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By Carrig Side-01/12/2020

By Tom Aherne

The death has occurred of Patrick (Pat) Costello,  94 Main Street, Rathkeale, and Coolcappa, peacefully at St John’s Hospital, Limerick on Sunday, November 22. Predeceased by his wife Kitty. His Requiem Mass  was celebrated in St Kyran’s Church, Coolcappa, on Wednesday, November 25 at 11am. Burial took place  afterwards in St Mary’s Cemetery, Rathkeale. We extend sympathy to his sons Martin, Patrick, Brendan, daughter Mary, grandchildren, brothers John and Donie, sisters Betty, Nancy, Eileen, and Mary, nephews, nieces, son-in-law Gerry, daughter-in-law Rachel, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, relatives, neighbours and a large circle of friends. May he rest in Peace

Congratulations and best wishes in the future to Hannie O’Connor, Glensharrold, Carrigkerry who recently celebrated her 92nd birthday with family.

Joe Dowling living in Ballinabearna, between Carrigkerry and the Old Mill is taking on the mammoth task of walking 320 kilometres (200 Miles)  as a fundraiser for the National Council for The Blind (NCBI).  Joe started his charity walk in the local surrounds of the scenic Demesne in Newcastle West, on Tuesday, December 1 and aims to complete the walk by mid December. Joe is  asking anyone that can afford some type of donation large or small, to contact Councillor Francis Foley in Tadgh O’Connor’s In Newcastle West, Dooley’s Pharmacy in the Square, Newcastle West,  Pat Geaney, Knockaderry or Moloney’s Shop in Carrigkerry where you can put your name on a Sponsorship card. 100% of the funding will go to the NCBI which is a well deserving charity and  very close to Joe’s heart.

The Limerick GAA Club draw for November was held on Limerick Live 95fm during the sports show on Saturday, November 28. The Saint Kieran’s club had one winner Christina Ahern who won €500. To join contact the local St Kieran’s club members in person, or online.

Congratulations to Margaret O’Connor, Glensharrold,  Carrigkerry  on her recent lotto win.

Sophie Hennessy and Róisín Ambrose, from the Old Mill club were members of the Limerick team that were defeated by Fermanagh 4-10 to 4-3 in the All Ireland Junior  Ladies Football semi final played at Kinnegad on Sunday November 22.

Limerick City and County Council has served compulsory purchase orders (CPO) on a mid terrace property in Main Street, Ardagh and two commercial units also on Main Street, Ardagh. The CPO was set up two years ago to tackle derelict and vacant sites.

Le Chéile is a new musical treat for Christmas CD in aid of Friends of Saint Ita’s Newcastle West, and the Butterfly Club Rathkeale. It is on sale at present  costing  €10,at Saint Ita’s, and Tony Hayes, Newcastle West,  Rathkeale Post Office and Sullivan’s Chemist, Rathkeale. The CD includes the following artists, Coolcappa choir members, Michael Nash, Ann Phelan, Jean O’Brien, Charlie Reynolds, Fr Tim Curtin, Canon Tony Mullins, Fr Liam Enright, Michael Enright, Theresa Doyle McMahon, Enda Walsh, Michael Doyle, Siobhan Doody and the Newcastle West Choir.

The Ardagh Development Association and Saint Kieran’s GAA joint weekly lottery draw took place on Monday, November 23 in the Community Centre, Ardagh. The numbers drawn were 1,7,11,15 and there was no winner of the €3,400 Jackpot. Congratulations  to the five lucky dip winners who received €40 each: Billy Broderick c/o Mackessy’s, Julia Mackessy Ardagh, John Byrnes c/o Greaney’s, Teresa Noonan c/o Greaney’s, and Patricia McCarthy c/o Podge.  Next week’s Jackpot will  be €3,500. 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.

