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The Way I See It

Congratulations to Nora Lynch who celebrated her 103rd birthday at her home in Glasha,
Athea, recently pictured with
Fr. Duggan.
Nora enjoys doing puzzles, listening to music, watching television and chatting to her wonderful friends, neighbours and carers.

By Domhnall de Barra

Instead of my usual ramblings, this week I include an article sent to me in an email by “athantelsibhe” .  It was written by Kevin Danaher and was published by The Mercier Press in 1962. It is a great description of what life was like in the early part of the last century and it will bring back memories to most of us of a certain age. Times were hard back then but the people were resilient and always looked out for each other. We have come  long way since then but we have also lost a lot.

The road ran past our gate, barely thirty yards from the front door. To the south it climbed over the hill where lay the bogs from which our turf came, to the small town and the railway station seven miles away. To the north it led to our own village, half a mile away, and there met other roads leading to all sorts of wonderful places, northwards to the Shannon, eastwards to the city and the plain of the Golden Vale, westwards to the great ocean.

In winter it was deep in mud but in summer its dust was kind to little bare feet. Summer and winter we travelled it on foot or on bicycles to school and to Mass and on holiday expeditions that led farther and farther away as legs grew longer and stronger. Many the warm summers day we helped cottiers’ children to herd a cow grazing the ‘long meadow’ – the grassy margin of the road – and felt the slow steady pulse of the countryside as it passed by. Older people walking, younger ones sailing past on bicycles, rails piled high with turf, carts full of clanking milk tankards, small herds of cattle on the way to a fair, children sent to the village for ‘messages’, occasionally a horseman or a tinker`s spring cart or a motor-car that raised clouds of dust.

When we were not yet as tall as a service rifle we had seen flying columns of the Republican Army marching past and wished we were a lot older. Twice or three times we hid in the dikes from a lorry load of Black and Tans – one of whose favourite recreations was the taking of pot-shots at ‘moving targets’, human or animal; poor men – they were monsters to us then, and only later did we realize that they were for the most part crazed with looted drink and with the fear of the swift vengeance that might at any moment speak a last word to them.

The road was our link with the world outside. Many of our people had travelled far on it, some never to return, some to come back to the quiet places. There was the man who stuck his spade in the potato ridge and climbed over the ditch to give directions to a bewildered foreigner in the fluent German he had learned in his twenty years in Milwaukee, and there were the two brothers who used to hold their private conversations in Maori. There was a man who had carried his pack over White Horse Pass on the trail to Klondyke and another who had marched through the Khyber Pass to Kabul and a very old man who had seen the approach of the relieving columns from his post on a roof in Lucknow. Another had laid telephone cables in Montevideo, another had dug gold in Kalgoorlie and another had punched cattle in Texas. The road linked us to many a distant corner of the world.

It was built in 1840 by men who were glad to get work at fourpence a day, some of them shoeless, some of them walking six miles to work in the morning`s dark; the grandmother of our next door neighbour down the road missed a cake of soda bread from the window sill one day, to find that it had been taken by a poor boy who had had no food before coming to work. ‘Only for the mercy of God it might have been one of my own’ she said ‘and take care would you pass the door again and you hungry, without coming in and eating whatever I have to give you’.

It carried the wedding party and the funeral. It saw the Wran boys and the cross-roads dance. It bore the whole stream of a community’s life. No wonder then, when I was asked to write for Biatas about country ways for country people, that my mind went back to the road and to the people who moved on it. Many of their ways begin to look strange to us now, more characteristic of the Middle Ages than of the modern world. They had their faults, God knows, but they were the faults of generosity. Some of them talked too much, a few drank too much, many were lacking in thrift, some had less than their due share of common sense. But they despised meanness and cruelty and treachery, and they never failed to give generously of what they had to those who had less than they.

The road is covered with shining tar macadam now, and cars, trucks and tractors roar along it. It is strung with telephone wires and electric cables and it is torn up at frequent although irregular intervals for the laying of water pipes. The pulse of life flows so much faster and the old ways are dying. And we who have seen both worlds may be allowed to recall the memories of the old ways and hope that the old virtues may survive.



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Kathleen’s Corner-27/06/2023

By Kathleen Mullane


Well to say it was a mixed week of Weather would be putting it Mildly to say the least. There were blasts of Sunshine, a lot of Humidity, some of the heaviest Thunder showers we have seen in a very long time, which left many places flooded and premises damaged, coupled with very strong claps of Thunder and lightning, however we can’t complain as up to now we have been blessed with gorgeous Sunshine which enabled farmers to get their Silage done so easily and turf was brought home extra early this year with little or no bother, so we have a lot to be grateful for.

Well DOLLY DAY in Listowel last Saturday turned out to be a wonderful success and if Photos are anything to go by it seems there was quite a few Male Dolly’s there too all dressed up in their Blonde wigs, Cowboy Hats, Jeans and extravagant outfits, all for a great cause namely Kerry Hospice and Comfort Chemo Kerry. The total number of Dolly’s was 1,137 which indeed was incredible, lets hope it’s broken the World Record. Well done to all the dedicated organisers and indeed to all those who took the time out to be there in their style.

