By Carrig Side

by Tom Aherne

The death has taken place of John (Johnny) Roche of Clonagh, Reens, Ardagh, peacefully on Thursday July 23. Predeceased by his son Bryan. The Requiem Mass was celebrated on Monday July 27, at 11am. in Saint Kyran’s Church, Coolcappa. Burial took place afterwards in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Rathkeale. We extend our sympathy to his  wife Mary, son John-John (Australia), daughters Margaret, Isabella, Karen, eleven grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, sisters, sons-in-law, sister-in-law, cousins, neighbours and friends. May he rest in Peace.

The death has taken place of Donal Mulvihill Lisbawn, Shanagolden, peacefully on Saturday,  July 25, at St. Camillus’s Hospital, Limerick. His Requiem Mass took place on Monday, July 27 at 2pm in Saint Colman’s Church, Kilcolman, followed by cremation at Shannon crematorium. We extend our sympathy to his wife Marian, daughter Cyra, sons Robert and Cian, son-in-law Ger, grandchildren Eoghan, Emilia, and Leo, brothers Tony and Eamon, sisters Nuala and Anna, nephews, nieces, extended family, neighbours, and friends. May he Rest in Peace. 

Donal  was a native of Main Street Shanagolden, and he was an outstanding soccer player, who played with a number of clubs around the area. He also played and managed the Desmond League team in the Oscar Traynor Trophy. Donal played Gaelic football with his native Saint Senan’s winning two West and  County Junior Football Championships in 1973 and 1986 when he was captain. Saint Senan’s defeated  Na Piarsaigh by 1-10 to 1-7 in the County final at Bruff on Sunday November 18, 1973. They defeated Kilteely/Dromkeen by 0-6 to 0-5 in the County final  at Bruff in November 1986, and Donal was their captain. He switched allegiance to the Saint Kieran’s club and a high point was being a member of the team that won their first County senior football championship in 1981. They defeated Claughaun by 1-9 to 1-2 at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick on Sunday,  November 1. Donal played at centre field and he was named Man of the Match.

Saint Kieran’s lost to Doon  by 1-11 to 0-7 in Round 1 of Group 1 of the County Junior Hurling Championship at Clarina on Saturday, July 25. Doon led by 1-4 to 0-3 at half time, and Saint Kieran’s reduced it to 1-5 to 0-7 midway through the second half, only for Doon to hit the last six points without reply. TEAM/PANEL John Greaney, Diarmuid Mulcahy, Paudie McCarthy, Liam Kennedy,  Jack Harnett, Brendan McCarthy, Ian Mackessy, Mossie Shine, Eoin McEnery, John Buckley, Johnny McCarthy, Mike Flynn, Seamus Mangan, Anthony Molyneaux, Michael Murphy, Anthony Mullins, Cillian Ambrose, James O’Connor, Edward Fitzgerald, Eoin Burke, Billy Breen, Mike Breen, John O’Connor, Liam Ward, Kieran Copse, Danny Collum.


Creeves Celtic soccer club will hold its underage registration night for the 2020/2021 season on Wednesday, August 12, at 7pm, at the Thatch Bar Newbridge. The club are starting a “Split the Pot” fundraiser to help with the daily running of the club. Entry fee €2, with €1 to the club and the other €1to be paid out in prize money each week. The club are asking participants to 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, or at the registration night, and the first draw will be held on Monday, August 31.

The Old Mill ladies football club are holding an Ocean Dash on Saturday, August 29 at 3pm on the Ladies Beach in Ballybunion. This will be a part of their Family Day Event. They have plans to hold a Coffee Morning in September if Covid 19 restrictions allow.

Irish Forestry Unit Trust are applying to Limerick City and County Council for permission to construct two new entrances and access road to existing forestry plantations on the site of existing  entrances at Boughilbo, Ardagh. They are also applying for permission  to construct a new entrance/exit and access road to existing  forestry plantation on the site of existing entrance at Rooskagh West. The planning applications may be inspected or purchased at the offices of the Planning Authority  Limerick City and County Council Offices, Dooradoyle Road, Limerick.

The 2020 Kellogg’s Cul Camps  for children aged 6-13, commenced in Limerick on Monday, July 20. The number of clubs hosting a camp is well down this summer due to the Covid-19 virus. There will be six primary camp leaders, and around one hundred camp coaches involved in delivering the camps.  One coach to eight children is recommended and the usual on field activity will be held. The separate groups will stay to their own section of the field and staggered breaks will be held. All children will need to bring their own equipment and water containers. All the current GAA Covid-19 guidelines apply to those attending the camps. Saint Kieran’s GAA Club will hold their Cul Camp from Monday, August 10 to Friday, August 14.