Creeves Celtic  held their ninth split the pot fundraiser draw at Hanley’s Food store  Creeves, on Monday, November 23. Congratulations to Sharon Guina who won €144.The entry fee is €2 with €1 going to the club and the other €1 to be paid out in prize money each week. The envelopes to place your two Euro in plus details, are available at Hanley’s Foodstore, Creeves and from committee members. Participants can also sign up to a standing order made payable to the club, contributing €9 per month. The forms are available from committee members, and the  draws will be held on Monday nights, and all support will be appreciated.  

Congratulations to Margaret O’Connor c/o Independent Living Newcastle West, who won €235 in the West Limerick 102fm 50/50 draw, held on Friday November 27.Tickets cost €2 and they are available from volunteers, in local shops, (including Moloney’s Carrigkerry) or from the radio station. All support is very much appreciated. New volunteers to get involved in all aspects of the station are needed at present. The roles available include research and studio work, fundraising, creating new talk shows, documentaries and lots more. Contact the station at 069-66200 if interested.

On sale in the local shops are the 80 page Limerick Annual published by the Limerick Leader costing €3.95, and the 164 page Cork Holly Bough published by the Echo costing €5. The annual contains a look back at events over a year that we will never forget, with articles, photos, sport,  fondly remembered section, and six pages of local community events. The Holly Bough contains the usual mix of seasonal fare relating to our neighbours in County Cork. Both come highly recommended for over the Christmas reading, and either would make a nice gift for that special magazine reading friend.

 

 

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By Carrig Side-24/11/2020

By Tom Aherne

Saint Kieran’s GAA club held their annual general meeting online on Friday, November  21, on the Microsoft teams’ site.  Chairman David Woulfe welcomed all 31, and the various reports and addresses were dealt with during an upbeat and  positive meeting.  During his address David recalled a year that no one could imagine, since lockdown on March 12 disrupted the playing season. He thanked Ian Mackessy for organising the site, which he believed  was the first in the county to be held this way. Highlights included the road hurling last Christmas which was very successful, and over the past five years €12,000 has been given to local charities.

The club walks around the village over an eight week period was very popular and attracted large crowds twice weekly. Thanks to Deirdre and all the stewards who organised and kept everybody safe. Ivan Neary and Paul Moriarty and the area response group were thanked for the work they did during the lockdown months. Donal McEnery and the Bord Na Nóg  were thanked for the work they are doing with the underage players. The Cúl Camp was held with reduced numbers and the Covid officers Aisling Hayes, Deirdre Ambrose and the various team supervisors were thanked.

The highlights on the curtailed playing season were few with no honours won, but progress was made by the minor hurlers who reached the semi final. The senior footballers bowed out tamely from the County championship but retained their status and will compete in their 50th year in the topflight in 2021. The U-21 Footballers season should commence in early 2021. Darragh Treacy was congratulated on his success  with Limerick footballers, as were all club players who represented  the county.  Best wishes were sent to Sophie Hennessy and Róisín Ambrose from the Old Mill ladies club and the Limerick team contesting the All Ireland semi final.

Financially it was a very good year for the club who entered 2020 in the red but exited in the black.  This was due mainly to the success of the Christmas Draw 2019, scrap metal collection, U-21 static cycle and the church gate collection. The numbers in the Limerick Development draw were up and all who gave sponsorship were thanked. The club membership rates for 2021 remain the same as they were, and the online club force is proving very successful. All the club officers, development draw promoters, club force personnel and the front line staff around the locality were also thanked. Two club Gaels who passed on during the year John Mullins and Donal Mulvihill were remembered for their service and dedication, as were all members who suffered bereavements.

The following  officers were elected to run the club in 2020. Chairman David Woulfe, Vice-Chairman Patrick Windle, Secretary Ivan Neary,  Ass-Secretary Owen Hayes, Treasurer Tom Harnett, Ass-Treasurer Ian Mackessy, PRO Owen Hayes, Children’s Officer Deirdre Ambrose,  Irish Officer John Hough. A club committee was put in place  and most of the football and hurling management teams for 2021 were appointed.

