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By Carrig Side-27/07/2021

By Tom Aherne

Sophie Hennessy, goalie and Roisín Ambrose, midfield from the Old Mill Club were members of the Limerick team that defeated Derry 2-7 to 0-12 in round 2 of the All-Ireland Ladies Junior Football Championship at Kinnegad on Sunday last, July 18 They lost to Antrim  5-10 to 2-7 in round 3 at Coolvin, Westmeath on Saturday July 24. Sophie, Róisín (1-2) started, and Iris Kennelly was introduced in the second half. They play Carlow in their final group and need a win to progress to the semi finals.

Saint Kieran’s defeated Askeaton by 0-17 to 1-11 in the West junior hurling league playoff at Mick Neville Park on Saturday, July 17. The final was played at Feenagh on Friday night last and after a ding dong game, needing extra time, they lost by one point to Rathkeale 1-20 to 0-22. The sides were level at 0-9 each at half time and still level at the end of normal time 1-13 to 0-16. It was an encouraging display with the introduction of younger players to the panel this year, adding pace and enthusiasm.

TEAM: John Greaney, James O’Connor, Paudie McCarthy, Edward Fitzgerald, Diarmuid Mulcahy, Jack Ben Harnett, Cathal McEnery, Eoin McEnery, Mossie Shine, Kaelan O’Connor, Mike Flynn, Cormac Mann, Donie Nolan, Johnny McCarthy, Anthony Mullins. Subs Aaron Heffernan, Sean Ryan, Eoin Burke, Tom McMahon. Craig MacInnes, and Lorcan Murphy from the Saint Kieran’s club were members of the Limerick team that beat Tipperary 2-9 to 1-9 in the opening round of the Munster Minor Football Championship in the Gaelic Grounds Limerick on Wednesday, July 21.

Newcastle West defeated Patrickswell  3-6 to 1-7 in the Limerick U-16 A Camogie Cup County final at Croagh on Saturday, July 17. Molly Murphy, Glenastar was full back, and her father Michael was a backroom member. Kate Foley, Old Mill was centre field.

The next Limerick GAA Club draw will be held on Saturday, July 31, during the Limerick Live Sports Show from 10-11am. The top prizes each month are €10,000, 2nd prize €3,000, 3rd prize €2,000, 4th prize €1,000. The exclusive 5th star prize is a Dilusso bathroom. There are  four prizes of €500, four prizes of €250, and 17 prizes of €100. The total prize money given out each month is €21,000. The Saint Kieran’s GAA Club would welcome new members, and subscription can be paid through the Club force App.

The West Limerick 102 fm Gaelic games review programme airs each Monday evening  from 8-9pm. Presenter Pat O’Donovan is joined by Mike Barrett and Con Warren.

The annual Milford Care Centre’s Harvest Fair  has been cancelled for the second year due to the continuing Covid-19 pandemic. It was cancelled last year for the first time in its 35-year history and as a result it is a very challenging time for the charity. The chief executive Mary O’Brien is encouraging people to support Milford by doing some fun filled virtual activity to replace the purchasing they might have done at the Harvest Fair.

West Limerick 102 fm will broadcast a series of programmes to mark this year’s Heritage Week from Saturday August 14 to Sunday August 22. Last year presenter, Shirley O’Regan, marked the occasion with a number of short stories from people which were well received by the listeners. People interested in participating this August are asked to get in contact with Shirley at 102fm, on 069-66200.

The Ardagh Development Association and Saint Kieran’s GAA joint weekly lottery draw took place on Monday, July 19. The numbers drawn were 4, 6, 16 and 18, and there was  no  winner of the €3,600 Jackpot.  Congratulations  to the five lucky dip winners who received €40 each: Mary Nash Lisbane Shanagolden, John O’Mahony c/o Patrick Mullins, Bridget Dalton c/o Greaney’s, Teresa McMahon (Online) Paudie Kennelly c/o Josie. Next Monday night’s jackpot will  be €3,700. 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 on Monday, July 19. Congratulations to Aisling Coleman who won €100. 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 are held on Monday nights, and all support will be appreciated.

