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BEREAVEMENT: The death has taken place of Frances Kelly, (nee Brouder) Kerrikyle, Ardagh peacefully at University Hospital Limerick on Monday September 4. Wife of the late Ned her passing was unexpected after a brief illness. She was the last surviving member of the Brouder family and she was predeceased by her brother Tony, and sisters Sheila, Emily and Terry. Her parents Con and Frances Lynch from Wexford presided over a house known for music song and dance. She lay in repose at Reidy’s Funeral Home Newcastle West on Thursday September 7 from 6.30pm, followed by removal past her home to Saint Colman’s Church Kilcolman.

The Requiem mass was Concelebrated by Fr Tim Curtin, and Fr Paddy Bowen, on Friday at 11am, and family members participated in the readings, prayers of the faithful offertory and reflection. Before Mass commenced members brought gifts which had a special meaning for Frances to the altar. They included her dog lead and walking stick to show her regard for animals and walking. Lottery sheets which she filled in each Tuesday and Friday. Flowers to show her fondness for gardening and brown bread which was a speciality of hers. A family photo to show her love for all her extended family members. Water from Brouder’s Well a short distance from her house. Fr Tim traced Frances path through life during his homily.

Frances was born on September 26 1939 and attended the local school. She worked in Shanagolden for a while before tasting life in London, where she worked in the Tara Hotel and also in a Hostel. She married Ned Kelly from Ardagh in Kilcolman Church in 1960 and they raised a family of three, Eamon, Margaret, and Norma. Frances had a love of gardening and nature and she kept her home and surrounds in immaculate condition. She had a talent for dressmaking and liked history and offered a welcoming home to all. She looked after the roadside spring well and kept it free of moss and leaves. She hated people dumping rubbish along this road and got Limerick Council to block off an entrance where it was taking place.

She was straight talking and you knew where you stood with her. She lived a long life and was a regular at Carrigkerry Church and driving up to a couple of years ago. Life will be quite now, and her presence will be missed greatly from the cross, that offered great views of the surrounding countryside. Burial took place in the local cemetery on Friday September 8. We extend our sympathy to her son Eamon, daughters Margaret, and Norma, sons- in -law, daughter-in-law, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, brothers-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives, and friends. May she rest in Peace.

WEDDING WISHES: Congratulations and best wishes in the future to Eoin Dillane, Ballinabearna, Old Mill and Patrice Downing Greenfields Limerick who were married in Newcastle West Church on Friday September 1. The Reception was held in the Devon Inn Hotel Templeglantine, and the honeymoon was in Cancun, Mexico.

HOSPICE THANKS: The Sisters of the Little Company of Mary together with Milford Hospice Friends wish to thank most sincerely all who contributed most generously towards the annual church gate collection taken up at mass two weeks ago. A total of € 202.20 was taken up at Carrigkerry on Saturday September 9, and € 297.85 was taken up at Ardagh on Sunday September 10. A special thank you to all the collectors who gave of their time

COLLECTION THANKS: West Limerick Community Radio wish to thank all who contributed to their church gate collection taken up at the weekend masses. A total of € 114.10 was taken up at Carrigkerry on Saturday September 2, and € 113.45 was taken up at Ardagh on Sunday September 3.

EXAMS: We congratulate all students who received their Junior Certificate results on Wednesday September 13, and best wishes for the future.

LOTTERY DRAW: The following are the Lottery results from Neary’s Bar Ardagh on Monday September 11. The numbers drawn were 1,4,10 and 15, and there was no Jackpot winner. Congratulations to the five lucky dip winners who won € 40 each, Hannah Greene, Ardagh, Eileen and Mike, Carrigkerry, Helen Costello, Coolcappa, Susan Moriarty, Ardagh, and Ann Hollyhead, Ardagh. Next week’s Jackpot will be € 7,000 and the draw will be held in Peadar’s Bar Ardagh.

GAELIC GAMES: Saint Kieran’s defeated Ballysteen by 2-14 to 1-5 in the West Minor A Football Final at Mick Neville Park Rathkeale on Friday September 8. The conditions were difficult with pre match rain and a cold breeze blowing from the dressing room goals. Saint Kieran’s led by 0-7 to 0-4 at half time after facing the breeze. They built on this on resumption to run out deserving winners before a small attendance. Noel Callanan, accepted the cup and Liam Kennedy was presented with the Man of the Match award. TEAM Dan Duggan, Eamon Ambrose, Michael Murphy, Tommy Mullins, Michael Shanahan, Diarmuid Mulcahy, Eoin Burke, Liam Kennedy, Dan Power, Noel Callanan, 1-3 Dylan Moloney, 0-4 John Buckley, Kevin Guina, 0-2 Stephen Lyons, 1-1 Stephen Hennessy. Subs John Hayes, 0-4 Evan Donovan, Eoin Mc Enery, Edward Fitzgerald, Denis Cronin, Jack Enright, Aaron Heffernan, Shane Murphy, Tomas Treacy. Selectors Donie Murphy, John Enright, Mike Windle, Owen Hayes. They will play Oola in the County semi-final .

SOCCER NEWS: Carrig Celtic lost 3-0 away to Broadford Utd in the Premier Division of the Desmond League on Sunday September 10. Creeves Celtic defeated Carrig Celtic B 5-1 away in Division 3 with goals from Richard Hayes, 4 and Darragh O’Connor.

RADIO NEWS: West Limerick 102 community Radio are holding a 50/50 draw at present. The tickets cost € 2 and are available in local shops, and from the Station. This will be a weekly fundraiser for the Radio, and the draw will be held live on air each Friday at 12.45pm. The winning ticket holder receives half of the money collected that week and the Radio Station receives the other half. The latest winner was Miriam Guina, Castlemahon and she won € 340. All support weekly to keep the station on air will be greatly appreciated.

CHRIS EGAN FUNDRAISER: A fundraising dance in aid of the Irish Guide Dogs will be held in the Rathkeale House Hotel on Friday September 22 from 9pm. It is the charity adopted by local sailor Chris Egan (who is visually impaired)who made a round Ireland trip with friends last summer which raised € 17,000 for the charity. The News will be on stage and tickets cost € 15 and they are available from Chris at 086-8531311, Rathkeale House Hotel, or at the door, and all support will be appreciated.

CULTURE NIGHT: Saint Kieran’s Heritage Association are holding a Culture night to unveil the Ardagh Chalice Anniversary 2018 celebrations in Ardagh Hall on Friday September 22. John Hough will deliver a talk and the video of the talk on the chalice given by Raghnall O’Floinn from the National Museum of Ireland back in September 1993 will be shown. Meeting on the previous night at Neary’s at 8.30pm to finalise arrangements.

DANCE CLASSES: The junior set/Céilí dancing classes will resume in Carrigkerry Community Centre on Friday September 22 at 6.45pm and all are welcome. The weekly set dancing classes have resumed in the Ballintemple Inn Newcastle West following the summer break. They take place each Tuesday evening from 8.30pm to 10.30pm, and no partner is necessary. Note that the dance class will be on Monday September 25 for this week due to a prior booking. All are welcome back and beginners will be most welcome, and more details from Fiona on 086-3510774. The classes will resume in Monagea hall on Thursday September 21 at 8.30pm. Call Ita on 087-2593415 or Fiona on 086-3510774 for additional information.