The Charity Road Hurling competition will be held on Sunday, December 27, if Covid-19 allows. All funds raised on the day will be donated to three local charities Milford Hospice and the Night Daffodil Nurses, who do wonderful work in our communities, and Pieta House. It is a very enjoyable event and growing in popularity each year, and all support will be greatly appreciated. All who assisted and supported the club during the year were thanked. It is hoped to run the Oskar fundraiser in November 2021, if life returns to near normal. The meeting concluded on a positive note, with hopes high for a successful year for all.

The death has taken place of Ellen (Nellie) Barry, nee Carrig, Church View, Askeaton, suddenly on Saturday,  November 14. Pre-deceased by her beloved husband Paddy. She was a member of the well known Carrig family from Creeves Cross. Reposing at her home until arrival at St  Mary’s Church, Askeaton on Wednesday, November 14, for Requiem Mass at 12 noon. Burial took place  afterwards in Relig Mhuire Cemetery, Askeaton. We extend our sympathy to  her daughters Mary and Lisa, son in law Mike, Lisa’s partner John, grandchildren Jack, Ava, Mia and Cathal, brothers, sisters, relatives,  extended Carrig family in the locality and a wide circle of friends. May she rest in peace.

“Lights on the Horizon” is a newly published hardback book of poetry, fiction and drama, created to honour Ireland’s frontline heroes. It was written during thelockdown in March 2020, and it reflects people’s experiences during this difficult time. It features collections of short stories, poetry, fiction and photography. Peg Prendeville from Knockdown has two poems included “Spring Cleaning the World” and “Life with Covid-19.”

The last dates for Christmas posting has been announced for standard post as follows, Parcels and letters  to the Rest of the World is December 7. Parcels to America is December 7 and letters  December 11. Parcels to the Rest of Europe is December 12 and letters December 17. Parcels and letters to Great Britain is December 18, and both to Northern Ireland is December 19. The last day for posting parcels and letters around Ireland is Monday, December 21.

The Limerick GAA Club draw for November will be held on Limerick Live 95fm during the sports show on Saturday, November 28. The star prizes this month is a two nights Spa Break in Fitzgerald’s Woodland  House Hotel and Spa Adare, and dinner in Timmy Mac’s Bistro. To join contact the local St Kieran’s club members in person, or online.

The annual Milford Hospice Light up a Memory Christmas Tree event will be held online this year on Sunday, December 6. Lights can be sponsored  from now until Christmas for €5, and they will remain illuminated on the tree until Sunday, January 3, 2021. The lights can be purchased online at www.milfordcarecentre.ir or by calling the Fundraising Department at Milford Care Centre at 061 485859. The ceremony will be streamed live on Facebook and on their website at 6pm on Sunday, December 6.

Congratulations to Donal O’Sullivan, Carrigkerry who won €100 in the Athea GAA Club Development Draw held outdoors on Sunday, November 15 at their Gaelic grounds.

The Ardagh Development Association and Saint Kieran’s GAA joint weekly lottery draw took place on Monday, November 16, in the Community Centre, Ardagh. The numbers drawn were 3,10,23,27  and there was no winner of the €3,300 Jackpot.  Congratulations  to the five lucky dip winners who received €40 each: Kate Ambrose Ardagh (online), Josie and Maggie, Deirdre Ambrose (online), Patsy Duggan c/o Ann Mullins, and Rosemary Enright Hodgson (online).  Next week’s jackpot will be €3,400. 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.               

Creeves Celtic held their eight split the pot fundraiser draw at Hanley’s Foodstore, Creeves, on Monday, November 16. Congratulations to Mary Jo O’Keeffe who won €142. The entry fee is €2 with €1 going to the club and the other €1 to be paid out in prize money each week. The envelopes to place your two Euro in plus details, are available at  Hanley’s Food store Creeves and from committee members. Participants can also sign up to a standing order made payable to the club, contributing €9 per month. The forms are available from committee members, and the  draws will be held on Monday nights and all support will be appreciated.

