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News – 25/07/23


This is how close we came to being flooded the other day

Camino Challenge 2023

I have signed up to take part in the Irish Hospice Foundation’s Camino Challenge 2023. Along with 30 others from Ireland, we will take on a challenging 114km walk over five days along the First Stage of French Camino – crossing the challenging Pyrenees in September. Each participant funds their own expenses, with a target set for fundraising €1,200, which will go directly towards furthering the work of the Irish Hospice Foundation, striving for best care at end of life for all. This charity rely on voluntary fundraising to support and maintain this work.

I would be most grateful for any support you could give by way of donation by contacting me on 0879042477.

Tugaim buíochas leat roimh ré as do chabhair.


The Way I See It

By Domhnall de Barra

I was listening to the  radio the other day, as I usually do when driving, and something I heard caught my attention. It was a lady, a nurse for the last 30 years, who was trying to put her two daughters through nursing college. She got  a small grant for the first one but was turned down for the second  because she was deemed to be over the earnings threshold. I wondered why she got it for one and not the other since her circumstances hadn’t changed until she revealed that her daughter had got a summer job and those earnings were added to her own with the result that it drove the combined earnings over the threshold. This was on the Lifeline programme which, thankfully was being presented by Katie Hannon from Duagh who, in my humble opinion, does a far better job than the regular host, Joe Duffy. Many callers to the programme had similar stories and empathised with the nurse but one woman came on and her contribution made my blood boil. She had put her own children through college so she figured the tax payer shouldn’t have to foot the bill for any one. She had no sympathy for the nurse and more or less said that it was her own fault that she had not prepared over the years for the fact that her children needed to go to college. Now, I know that nurses aren't among the best paid in our society, in fact when you think of the fantastic work they do they are highly underpaid, so what they earn is just about enough to maintain a home and raise a family. What was being said is typical of the “I’m all right Jack” mentality and the “survival of the fittest” attitude that is so prevalent in capitalist societies. Taken to the extreme, some people believe that, if you can’t afford hospital fees, you should be allowed to die. This is not the type of society I want to live in, a society where the greatest part of the wealth is in the hands of a privileged few and those at the lower end of the scale are forgotten about. Let us get back to the point of the phone-in. Should the measly few euro that a student earns on a summer job be used to refuse them a college grant?  Had she not taken the job and signed on the dole she would have cost the country money but would have qualified. It makes no sense, especially when the country is short of nurses and medical staff in general. I firmly believe that all education, including third level, should be free or at least affordable for all. There was a time, when I was growing up, when second level education was only available to those who could afford it. I would not have gone to secondary school if it wasn’t for my national school head master who picked me up one Saturday morning  and took me into St. Ita’s College in Abbeyfeale to sit an exam for a scholarship. Jim Kelly, the owner of the college, awarded three scholarships each year to the people who took the top three places in the exam. I was lucky enough to get one of those and I will be forever grateful for that. Not too long afterwards secondary education became free to all and it has served our country well since. It is just one more progressive step to include third level in the free education programme. I know that the cost would be prohibitive but it need not be entirely free. In the UK they have a system where third level students can apply for loans to fund their college years. These loans are paid pack from their salaries when they start working. There are two good points about this method. It gives everybody an equal opportunity and it also guarantees that graduates will have to stay and work in the country for a number of years while the loan is being repaid. At the moment we have a problem of  newly trained medical staff and other professionals leaving to work in places like Abu Dabhi where they can earn multiples of what they might earn at home while positions in Ireland are unable to be filled. It is worth looking at but, whatever happens, we cannot allow a situation to continue where a hard working mother is denied a grant for her daughter because of an arbitrary threshold.  I have a big problem with thresholds and how they are applied. As it stands, let us say a threshold is €30,000. If you earn €29,999 you are entitled to the grant but if you earn €30,001 you get nothing. Surely there should be some type of sliding scale where a portion of the money is granted. We need enlightened thinking from our legislators if we are to get the best out of our students. In my lifetime’s work I have dealt with all types of people from labourers to government ministers. I have met far more intelligent men working for Murphy and John Lang than those at the top in Leinster House.  They of course did not have the luxury of going beyond sixth class in national school and so never got an opportunity to realise their true potential. Everybody, regardless of class or creed, deserves a place in our education system and the sooner the better.

