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By Carrig Side-15/09/2020

By Tom Aherne

In recent weeks pupils from the four local schools have received their First Holy Communion under the new Covid 19 guidelines. Congratulations to all the pupils involved and thanks to all others involved in enabling the ceremonies to proceed. Congratulations and best wishes to all the local students who received their Leaving Certificate results on Monday September 7.

Congratulations to Michael Flynn formerly of Ballymorrisheen, Ardagh, on his recent appointment as Principal of Ériu Community College Blanchardstown in West Dublin. It is a brand  new (ETB) school which just opened this September to cater for the growing population. We wish Michael all the best in the future.

Creeves Celtic  held the first split the pot fundraiser draw at the Thatch Bar, Newbridge on Monday, September 7. Congratulations to Clara Enright who won €128. Entry fee €2, with €1 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 and Hanley’s Foodstore, Creeves. Participants can also sign up to a standing order made payable to the club, contributing €9 per month for 12 months.  The forms are available from committee members and the  draws will be held on Monday nights and all support will be appreciated.

Saint Kieran’s defeated Garryspillane  by 1-19 to 1-10 in Round 4 of the County Junior A Hurling Championship at Adare on Sunday, September 6. It was their first win in the competition, and they play Castletown/Ballygran in their final group match. In round 2 of the West Junior B Football Championship Saint Kieran’s lost to Feenagh/Kilmeedy by 1-14 to 0-7 at Coolcappa on Tuesday, September 1. They play Adare in their final group match. In Division 3 of the County U-16 Hurling Championship Semi Final Saint Kieran’s lost to Dromin/Athlacca/Banogue by 5-14 to 4-6.

West Limerick 102fm have been successful with their application to the Government Stability Fund which will see them receive €18,853 from the fund. Other good news for the station is that Gaeilge Bhriste presented by Shirley O’Regan, has been shortlisted for Oireachtas Irish Language Community Radio Programme of the Year 2020. The programme is a lively mix of Irish Language, literature and music, and can be heard on Sundays from 8-9am and from 3-4pm. Shirley has become a beacon of light since her arrival at the station last year, introducing new ideas and  new shows. We wish her well in her quest to achieve the award next month.

Congratulations to Pat Coughlan Castlemahon, who won €116, in the West Limerick 102fm 50/50 draw, held on Friday, September 11. Tickets cost €2 and they are available from volunteers, in local shops, 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.

The Desmond Castle, Askeaton is now open to the public until Friday, October 30. Admission is free and numbers are limited to 6-8 people due to the special Covid restrictions. A guided service is available daily at 10am, 11.30am, 1.30pm and 3pm, Monday to Friday.

A prime parcel of 50 acres, with semi-derelict 4 bedroom farmhouse in need of substantial modernisation  with potentially  a great aspect, is for sale on the lands on Wednesday, September 16 at 3pm at Coolcappagh, Ardagh.

Culture Night 2020 will be held on Friday, September 18, and it will be a lot different this year due to Covid-19. It will be aimed at stay at home on-line audiences, which will be shown through new channels. Limerick Culture and Arts Office are inviting clubs and organisations wishing to organise  an event to visit www.limerick.ie/. West Limerick Radio will be marking the occasion.

People around the Limerick area are being asked to host a socially distanced or virtual coffee morning  and raise funds for Milford Hospice  on Thursday, September 24. This is the 28th  year of the fundraising initiative and it is sponsored by Bewley’s. The money raised is crucial in ensuring that they continue to meet each individual  patient’s needs and to support their families throughout the  mid west region. Call the fundraising department at 061- 485859 or visit www. milfordcarecentre.ie

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By Carrig Side-08/09/2020

By Tom Aherne

The death has taken place of John Mangan, Grouse Lodge, Ardagh,  peacefully on Tuesday, September 1, in Killeline Nursing Home after a short illness. The funeral cortege arrived at Saint Colman’s Church on Thursday, September 3 for 11am Requiem Mass, celebrated by Fr Tim Curtin.  Family, neighbours and friends attended, and Donal O’Sullivan played some lovely tunes on the flute. John was laid to rest afterwards in the local cemetery. We extend our sympathy to his brother David (Ovens, Cork), nieces, nephews, extended family, neighbours, friends  the management and staff of Killeline Nursing Home. May he Rest in Peace.

The death has taken place of John O’Connor, Ballyclough, Roxboro, Limerick and late of Main Street Ardagh. He was husband of the late Joan and former administrator at Mary Immaculate College  and past captain of Limerick Golf Club. His Requiem Mass took place at Knockea Church on Friday, September  4 at 12 noon followed by burial afterwards at Mount St Oliver Cemetery. We extend our sympathy to his daughters Helena and Siobhán, son-in-law Patrick, granddaughters Rebecca, Jessica and Emma, great granddaughter Blake, brothers  Michael, Rosslare, Wexford, Patrick and Christy, Main Street, Ardagh, sisters Catherine Moran, Toureendonnell, Athea and Mary Boyce, Granagh  and extended family and a wide circle of friends. May He Rest in Peace.