Congratulations to Ronan Costello, Tournafulla, who won €180 in the West Limerick 102fm 50/50 draw, held on Friday, November 20. Tickets cost €2 and they are available from volunteers, in local shops, (including Moloney’s Carrigkerry) or from the radio station. All support is very much appreciated. New volunteers to get involved in all aspects of the station are needed at present. The roles available include research and studio work, fundraising, creating new talk shows, documentaries and lots more. Contact the station at 069-66200 if interested.

 

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By Carrig Side-17/11/2020

By Tom Aherne

2020 has been a terrible year all round for everyone, but spare a thought for the numerous charities around the country who depend so much on the generosity of the general public to just stay in existence and carry on their invaluable everyday work. This of course has a domino effect on the people less fortunate than ourselves, who depend so much on these services and which has made their everyday lives even more difficult than they had been before. One of these charities is the National Council for The Blind (NCBI) which is close to one  local man’s heart. Joe Dowling, living in Ballinabearna, between Carrigkerry and the Old Mill, was taking on the mammoth task of walking 320 kilometres (200 Miles) as a fundraiser for them last April in The Camino in Spain. Unfortunately, Joe had to cancel all the well laid out plans not to mention the amount of training and planning to take on this charity event when Covid – 19 struck.

It would be very easy to admit defeat, but Joe has decided to complete the walk only in a different guise, as he feels it has made him even more determined to complete the task because the NCBI’s need for funding is even greater now because of the pandemic.  So, starting on Tuesday, December 1, Joe will start his charity walk in the local surrounds of the scenic Demesne in Newcastle West, and aims to complete the walk by mid December. Joe is  asking anyone that can afford some type of donation large or small, to contact Councillor Francis Foley in Tadgh O’Connor’s in Newcastle West, Dooley’s Pharmacy in The Square, Newcastle West,  Pat Geaney, Knockaderry or Moloney’s Shop in Carrigkerry where you can put your name on a Sponsorship card. 100% of the funding will go to the NCBI which is a well deserving charity and as stated  very close to Joe’s heart. Joe is a brother of Michael J Dowling CEO  of Northwell Health New York, who was recently announced as  a winner of a Presidential  Distinguished  Service Award.

Saint Kieran’s GAA Club are holding their annual general meeting online on this Friday, November 20. Those interested in attending are asked to contact Ivan by text at 087-6577541 with your email address which will be used to register you for the meeting.

Saint Kieran’s GAA Club whose catchment area includes Ardagh/Carrigkerry and Coolcappa/ Kilcolman parishes was formed in May 1972 following Carrigkerry’s County Junior Football Championship win. Previous to this since the GAA was founded  football and hurling teams from the area played under all the different parish names. The club are currently researching  material that is available from the four areas and beyond with the intention of publishing a  complete club history.

A small group of people  came together to oversee the project earlier this year, commencing with a memory section, recalling the successes, and disappointments,  the personalities involved and companionships  formed within the club over the years. A call went out to people to respond and to date we have received ten lovely reminiscences and recalls from the mists of time, which will make enjoyable reading.

All are still welcome to share their recollections be they past players, club officers, or loyal supporters, with a special appeal to the elder generation. The West and County winning Captains are invited to share their thoughts and  memories of their big days. The role of the dual player, and players that came from other clubs, or went and joined other clubs, would make interesting reading. The carnival matches and tournament games were legendary with many incidents worth recalling. The many dinner dances, club functions, and Scór successes were all part of the club’s story and are worth recalling.

The club would appreciate 600 words or thereabouts, and  ideally your contribution by email, but a written memory can be transcribed afterwards. People during Covid-19 cleaning may come across old newspaper match reports, cuttings, match programmes and other memorabilia of interest. These can be stored in a safe place until required and photographs would also be most welcome in time and can be scanned and returned. This is a major club project to record for posterity the dedication, and contribution of men and women in most households within the parishes, and all help will be greatly appreciated.  It is planned to have the club history ready in time to launch it to mark the jubilee of Saint Kieran’s in two years time.

