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By Carrig Side-23/02/2021

By Tom Ahern

We extend sympathy to Henry Long and family, Rooskagh on the passing of his father Jim Long (Jim) Long, Suttons Cross, Ramsgrange, Wexford on Monday, February 15. In accordance with current restrictions regarding public gatherings a private cremation took place on Friday, February 19.  The Long family were proprietors  of the Central Bar in Main Street, Ardagh for a number of years. They are also associated with Rathkeale Boxing club, with Henry a coach and son Cormac winning numerous titles. Sympathy also to all the  other family members, and may he rest in Peace.

Enrolments are now open  for the coming school year 2021/22, at Kilcolman N.S. Enrolment forms can be found on the school website www.kilcolmanns.com and can be returned by post or by email to kilschool1@gmail.com

The Ardagh Development Association and Saint Kieran’s GAA joint weekly lottery draw took place on Monday, February 15. The numbers drawn were 7, 14, 26 and 30 and there was no winner of the €4,400 Jackpot.  Congratulations  to the five lucky dip winners who received €40 each:  Tommy Greaney, c/o Denis Greaney, Alex JC O’Sullivan, c/o Dawn, Ita and Tadhg Dineen, Ardagh, Breda Fulham, Ballyvoughan and Luke and Niamh c/o Mackessy’s. Next Monday night’s Jackpot will  be €4,500. 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 split the pot draw at Hanley’s Food store,  Creeves, on Monday, February 15. Congratulations to Emer Feehan who won €120. The weekly   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. People can also sign up by standing order for €9 per month. The  draws will be held on Monday nights, and all support will be appreciated.

People may have noticed an increase in fuel prices in recent weeks. Petrol has gone up around ten cents per litre since Christmas, for no apparent reason. Consumers are hard pressed as it is especially at this time of the year, and fuel also rose in last October’s Budget.

The Bard of Sliabh Luachra Johnny Walsh  from Mountcollins is steeped in music, song, dance and Gaelic games. His latest The Mighty Men from the Shannonside composition pays tribute to the Limerick hurlers who won the All Ireland Championship last December. Written and performed by Johnny with a lovely music beat  the CD is priced €5 and on sale in select outlets due to Covid restrictions. It is receiving great airplay on Radio Kerry, Cork and Clare  102fm etc and all proceeds will go to Milford Hospice Limerick. Johnny told me he is close to his sale target but copies are still available and all support will be greatly appreciated.

Johnny has been involved with West Limerick GAA, the County Board, and Scór since the mid 1990s, and his colourful match reports and poems have featured in all the local papers. Over the years Johnny has been very generous with his time and talents, (attending numerous functions and events) to all clubs and organisations. A born entertainer, composer and storyteller (pure true) par excellence Johnny has lit up many a  stage and venue, to the delight of all present. It is now people’s  chance to return the favour to Johnny and to support the great work that Milford Care Centre do. Johnny can be contacted on 086-3517589 to arrange a copy.

Congratulations to Katie Phillips c/o Tony Hayes shop, who won €210 in the West Limerick 102fm 50/50draw, held on Friday, February 19. This was the first draw for 2021 due to the Covid-19 restrictions. Tickets cost €2 and they are available from volunteers, in local shops, (including Moloney’s Carrigkerry) or from the radio station. All support will be appreciated as finances are tight due to lack of fundraising. The radio station is off limits to members of the public at present, with only volunteers allowed access. When restrictions are lifted all will be very welcome to visit and get involved in programming. A number of exciting new programmes are in the pipeline for later in the year. The station can be contacted at 069-66200 if people have news of interest to the West Limerick area.

Notes are scarce due to Covid so this week we look back on parish notes from 50 years ago.

A Telephone Kiosk has been put up in Carrigkerry Village but is not yet in service. A dangerous bend in the village is to be removed by Limerick Council before the Kiosk is connected. The  district will then have a 24 hour service. It is a must needed amenity as the community has no resident priest, doctor, vet , etc.

This week’s house dance in aid of Carrigkerry Festival will be held at Peg O’Connell’s farmhouse, Glensharrold. This lovely thatched farm house was recently featured in Rural Roundabout by Martin Ryan. Peg was a member of Cumann na mBan in her young days before moving to Glensharrold. Peg’s late husband Maurice worked at the Old Mill Creamery. The social will take place this Saturday night and will consist of  a 41 Drive, and house dance, etc. Teas will be served by the ladies social committee. The bean a tí extends a céad míle fáilte to all.