Sunday July 2nd sees the Athea Horse-Pony Races taking place in Glenagower, with kind permission of the O’Keeffe Family. Hopefully it will be a fine day for the event and that families will enjoy the Day of Racing.

I wonder has anyone like myself nearly got mowed down recently by speeding vehicles. I was walking to the village the other morning and at that treacherous bend beyond the sewerage gate a car passed coming from Glin direction at a decent speed, whereas a van coming out from Athea was lifting both vehicles crossing each other out left me Pinned to the ditch as far in as I could go. I really think there is going to be a serious accident there. Maybe a sign should be erected saying DANGEROUS BEND or something to that effect. Some walkers now are even crossing over to the left before the bend to stay safe I’m told. Of course I could go on and on bringing the Bridge in the village into the same category of speed, maybe Speed Ramps would help there, especially when kids are going to school and some now cycling. Now I have my Rant said for this week.


You’ve got to do your own GROWING, no matter how Tall your Grandfather was.


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By Carrig Side-27/06/2023

By Tom Aherne

HERITAGE NEWS: St. Kieran’s Heritage Association hosted the launch of the revised booklet  William Smith O’Brien, the unlikely revolutionary by author John Hough at Ardagh Community Centre on Friday night last before an enthusiastic attendance. The booklet has 36 pages and 15 photographs and makes interesting reading. It includes an introduction to his O’Brien family background. His early political career and his role in the famine.  His conversion to repeal. The 1848 Revolt, its aftermath. The legacy of the Young Irelanders and of O’Brien. The book also recalls the 1998 commemoration  to mark the 150th anniversary of the rebellion. A plaque was unveiled  by Brian O’Brien his great, great grandson on the entrance wall to Cahermoyle House on Friday, July 31.

The updated booklet and the association’s 2024 calendar were available for sale costing €5 each. The calendar has a photo of the Ardagh Chalice on the front cover and a photo of the Smith O’Brien Mausoleum in Rathronan on the back.  The monthly photographs feature groups  from past times, from the Ardagh, Carrigkerry, Coolcappa, Kilcolman, Ballyine areas.

An exhibition of heritage material from the catchment area was also on display. This included the various flags and pikes the association used in past events and parades. Ardagh Creamery, Railway, Fenian, Graveyard, Black Hill, Ardagh Chalice and other local memorabilia. Books, publications and articles  by local authors from past years. The reports and photographs  of past activities was also on view.

John Hough  gave a very interesting lecture on William Smith O’Brien and his place in Irish history after the viewing of the exhibits on display.  He is the author of several other books including Mitchelstown Co-operative Agricultural Society Ltd  A History 1919-1990, A History of  Ballyclough Co-operative Creamery Ltd, Ireland’s Co-operative Heartland including Ardagh  Creamery  History 1891-1974. Dromtrasna School and  The Story of the Ardagh Chalice. Refreshments were served and people engaged in conversation afterwards. The booklet and calendar will be available for sale in local outlets.

STREET PAINTINGS: In March 2020 artist Eva Nowinska from Poland living in Newcastle West, completed 10  Ardagh village business premises on canvas similar to what they looked like in past times. The original idea was to place the large, framed  paintings around the village, but Covid arrived, and they were left in storage. Last week they were  hung up on the walls of the Community Centre and they are attracting a lot of interest. On display are Ardagh Creamery, Post Office, Curley’s Shop, Gardai Station, Martin Fitzgerald Carpentry, Patrick O’Connor’s Bicycle Shop, Publican’s Premises, Family Butcher, Paddy Ahern, Tailor, Hayes Shop. They are lovely to view as they adorn the walls, keeping alive what Ardagh was proud of in past times.

GAELIC GAMES: St. Kieran’s defeated Monaleen by  2-7 to 1-8 in the County Senior Football  League Final at Askeaton Gaelic Grounds on Wednesday, June 21. They conceded an early goal and  trailed by 1-5 to 0-5 at half time. A two-goal scoring burst midway through the half left them two points ahead after trailing by four after 10 minutes. Brendan Mc Carthy accepted the cup afterwards. Team Craig MacInnes, Aaron Heffernan, Diarmuid Mulcahy, Anthony Mullins, Michael Shanahan, Brendan McCarthy, Mossie Shine, Darragh Treacy 0-2, Sean Ryan, Kevin Meade, John Hayes 1-2, Eoin Mc Enery 0-1, Alan Daly 1-2, Seamus Mangan, Adam Lacy. Subs Dylan Moloney, Kevin Guina.   This was the club’s fourth League title after wins in 1982, 1988 and 2000 when they defeated Father Casey’s by 1-10 to 2-4. St. Kieran’s play Oola in the first round of the County Senior Football Championship on Saturday, July 1, at 7-30pm at Mungret GAA Grounds. Best of luck to the team and management.

