email protected] or register at

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.   Calendars on sale throughout the town and are currently making their way to ex pats all over the world through [email protected]    If you are looking for an unusual gift for your loved one who is far from home this Christmas this will surely put a smile on their face and they will make a collector’s item in time to come.  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”.

  1. ITAS DAY CARE: Open to visitors every Tuesday.  Morning Coffee and scones.  Lunch, music and dancing.   Contact Jane on 068 51850. Meals on Wheels are available and can be booked in advance.

RAMBLING HOUSES: Knockalougha on the 3rd. Tuesday of the month..  Every 1st Thursday of each month there is a Rambling House in the Community Centre in Knockanure..  All musicians, singers’ dancers and storytellers are most welcome to attend.

Ita McQuinn, Monagea Rambling House is on the third Thursday of the month at the Desmond Complex, Newcastle West at 8pm. Listowel Rambling House takes place on the last Thursday of every month from 9.15 pm in the Seanachai Centre.

Christmas greetings from the Glórach

A momentous year came to a close on Monday evening with our final bingo of 2022, a surfeit of Christmas Hampers given out and a well deserved break awaiting our volunteers.  Thanks to all of our volunteers who have ensured the smooth running of a wide variety of events this year, and to you, the public, who have given us such fantastic support throughout the year.  Be it concerts, plays, choral music, film or the aforementioned bingo, these events become so much more with your support.  Plenty planned for the new year, for now we’ll bask in the success of our first ‘normal’ year since the pandemic.  Nollaig shona daoibh go léir.


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Knockanure Notes

By Jer Kennelly

The Man Behind the Monument

Professor Michael J. O’Kelly was born in Abbeyfeale, County Limerick in 1915. Although he was Christened as Michael, his family called him Brian.

He was one of Ireland’s most prominent archaeologists, having studied at University College Cork. His legacy is long-standing and his body of work is incredibly well respected in the field of archaeological academia. Shortly after graduating with his MA, he was appointed to the role of curator at the Cork Public Museum, a position which he retained for over 20 years. He also replaced his great mentor Seán O’Ríordáin as head of the archaeology department at his alma mater, UCC.

Newgrange is largely regarded as his life’s work, his magnum opus as it were. His name has become synonymous with the monument.

GRIT: Kerry County Council are providing deposits of grit at 97 locations across Kerry.

CAUTION many dates of events may be changed, due to weather.

Christmas Confessions will be held in Listowel on Mon. 19th Dec. at 8.00pm.

Christmas Eve 24Dec Mass Listry Radio Kerry at 6pm

PARISH: Parish Office closed Thurs. 22nd Dec. to Thurs. 4th Jan.’23.

Christmas Wishes from Fr. Brendan; As this Christmas season arrives, every good wish and Blessing. Let me also thank you all for your support in different ways through the year.  Special mention is made of you who contribute financially as well as those who have been engaged in tasks such as those of general maintenance, altar servers, choirs, Councils, cleaners, counters, florists, readers, Eucharistic ministers, sacristans, parish secretary and if anyone was omitted, my apologies.  Thank you. Be assured that your participation is treasured.

WALK Run: Moyvane Development Association’s 2nd annual Christmas Dash: 6k Run & 3k Walk will take place on Tuesday December 27th.  Starting at Community Sports Hall at 12 noon. Registration from 11.00am to 11.50am. Prize For Best Dressed Runner & Walker!

EVENTS: Scoil Chorp Chríost Knockanure: Christmas Prayer Service on Tues. 20th Dec. in Corpus Christi Church Knockanure at 7 p.m. All Welcome. Help Santa stop the Grinch from stealing Christmas at Table Top Sale at Knockanure Community Centre. Children free to Santa and receive a treat.  December 18th 2pm to 5pm. Hope to see you there.

The Samaritans of Kerry will hold Church Gate Collections on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day across all Kerry Parishes.

BIRTHDAY: Belated happy Birthday to Phyllis O’Connor of Kilbaha, who celebrated her 92nd birthday last month.

Moyvane GAA would like to wish Martin Kennelly all the best as he steps down as treasurer of the club after 41 years.

FUNDING promised for Moyvane – Refurbish the former Garda Station building to include amenities for the community: tea/coffee dock with outside seating area – €250,000.

CEILI:  A  set Céilí will be held at the Marian Hall, Moyvane on Tuesday, December 27 from 3pm.  Music by Taylors Cross.

MEMORY Room with the Live Crib opened on Sunday 18th December after mass in Duagh, old photos to display in the Memory Room.

DUAGH WALK In aid of Crumlin Children’s Hospital will take place at 11.30am on St. Stephens Day from O’Brien’s Bar. All welcome.

NEW: Listowel Writers’ Week has appointed Stephen Connolly, as curator for next year’s festival.

LARGE number of passengers will travel through Kerry Airport during Christmas season on flights from London, Manchester, Frankfurt Hahn and Dublin.

DRIVERS will be tested for drug and alcohol use at Garda checkpoints during the Christmas period as part of a six-week road safety campaign.

FROST: Severe frost has disrupted the lives of many elderly and vulnerable people. No plans in place for emergency water leaks after frost thaws, a serious worry also to many. Farmers have been under stress coping both inside and out. Elderly farmers have serious worries for both themselves and their animals, as the countryside has so few active young people willing to help.

RAMBLING HOUSES: Knockalougha on the 3rd. Tuesday of the month; Listowel Rambling House takes place on the last Thursday of every month from 9.15 pm in the Seanachai Centre.

QUIZ: The Annual Athea Coiste na nÓg quiz will take place on Wednesday December 28th at the Top of the Town at 9pm. The night will also feature an early bird round and spot prizes. Entry €10.

VISIT by RTÉ: A film crew from RTÉ will visit Athea GAA Club on Thursday January 5th at 5.30pm as part of the Ireland Lights Up initiative in conjunction with Operation Transformation.

SCHOLARSHIPS: The JP McManus Scholarships, are administered by a number of trustees, established in 1996 and since then a total of 209 students have been awarded scholarships to fund their third-level education.

LONG KICK: St. Stephens morning? Glin GAA hold their 2nd annual GAA Long Kick Competition at 11.30am, kick off at 12 noon, at their pitch.

BOOKS: Izzy’s Magical Football Adventure; Izzy’s Magical Camogie Adventure, Izzy’s Magical Soccer Adventure and Izzy’s Magical Christmas Adventure are aimed at readers from age seven onwards starting to read independently. They could equally be read to a younger child. They are based around the themes of promoting strong girls, encouraging girls to play sport and girl’s ability to play sport at a high level.

MASS: Sat 24th Dec 6.00pm Christmas Eve – Mass in Tarbert; 7.00pm Christmas Eve – Mass in Ballylongford, and 8.00pm Christmas Eve – Mass in Asdee. Duagh Church Christmas Eve at 7.30pm.

THOUGHT: The most important part of Christmas is the first six letters. So easy to forget in the hustle and bustle of the season but so true; Believing in yourself is the first step to success: Live this day and the next appreciating the little things.

It is the best way to make every day a perfect day



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