Record prices are being paid for grazing land in West Limerick and to date prices ranging  up to 30 pounds per statute acre have been paid for lands let on the 11 month system.

The death occurred at Saint Nessan’s Hospital, Croom of John T Woulfe Ballyine Newcastle West  who was a respected member  of the farming community. The funeral was from Ardagh Church to Grange Cemetery. The death of Mrs Margaret Morrow (nee Casey) occurred at her residence, Ballyine, Carrigkerry recently. The funeral was from Carrigkerry Church to Churchtown Cemetery.

Johnny Walsh on Song

The Bard of Sliabh Luachra Johnny Walsh  from Mountcollins is steeped in music song dance and Gaelic games. His latest The Mighty Men from the Shannonside composition pays tribute to the Limerick hurlers who won the All Ireland Championship last December. Written and performed by Johnny with a lovely music beat  the CD is priced €5 and on sale in select outlets due to Covid restrictions.  It is receiving great airplay on Radio Kerry, Cork and Clare etc and all proceeds will go to Milford Hospice Limerick. Johnny told me he is close to his sale target but copies are still available and all support will be greatly appreciated.

Johnny has been involved with West Limerick GAA, the County Board, and Scór since the mid 1990s, and his colourful match reports and poems have featured in all the local papers. Over the years Johnny has been very generous with his time and talents, (attending numerous functions and events)  to all clubs and organisations.  A born entertainer, composer and storyteller (pure true) par excellence Johnny has lit up many a  stage and venue, to the delight of all present. It is now peoples  chance to return the favour to Johnny and to support the great work that Milford  Care Centre do. Johnny can be contacted on 086-3517589 to arrange a copy

 

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By Carrig Side-16/02/2021

By Tom Aherne

There are exciting plans proposed for Moloney’s shop in Carrigkerry which serves so well the local community and the passing customers. An  application is before Limerick City and Council Council at present seeking permission to demolish existing substandard  shed and erect  an extension to existing  retail facility  to incorporate  an off-licence area,  upgrade the entrance and glassing to the retail  and erect a new storage shed and all associated  site works at Knocknagun, Carrigkerry. The Moloney family recently upgraded their premises in Abbeyfeale to a high standard so customers can look forward to similar results in Carrigkerry.

Timmy and Joan Copse, Glensharrold, Carrigkerry recently presented Milford Hospice Limerick with a cheque for €4,821, the proceeds of their Christmas Lights display. Mary and Cormac Hayes from nearby Shanagolden Christmas Lights display raised €13,000 this year for Milford Hospice, and the Children Ark Unit University Hospital  Limerick. Both families would like to thank everybody for their support and kind donations.

We extend sympathy to Pat and Daphne Casey and family, Reerasta Ardagh on the death of Pat’s sister Eileen O’Brien, Howth, Dublin and formerly of Knocknasna,  Abbeyfeale, on Wednesday, February 3, peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family. A private family funeral service  was live streamed  on Saturday, February 6. Sympathy also to her husband Tom, sons Thomas, Kieran,  and Brendan, and extended family members. May she rest in Peace.

It has been announced that Ardagh village is to receive an allocation of €100,000 under the National transport authority improvement grants scheme. These grants are to improve facilities, footpaths etc. and to promote cycling and walking facilities, and grants were also awarded to Athea, Glin and Newcastle West.

David Egan, a native of Carrigkerry village, is doing the Running Home Challenge. He will walk or run 1112km, the distance from Amsterdam to Carrigkerry village. He  will donate €1 for every km and hopes to get enough donations to at least match that. All donations go to Midwest Simon Community who do great work for the homeless and those at risk of homelessness. The contact details https://www.idonate.ie/DavidEgan #runninghome  David will be very thankful for all support received.

Glenville House and Gardens in Ardagh have announced their opening dates for 2021, with restrictions in place  due to Covid-19 guidelines. April 3rd -30th, May 1st -26th, August 4th -22nd (Heritage Week) September 1st -17th, Tuesday to Saturday (9.30am -1.30pm). The admission is €5, students €3, with children and old age pensioners free.