Congratulations to Denis Lane who won €104 in the West Limerick 102fm 50/50 draw, held on Friday, July 31. 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 and lots more. Contact the station at 069-66200 if interested.

National Heritage Week will be held from Saturday, August 15 to Sunday, August 23, this year. It will be a restricted programme of events this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Shirley O’Regan from West Limerick 102fm has been assembling heritage items of interest into short slots in recent weeks to mark the event.  Listen out for these programmes, which  will be broadcast during Heritage week.

After 45 years’ service to the Limerick Leader Eugene Phelan retires as Editor on this Wednesday, August 5. We thank him for all the help he has given to the parish correspondents and wish him a long and happy retirement.

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Knockdown News-04/08/2020

by Peg Prendeville

I spent a few days down around Kenmare admiring the beautiful scenery and being blessed with fine days while there. Imagine my dismay on returning on Wednesday evening to find that the town had been flooded by torrential rain as soon as we had left the place. What I learned while away was that our world has changed and our ways of life and leisure, that we had become accustomed to, are gone. We will have to learn to adjust to new ways. Gone are the buffet breakfasts; now we have to ask for everything to be brought to the table and that includes pepper and salt etc. Our dinner times can no longer drag on as long as we would like as we are given 105 minutes and can have a drink during that time but not before or after. This doesn’t bother me, as I do not drink alcohol, but it may bother some. On the other hand it may help people to moderate the amount they drink. Wearing face masks will become the norm and compulsory everywhere I think. I hate them – they dehumanise us. What disturbed me a bit was seeing the lack of social distancing almost everywhere. It is something I try to adhere to myself but a great many do not; they either forget or don’t care. I saw groups of young people all together having a laugh and hugging and doing what should be normal and healthy but is not advised at this moment in time. Likewise with the Arsenal/Chelsea match on Saturday evening. All the players hugging after winning? Sure what hope have we?

It was lovely to see some of the Rambling House programme on Sky192 last Thursday night, showcasing our Irish talent of music, song and dance. I was lucky enough to be part of this group almost 20 years ago with my father as it entertained the exiles in Bolton, Leeds, Birmingham and London. It was great fun. Sadly many of the group back then are entertaining the angels since. Well done to Joe Harrington and Kay O’Leary for keeping the tradition going. Of course that is another event which had to be cancelled for this year, but hopefully it will be back in 2021. We must never give up hoping.

New life is a sure sign of hope and so it was great to hear of three christenings in the local area this past weekend. John Patrick Mulvihill from Glenbawn, son to Kim and Thomas Mulvihill. Robyn Seoidín Daly from Dromagarraun, daughter to Lisa and Diarmaid Daly. Jamie Brouder, son to Pa and Miriam Brouder. Congratulations to them all.

Best of luck to my daughter Sarah Prendeville, who along with Gerard Nash from Brosna, is heading off to Dubai this week to take up work as teachers out there. It should be a learning experience for them.

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Kathleen’s Corner – 04/08/2020

By Kathleen Mullane

Well August is with us at last, and despite being in lock down since March, the time has flown by! And now with schools re-opening in the next few weeks under strange conditions it will be a difficult time for everyone. And I just see in the latest news flash this Sunday morning that Limerick  has the highest number of Covid cases in the country, a frightening  statistic so we must not let our guard down and be vigilant at all times wear our masks, wash our hands and keep our distance.

The death took place during the week of one of our oldest parishioners  Nellie Ahern of Dirreen, who was in her mid 90s. She was a real gentle lady, caring, religious, always with a smile on her face who loved bingo, trips to Lourdes and Fatima and family. Requiem mass on Saturday was streamed live on the new Webcam system. Parishioners lined the route to Murhur cemetery where burial took place. Sincere sympathy  is extended  to her  many relatives and friends who no doubt will miss her a lot. May she rest in peace.


Birthday  wishes are extended to David O’Connor of Coole who celebrated his 50th birthday  along with his family during the week. All had a very enjoyable time.

Confirmation dates are august 15th, 22nd and 29th,with Communion on September 5th. 

The new speaker and Webcam system which has been installed in our church and which allows christenings, funerals, weddings and masses to be streamed live to all parts of the world is just brilliant and isn’t technology  wonderful  at these times. The system has cost a lot of money and will cost 2,000 euro a year to run after installation. If anyone at home or abroad would like to give a donation no matter how small, it would be a great help as church finances are down due to Covid. You can do so by donating to Fr. Duggan, or I can pass on to him if anyone overseas or locally wishes to contribute.

Envelopes are available at church  doors for Carol, our sacristan’s  collection, which is on August 15th. Carol has done untold work during the Covid and deserves recognition.

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