The death has taken place of  Ellen (Nell) Falahee (nee Copse) late of Dromin McTurlough, Newcastle West,  peacefully on Saturday, August 29 in Milford Care Centre. Ellen was  wife of the late Ned and grandmother of the late Eamon Anthony. Ellen’s Funeral Mass took place on Wednesday 2nd September at 11.30 am at the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Newcastle West, followed by  burial afterwards in Calvary Cemetery, Newcastle West. We extend our sympathy to her sons Eamon and John, daughters Bridget (Neenan), Mary (Hayes), Geraldine (Foley), Eileen and Noreen (Fitzgibbon) daughter in law Ann, sons in law Jim, Vincent, Maurice and Willie, grandchildren, Paul, Emma, Stephanie and Caoimhe, brother Mick  (Carrigkerry) sister-in-law Ita, brother in law Mickey, nephews, nieces, relatives, neighbours and friends. May she rest in peace.

The death has taken place of Jackie Feury, 47 Castleview, Newcastle West and formerly of Glenagragra, Glin on Monday, August 31, peacefully at Bon Secours Hospital, Tralee
Jackie was father of the late Richard. His Requiem Mass was celebrated in the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Newcastle West on Thursday,  September 3 at 11.30am followed by
burial afterwards in Calvary Cemetery, Newcastle West. We extend our sympathy to his wife Margaret, daughter Trish Bridgeman,  Kerryline , sons Paul and Michael, brothers Richard and Tom, sisters Mary and Joan, son-in-law Jer, daughter-in-law Trish, grandchildren Jack, Mya and Josh, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends. May he rest in Peace.

Ardagh/Carrigkerry parish contributed €2,489.52, towards the Lenten Appeal  last Easter.

Saint Kieran’s GAA Club will be holding a Static Cycle Fundraiser in The Square, Newcastle West to generate much needed club funds, on this Saturday, September 12 from 9am to 5pm. If anyone would like to participate for an hour, please send a private message to their facebook  page. All support is greatly appreciated.

Saint Kieran’s defeated Galtee Gaels by 0-15 to 0-12 in the relegation semi final of the County Senior Football Championship at Fitzgerald Park, Kilmallock on Sunday, August 29. They led  by 0-8 to 0-6 at half time. TEAM Ray Noonan, Mossie Shine, Diarmuid Mulcahy, Anthony Mullins, Brendan McCarthy, Johnny McCarthy,  Kevin Meade, Liam Kennedy, Darragh Treacy, Noel Callanan 0-1, Donie Nolan 0-1, John Hayes 0-4, Seamus Mangan 0-6, Anthony Molyneaux 0-2, Stephen Lyons 0-1, Sub John Doyle.

Saint Kieran’s lost to Granagh/Ballingarry by 4-9 to 1-9 in Round 1 of the West Junior B Football Championship in Ballingarry on Saturday August 29. They lost to Belville Gaels by 2-19 to 1-11 in Group 3 of the County Minor B Hurling Championship at Mick Neville Park on Wednesday, August 26. Saint Kieran’s defeated Granagh/Ballingarry by 3-12 to 2-12 in Division 3 of the County U-16 Hurling Championship. They defeated  Cappamore by 2-11 to 3-5 in Division 2 of the County U-14 Football Championship.

Mary Kury Secretary of the Saint Kieran’s Heritage Association is compiling a local directory covering the catchment area. It will cater for businesses, groups, organisations, and will give people an idea of what is available around the locality. It is free and limited to three lines per entry, and Mary can be contacted by text 087-9282486, or email [email protected]

Congratulations to Margaret O’Connell, Ahawilk, Feohanagh who won €124, in the West Limerick 102fm 50/50 draw, held on Friday September 4. Tickets cost €2 and they are available from volunteers, in local shops, or from the radio station. All support is very much appreciated. The annual general meeting  fixed for  Tuesday,  September 15, at Rathkeale House Hotel has been postponed to a later date due to Covid-19. 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.

The Desmond Castle, Askeaton is now open to the public until Friday October 30. Admission is free, and numbers are limited to 6-8 people due to the special Covid restrictions. A guided service is available daily at 10am, 11.30am, 1.30pm and 3pm, Monday to Friday.  

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By Carrig Side-01/09/2020

By Tom Aherne

The latest Limerick GAA club draw was held on Saturday, August 29, on Limerick Live 95fm, during their sports programme from 10 to 11am. It was another good outcome for the Saint Kieran’s club who had two winners, to add to the five in last month’s draw. Congratulations to Michael O’Mahony who won €1,000 and Marian O’Connor who won €250. Contact the Saint Kieran’s club if you wish to join for the remaining draws at €10 per month.

The death has taken place of John Byrnes, Riddlestown, Rathkeale on Thursday, August 20, peacefully at Beaumont Hospital, Dublin. He was predeceased by his wife Kitty. His remains arrived at Saint Kyran’s Church on Wednesday, August 26 for Requiem Mass at 11am. Burial followed afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. We extend our sympathy to his sons, daughters, grandchildren, brothers, aunt Mary, sons-in-law, daughter-in-law, extended family and many friends. May he rest in peace.