Congratulations to Shauna Scanlon, Ardagh who has been chosen along with Tara Dolan, Askeaton as recipients of the Cois Sionna Desmond Credit Union Third Level Bursary Award. The bursary awards each recipient €1,500 per annum, for a maximum of four years.

The Government has announced a further €2.5 million for further upgrades on the Great Southern Greenway from Rathkeale to Listowel via Ardagh, Newcastle West, Templeglantine and  Abbeyfeale. This will add to the work in progress at present which is putting in place a three metre wide tar surface. This news is to be welcomed greatly by all Greenway users.

The annual Hayes Christmas Lights display was switched on at their house in Shanagolden last Saturday, November 14. All donations this year will go towards Milford Hospice, and the Children’s Ark Unit in Limerick University Hospital.

Sophie Liston who has roots in Carrigkerry was a member of the Cork City team that defeated Treaty United 2-0 in the FAI Senior Cup semi final played at Bishoptown Stadium Cork on Sunday, November 8. They will play Peamount United in the final  on Saturday, December 12, at Tallaght Stadium Dublin. The match will be televised on RTE 2, and best wishes to Sophie, whose father Stephen comes from Carrigkerry.

Congratulations to Nancy Barrett Glenastar who won €147 in the Ballyhahill Development Split the Bucket draw held at Moloney’s Shop Carrigkerry. Tickets can be got at Moloney’s, Mullane’s Knockdown, and O’Rourke’s Ballyhahill.

Congratulations to Finola Dillane Ballinabearna, Old Mill who recently won one of the Weekly Observer/Dooley Super Value Christmas hampers, valued at €100. Two winning vouchers are placed within the pages of the paper each week, during lockdown. If a voucher is found the owner can contact the paper to claim their prize.

Congratulations to Shirley O’Regan, Presenter with West Limerick 102 radio, who has won two Craol Achievement Awards.  She won a silver award for her weekly Irish programme “Gaeilge Bhriste” , which she has broadcast weekly for an unbroken 52 weeks. She won a gold award for one of her very popular local history documentaries, which she broadcasts regularly. The awards are well deserved as Shirley puts a lot of thought and feeling into her programmes.  She captures the real importance of local voices, local places and local history  which is what local radio should be all about.

The Ardagh Development Association and Saint Kieran’s GAA joint weekly lottery draw took place on Monday, November 9, in the Community Centre, Ardagh. The numbers drawn were 7,9,18,20 ,and there was no winner of the €3,200 Jackpot.  Congratulations  to the five lucky dip winners who received €40 each: Christina Mackessy, Eamon Dillane (online) Den Joe Doran c/o Josie, Marion O’Connor, Lisbane and Maura D c/o Moloney’s. Next week’s jackpot will  be €3,300. 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.

Creeves Celtic held their seventh split the pot fundraiser draw at Hanley’s Food store  Creeves, on Monday, November 9. Congratulations to Mike Hayes who won €152.The entry fee is €2, with €1 going to the club and the other €1 to be paid out in prize money each week. The envelopes to place your two Euro in plus details, are available at the Thatch Bar, Neary’s Bar, and Hanley’s Foodstore Creeves. Participants can also sign up to a standing order made payable to the club, contributing €9 per month. The forms are available from committee members, and the  draws will be held on Monday nights, and all support will be appreciated.

Congratulations to Caroline O’Mahony, Feohanagh, who won €185 in the West Limerick 102fm 50/50 draw, held on Friday, November 13. Tickets cost €2 and they are available from volunteers, in local shops, (including Moloney’s Carrigkerry) or from the radio station. All support is very much appreciated. New volunteers to get involved in all aspects of the station are needed at present. The roles available include research and studio work, fundraising, creating new talk shows, documentaries and lots more. Contact the station at 069-66200 if interested.

 

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