BOOK LAUNCH: Liam O’Mahony will launch his book Limerick and Kerry Railway Twilight Years at Newcastle West Library on Friday September 22 at 7pm. It will be launched by author Patrick O’Connor from Newcastle West following a slide show to mark Culture night as well as the 150th anniversary year of the coming of the railway to Newcastle West. It is a personal chronicle by Liam, who must be complimented for his promotion of all things travel including the Great Southern Trail over the years.

LIP SYNC: The family fun day in Coolcappa was a great success, and it got the fundraising off to a great start. Next up is a Quiz in Neary’s this Saturday September 23 This is a support fundraiser in aid of the ADRSC Lip Sync event, and it promises to be a very funny evening. The FAS workers are organising a scrap metal collection day on Saturday September 30 at the Devon Wood yard in Ardagh. All support and scrap very welcome for their fundraiser for the event. The main Lip Sync event will be held in the Devon Inn Hotel Templeglantine on Saturday November 11.

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BEREAVEMENTS: The death has taken place of Nora Ambrose, The Cottages, Ardagh, on Monday August 28. Nora was a popular and well known member of the village and wider community and she will be sadly missed by all. She lay in repose at Reidy’s Funeral Home Newcastle West on Wednesday August 30, from 6pm-8pm. Arriving at St Molua’s Church Ardagh on Thursday morning for Requiem Mass at 11:30am. Burial took place afterwards in the local cemetery. We extend our sympathy to her daughter Breda, brother, sisters, son-in-law, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends. May she rest in Peace.

The death has taken place also of Catherine (Kitty) Relihan nee Kelly The Cross, Ardagh, on Thursday August 31 in the wonderful care of St Ita’s Hospital, Newcastle West. Kitty was a homemaker and good neighbour of quiet disposition and good faith. She lay in repose at Reidy’s Funeral Home, Newcastle West, on Friday September 1 from 6 o’clock with removal at 8 o’clock to St Molua’s Church, Ardagh. The Requiem mass was Concelebrated by Fr Michael Noonan, Canon James Ambrose, Fr Tim Curtin, and Fr Larry Madden on Saturday at 11.30.

Family members participated in the readings, prayers of the faithful, offertory gifts and reflection. Fr Michael paid tribute to Kitty who he visited on the First Friday since his arrival in the parish, during his homily. Kitty was laid to rest afterwards in the local cemetery. We extend our sympathy to her husband Michael (Sonny), children Helen, John and Ann, grandchildren Chloe, Nathan, and Mollie, son-in-law Liam, brother Michael, nieces, nephews, sisters-in-law, relatives and friends. May she rest in Peace.

The death has taken place of Pat (Patrick) Madigan, Newbridge and a member of the farming community on Sunday September 3. He lay in repose at Madigan’s Funeral Home Shanagolden on Monday from 6pm, followed followed by removal to Saint Kyran’s Church Coolcappa. The Requiem mass was celebrated on Tuesday September 5 followed by burial in the local cemetery. We extend our sympathy to his sons John and Pat, daughter Mary, brothers Fr Dan, and Maurice, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, great grandchild, brother-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends. May he rest in Peace. We thank all three for their contribution to family and community life over their lifetimes.

KILCOLMAN CRECHE: Congratulations to all involved in the running of Kilcolman Creche who are celebrating ten years in operation this year. It is a non profit making facility that is managed by a board of directors and run by a manager and staff of 15. At present it caters for 58 boys and girls from six months to 12 years, and it is open from 7.30am to 6pm from Monday to Friday. Parents interested in placing their child there can phone 069-60770 to arrange a visit to see this fine facility.

LOTTERY DRAW: The following are the Lottery results from Neary’s Bar Ardagh on Monday September 4. The numbers drawn were 1, 8, 19, and 25, and there was no Jackpot winner. Congratulations to the five lucky dip winners who won € 40 each, B and W c/o Denis Greaney, Teresa Noonan, c/o Tommy Greaney, Tommy Mullins, c/o Nora Dineen, Chris Scanlon, c/o Dawn ‘s Laundry, and Dave Connelly, c/o Bus Eireann. Next week’s Jackpot will be € 6,800 and the draw will be held in Reens Bar Ardagh.

HERITAGE NEWS: Saint Kieran’s Heritage Association held a meeting in Neary’s Bar Ardagh on Thursday September 7, and 15 people were present. The association was set up on September 1 2016 and a very rewarding year was spent involved in numerous activities. The coming year was discussed at length and it promises to be just as busy. First up is the Culture night to unveil the Ardagh Chalice Anniversary 2018 celebrations in Ardagh Hall on Friday September 22. John Hough will deliver a talk and the video of the talk on the chalice given by Raghnall O’Floinn from the National Museum of Ireland back in September 1993 will be shown. It is planned to launch the DVD of the Fenian Rising commememoration back in March also on the night. The exhibition on the Fenian Rising and the children’s art is still on display in Newcastle West Library.

A provisional date for the trip to Dublin to visit the Museum, and Dail Eireann, has been set for Tuesday October 10. Contact Secretary Mary Kury to book a spot on the bus. To date good interest has been expressed for the visit to see the Ardagh Chalice, and other items on display.

Mary Kury was very busy over the summer and she assembled paper Mache replicas of the Ardagh Chalice Hoard which she showed to members at the meeting. They are a credit to her artistry and they will be on display on Culture night. A meeting to discuss grant applications will be held on Thursday September 14, and a further meeting to finalise Culture night will be held on Thursday September 21 at 8.30pm, and both in Neary’s, Ardagh. Membership for year two will be collected at the first meeting in October. The latest on the trip to Dublin is that due to event bookings there it may be postponed to January.

GAELIC GAMES: Saint Kieran’s defeated Dromcollogher/Broadford by 5-15 to 2-2 in the West Minor A Football Championship semi-final played in Croagh on Tuesday August 29. Saint Kieran’s play Knockaderry in the County Intermediate Hurling relegation playoff on this coming Sunday.

SOCCER NEWS: Carrig Celtic lost 3-0 at home to Newcastle West Rovers in the Premier Division of the Desmond League on Sunday September 3. Creeves Celtic defeated Glantine B 3-0 at home in Division 3 with goals from Seamus Mangan, 2 and Richard Hayes. Carrig Celtic B defeated Athea Utd B 2-0 away with goals from Mike Dore, and Mike Upton.

AIRTRICITY FUNDING: SSE Airtricity is inviting applications from community based projects in the locality of their Tournafulla Rathcahill, Dromada, and Athea Wind farms. The applications will be accepted within a 20km radius of the wind farms for projects that have an energy efficiency or sustainability theme; however preference will be given to projects within 5km of the wind farms. The closing date for applications is Friday September 22. Contact their community development officer Anne Reynolds for more details. Tel: 01 655 6556 Email: annereynolds

SET DANCING CLASSES: The weekly set dancing classes have resumed in the Ballintemple Inn Newcastle West following the summer break. They take place each Tuesday evening from 8.30pm to 10.30pm, and no partner is necessary. All are welcome back and beginners will be most welcome, and more details from Fiona on 086-3510774. The classes will resume in Monagea hall on Thursday evenings also from 8.30pm in the coming weeks. Call Ita on 087-2593415 or Fiona on 086-3510774 for additional information.