It amazes me how some people can get things out of all proportions. There are those who are campaigning to get rid of air travel because of the pollution caused by aeroplanes. They want no flights where there are trains or other methods of transport available within a certain distance.  They are also encouraging us to not travel abroad for holidays or any other reason. Air travel is responsible for approx 2%  of the problem so, if we grounded every aircraft in the morning it will only make a very tiny difference.  Why not tackle the other 98%  before we destroy the jobs of thousands of people who depend on the aircraft industry for a living. It would also have a devastating effect on our ability to survive as an island nation since we rely on air travel to go abroad whether for work or leisure. I hate having to pass through Abbeyfeale these days because the traffic is so heavy, especially at Joy’s Corner with a constant stream of vehicles passing through in either direction. There is a queue of cars, vans, lorries and tractors spewing out harmful emissions as they wait for an opportunity to turn right or left. If the town had been bypassed, as was proposed many, many years ago there would be far fewer  exhaust fumes filling the air. The Green party are opposed to spending any more money on ne roadways so let us hope the other parties will see sense before it is too late.

Church Notices

Ide Naofa Pastoral Area  ( Athea-Abbeyfeale-Mountcollins-Templeglantine-Tournafulla)

Fr. Willie Russell 087 2272825, Canon Tony Mullins 087 2600414, Fr. Denis Mullane 087 2621911

and Fr. Dan Lane 087 2533030 (retired)

Priest on call

Sunday 30th July:  Rev. F. Duhig    087 6380299

Baptisms on 4th Saturday of the month at 2.30 pm –

Next Baptism course on Tues Aug 8th at 8pm, contact Theresa for further details on 087 1513565.

Parish Administration: Mon –  Fri 11am –  1pm. Call Siobhán on 087 3331459 or email [email protected]

July Intentions

Fri 28th July @ 7pm          Paudie Mullane (1st Anniversary) Knocknagorna.

Sat 29th July @ 7.30pm    Michael Kiely and deceased members of the Crowley family (Knockfinisk)

Bridie & Eamonn Riordan (Upper Dirreen),  Michael (Mike) O’Connor (Mrk. Park)

11th Anniversry


Graveyard Masses:       Holy Cross Graveyard Mass at a later dte

Templeathea Graveyard Mass on Wed July 26th at 7.30pm.



The Danaher McGrath Trust is seeking applications for a scholarship for third level students.
In order to apply for the scholarship students must meet the following criteria:
• Applicants must reside or have resided in one of the following Parishes prior to taking up their studies:
Athea, Abbeyfeale, Mountcollins, Tournafulla or Templeglantine

• The Scholarship is provided on a means test basis and is for students of limited means. Proof of means will be requested and required under the application process
• Students who are undertaking courses of study in Irish language, Irish literature or music will be
given preference in the application process

    Application forms are available from secondary schools in Tarbert, Abbeyfeale and Newcastle
West and from Purtill Woulfe Murphy Solicitors upon request (068-31106) and via email to
[email protected]or [email protected]
• The closing date for applications is the 31st August 2023 no late applications will be considered

Applications should be sent to:
The Danaher McGrath Trust
C/O Purtill Woulfe Murphy Solicitors,
The Square,
Co. Limerick

The Scholarship is open to students or prospective students of all third level institutions in Ireland.
The scholarship is an annual scholarship for the duration of the scholarship fund. The minimum award will be €2000 per annum. The maximum award will be €5000 per annum.

Students are entitled to apply for the scholarship each year. No student will be awarded the scholarship
for more than 4 years in duration.

Where a student fails to pass an academic year they cannot be awarded the scholarship to repeat the
same academic year.

The Scholarship will be awarded to full time students only and is not available to part time students.
The Scholarship will be awarded to students of primary degrees only and does not cover masters or
PhD courses of study.

No canvassing will be tolerated and the decision of the Trustees is final.

“Cuz” Enright with his new mode of transport




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By Carrig Side – 25/07/23

by Tom Aherne

WEDDING WISHES: Congratulations and best wishes in the future to Thomas Geoghegan Ardagh and Daphne Gleeson Athea who were married in St Molua’s Church Ardagh on Saturday July 15. They held their reception with family and friends  in the Devon Inn Hotel.

Congratulations and best wishes in the future to John O’Connor Glensharrold, Carrigkerry and Trish Normile Glin, who were married in the Church of the Immaculate Conception Glin on Saturday July 22. They held their reception with family and friends in the Woodlands House Hotel.

Congratulations and best wishes  in the future to Noel Mc Cormack Glenville, Ardagh and Michelle Lane, who got married on Friday July 7.

PATRICK GEOGHEGAN: The death has taken place of Patrick (Paddy ) Geoghegan  Church Street Rathkeale (formerly Skehanagh, Ardagh) peacefully at UHL. Predeceased by his brothers John,  David,  Michael,   sisters Joan, Ellen. Reposing at Magner’s Funeral Home Rathkeale on Thursday July 20 from 5.30pm to 7.30pm. The Funeral cortege arrived at St Mary’s Church Rathkeale  on Friday for 11am Requiem Mass, followed by burial in St Molua’s Cemetery Ardagh.  Sympathy to his wife Agnes, sons John and Pat, daughters Maria and Una, Geoghegan family Skehanagh and extended family members. May he rest in Peace.