Enrolments are now open  for the coming school year 2021/22, at Saint Molua’s N.S. Ardagh. Please email the school on office@ stmoluasns.scoilnet.ie or download an application form from their website www. stmolua.ie and post to the Principal, Ardagh National School.

The Ardagh Development Association and Saint Kieran’s GAA joint weekly lottery draw took place on Monday, February 8. The numbers drawn were 17,21,25 and 27, and there was no winner of the €4,300 Jackpot.  Congratulations  to the five lucky dip winners who received €40 each:  Tom Neary, Ardagh, Daniel Power, Skehanagh, Michael Liston, Glenastar, Diarmuid Carroll, Shanid, and the Buston family Coolcappa. Next Monday night’s Jackpot will be €4,400. 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 split the pot draw at Hanley’s Food store,  Creeves, on Monday, February 8. Congratulations to Mary Nash who won €120. The weekly 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. People can also sign up by standing order for €9 per month. The  draws will be held on Monday nights, and all support will be appreciated.

Tralee Garda station members filmed the Jeresulama challenge dance video on the roof  of their station, and around scenic Kerry. Garda Nicola Hogan from Rathkeale and daughter of Tom and Annette Shiels of the Old Mill was one of the Gardai who featured.

Team Limerick (TLC)  clean up year 6 will go ahead this Good Friday, April 2. It was not held in 2020 due to Covid-19, and our communities show all the signs. The event  will have to be Covid compliant as we could still be in Level 5. Individuals and groups are asked to register for the clean-up by logging on to www. teamlimerickcleanup.ie More details will be announced in the

The death has taken place of Frank O’Connor, 3 Lilac Close, Newcastle West,  suddenly at his residence, on Wednesday, February 10. Predeceased by his parents Peg and Ned and nephew Mark. Frank and his family were regular patrons to Stacks Carrigkerry back in the 1970s. As a young fellow he often performed on stage with the groups that were providing the entertainment. Little Jimmy Osmond, youngest member of the Osmond family at the time, recorded a song titled Long haired lover from Liverpool,  which went to number 1 in the British charts in 1972, and young Frank often belted it out at Stacks Lounge bar. In accordance with government guidelines a private family funeral Mass took place in Newcastle West Church on Saturday,  February 13 at 11.30am, with burial afterwards in Calvary Cemetery. We extend our sympathy to his sisters Margaret, Rena and Joan (Australia), Sr. Martha (South Africa), Carmel (Newcastle West) and brother Denis (Florida), brothers-in-law, sister-in-law, nephews, nieces, grand-niece, grand-nephews, neighbours, relatives and friends. May he rest in Peace.

 

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By Carrig Side-09/02/2021

By Tom Aherne

The death has taken place of Paddy Falahee, Ballyloughane, Carrigkerry and formerly of Limerick County Council,  peacefully at Milford Care Centre Limerick on Thursday, February 4. His Funeral Mass took take place in Saint Mary’s Church, Carrigkerry on Saturday, February 6 at 11.30am followed by burial afterwards in Churchtown Cemetery, Newcastle West. We extend our sympathy to his sisters Sister Bridie, and Sister Peg, relatives, friends and neighbours. May he rest in Peace.

The death has taken place of Michael Dore, Balliston, Shanagolden, and husband of the late Nora. His Funeral Mass was celebrated  in Saint Colman’s Church, Kilcolman at 11am on Monday, February 1 followed by burial immediately afterwards in the local cemetery. We extend our sympathy to his sister Eithne, daughters Mary, Michelle and Laura, son Paul, sons in law Brendan, Peter and Kevin, daughter in law Candace, aunt Emer, grandchildren, nephews, nieces, extended family and a wide circle of friends. May he rest in Peace.

The death has taken place  of Mary (May) O’Rourke (née Flynn), Marian Park, Portumna, Galway and Ardagh, Limerick peacefully in Portiuncula Hospital on Monday, February 1. Formerly of Glenastar, Ardagh, Co. Limerick and Chelmsford, England. Predeceased by her husband John, brothers Seán, Mike and Dan, sisters Bridgie, Nora and Eily. Survived by her loving sisters Madge, Hannie and brother Patie. A private family Funeral  Mass was celebrated  on Thursday, February 4 at 11am in Saint Brigid’s Church, Portumna, followed by burial in Saint Michael’s Cemetery.