MILFORD HOSPICE: The annual coffee morning in aid of Milford Hospice will be held in the Community Centre Ardagh on Thursday September 14 from 10am to 12 noon. This will be the 25th year of holding this fundraiser and members of the public are urged to support the event. Every cup, cake, and every donation helps Milford make a difference in providing specialist consultant led palliative care to the people in the Mid West.

QIGONG CLASSES: A Qigong class will start in Gortboy Newcastle West on Fri Sept 15 for 8 weeks from 10-11:30 am, and it is open to all ages. Contact Dolores on 0877889346. for more details. Qigong is an ancient Chinese health care system that integrates physical postures, breathing techniques and focused intention. The word Qigong (Chi Kung) is made up of two Chinese words. Qi is pronounced chee and is usually translated to mean the life force or vital-energy that flows through all things in the universe.

LIP SYNC: Old Mill minor ladies play Saint Kieran’s U-16 Boys in a fun football match in Coolcappa on Sunday September 17 at 6pm. This is a fundraiser in aid of the ADRSC Lip Sync event, and it promises to be a very entertaining evening. The main Lip Sync event will be held in the Devon Inn Hotel Templeglantine on Saturday November 11.

PLOUGHING CHAMPIONSHIP: This year’s national Ploughing Championship will be held in Screggan Tullamore, County Offaly from Tuesday September 19 to Thursday September 21.

CULTURE NIGHT: This year’s Culture Night will be held on Friday September 22, and Limerick Arts Office has issued a public call out for participants, who would like to get involved. Last year Limerick hosted 118 events in 76 locations and it drew in about 18,500 people, who participated or were audience members. Limerick Arts Office will support the involvement of clubs organisations, or groups who would like to organise an event. Contact by email artsoffice or call 061-407363/061-557363.

BEREAVEMENTS:The death has taken place of Sister Kathleen O’Connell, SHSP at the Convent of the Holy Spirit and Mary Immaculate San Antonio Texas on Friday, August 18, 2017. She was born in Glensharrold Carrigkerry on August 30, 1926 and was professed as a Sister of the Holy Spirit in 1947. In June, she joyously celebrated her 70th Jubilee, surrounded by community members, family and former students. Sister Kathleen (known for many years as Sister Benignus) was a much loved teacher who served students in Catholic Schools in Missouri, Louisiana, Houston, Hondo, Corpus Christi, Pharr and Dallas. She spent ten years teaching English at Healy Murphy Centre and in her retirement she volunteered to rock the babies in Healy Murphy’s Child Development Centre. Her last assignment was in Oaxaca, Mexico where she did pastoral ministry.

Kathleen received her primary education in Carrigkerry National School and her secondary education at the Convent in Newcastle West. She spent a year at school in Claremorris, Co Mayo, where she met the Sisters of the Holy Spirit and Mary Immaculate. In September 1945 she entered the Convent of the Sisters of the Holy Spirit and Mary Immaculate in Mountbellow, Co Galway and made her first vows the following year.

The Sisters there were mostly Irish, as their founder Margaret Mary Healy-Murphy was from Caherciveen, Co Kerry, and in the early days of the congregation she and her successors had recruited young ladies from Ireland. She moved to Texas, and in the years following her First Profession, she studied at St Mary’s University in San Antonio, where she received a B.A. in English and History. Later she received an M.A. in Education from Incarnate Word College, also in San Antonio.

Sr Kathleen taught in various schools in Louisiana, and Texas, mainly Blacks and Mexican American’s up to 1984. She also taught in an all white school in Dallas, and was there on that never to be forgotten day that President John F Kennedy was assassinated. Her last ten years in teaching were spent at Healy Murphy school in San Antonio, teaching disadvantaged students, and students at risk. While there she studied Spanish and became interested in the foreign missions.

When Kathleen retired from teaching she went to Oaxaca, Mexico for the next five years, doing Catechetical and social work in a poor parish, and she did further courses to improve her Spanish. In 1989 she returned to Ireland to be with her elderly mother Peg who lived on her own, and stayed in family ministry until she died in 1993. She returned to Texas, in 1994 and to Oaxaca, Mexico in 1995. where the ministry there was mostly pastoral and social, among the Zapotec and Mixteco Indigenous people. Allthe funeral services were held at the Holy Spirit Convent Chapel300 Yucca Street. On Monday, August 21, the Rosary was recited at 7pm, and Mass of Resurrection was celebrated at 4pm on Tuesday, August 22 followed by internment in the convent grounds. We extend our sympathy to her brother Paddy in England, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. May she rest in Peace.

The death has taken place of Pádraig Cahillane, New Link Road, Caherdavin, Limerick, late retired Principal of Christ the King B.N.S., Caherdavin, formerly of Rathkeale and Coimín, Baile na nGall, Trá Líon August 24, peacefully at Limerick University Hospital surrounded by his loving family. Beloved husband of the late Phil, he was a past teacher in Carrigkerry National School in the 1950s, and he instilled in the boys a passion for Gaelic football. He taught them the skills in O’Connor’s field which was to stand to them in later years. He prepared them for entry into the West Juvenile Football Championship which sowed the seed for further participation. He moved to Rathkeale to teach and lined out with the local team.Pat won a County Senior football medal with Western Gaels in 1953 defeating Treaty Sarsfield’s by 0-9 to 1-4 on October 25 at Kilmallock. He lined out at centre field and two Kilcolman players Darby Fitzgibbon, RIP and Tommy Kelly were amongst his team mates.

He lay in repose at Thompson’s Funeral Home, Thomas Street on Sunday August 27 from 6.30pm to 8pm followed by removal to Christ the King Church, Caherdavin. His Requiem Mass was on Monday at 11.30am with burial afterwards in Rathkeale Cemetery. We extend our sympathy to Siobhán (McGovern), Seán, Gearóid, Cormac, Pádraig, Gráinne (D’Alton), Traolach and extended family members and friends. May he rest in Peace.

WEDDING WISHES: Congratulations and best wishes in the future to Maura O’Flynn, Ballyegna, and Patrick Cremin, Killeedy who were married in Saint Colman’s Church Kilcolman, on Saturday August 19. They held their reception in the Listowel Arms Hotel.

NEW SACRISTAN: Welcome to Bernard Kennelly Cahermoyle, who has replaced his brother John Joe, as sacristan in Saint Molua’s Church Ardagh. John Joe has been a tireless worker for the church and parish over the years, providing great service to both. Best wishes to John Joe, and Nora, in the future.

LOTTERY DRAW: The following are the Lottery results from the Old Mill Bar on Monday August 28.The numbers drawn were 4,9,25,and 27,and there was no Jackpot winner. Congratulations to the five lucky dip winners who won € 40 each, Dympna Mangan, Ardagh, Ned Lynch, Newcastle West, Mattie Histon, Kilcolman, Mike Molyneaux, Ardagh, and Frank O’Connor, c/o Moloney’s. Next week’s Jackpot will be € 6,600 and the draw will be held in Neary’s Bar Ardagh.