Congratulations to Ann Falahee, Newcastle West, who won €500 in the West Limerick 102fm 50/50 draw, held on Friday, July 23. The tickets cost €2, or 3 for €5 and they are available from volunteers, in local shops, (including Moloney’s Carrigkerry, and Denis Greaney’s Shop Ardagh) or from the radio station. All support will be appreciated.  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.

Looking back over the parish notes from July 1993 I came across the following: Paddy Murphy principal of Kilcolman National School from 1958 retired on June 25. A presentation was made to the Knockaderry native by the children and staff, and he was wished well on his retirement.  Margaret Barry was appointed the new principal. Esther Sheahan, national teacher in Coolcappa school and John Stack, Broadford were married in Ballingarry Church on July 5. Saint Kieran’s shot back into the limelight by defeating Western Gaels  3-8 to 1-9 to regain the West Senior Football Championship  after a seven year wait at Askeaton on July 4.

The Ardagh Festival weekend concluded with Paul O’Connor elected Mayor of Ardagh. The fine weather  for the opening parade and open air entertainment  was a major plus for its overall success. Louise Hannafin from Knocknaboha was selected as Miss Carrigkerry, and Anne Phelan Feohanagh was selected as Miss Ardagh  as finalists in the Lady of Desmond Contest final on July 22. Mary Flynn from Rathreagh, Ardagh took part in the mini marathon in Dublin and raised £400 in aid of Sudan.

 

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By Carrig Side-20/07/2021

By Tom Aherne

CRECHE JOB: Kilcolman Community Crèche are currently recruiting for an early years childcare practitioner to work a 39 hour week. The minimum qualification FETAC Level 5 in Childcare ( Level 6 preferable) Interested candidates are asked to email their CV and cover letter to kilcolmancreche1@yahoo.com

LADIES FOOTBALL: Sophie Hennessy, goalie and Roisín Ambrose, midfield, from the Old Mill Club were members of the Limerick team that lost to Wicklow 1-13 to 1-6 in the opening round of the All Ireland Ladies Junior Football Championship at John Locke Park Callan on Sunday last July 11. They play Derry in round 2.

CAMOGIE NEWS:Róisín Ambrose was a member of the Limerick team that lost to Wexford 2-12 to 1-13 in Round 1 of the All Ireland Senior Camogie Championship played at Newcastle West Gaelic Grounds on Saturday July 17.

GAELIC GAMES: Saint Kieran’s drew with Kildimo/Pallaskenry 3-12 to 5-6 in the final round of the West senior football league at Coolcappa on Tuesday, July 6. They finished second in group 2 behind Newcastle West who advanced to the final. Saint Kieran’s defeated Feohanagh 0-17 to 1-13 in their final group match in the West junior hurling league at Coolcappa on Sunday July 11. They are now in a playoff with Askeaton and Rathkeale to see who will top the group and advance to the final.

LOTTERY DRAW: The Ardagh Development Association and Saint Kieran’s GAA joint weekly lottery   draw took place on Monday July 12. The numbers drawn were 10, 18, 22 and 30, and there was  no  winner of the €3,500 Jackpot.  Congratulations  to the five lucky dip winners who received €40 each: Alva Quaid  (Online), Lukas O’Sullivan (Dawns Laundrette), Patrica McCarthy (Askeaton c/o Padge), Pat Dalton c/o Dinny Greaney, Tom Greaney c/o Dinny Greaney. Next Monday night’s jackpot will  be €3,600. 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.

SPLIT THE POT: Creeves Celtic  held their split the pot draw on Monday July 5 .Congratulations to Pat Guinane who won €100. 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 are held on Monday nights, and all support will be appreciated.

RADIO DRAW:  Congratulations to Margaret McEnery Camas, who won €650 in the West Limerick 102fm 50/50 draw, held on Friday July 16. The tickets cost €2, and they are available from volunteers, in local shops, (including Moloney’s Carrigkerry, and Denis Greaney’s Shop Ardagh) 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.

SPORTS CLUB: Limerick Sports Partnership are pleased to announce a small Grant Scheme (€1000 maximum per club, €500 minimum) for local sports clubs in Limerick to increase and support participation in sporting activities. The Club Development Grant Scheme aims to assist in the implementation of locally developed, well-planned sports education and training programmes designed to increase participation in sport and physical activity in local communities. In particular, the scheme is aimed at: assisting local clubs to enhance existing opportunities for their local communities to become involved in sport and physical activity; assisting local clubs to initiate new programmes or events geared at involving local people in sport and physical activity.