MUNSTER FLEADH: Congratulations to all the dancers and musicians from the Ardagh/Carrigkerry Comhaltas branch who took part in the Munster Fleadh Cheoil in Tralee. The successful competitors will represent the branch in the All-Ireland finals in Mullingar next month.

LADIES FOOTBALL: Congratulations to Limerick ladies who defeated Fermanagh by 0-10 to 1-6 in the semi-final of the Junior Ladies All-Ireland Football Championship played at Pearse Stadium Longford on Saturday last. The Old Mill club were well represented by Captain Róisín Ambrose, Iris Kennelly 0-1 with Sophie Hennessy and Alva Quaid in the substitutes. They play the winners of Down V Carlow in the final on Sunday August 13.

LOTTERY DRAW: The Ardagh Development Association and Saint Kieran’s GAA joint weekly lottery   draw took place on Monday July 17. The numbers drawn were 2,6,14,17,and  there was  no  winner of the € 13,700 Jackpot. Congratulations  to the five lucky dip winners who received  € 40 each:  Madeline Meade Coolcappa, Lucas O’Sullivan c/o Dawn, Ciara Mann Skehanagh,  Buston  family Coolcappa c/o Neary’s, Cathal Mc Enery Skehanagh. Next Monday night’s jackpot will  be € 13,800. 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.

RADIO DRAW: Congratulations to Kathleen Harrold Bruree, who won € 225 in the West Limerick 102fm 50/50 draw, held on Friday July 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.

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 sessions continue each Tuesday from 9pm to 11.30pm, teas are served, admission is € 5, and all are welcome for a great night’s entertainment.

CLUB DRAW: The next Limerick GAA Club draw will be held on Saturday July 29, and announced on the Sports Show on Limerick Live 95.The entry fee  is € 10 per month or € 50 for the remaining five 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.

FUNDRAISING DANCE: A fundraising dance will be held at Rathkeale House Hotel on Sunday July 30, from 7pm to 10pm. Music by Donie and Maura Nolan and friends and admission cost € 10. The tickets can be got at Rathkeale House Hotel, Johnny’s Menswear,  Pakie Lynch and Lorraine Dunne. A great night of dancing is promised. The proceeds from the night will go to aid the upkeep of the  Shrine and Famine Graveyard in Rathkeale.

CUL CAMP: St Kieran’s GAA club will hold their annual Cúl Camp from Monday July 31, to Friday August 4, from 10am to 2pm, in Coolcappa.  Supervisor John Lynch. It will cater for football, Ladies football, hurling and camogie. Fees € 75, Second child € 60,third/fourth child € 50. Each child will receive a Kellogg’s GAA Jersey, ¼ zip top and backpack. Participants are asked to bring  a packed lunch and drink, Hurley and helmet for hurling and camogie, mouth guard for football, suitable playing gear, tracksuit, shorts, runners, boots, rain jacket and changes of gear on wet days, labelled bottle of water, Sun cream and baseball hat  and labelled towel also.

CEMETERY MASSES:  Mass will be celebrated  in Templeathea Graveyard  Athea on Wednesday July 26, at 7.30pm. In Mount Pleasant Cemetery on Sunday August 6 at 2pm. In Glin Church grounds Sunday  August 13 at 7.30pm. In Coolcappa  Tuesday August 15 at 7.30pm. In Kilfergus  Sunday August 20 at 7.30 pm. In Kinnard  Monday August 21 at 7.30pm. In Clounagh  on Sunday September 3 at 2pm.

CLOTHES COLLECTION: A clothes collection will be held in aid of Kilcolman N.S. on Friday August 4. Bags  containing clothes, bags, shoes, sheets, pillow covers etc, can be dropped inside the wall near the school shelter. All support will be appreciated.

SAINT MOLUA: August 4, is the feast day of Saint Molua the patron saint of Ardagh parish.  Mass will be celebrated  in Ardagh cemetery   on Friday August 4 at 7.30pm. The entrance to St Molua’s well is from the cemetery. The well is open to visitors to visit and do the rounds and take home some of its water. It is a nice place to visit for some quiet reflection, and to admire the nice flowers and shrubs along the pathway. Great credit is due to the committee members who put it in place over 10 years ago.

SINGING CLUB: West Limerick singing club are holding a special singing and storytelling session on Friday August 4 in the Ramble Inn Abbeyfeale. What Matters Programme presenter John Prendergast from Glin will record the full session.