GAELIC GAMES: Saint Kieran’s were defeated by Hospital/Herbertstown by 2-17 to 0-14 in Round 5 of the County Intermediate Hurling Championship at Ballingarry on Sunday August 27. It was a disappointing display and the result leaves them bottom of Group 1 with only two draws from their five matches. They will play Knockaderry bottom of Group 2 in a relegation match with the loser dropping down to the junior grade in 2018. TEAM Anthony Molyneaux, Mikey Breen, Paudie Mc Carthy (captain) Mossie Shine, Mike Windle, Billy Breen, Jack Ben Harnett, 0-1 Sean Mc Sweeney, Donie Nolan, 0-1 Johnny Mc Carthy, 0-1 Seamus Mangan, John O’Connor, Darragh Treacy, 0-1 Danny Collum, 0-10 Subs Anthony Mullins, John Buckley, Padraig Trant, Stephen Hennessy, Diarmuid Mulcahy, Owen Hayes, Paddy Harnett, Killian Enright, John Greaney, Ian Mackessy, Management Seanie Hayes, Pat Ryan, Cathal Breen.

SOCCER NEWS: Carrig Celtic defeated Glin Rovers 2-1 away in the Premier Division of the Desmond League on Sunday August 27. Sean Mc Sweeney, and Killian Enright, scored their goals. Creeves Celtic defeated Broadford Utd b 8-4 away in Division 3 with Seamus Mangan scoring five goals, and Tom Shanahan, 2 and Richard Hayes, completed their total. Carrig Celtic B drew 0-0 away with Ballingarry B also in Division 3.

SOCIAL CLUB: The Ardagh/Carrigkerry Social Club re-opened on Tuesday September 5 after the summer break. They meet in Ardagh parish hall from 2pm, to 4.30pm, and new members will be made most welcome. This is their twentieth year operating and the entertainment includes music, song dance and Bingo, and the usual refreshments.

HERITAGE NEWS: Saint Kieran’s Heritage Association next meeting will be held in Neary’s Bar Ardagh on Thursday September 7 at 8.30pm, and all members are asked to attend and new members will be most welcome.

FAMILY FUN DAY: A family fun day will be held in Saint Kieran’s GAA grounds Coolcappa, on Sunday September 10 commencing at 12 noon. A group of parents have come together to run a family fun day in association with Pig town Limerick.The entertaining events will include Bouncing Castles, Races,Long Puck, Egg and Spoon Races, Games,Face Painting, Pigtown Limerick Pig on a Spit, and Pigtown BBQ Beef Burgers,Cake Sale, and much more. This mini fundraiser is in aid of the recently formed ADRSC Community Project, who are running a Lip Sync event which will be held in the Devon Inn Hotel Templeglantine on Saturday November 11. All support will be greatly appreciated on the day.

LIP SYNC FUNDRAISERS: The following support events for the ADRSC Community Project have been announced as follows, A family fun day will be held in Coolcappa on Sunday September 10, A pub quiz in Neary’s Pub Ardagh on Saturday September 23, A scrap metal collection ( to be finalised) on Saturday September 30, A running tour of West Limerick sports fields on Saturday October 7, A rambling house in Ardagh Hall on Saturday October 14, and a clothes collection on Saturday November 4. The committee and all involved would appreciate the support of the public for the various events, and others still to be announced.

People can also support the project by donation a sum of money, and a Bond scheme ( interest free loan) over a period of ten years, Letters have been circulated to houses within the catchment area with all the details on how to support this exciting development in Ardagh village. The main Lip Sync event will be held in the Devon Inn Hotel Templeglantine on Saturday November 11. Visit their ADRSC Facebook page to keep up to date with events.

KNOCK PILGRIMAGE: The Saint Vincent de Paul annual parish pilgrimage to Knock will take place on Saturday September 9. People interested in attending are asked to contact John Joe Kennelly on 069-76280

TRAINING: Free Digital Skills for Citizens computer and internet training aimed at beginners and fledgling users, and covering internet security, email, search engines, accessing government services, shopping and banking, voice and video calls, and much more. The course is completely free for all participants – a copy of your Eircode (postcode) is required to signup. The training will run two hours per week for five weeks in Abbeyfeale, Adare, Askeaton, Dromcollogher, Foynes and Newcastlewest. Call Iolar Training on 089 420 7708 for more information or to book a place.

BEREAVEMENT: The death has taken place of John Joe Meade (Ex N.T.) (Rathreigh, Ardagh, on Wednesday August 16, peacefully at St. John’s Hospital, and father of the late Joe. He was 82 years old and a very intelligent kind and helpful person, who will be sadly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. I enjoyed our meetings over the years, and he was always complimentary of my efforts on paper. John Joe had a great mind and was a wizard at quizzes, and in I975 with Jerry Mc Mahon, and Paddy O’Sullivan, representing Saint Kieran’s they won West, County, Munster, and All Ireland honours in Question Time in the Senior Scór Competition organised by the GAA.

He lay in repose at Riedy’s Funeral Home, Newcastle West on Friday from 6pm followed by removal to Saint Kyran’s Church, Coolcappa. Fr Tim Curtin, Fr Denis Mullane, and Fr Martin Madigan, concelebrated his funeral Mass on Saturday at 11am. Before the Mass commenced family members brought gifts which had a special meaning for John Joe to the altar. They included a Dictionary as he had a love of languages, and learning, A Manchester United soccer emblem as he was a loyal supporter, he was also a supporter of Limerick hurlers, who were not as successful, A CD to show his love for music and singing, which he was fond of doing, The Irish Times newspaper which he got daily and he always conquered their crossword, A sliotar to show his passion for hurling and his playing days with Rathkeale.

Family members participated in the readings, prayers of the faithful and offertory gifts, and lovely music, hymns, and songs were performed by Donie, and Anita. Fr Tim paid a lovely tribute to John Joe during his homily which summed him up to a tee. He was born on October 15 1935 and he attended the local school from 1939 to 1948. Saint Ita’s Newcastle West was his next seat of learning, completing his Leaving Cert in 1953. He did his teaching training in Saint Patrick’s Dromcondra, and Clash School in Athea for ten years was his first teaching post. He cycled the 12 miles to and from Clash in all types of weather. John Joe was Principal in Coolcappa up to his retirement in 1987.

John Joe met his wife Nora Mai Barrett from Athea at a Céilí in Shanagolden Hall. Fr Martin Madigan married them in Athea Church on March 28 1967, and earlier this year they celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary. Fr Tim was a regular caller to the home bringing Holy Communion, and he enjoyed their chats, and when John Joe placed his arms on the gate he knew it was going to be a long one. He was a very open and trusting person who helped lots of people to solve problems by giving sound advice. He helped to set up the Water Group Scheme in Coolcappa, and was involved in the Community Games as well. He recalled his quiz exploits, and his friendly rivalry with Michael Harnett the poet who he admired. He finished with a few lines from The Village Schoolmaster.

And still they gaz’d and still the wonder grew,
That one small head could carry all he knew.

His daughter Rosie on behalf of the family also paid a loving tribute to her father who answered to many names, John Joe, JJ, and even Sean. He was a great role model who liked the Irish Language, and was always singing. He was appalled by the closure of small rural Post Offices, and was in favour of the square in Newcastle West being named after Michael Hartnett. She recited one of Michael’s poems The Wounded Otter in English and Irish. Coolcappa school children and Board of Management members formed a guard of honour as his coffin passed from the church.

