By Tom Aherne

MONTH’S MIND: The month’s mind Mass for the late Patrick (Patie) Flaherty, Glenbawn, Carrigkerry, will be celebrated in St Mary’s Church, Carrigkerry on Friday January 27, at 7.30pm.

WREATHS THANKS: Thanks to everyone who purchased Christmas Wreaths and supported the following worthy causes: Plan International  Ireland for their work in Zimbabwe, Redemptorist (Limerick) Food Appeal and Milford Hospice.

PADRAIG WALSH: The death has taken place of Pádraig (Pat) Walsh, Wilton Gardens, Wilton, Cork, peacefully, surrounded by his loving family at Marymount University Hospital  after a long illness bravely borne on Wednesday, January 18. Reposing at his home on Friday, January 20 from 5pm to 8pm. His Requiem Mass was celebrated  in the Church of the Holy Spirit, Dennehy’s Cross at 11am on Saturday, followed by burial in St. James Cemetery Chetwynd. Sympathy to his wife Ruth, sons Stephen and Peter, siblings Dympna, Noel, Carmel, Eamn, Pauline, Chris, Brendan, Martin, extended family members, neighbours and friends. May he rest in Peace. Padraig’s parents were Sergeant Christopher  and Eileen Walsh who lived in the Ardagh Garda Barracks. Christy was the last Sergeant to serve in Ardagh. Pádraig came back on many occasions for Ballyine Shrine Mass, and for the Fenian Rising Commemoration etc, and kept in touch with the parish happenings.

MAURICE CARRIG: The death has occurred of Maurice Carrig, Rathneane (Beechwood) Newcastle West, and late of Creeves and Wellington, New Zealand peacefully in the loving care of the nurses and staff of Thorpe’s Nursing Home, Clarina on Saturday, January 7. His remains lay in repose at his residence on Wednesday, January 11. His Requiem Mass was celebrated in the Church of the Immaculate  Conception, Newcastle West on Thursday, followed by burial in Reilig Mhuire, Askeaton. Sympathy is extended to his wife Janice, sons Patrick and Michael, daughter Bernadette, brothers Christy, Tony and Joe, sisters Nora, Nancy and Maggie, grandchildren and extended family members. May he rest in Peace.

LOTTERY DRAW: The Ardagh Development Association and Saint Kieran’s GAA joint weekly lottery draw took place on Monday, January 16. The numbers drawn were 12,17,23,30 and  there was  no  winner of the €11,100 Jackpot. Congratulations  to the five lucky dip winners who received  €40 each, Deirdre Ambrose, (Online), Bobby, Denis, Jen Woulfe, Ardagh, Pat’s O’Connor, Carrigkerry c/o Moore’s, Carrig Celtic FC c/o Moore’s, Noreen Clancy, Effin (Online).  Next Monday night’s jackpot will  be €11,200. 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.

GAELIC GAMES:  St. Kieran’s club held their Board Na Nóg meeting on January 10 and elected the following officers for 2023. Chairperson John Lynch, Vice-Chairperson Cormac Walsh, Secretary John Ryan,  Assistant-Secretary Mikey Mahony, Treasurer Aidan Kelly,  Assistant -Treasurer Stephanie Downes,  Children’s Officer Deirdre Ambrose, PRO Fergus Gleeson. Donie McEnery who stepped down after eight years as Chairperson  was thanked for his services.

St Kieran’s club have announced the following events for 2023: The annual Operation Transformation walk commenced on Wednesday,  January 18. It is intended  to run  a Premier League Last Man standing competition from March 4. The club are holding a Victory social in the Longcourt Hotel on Saturday, March 11. The club are promoting the Limerick GAA Club Development Draw ( first draw on Saturday, March 25) again this year. The club membership payment deadline is Friday, March 31.  A night at the Oscars will be held in the Devon Inn Hotel on Saturday, November 11.

LADIES FOOTBALL: The Old Mill ladies football club have four players on the Limerick adult  panel  for 2023, Sophie Hennessy, Alva Quaid, Roísín Ambrose, (Captain) and Iris Kennelly. They played Kilkenny in round 1 of the National Football League Division 4B on Sunday January 22

HERITAGE MEETING: St Kieran’s Heritage Association will hold a meeting in the Community Hall, Ardagh on Wednesday, January 25, at 8pm. All are welcome and especially new members who would like to get involved in the forthcoming activities.

RADIO NEWS: West Limerick 102fm are holding their first 50/50 draw for 2023 on this Friday, January 27, at 12.45pm during the Exchange programme with presenter Shirley O’Regan. The tickets are available at the usual outlets.

SCHOOL ENROLLING: Coolcappa national school is now enrolling for September 2023. They offer a nurturing and caring environment,  small class sizes, state of the art building, dedicated staff, excellent resources, outdoor classroom, school garden, and after school facility. Phone 069- 76493, 083-0140041, Twitter: @coolcappans

COMHALTAS CLASSES: Ardagh/Carrigkerry Comhaltas branch music classes have  recommenced on Tuesday evenings in Ardagh Hall from 7pm to 9pm.  Tuition will be available for the tin whistle, flute, fiddle, accordion, concertina, banjo, bodhran.  Céilí dancing classes take place in Coolcappa Hall on Saturday’s from 10-11am. New members are always welcome and check out their Facebook  page for all details.

ARDAGH WALK: The Ireland Lights Up Walk in partnership with Operation Transformation  started  on Wednesday, January 18, from Ardagh Church car park at 7pm sharp. The 6.4kw walk is along the Greenway towards Rathkeale and a Hi-Viz vest and a light are needed and all are welcome.

PARK RUN: The very popular park run is held in the Demesne, Newcastle West on Saturday morning from 9.30am. All are welcome to join in the proceedings.

MEDAL PRESENTATION: The Old Mill Ladies Football Club held a medal presentation for Under 6, Under 8 and Under 10 teams, on Saturday, January 21. The following club players have been selected on under age Limerick football squads for 2023, Keelin Carr under 14,Cliodhna Heffernan and Caoimhe Byrne, under 16, Méabh Kelly and Paula Ahern for the minor squad.

DRAMA DATE: The Loughill/Ballyhahill  drama group, Abha Bhán  Players  will be performing the Buds of Ballybunion by John B Keane in the Tinteán Theatre, Ballybunion on Saturday, January 28, at 7.30pm. The play was performed in Ballyhahill Hall last November to huge acclaim with many people  disappointed due to capacity numbers. For the people who missed out, this is a chance to see it in the very comfortable Tintean Theatre.  The website is now open for bookings at www. A great night out is assured.

CAR BOOT SALE: A car boot sale will be held in Newcastle West Community Centre on Sunday February 12  from 8am to 1pm. To book a place to offer goods for sale call 069-69584.

COMHALTAS NEWS: The Munster Ceol an Gheimhridh finals will take place on Sunday, February 12 in Brú Boru, Cashel, Tipperary. Fleadh Cheoil Na Mumhan  will be held in Tralee from Monday July 10, to Sunday July 16.