We extend our sympathy to  children Sarah (Salesian Sisters), Hanorah Beirne (Roscommon), John (Galway), Michael (Longford), Mary Keenan, (Galway) and Bernadette, grandchildren Damien, Elaine, Ailbhe, Iarlaith, Caoimhe, Ríona, and  Jack and great grandchildren Fiadh and Roisín. sisters Madge Maune England Hannie O’Connor Glensharrold, Carrigkerry, brother Patie Galway, sons-in-law Pat Beirne, Michael Keenan, daughters-in-law Patricia and Mary Carmel, nieces, nephews and their families, neighbours and friends. May she rest in Peace.

Margaret Ryan was the proprietor of the Thatch Bar in Newbridge for 30 years from 1969 to 1999. The bar situated where four roads met, going towards Askeaton, Rathkeale, Creeves, and Coolcappa, was a great gathering place for people from the surrounding areas. Ardagh Development Association held Quiz nights there back in the 1990s, Saint Kieran’s GAA Club held fund raising nights, and Lottery draws there. Villa Rovers soccer club played many matches in the adjoining field there against the local Creeves Club, (who Maureen allowed to use as their home ground) and in Desmond League fixtures.

Margaret Ryan, nee Casey, of  Deel Manor, Askeaton passed away peacefully in her 97th year  on Monday, February 1 at Abbot Close Nursing Home, Askeaton. A private family Funeral Mass took  place at 12 o’clock on Tuesday, Feburary 2 at Saint Mary’s Church, Askeaton, followed by burial afterwards in Kildimo Cemetery. We extend our sympathy to her family members,  and may she rest in Peace.

The passing of Paddy Clancy from Hill Road,  Ballingarry on Sunday, January 31 in his 90th year in Caherass Nursing Home is deeply regretted around the locality. Paddy was a traditional musician, who played the accordion and he also manufactured them. Over the years he played at all the local venues, and  around the Carrigkerry  locality. A private Funeral Mass was held at The Church of the Immaculate Conception, Ballingarry on Tuesday, February 2, followed by burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. We extend our sympathy to his family members, and may he rest in Peace.

The Ardagh Development Association and Saint Kieran’s GAA joint weekly lottery draw took place on Monday, February 1 in the Community Centre, Ardagh. The numbers drawn were 2, 6, 11 and 22 and there was no winner of the €4,200 Jackpot.  Congratulations  to the five lucky dip winners who received €40 each: Winnie Murphy, Coolanoran, Eileen Fitzgerald c/o Denis Greaney, May Gallagher, online, Mike Molyneaux, Ardagh and Kathleen Ryan, Coolacokera.  Next Monday night’s Jackpot will  be €4,300. 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  split the pot draw at Hanley’s Food store,  Creeves, on Monday, February 1. Congratulations to Des Hough who won €122. The weekly   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. People can also sign up by standing order for €9 per month. The  draws will be held on Monday nights, and all support will be appreciated.

Congratulations to well known sportsman Davy Nolan, Kilcolman, and his dog Dannos Rambler, who won the Johnny Waters Memorial Stake at Limerick Greyhound Track on Saturday, January 30. The dog was bred in nearby Rathnagore by Noel and Fiona Ahern, who have enjoyed great success with their Tullig Prefix, which is known far and wide. Davy played with Saint Kieran’s and Monagea in Gaelic Football and with Kilcolman Rovers and Villa Rovers in soccer.

The former Limerick and  Ballysteen footballer Pa Ranahan paid a nice tribute to former Coláiste  Mhuire Askeaton principal John Egan in a recent article in the Limerick Post. I quote: “We were lucky that the principal at the time, John Egan  was very much GAA orientated, having hurled for Limerick at one point. And was very understanding of classes being missed  as a result! He also took charge  of a few of the teams over the years. The training we did was of the old school variety, but it was the way at the time and the players respected  him and bought into it fully. My GAA interest was cultivated during that time and I am very grateful  that John Egan  and a couple of other teachers in the school had an interest in GAA and willingly gave up their time during and after school.” John Egan was from Coolcappa and a fine hurler in his day who played with Ardagh, and Limerick. He continued his interest in Askeaton school, being coach, manager, and driver of their team bus.

 

 

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