John Joe was laid to rest beside his son Joe, in Coolcappa graveyard on Saturday August 19. We extend our sympathy to his wife Nora Mai, sons J.B., Adrian and Ben, daughter Rosie, granddaughter Hannah, brother Mick, daughter-in-law Patricia, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, cousins, neighbours and a wide circle of friends. May he rest in Peace.

The death has also taken place of Catherine (Kit) Conroy (Nee Hartigan) Riddlestown, Rathkeale, on August 21, peacefully, at Milford Care Centre, aged 75 years and wife of the late Bill. She lay in repose at Saint Kyran’s Church, Coolcappa on Tuesday from 5.30pm to 8pm. In the background the sound of traditional music which she liked was audible. Her Funeral Mass was concelebrated by Fr Tim Curtin, and Fr Eugene Boyce, on Wednesday August 22 at 11am.Family members participated in the Readings, Prayers of the faithful, and Offertory procession. Fr Tim paid tribute to her values in life during his homily and the traditional music and hymns were very appropriate.

Kit was a native of Knocknagun, Carrigkerry and an only child of Dan and Mary. She attended Carrigkerry National School and worked afterwards in Newcastle West. She married Bill Conroy a native of Galway who was working at Mc Cormack’s Joinery Works. After a time spent in America they returned and settled in Riddlestown, and raised their big family. This helped greatly along with her neighbours large families to keep up the numbers in Coolcappa National School.

Kit had a great devotion to Our Lady of Knock, and visited there many times, and she passed away on her feast day Monday August 21. Kit liked her garden and kept it in fine style and flowers from it were used to decorate the altar for her funeral mass. She liked Bingo, and won many prizes over the years, and her cigarettes, with her cup of tea. I enjoyed our meetings over the years, and visits to the house where Bill created a craft person’s delight. Kit’s remains were taken afterwards for cremation at Shannon Crematorium. We extend our sympathy to Bill, Mary, Cathy, Daniel, Teresa, Pat, Sheila, Michael, Liz, 11 grandchildren, son-in-law, daughters-in-law, extended family, relatives , friends and neighbours. May she rest in Peace.

FLEADH SUCCESS: Congratulations to James O’Connor, Kilcolman who won the senior Bodhran competition at the recent All Ireland Fleadh Cheoil held in Ennis. Congratulations also to all the other local competitors who participated and won prizes.

FLOWER SHOW: Congratulations to all the local winners at the recent Newcastle West Flower and Craft Show held in the Community Centre in Newcastle West.

COLLECTION THANKS: The Irish Cancer Society would like to thank all who contributed to their recent church gate collection taken up in Coolcappa/Kilcolman. The amount collected was € 745.

LOTTERY DRAW: The following are the Lottery results from Peadar’s Bar Ardagh on Monday August 20.The numbers drawn were 3,7,8,and 24, and there was no Jackpot winner.

Congratulations to the five lucky dip winners who won € 40 each, John O’Connor, Glensharrold, Margaret Daughton, Ardagh, Denis Collins, Ardagh, Pat and Siobhan, c/o Peadar’s Ardagh, and Tom Neary, Ardagh. Next week’s Jackpot will be € 6,400 and the draw will be held in the Old Mill Bar.

CLUB DRAW: The Limerick GAA club draw for August was held on the Limerick Live 95 sports show on Saturday August 26. Congratulations to Carrig Development Draw who won 4th prize of € 1,000, who were joined with Saint Kieran’s GAA club.

GAELIC GAMES: Saint Kieran’s were defeated by Newcastle West 1-11 to 0-6 in Round 5 of the County Senior Football Championship at rain lashed Sean Finn Park Rathkeale on Sunday August 20. It was their most disappointing display of the season and as a result they finished fourth in group 2 with five points, and bowed out of the championship. They trailed by 0-5 to 0-4 at half time. TEAM Dan Madden, Mossy Shine, John Doyle, Brendan Mc Carthy, Jack Ben Harnett, Anthony Molyneaux, Kevin Meade, Darragh Treacy, 0-2 Johnny Mc Carthy, 0-1Niall O’Shea, Donal Nolan, Noel Callanan, Paudie Mc Carthy, Sean Mc Sweeney, 0-3 Seamus Mangan. Subs Brian Crowley, Anthony Mullins, Mike Windle, John O’Connor, Killian Enright, Ray Noonan, Shane Lynch, Diarmuid Crowley.

VINTAGE SHOW: West Limerick Vintage Club will hold their annual vintage show and family fun day at the Thatch Bar Newbridge Askeaton on Sunday September 3.

HERITAGE NEWS: Saint Kieran’s Heritage Association next meeting will be held in Neary’s Bar Ardagh on Thursday September 7 at 8.30pm, and all members are asked to attend and new members will be most welcome. A beautiful exhibition containing material celebrating the Fenian uprising in 1867 is currently on display in Newcastle West Library. Mary Kury set it up and the primary school’s art work is included.

RADIO NEWS: West Limerick 102 community Radio are holding a 50/50 draw at present. The tickets cost € 2 and are available in local shops, and from the Station. This will be a weekly fundraiser for the Radio, and the draw will be held live on air each Friday at 12.45pm. The winning ticket holder receives half of the money collected that week and the Radio Station receives the other half. The latest winner was Pat Roche from Newcastle West, and he won € 492. All support weekly to keep the station on air will be greatly appreciated.

BEREAVEMENT: The death has taken place of Bridget (Bridie) Colbert(nee Meade) Ballysten, Shanagolden, peacefully on Friday August 4, at the Rehab Unit of St Ita’s Community Hospital, Newcastle West. Pre-deceased by her husband, Pat she was in her 100 year. She lay in repose at her residence on Sunday August 6 from 4pm to 7pm. The Funeral arrived at St. Colman’s Church Kilcolman on Monday for 12 noon Requiem mass. Fr Tim Curtin, and Canon O’Keeffe concelebrated and the ceremony was enriched by hymns, and music from Enda Walsh, and Jean O’Brien etc. Her son Con paid a lovely tribute to his mother, and her grandchildren Ciara, Eimear, Amy and Conor, brought gifts which had a special meaning for Bridie, before the ceremony commenced.

Con described her as a hard worker both in the home and outside on the farm. She prayed daily and had a great devotion to the Sacred Heart. She was born on July 30 1918 and lived through the First and Second World Wars. Bridie was around for Limerick hurlers winning six All Ireland titles, which not many can boast about. She always promoted the importance of education, and the power it created. The gifts were her prayer book which she used every day as she had a deep devotion to the Sacred Heart, A diary which she kept to record daily events such as the weather, world happenings, and visitors to the farm. A copy of the Weekly Observer, and one of Alice Taylors books, whose stories were similar to her own memories of those far off days. A miniature model of a tractor, which played a very important role around the farm.

Fr Tim paid his own tribute during his homily and traced her path through life from her native Shanbally Kilcornan to her final days. She arrived in Coolcappa/Kilcolman with Parish Priest Fr Patrick Lynch as his housekeeper in the 1950s. She caught the eye of Pat Colbert and they were married in 1959 in Abbeyfeale Church where Fr Lynch was now based. He recalled his visits to her home on the First Friday and on her 99th birthday the previous Monday. Bridie was laid to rest in Kilbradran Cemetery not far from her home on Monday August 7. We extend our sympathy to her son Con, daughter in law Mary, grandchildren Ciara, Eimear, Amy and Conor, brother in law, sisters in law, nephews, nieces, extended family and friends. May she rest in Peace .