LYREACROMPANE FESTIVAL: The annual Dan Paddy Andy  festival celebrating its 25th anniversary will take place in Lyreacrompane  north Kerry over the August weekend  from Thursday 3 to Monday 7. A great spread of music, and dancing is anticipated  with top attractions in the marquee, Paudie Mc Auliffe, Jack Keogh, Bernie Heaney, Mike Condon, Ger Healy Rae the Singing Jarvey, Heart and Soul, Coffey Family and Eddie Lee. A storytelling evening on Thursday.  A bog walk and a Kids Party Club on Saturday. A 5/10k walk on Sunday. All the details can be got from Joe Harrington on 087- 2853570.

RAMBLING HOUSE: A rambling house will be held at Jim’s Newbridge on Saturday August 5, at 8pm. All musicians, singers, storytellers and dancers are welcome to attend.

VINTAGE DAY: Carrigkerry Playground and Sensory Park  fundraising vintage run and family Day will take place on Sunday August 6. Registration at 12.30pm at Moore’s Bar Carrigkerry. All tractors, cars and motorbikes are welcome to participate. Lines are currently on sale at €5 for a raffle with 10 prizes on offer. 1st Voucher for Moran’s Red Cow Hotel, 2nd € 200 voucher  for Prize Catchers Newcastle West, 3rd and 4th 3-month membership for Arena Gym, 5th €70 voucher for Moloney’s Daybreak Carrigkerry, 6th €50 voucher for Longcourt Hotel Newcastle West, 7th € 50 voucher for Ardagh Co-op, 8th, €30 voucher for Greaney Butchers Ardagh, 9th Tower 2,2 litre Air fryer, 10th €20 voucher for Home Office Newcastle West. The draw will take place in Moore’s Bar later that evening. There will be a family fun day also, plus a BBQ and live music in the bar. All support appreciated.

BEACH EVENT: The Old Mill Ladies Football club are holding their annual gathering  of football and fun on Ballybunion beach on Saturday August  12, from 10.30am to 12 noon.

SEISIÚN NIGHTS: The very enjoyable Seisiún Shows are currently being held throughout Ireland during July and August.  Templeglantine  Comhaltas Branch will host the Limerick show at the Devon Inn Hotel on Thursday nights at 8.30pm. Visitors and locals can enjoy a great night’s entertainment and can participate if they wish in the proceedings in the second half of the show. Admission adults € 7, children €3 and all are welcome.  In Cork on Tuesday nights at 9pm at Bruach na Carriage Rockchapel, €5 and on Wednesday nights at 8pm at Freemount Heritage Centre, € 10 tea and treats.


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Kathleens Corner – 25/07/23

by Kathleen Mullane

Well there was great excitement in the build up to one of the biggest games in Limerick’s history over the past while as it was the main topic of conversation  with everyone you met . Are you going, will they win, are there tickets available, will they get the 4 in a row, the many questions that were being asked ? Traffic on the roads started early on Sunday morning as supporters made there way to the Capital. Others chose to stay at home some preferring to watch with friends and family in case the pressure in Croke Park got too much!!!

One wondered after the 1st half if Limerick could achieve their DREAM!!! Who could have doubted them as they came ALIVE in the 2 nd half. And there they were yet again victorious with the 4 in a row under their belts. The CATS who gave them a good game couldn’t topple the MIGHTY GREEN GIANTS. Scenes of extreme jubilation followed with supporters staying on to watch the spectacle as they received the Liam McCarthy Cup and didn’t they deserve it . It takes dedication, commitment, courage, fitness and being away from family  to get to this point and we all must remember that as we all enjoy the brilliant sunshine they have brought to our County and indeed Country. The game was watched worldwide all proud to be Irish. Here’s now to maybe 5 In A ROW.!!!!!!

The death occurred last week at UHK of Mary O Keeffe of Gortnagross and formerly of Castletownbere Cork at the great age of 93. Many paid their respects at Harnett’s Funeral Home Abbeyfeale on Friday evening. Burial followed concelebrated Requiem Mass on Saturday to Holy Cross Cemetery. Sincere sympathy goes to her son Joe and daughter Anne and extended family relatives and friends. May she rest in peace.

Terrible attack on an American visitor to Dublin last week .What’s gone wrong with our young people . And to film the attack; what sick people would do that. To quote Roy Curtis in the Sunday World this weekend, and I must say he always says it as it is,  our legal system seems more interested in prosecuting Gardai who pursue known and dangerous criminals, than nailing the known people of chaos and destruction. He said a hundred thousand welcomes to Ireland delivered in kicks, punches and a carnal desire to slaughter innocent visitors . A 14 year old is in for questioning.  I wonder what punishment he will get  along with those who filmed the attack . Maybe a pat on the back??

Thought For The Week—-

Those who never Fail are those who never Try.


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