Please note, your club must be listed on the LSP CLUB DIRECTORY as a pre-requisite to apply for the grant. Your club will not be considered for grant approval if not completed. How do I complete this step? Step 1 Log in or register an account: https://limericksports.ie/clubs/ Step 2 Complete the following listing form: https://limericksports.ie/listing-form/ Step 3 Hit ‘Place Listing’ (Green button. Find the Application Form and Terms and  Conditions at the Green tabs below. Completed the signed application forms should be returned to the address below or email to info@limericksports.ie The postal address is, Limerick Sports Partnership UL Sport Arena, University of Limerick, Castletroy, Limerick. The closing date is Friday July 30, 2021 at 4pm.

DANIEL O’BRIEN: The very popular Dean Daniel O’Brien, retired parish priest of Newcastle West, died on Monday July 15, 1985. He was about to board  a bus to go on holiday when he died suddenly. He had a great interest in the spiritual and cultural life of the town. Though in his 81st year he was his usual alert self. Dean O’Brien was dogged in his later years  by  failing eyesight but he  stoically  endured this infirmity and never let it limit his horizons. He was born in William Street Limerick in 1904, and educated in Saint Munchin’s College and Maynooth where he was ordained in 1928. He commenced teaching in Saint Munchin’s in 1929, and remained there for thirty years, ten of which he spent as President. He was an outstanding linguist- Greek, Latin and Irish being his forte and was a fine classical scholar. He was appointed to Ardagh/Carrigkerry parish in 1959, and Newcastle West in 1964, on the death of the dearly loved Monsignor Hannon.

Coming to a rural parish in Ardagh/Carrigkerry was a great challenge  for a priest with his city background. Yet he rose to the challenge  in typical manner.  He made a whirlwind tour of the parish visiting every home and listened to the people’s problems with great patience. He quickly got to know he was in charge of a parish with a conflicting way of life.  In Ardagh a well to do Agricultural  Community containing  some of the best land in the county and the tail end of the Golden Vale. In Carrigkerry district, completely opposite, a hillside community of small farmers similar to the problem areas in the West of Ireland. In Carrigkerry Dean O’Brien quickly made an impact. His first priority was to get the people organised. He was ably assisted by Rev Michael O’Connor, a native of Ballyguiltenane Glin, who was the curate in the parish  at the time.  A Parochial  Committee was formed in Carrigkerry. For the first time in its history, a second Mass was celebrated  each Sunday at Saint Mary’ s Church in Carrigkerry.

Building and woodwork classes commenced under Mick Kennelly Shanagolden, and lasted for two years. A Group Water Scheme  got under way and a milk collection was organised. Surveys were carried out amongst the small farming community and an Open House Meeting was held in Carrigkerry and all political parties attended.  All rural organisations  were represented, and as a result  the electoral  division in West Limerick  qualified for social welfare. In later years, the same divisions became a disadvantaged  area.  All this and more as a result of Dean O’Brien’s dynamic approach to the problems of his parishioners. The list of his achievements at both ends of the parish  are too numerous to mention here, yet, he was only P.P. in the parish for five years, before being transferred to Newcastle West in 1964. He retired in September 1979, and his fifteen years of ministry were marked by some outstanding achievements. His passing is deeply regretted in the Ardagh/ Carrigkerry parish.

 

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By Carrig Side-13/07/2021

By Tom Aherne

The death has taken place of Eileen Moran, nee O’Keefe, Cullinagh, Newcastle West, and formally Bishop Street, peacefully at UHL on Saturday, July 3. Wife of the late Paddy, Carrigkerry. A private family Mass was held in the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Newcastle West on Monday, July 5, at 11.30am followed by burial in Churchtown Cemetery, Newcastle West. We extend sympathy to her brother Dan, cousin Nora Roche,  relatives and friends. May she rest in Peace.