WEDDING WISHES: Congratulations and best wishes to Philomena Kelly and Donal Brosnan, who were married in Saint Molua’s Church Ardagh on Friday July 28.Congratulations and best wishes to Amy Collum, Creeves, and George Sunderland Tara Hill, County Wexford who were married recently in the Abbey of San Fedele Poppi, Italy. Congratulations and best wishes to Lesley Ann Danaher, daughter of Mary and Tom Old Mill, and Michael Conway son of Ann and Michael Croagh, who were married recently in Croagh church. Congratulations also to Philomena (Dunne from Clounleharde)and Tommy Dore, Killeedy who recently celebrated their Golden Jubilee wedding anniversary with family and friends at the Devon Inn Hotel.

LOTTERY DRAW: The following are the Lottery results from Neary’s Bar on Monday August 7.The numbers drawn were 2,7,15,and 27 and there was no Jackpot winner. Congratulations to the five lucky dip winners who won € 40 each: Bernie O’Flynn, Ballyegna, Kit Relihan, c/o Denis Greaney, Oisin O’Connor, c/o the Thatch Bar, John Shine, Old Mill, and Sharon Roche, Lisgordan. Next week’s Jackpot will be € 6,000 and the draw will be held in Foley’s Bar Reen’s Ardagh.

COLLECTION THANKS: Ardagh/Carrigkerry parish contributed € 880 to the recent Trocaire collection taken up to aid the people of Africa. Coolcappa/Kilcolman parish contributed € 848.30 to the collection for the training of First Responders held on July 15/16.

GAELIC GAMES: Saint Kieran’s drew with Ballysteen 1-8 to 0-11 in Round 4 of Group 2 of the County Senior Football Championship at the Bog Garden Rathkeale on Sunday August 6. This was a game that slipped away from Saint Kieran’s, in the final quarter after they left a four point lead slip away. The dismissal of Paudie Mc Carthy removed one of their main attacking options, and forced them on the defensive. Ballysteen reduced the lead point by point to kick the equaliser from a sideline free in injury time to share the points. Saint Kieran’s with five different scorers lead by five points to four points at half time, playing with wind advantage into the road goals. The only goal of the match arrived in the fourteenth minute of the second half from the boot of Darragh Treacy following good approach play by Noel Callanan, and Paudie Mc Carthy.

TEAM Dan Madden, Mossie Shine, Johnny Mc Carthy, Anthony Mullins, Diarmuid Crowley, Anthony Molyneaux,0-1 Kevin Meade, Darragh Treacy, Captain 1-1 John Doyle, Sean Mc Sweeney, 0-4 Jack Ben Harnett, Noel Callanan, Seamus Mangan, 0-1 Niall O’Shea, Paudie Mc Carthy, Subs Donal Nolan, Killian Enright, Mike Windle John O’Connor. The result leaves them joint top on five points, second to Newcastle West on scoring difference. The top two teams meet in the final round with a knock out place still on offer. They will need to defeat their great rivals to clinch a semi-final place. The match has been fixed for Sean Finn Park Rathkeale on Sunday August 20 at 7pm. The intermediate hurlers play Hospital/Herbertstown on Sunday August 27 in Ballingarry at 7pm.

Saint Kieran’s defeated Drom/Broadford by 4-10 to 3-3 in the West Minor A Football Championship in Dromcollogher on Friday August 4. Congratulations to Denis Hayes, Knockfinisk who won € 150 in the Athea GAA 500 Club draw which was held in Collin’s Bar on Saturday August 5.

RADIO NEWS: West Limerick 102 community Radio are holding a 50/50 draw at present. The tickets cost € 2 and are available in local shops, and from the Station. This will be a weekly fundraiser for the Radio, and the draw will be held live on air each Friday at 12.45pm. The winning ticket holder receives half of the money collected that week and the Radio Station receives the other half. The latest winner was Brendan Roche, c/o Mags Bar Newcastle West and he won € 380. All support weekly to keep the station on air will be greatly appreciated.

SEISIÚN: The Comhaltas Seisiún Show continues each Thursday night at the Devon Inn Hotel in Templeglantine. It is hosted by the local branch and it commences at 8.30pm for two hours, and all are welcome.

CD LAUNCH: Elle Marie O’Dwyer from Freemount in north Cork will launch her third CD On a Day Like This at Charleville Park Hotel on Thursday August 24 at 8.30pm. Performing on the night:
Elle Marie and her band, All Ireland champions the Shandrum céilí band, The man from Mullagh P.J. Murrihy, Sean Nós dancers Sarah and Maurice O’ Keeffe, and fiddle duo Liam Flanagan and Claire O’ Loughlin. Admission: €10 (children free) Tickets available on the door: no pre booking necessary and CDs available on the night for a special launch price of €10 (rrp €15) Elle Marie has been presenting her own show every Thursday morning with West Limerick 102 Radio for the past year. Her music choices and promotion of local talent has been very popular with all listeners. She is returning to full time teaching after a few years sabbatical and she will be missed by all her fans.

JOURNAL LAUNCH: West Limerick Heritage Network are issuing an invitation to the launch of the second edition of the West Limerick Heritage Journal which is being held on Friday August 18 at 7.30 pm at the Desmond Complex Newcastle West.

RAMBLING HOUSE: The next Rambling House will be held at Pat Moran’s house in Newbridge on Friday August 18 from 9pm. All entertainers are welcome to attend and to participate in what promises to be a very enjoyable night.

EUROPEAN MEDAL: Congratulations to Niamh Foley Old Mill and Saint Mary’s Athletic club Rathkeale who won a bronze medal at the European Youth Olympic Festival in Gyor Hungary. She was part of the Irish 4 by 100m relay team that finished third behind Belgium, and the Netherlands. Niamh is a past member of Newcastle West camogie team, and currently is a member of the Old Mill ladies football team. This has been a very successful year to date for the fifteen year old student at Scoil Mhuire agus Ide Newcastle West. Continued success to Niamh in the future.

FESTIVAL: Carrigkerry Turf Futtin festival attracted good crowds who enjoyed the variety of events that were held over the weekend. It created a good atmosphere and the events provided fun and excitement. The weather held up well which was a bonus for all involved.

LOTTERY DRAW: The following are the Lottery results from the Thatch Bar Newbridge on Monday July 31.The numbers drawn were 11,22,25,and 27 and there was no Jackpot winner. Congratulations to the five lucky dip winners who won € 40 each: Mark Fitzgerald c/o Denis Greaney, Betty O’Connor, Carrigkerry, Mike Molyneaux, Ardagh, Connie Kennelly, Shanagolden, and Gerald Lynch c/o Reen’s Bar. Next week’s Jackpot will be € 5,800 and the draw will be held at Neary’s Bar Ardagh.

COLLECTION THANKS: Limerick Youth Service thank the people of Ardagh/Carrigkerry who contributed € 288 at their recent church gate collection.