KENNEDY CUP: Ben Hough from the Creeves Celtic club participated in the Kennedy Cup tournament held in U L in recent weeks. He was part of the Desmond League squad that finished in 14th place. Congratulations to Conor Donovan who has been voted the Under 14 Boys Division 2 Player of the Year. Congratulations to Jack Meade, Kilcolman Rovers who has been voted the Under 13 Boys Division 2 Player of the year. Congratulations to Amy Mullins Kilcolman Rovers who has been voted the Under 14 Girls Division 2 Player of the Year. The awards night was held at The Longcourt  House Hotel on Sunday, June 25.

LADIES FOOTBALL: Limerick defeated Kilkenny by 7-21 to 1-5 in the opening round of the All -Ireland Junior Football Championship played at Callan on Sunday June 18. Captain Róisín Ambrose 0-4,  Iris Kennelly 3-5, Alva Quaid, and Sophie Hennessy from the Old Mill club were involved.

CLUB DRAW: The Limerick GAA Club draw results for June was announced on Limerick Live 95fm on Saturday, June 24.  Congratulations to Robert Bradley from the St. Kieran’s club who won €200 this month. The entry fee  is €10 per month or €70 for the remaining seven 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. 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 star prize for July will be a €500 voucher from Gleeson’s Sports.

LOTTERY DRAW: The Ardagh Development Association and Saint Kieran’s GAA joint weekly lottery draw took place on Monday, June 19. The numbers drawn were 16,23,26,29,and  there was  no  winner of the €13,300 Jackpot. Congratulations  to the five lucky dip winners who received  €40 each: Catherine O’ Donnell c/o Neary’s, Pat and Con Lawlor, c/o Moore’s Bar, Pat Liston, Glenastar,  Margaret Barry, Rathgonan (Online), Katelyn Hayes, Carrigkerry (Online). Next Monday night’s jackpot will  be €13,400. 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.

RADIO DRAW: Congratulations to Helen O’Connor, Abbeyfeale,  who won €330 In the West Limerick 102fm 50/50 draw, held on Friday, June 23.The tickets cost €2, or 3 for €5 and they are available from volunteers, in local shops, (including Molones, 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.

MOUNT TRENCHARD: The Mount Trenchard house and gardens Foynes is open Monday to Friday during June, July and August from 9am to 1pm daily. Heritage week August 12-20, 9am to 5pm. Weekends by appointment. Fee adult €8, pensioners/children/students €4. It is a very interesting place to visit with its  storied past as a boarding school and association with the Spring Rice family.

FLAG FLOOR: The weekly music and set dancing session, continue for the summer months at the Flag Floor Glensharrold, Carrigkerry. A first right turn past Carrigkerry on the Glin Road will get you to the old-style farmhouse. From the Glin/Ballyhahill road first left after Carrig Celtic FC Grounds. There is no Eircode,  but the venue is just past V9439N9. The session continues each Tuesday from 9pm to 11.30pm, (except Tuesday, July 4, which is Willie Clancy week) teas are served, admission is €5, and all are welcome.

HISTORICAL WALK: The Staker Wallis Commemorative hosted by the Kilfinane Coshlea Historical Society will take place on Thursday, July 6, at 7.30pm. Guided walk from the Market House in Kilfinane (where Staker Wallis was hanged,  and his severed head placed on a spike) to the townland of Killeen under the peak of Slievereagh where Staker Wallis was captured. The walk is organised in conjunction with Ballyhoura Bears Walking Club. A high vis jacket and head torch is necessary.

OSKAR’S LAUNCH:  A casting/launch night for the St. Kieran’s GAA club Oskar’s will be held in Neary’s, Ardagh on Thursday, June 29, when the seven films for the show will be announced. It will be an exciting night as the various parts people will play in each film will also be announced. The Oskar’s  promises to be a great event for the St. Kieran’s GAA club and wider community and people still interested in participating can contact Deirdre on 087-9509218 for more details.

GARDEN FETE: The Rathfredagh Cheshire Home Annual Garden Fete  will be held on Sunday, July 2. It is their main fundraiser each year and all support will be appreciated.  Donations for the various stalls will be accepted at the reception prior to the day.

CEMETERY MASS:  Mass will be celebrated  in Kilbradern Cemetery on Sunday, July 2 at 1pm.

WILLIE CLANCY WEEK: The Willie Clancy Summer School  is held each July in Milltown Malbay in West Clare. For one week the town and surrounding area plays host to thousands of musicians, singers and dancers from all parts of the world. From early until late an overflow of people  throng the workshops, pubs, halls and spill out onto the streets for outdoor entertainment. Many people take their yearly holidays to coincide with the festival and stay in local accommodation. It attracts a large following from Limerick interested in traditional music song and dance. Willie was a musician who  played the Uileann pipes, Irish flute and tin whistle. On Sunday, July 2, Taylors Cross Céilí Band will be playing in the Quilty Tavern from 9.30pm. Admission €10 and a great night of set dancing promised.


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