The death has taken place of Patrick (Pa) O’Connor, Knocknagorna, Athea, at University  Hospital, Limerick on Saturday, August 22. His Requiem Mass was celebrated in Saint Bartholomew’s Church, Athea on Monday, August 24, and he was laid to rest in Templeathea  Cemetery. We extend our sympathy to his  brother Michael (Carrigkerry), sisters Nora (Athea), Breda (Limerick), Theresa (Newport), Peg (England), Alice (England) and Loretta USA, brothers-in-law Pat Kelly and Seamus Ryan, sister-in-law Marie, nephews, nieces, grand nephews, grand nieces, cousin, other relatives, kind neighbours and a large circle of friends. May he rest in Peace.

Congratulations and best wishes in the future  to Donie Sheahan, Cahermoyle, Ardagh, who recently celebrated his 70th birthday.

The cemetery masses due to be held in Kilcolman and Clounagh were all called off. The Knockpatrick, and Skehanagh cemetery mass will not be held  either due to the Covid-19 restrictions.

Saint Kieran’s lost to Monaleen by 0-11 to 0-6 in Round 2 of the County Senior Football Championship at Mick Neville Park, Rathkeale on Saturday, August 22. They trailed by 0-5 to 0-3 at half time. They now play Galtee Gaels in a relegation semi final. TEAM Ray Noonan, Mossie Shine, Diarmuid Mulcahy, Anthony Mullins,  Brendan McCarthy, Liam Kennedy, Johnny McCarthy, Darragh Treacy, Donie Nolan, Noel Callanan, Paudie McCarthy 0-1, John Hayes 0-3, Seamus Mangan 0-1, John Doyle 0-1, Kevin Meade. Sub Stephen Lyons. Saint Kieran’s lost to Saint Senan’s by 1-9 to 0-11 in the County U-16 football championship.

Congratulations to Peg Kiely, Knockfinisk,  Athea, who won €117 in the West Limerick 102fm 50/50 draw, held on Friday, August 28. Tickets cost €2 and they are available from volunteers, in local shops, or from the radio station. All support is very much appreciated. The annual general meeting  if Covid -19 allow will be held on Tuesday,  September 15 at 7pm at Rathkeale House Hotel. New volunteers to get involved in all aspects of the station are needed at present. The roles available include research and studio work, fundraising and lots more. Contact the station at 069-66200 if interested.

The recent spell of wet weather has highlighted the condition of many of our rural roads. The very wet weather we got since August 2019, and the lack of attention since the lockdown is really showing with lots of potholes appearing from surface water running and lodging on surfaces. All the rural roads  need to be examined and repaired before their surfaces are further eroded. They need to be attended to now before some motorist badly damages their vehicles. The rural dwellers pay their motor tax as well as the urban dwellers, and a little fair play would be appreciated.

Peter Burke, singer songwriter, was the guest on a Story and a Song on West Limerick 102fm on Saturday last from 3-4pm. He is one of the leading entertainers on the social dancing scene for many years, and always attracts large crowds at his dances. Peter has been a very good supporter of the station over the years, performing at a number of the concerts. The past six months has been a difficult time for Peter and fellow entertainers, watching their living wiped out due to the Covid pandemic.

A prime parcel of 50 acres, with semi-derelict 4 bedroom farmhouse in need of substantial modernisation  with potentially  a great aspect, is for sale on the lands on Wednesday September 16 at 3pm, at Coolcappagh, Ardagh.

Culture Night 2020 will be held on Friday September 18, and it will be a lot different this year due to Covid-19. It will be aimed at stay at home on-line audiences, which will be shown through new channels. Limerick Culture and Arts Office are inviting clubs and organisations wishing to organise  an event to visit www.limerick.ie/.

SAINT KIERAN’S HERITAGE ASSOCIATION NEWS SYMPATHY WISHES: Saint Kieran’s Heritage Association members would like to extend their sympathy to fellow members Fr Tim Curtin, Coolcappa/Kilcolman, Caitriona O’Kelly and Mary O’Kelly, Clounagh on their recent family bereavements. Fr Tim’s father Patrick (Paddy Molly) Curtin(Bar) Rockchapel, passed peacefully on Sunday, August 16, in his 99th year in the company of his family at his daughters’ residence Ballywilliam, Kinsale Co. Cork. His Requiem Mass was celebrated  on Wednesday, August 19 at 2pm in St Peter’s Church Rockchapel, with  burial afterwards in the local cemetery. May he rest in Peace.

Frances O’Kelly (aunt of Caitriona, and sister-in-law of Mary), Lifford Gardens, Ballinacurra, Limerick and Croagh, passed away  on Monday, August 24, at University Hospital Limerick. Reposing for family and close friends took place at O’Grady’s Funeral Home, Ballingarry on Tuesday from 6pm with removal at 7.30pm to St. Mary’s Church, Rathkeale. Her Requiem Mass was celebrated on Wednesday, August 26, at 12 o’clock, with burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. May she rest in Peace.

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