GAELIC GAMES: Na Piarsaigh defeated Saint Kieran’s by 2-14 to 0-10 in Round 4 of the County Intermediate Hurling Championship at Croagh on Sunday July 30. The teams were level four times in the opening quarter, before Na Piarsaigh eased ahead to lead by 8 points to 6 points at half-time. The city side scored a goal on resumption, and lead by 1-12 to 0-8 midway through the second half and there was no way back for Saint Kieran’s who lost Brendan Mc Carthy, and Jack Ben Harnett, to injuries. In the final match of the group Saint Kieran’s play Hospital/Herbertstown, needing a win or a draw to avoid the relegation playoff. TEAM John Greaney, Mikey Breen, Paudie Mc Carthy, Brendan Mc Carthy, Mossie Shine, Darragh Treacy, Mike Windle,0-1 Anthony Molyneaux,0-1 Jack Ben Harnett, Sean Mc Sweeney, Johnny Mc Carthy,0-1 Seamus Mangan, John O’Connor, Donie Nolan,0-2 Danny Collum,0-5 Subs Anthony Mullins, Killian Enright, Billy Breen, John Buckley.

RADIO NEWS: West Limerick 102 community Radio are holding a 50/50 draw at present. The tickets cost € 2 and are available in local shops, and from the Station. This will be a weekly fundraiser for the Radio, and the draw will be held live on air each Friday at 12.45pm. The winning ticket holder receives half of the money collected that week and the Radio Station receives the other half. The latest winner was Noreen O’Keeffe, Carrigkerry and she won € 562. All support weekly to keep the station on air will be greatly appreciated.

RAMBLING HOUSE: The Irish Rambling House Show was performed at the Dan Paddy Andy Festival in Lyreacrompane on Thursday August 3. It was the first time they performed on home soil to mark the 20th anniversary of the 5 day festival. The ten entertainers on stage provided 90 minutes of top class entertainment for the good attendance. Pat Curtin from Kilcolman, Chrissie Roche, Castlemahon, Doris Shire, Mungret, and Margaret Madigan, Ballyguiltenane were the Limerick entertainers that performed from an old style kitchen stage in the marquee. Joe Harrington, and Kay O’Leary and the group of entertainers have made 18 trips to Britain, performing at various venues to captive audiences, and they will be making another trip this October.

ARDNACRUSHA TOURS: Tours at Ardnacrusha Power Station are now available to members of the general public. To mark the ESB’s 90th anniversary, they are inviting schools and the public to visit and explore one of Ireland’s greatest engineering developments at Ardnacrusha Power Station in Co Clare. As part of the Shannon hydro-electric scheme, Ardnacrusha took just four years (1925 to 1929) and 5,000 workers to build. Costing more than IR£5m to construct at the time – almost one-fifth of the entire annual budget – Ardnacrusha became a symbol of forward thinking in relation to harnessing Ireland’s natural resources. With the national grid constructed at the same time, the 86 MW capacity was then enough to meet the electricity demands of the whole country. Today, Ardnacrusha represents around 2% of our total installed capacity. The guided tours can accommodate groups of up to 30 people and run for approximately 90 minutThe tours are free and they are ​available from July 1 to August 31. There are a number of tours each day and booking is necessary at www.esb.ie

HERITAGE NEWS: Saint Kieran’s Heritage Association are organising a trip to Dublin to visit the National Museum, and to see the Ardagh Chalice Hoard next month. It is also hoped to visit the Dail when in session, and to meet with local politicians. Entry to the Museum, and to the Dail is free. The numbers travelling will decide the cost which will cover the price of the bus. People who are interested in going are asked to contact Mary Kury at 087-9282462.

CHARITY CÉILÍ: A charity Céilí in aid of the Irish Cancer Society will be held in the Resource Centre, in Knockaderry on Friday August 11 from 9.30pm to 1.00am. The Striolan Céilí Band will supply the music, and tea will be served. Contact Teresa on 087-9427259, or Deirdre on 086- 1630201 for additional details. All support will be greatly appreciated.

SPINATHON: Liam Galvin is organising a Spinathon in Newcastle West on Saturday August 12 in aid of Down Syndrome Limerick. It is the second year to hold the Spinathon which took place in the Square last year. This year bikes will be in place at four centres around the town, and any help would be greatly appreciated. People who wish to help out by taking a spin or with the bucket collection are asked to contact Liam on 087-9882055

MEDAL PRESENTATION: Saint Kieran’s club are holding a medal presentation for the Minor football team that won West and County Minor B Football titles last year at Neary’s Bar Ardagh on Saturday August 12. A fundraising quiz will also be held and all support will be greatly appreciated

CEMETERY MASSES: The following is a list of upcoming cemetery masses; Coolcappa Sunday August 13 at 10am, Kilfergus Glin Wednesday August 16 at 7pm, Kinnard Glin Thursday August 17 at 7pm,Clounagh Reen’s Sunday August 20 at 12 noon, Kilcolman Sunday November 12 at 12 noon.

PATTERN CÉILÍ: The Knocknagoshel Pattern Céilí will be held in the Community Centre Knocknagoshel on Sunday August 13 at 3pm. Music by Taylors Cross Céilí band and refreshments will be served and everybody welcome.

REMEMBRANCE MASS: Dromcollogher Church will be the venue for a special Mass to remember all those people who have spent time at the Respite Care Centre over the last 15 years. and who have now departed this life. A special invite to family members relations neighbours and friends to attend on Sunday August 13 at 7.30pm.

BORRIGONE MASS: Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady’s Well in Borrigone on Tuesday August 15 at 3pm. It is lovely to see this age old custom of mass and doing the rounds continuing and people from all over attend each year.

FLOWER SHOW: Newcastle West Flower Show will be held in Newcastle West Community Centre from Tuesday August 15 to Thursday August 17. All the usual competitions will be held so people are advised to get cracking on their entries. All exhibits will be accepted in the Community Centre on Tuesday August 15 from 8pm to 10pm, and on Wednesday August 16 from 9.30am to 11.30am. The show is open to the public that evening from 7.30pm to 9.30pm, and also on Thursday August 17 from 7pm to 9pm. The presentation of prizes, cups, and trophies will take place at 9pm. Details from Jack and Joan Buicke on 069-62559.

YOUTH FESTIVAL: The Youth 2000 Summer Festival will be held this year in Cistercian College, Roscrea, Tipperary on the weekend of Thursday August 17 to Sunday August 20. The festival is for young people aged 16 to 35, and it will include inspiring talks, workshops, dramas, concert, prayer, games, and sharing time. Booking online at www.youth2000.ie

BEREAVEMENT: The death has taken place of Margaret (Peggy) Mulcahy(nee Danaher) Our Lady of Fatima Home, Oak Park, Tralee, Co. Kerry and formerly of The Old Mill, Newcastle west, on July 20 peacefully at Our lady of Fatima Home Tralee, predeceased by her husband Patrick (Patsy) and son Michael. She lay in repose at Our Lady of Fatima Home (Tralee) on Friday 21 from 6pm-8pm. Her remains arrived at Newcastle west Church on Saturday morning for Requiem Mass at 11:30am, followed by burial in Grange Cemetery. We extend our sympathy to her son John (Glin), daughters Ann Coffey (Cappawhite) and Carmel (Ballincollig), son in law Tom, daughter-in-law Sheila, grandchildren Edward, Laura and Karen, sister Nellie (Harnett), brother-in-law, sister-in-law, nephew, nieces, relatives and friends. May she rest in Peace.