Readers may have noticed that the cost of living has increased greatly this past few months. The carbon tax  which came in on the first of May which saw fuel prices increase, plus the rise in container costs to ship in the goods  to Ireland are two of the reasons given.  We are near the top dearest countries in Europe for electricity, gas and broadband prices, all essential  to the majority of households. Fuel prices at the pumps have increased greatly in recent weeks, which is worrying for all consumers. It is now that the effects of Covid -19 are starting to impact on us all, and the outlook for the future looks grim, with Brexit, the national debt and the Budget to be addressed in the coming months.

Darragh Treacy (midfield) from the club was a member of the Limerick team that lost to Cork 1-16 to 0-11 in the Munster Senior Football Championship at  the Gaelic Grounds Limerick on Saturday last, July 10. John Hayes (centre forward) was a member of the Limerick team that lost to Tipperary by 0-16 to 1-10 in the first round of the  Munster U-20 Football Championship at Semple Stadium, Thurles on Thursday, July 8. Dylan Moloney was a member of the extended panel.

Limerick GAA are holding a fundraising draw at present for a 212 Ford Kuga Titanium Hybrid Automatic car. The tickets are being sold online at winakuga.ie at €20 each. The single winner will be announced on Saturday, September 25. The proceeds from the draw will be reinvested in the Limerick teams from minor up to senior in both hurling and football.

Limited access  to the Desmond Castle, Newcastle West is open at present. Self guiding access to the ground floor of the castle, with limited access to the castle banqueting hall.

Johnny Quaid from Athea presents the Exchange programme on West Limerick 102 each Tuesday from 11am to 1pm. He is a new presenter of the programme and from 12 noon each week  he is joined by Mike Barrett and Con Warren to review the past weekend of GAA action. The duo were regular contributors along with Noreen Callaghan up to the arrival of Covid -19. Johnny learned his craft in Kerry Radio, and he presents other shows as well each week.  

This is the 70th anniversary of one of Ireland’s most significant cultural events Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann. It all began in Mullingar in 1951, and was due to be held there again this year but was cancelled due to Covid. A series of programmes to mark the occasion are being shown on TG4 since last Sunday night. Dáithí Ó Sé and Doireann Ní Ghlacáin are the presenters and music song and dance from the four provinces will be featured. The time slot is from 9-30pm to 10-30pm, and is some consolation for people who have missed out on the event  over the past two years.

The Ardagh Development Association and Saint Kieran’s GAA joint weekly lottery draw took place on Monday, July 5. The numbers drawn were 6, 9, 11 and 19 and there was  no  winner of the €3,400 Jackpot.  Congratulations  to the five lucky dip winners who received €40 each: J.J. Cronin, (Online), Sean Moriarty, c/o Denis Greaney, Mary Nash, Lisbane, Shanagolden, Nora J Dineen, Ardagh and Sean Moriarty, c/o Denis Greaney. Next Monday night’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 split the pot draw on Monday, July 5. Congratulations to  Garrett  and Meta McArdle. who won €102. 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 Mary O’Sullivan, Castleview, Newcastle West, who won €515, in the West Limerick 102fm 50/50 draw, held on Friday, July 9. The tickets cost €2 and they are available from volunteers, in local shops, (including Moloney’s Carrigkerry, and Denis Greaney’s Shop Ardagh) 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.

The following piece is taken from the parish notes from July 1983. In the early hours of Friday morning last July 15, Ardagh Post Office was broken into and a safe containing over £5,000 worth of stamps, money orders and TV licences was removed in a very skilful operation. The robbers also broke into Ardagh Creamery nearby. They forced their way past three extra strong doors into the store. It is obvious they were looking for money as no goods were taken. However, no money was found in the store. The Gardai are working on the theory  that it was the work of a Cork based gang who are active throughout Munster at present.

Changes in the postal district is causing confusion  at present. The authorities have divided the parish in two. Three Townlands have been transferred to the Athea postal district, namely Carrigkerry, Glensharrold, and Knockfinisk. At one time there was five postmen in the parish. Now there is only one, and it could be any hour at night before some people get their mail.

On Wednesday, July 27, Ardagh Post Office went automatic. John Donnellan  Minister for State at the Department of Posts and Telegraphs announced that automatic telephone  service would be provided. The dialling code for Ardagh will be 069. Customers will be able to dial local and trunk calls to all automatic areas in Ireland and England. Calls which cannot be dialled direct can be obtained  by dialling the operator on 10.

 

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