STRONG MAN: Ireland’s strongest man Pa O’Dwyer from Rooskagh was a guest on Ireland AM on TV3 on Friday July 21. He has won the title of Irelands Strongest Man for the last two years, and is looking forward to competing for the British title in early August. During the interview he outlined his food intake which is necessary for him to be able to compete around the weight lifting circuit. He showed his strength by lifting presenters Ciara, and Sinead, over his head. We wish Pa all the best and happy lifting in the future.

GOLF SUCCESS: Congratulations to Ardagh natives Michael O’Sullivan, and Michael O’Connor, and Tom Sexton, winners of the Jerry Molyneaux Memorial Golf Classic held at Charleville Golf Club on Saturday July 22. Congratulations also to Margaret O’Keeffe, Park, who was a member of the winning ladies team and she also received the ladies longest drive prize.

SHOW SUCCESS: Congratulations to Diarmuid Keane, Grouse Lodge, Ardagh who won a number of class awards, and the Supreme Champion Sheep Award at Newcastle West Show on Sunday July 23.

FLEADH CHEOIL: The 57 Munster Fleadh Cheoil was held in Cork City two weekends ago, and congratulations to all the local competitors who participated and won prizes and advanced to the All Ireland finals in Ennis later this month.

COLLECTION THANKS: The Cairde Day Centre, Desmond Complex Newcastle West thank the people of Ardagh/Carrigkerry who contributed € 272-74 at their recent church gate collection. The money collected will go towards transport costs.

LOTTERY DRAW: The following are the Lottery results from Peadar’s Bar Ardagh on Monday July 24.The numbers drawn were 1,18,19, and 24 and there was no Jackpot winner. Congratulations to the five lucky dip winners who won € 40 each: John Mullins, Cross Ardagh, Timmy Madigan, Snr Lisgordan, Martina Fitzgerald, Ballyhahill, Mike Liston, Glenastar, and Ann O’Sullivan, Ballyhahill. Next week’s Jackpot will be € 5,600 and the draw will be held at the Thatch Bar Newbridge.

CLUB DRAW: The Limerick GAA Club draw for July was held on Limerick Live 95 FM during the Sports Show on Saturday July 29, and Saint Kieran’s club had no winner.

GAELIC GAMES: Saint Kieran’s defeated Clann na nGael by 2-12 to 0-4 in the West Minor A Football Championship at Knockaderry on Wednesday July 19. Knockainey defeated Saint Kieran’s by 2-15 to 1-5 in the Minor Hurling 13 A side Competition at Coolcappa on Friday July 21.

RADIO NEWS: West Limerick 102 community Radio are holding a 50/50 draw at present. The tickets cost € 2 and are available in local shops, and from the Station. This will be a weekly fundraiser for the Radio, and the draw will be held live on air each Friday at 12.45pm. The winning ticket holder receives half of the money collected that week and the Radio Station receives the other half. The latest winner was Maureen Power, Rathkeale and she won € 376 . All support weekly to keep the station on air will be greatly appreciated.

TRAD SCENE: The Trad Scene has been one of the most popular shows on West Limerick Community Radio since it went on air on May 15 2005. Over the past 12 years Jacki O’Connor, from Kilcolman has presented and promoted the best of local and national traditional music and song to a very wide audience. She also presented Trad Le Do Thoil an Irish traditional music programme for a number of years. Along with Eamon O’Liathain from Abbeyfeale who presented another Irish language programme, they were National Glor na nGael winners for three years in a row, 2006-2008. Jacki organised two major fundraisers Best of the West concerts for the station in 2007 and 2012. On November 16 2007a capacity crowd attended the Convent Hall in Abbeyfeale, and on October 12 2012 Best of the West part two was held in Halla Tadhg Gaelach Tournafulla. The CDs of the concerts featuring top class entertainers, were much requested afterwards. Jacki was also a board member in the early years of the station, and her enthusiasm and presentation style has been a great asset to the popular station. She has decided to take a break from the Trad Scene at present which is very much regretted by her legion of fans. We thank her for her commitment and promotion of all artists, and wish her well in the future. We welcome new presenter of the Trad Scene Kate Galvin from Knocknagoshel who has taken over the hot seat in recent weeks.

PARK WALK: Newcastle West Park Run/Walk is held every Saturday morning in the Demesne Park commencing at 9.30am, and it is a free event. All ages and abilities are welcome, and the meeting point is beside the soccer pitch. It is a good way to exercise with likeminded people, and bring a friend as all are welcome.

SAINT MOLUA: The annual cemetery Mass will be held this Thursday August 3 at 7.30pm ( eve of feast of Saint Molua )in Ardagh Cemetery.

DAN PADDY ANDY FESTIVAL: The Dan Paddy Andy Festival will be held in Lyreacromphane, from Thursday August 3 to Monday August 7. It is the 20 year of the festival and the Irish Rambling House Show takes place on the Thursday night from 9.30. Céilí with Tim Joe and Anne O’Riordan on Friday night, and Marquee dancing the other three nights. A Bog Walk and sleán turf cutting on Bank Holiday Monday from 11am. Lots more entertainment and all are welcome.

SINGING CLUB: West Limerick singing club will hold their next monthly singing night on Friday August 4 in the Ramble Inn in Abbeyfeale from 9.30pm. All singers, storytellers, entertainers, and audience members will be most welcome to come along and to join in the fun. Donie Lyons, a founding member will launch his new CD The Lovely Banks of Blaine, during the night. It features 22 tracks of music and song and all are welcome to come along.

WALKING FUNDRAISER: Joe Aherne from Glenagore, Athea, has organised a 23 mile walk from Ardagh to Listowel for Saturday August 5. The walk is in aid of Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin, where his grandson is being treated. Joe can be contacted on 086-8155614.

GLIN CASTLE: An Open Day hosted by Glin Development will be held at Glin Castle on Sunday August 6. This event proved very popular last year when it was first held and attracted large crowds.

LOURDES PILGRIMAGE: The annual West Limerick Pilgrimage to Lourdes, will take place from Sunday August 6 to Sunday August 13. A direct flight from Shannon Airport accompanied by a spiritual director, and full board at Hotel Roissy for seven nights. Contact Pat Dalton on 069-62306 for the itinerary booking forms and other information.

CHARITY CÉILÍ: A charity Céilí in aid of the Irish Cancer Society will be held in the Resource Centre, in Knockaderry on Friday August 11 from 9.30pm to 1.00am. The Striolan Céilí Band will supply the music, and tea will be served. Contact Teresa on 087-9427259, or Deirdre on 086- 1630201 for additional details. All support will be greatly appreciated.

SPINATHON: Liam Galvin is organising a Spinathon in Newcastle West on Saturday August 12 in aid of Down Syndrome Limerick. It is the second year to hold the Spinathon which took place in the Square last year. This year bikes will be in place at four centres around the town, and any help would be greatly appreciated. People who wish to help out by taking a spin or with the bucket collection are asked to contact Liam on 087-9882055

MEDAL PRESENTATION: Saint Kieran’s club are holding a medal presentation for the Minor football team that won West and County Minor B Football titles last year at Neary’s Bar Ardagh on Saturday August 12. A fundraising quiz will also be held and all support will be greatly appreciated.

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