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FLAG FLOOR: A music and set dancing night was held at the Flag Floor Rambling House Glensharrold Carrigkerry on Tuesday August 9. It was the first such event held there since September 17, 2019, and a good crowd was in attendance with visitors attending from USA, Argentina, Clare Kerry and Limerick. The night’s entertainment consisted of music, song, step and set dancing, with near full participation from attendees. The music was provided by Donie Nolan, Anita Bennis, Alex Massey, Caoimhe Ahern, songs by Eileen Massey, Caoimhe Ahern, Mary Doorety, step dance from Seamus O’Rourke, Annette O’Donnell.

During the summer of 2019 great nights were held there and then Covid struck in March 2020 and wiped out the last two summers. It was nice to see familiar faces returning and back enjoying themselves again. A lovely tea was served, and people engaged in conversation during the break. George Daly from the Weekly Observer was on hand to take photographs of the action and people in attendance. A night will be held on Tuesdays from 9 to 11.30pm over the coming weeks. There is no Eircode, but the venue is just past V9439N9, and all are welcome.

FLEADH WINNERS: Congratulations to the dancers representing Ardagh/Carrigkerry Comhaltas who enjoyed a very successful weekend in Mullingar bringing home several All-Ireland titles to the locality. Photographs and report are on their Facebook page.

GAELIC GAMES: St Kieran’s defeated Feenagh/Kilmeedy by 2-17 to 0-15 in round 2 of group 3 of the county junior hurling championship played at Knockaderry on Saturday August 13. They led by 1-12 to 0-9 at half time. TEAM Cillian Ambrose, Anthony Mullins, Diarmuid Mulcahy, Aaron Heffernan, Jack Ben Harnett, Brendan Mc Carthy, Cathal Mc Enery, Micheál Murphy, Mossie Shine , Cormac Mann, Darragh Treacy 1-2, Mike Flynn 0-1, Eoin Mc Enery 1-1, Johnny Mc Carthy, Ian Mackessy 0-13. Subs Liam Kennedy, Anthony Molyneaux, Sean Ryan,

St Kieran’s lost to Adare by 3-17 to 1-4 in the second round of the West Junior B Hurling Championship at Newcastle West on Tuesday August 9. They trailed by 0-10 to 0-1 at half time. TEAM Liam Ward, Darragh Mc Mahon, Cillian Heffernan, Brian O’Neill, Conor Kelly, Mikey Breen, Kevin Meade, William Steele, Edward Fitzgerald, Conor Woulfe, Ray Cahill, Cathal O’Connor, Tom Mc Mahon, Kieran Copse, Podge Balfe. Evan Donovan, Mikey Breen, Mike Steele, Cormac Hayes, James Woulfe. They are in Group 1 with Adare, Killeedy and Newcastle West, also in the group.

St Kieran’s were defeated by Athea Shannon Gaels 3-8 to 1-8 in the Under 17 football championship at Athea on Wednesday August 10. St Kieran’s were defeated by Mungret by 6-16 to 0-4 in the Under 19 Premier County Championship semi-final at Clarina on Friday August 12. TEAM: Oísín Ryan, Conor Kelly, Cillian Heffernan, Sean Long, Lorcan Murphy, Shane Fitzgerald, Mikey Long, Cormac Mann, Sean Ryan, Shay Greaney, Conor Woulfe, Tom Mc Mahon, Darragh Mc Mahon, Robert Cremin, Cian Brennan. Subs Craig Mc Innes, Brian Sheehan.

LADIES FOOTBALL: Old Mill defeated St Brigid’s by 2-12 to 0-9 in round 1 of Group 1of the County senior football championship played at Old Mill on Sunday August 7. Old Mill lost to Monagea by 4-9 to 0-6 in round 1 of the county junior B football championship at Monagea on Saturday August 6. The Under 16 team defeated St Brigid’s by 4-12 to 3-13 to progress to the county final.

SAILING NEWS: Congratulations to Darragh Mc Cormack, Mark Mc Cormack both Ardagh and Cathal Mc Mahon, aboard 188 Innocence, who were the overall winners of the Mermaid National Championships 22 at Foynes Yacht Club two weeks ago. It was the team’s fourth year in a row to win the event.

LOTTERY DRAW: The Ardagh Development Association and Saint Kieran’s GAA joint weekly lottery draw took place on Monday August 8. The numbers drawn were 1,9,10,29,and there was no winner of the € 8,900 Jackpot. Congratulations to the five lucky dip winners who received € 40 each: Johanna Cussen (Online), Sean Downey Ardagh, Shane Egan c/o Neary’s, Sandra Murphy Liskilleen (Online), Winnie Murphy c/o Mackessys. Next Monday night’s jackpot will be € 9,000. 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.

RADIO DRAW: Congratulations to Jamie and Adam Barrett c/o Christy Lynch Shanagolden, who won € 475, in the West Limerick 102fm 50/50 draw, held on Friday August 12.The tickets cost € 2, or 3 for € 5 and they are available from volunteers, in local shops, (including Moloneys Carrigkerry, and Denis Greaney’s Shop Ardagh) or from the radio station. All support will be appreciated. The station can be contacted at 069-66200 if people have news of interest to the West Limerick area.

CLIODNA CUSSEN: The death of Cliodna Cussen a native of Newcastle West on Monday August 1 , is regretted. From a very well-known family, her sculpture work can be found around her hometown and all over Ireland. The entrance gates to the Famine Graveyard in Newcastle West are perfect examples of her talent.

HERITAGE WEEK: National Heritage Week is taking place from Saturday August 13 to Sunday August 21. Check St Kieran’s Heritage Association Facebook for local events they are running. Glenville House and Gardens Ardagh are open from August 13-21, inclusive(Heritage Week), Tuesday to Saturday from 9-30am to 1-30pm. Admission € 5, Students €3, children and old age pensioners are free.

CEMETERY MASSES: Mass will be celebrated at Lismakeera Graveyard Askeaton on Wednesday August 17 at 7pm, at Reilig Mhuire Askeaton Cemetery on Sunday August 21, at 3pm, at Beagh Cemetery on Monday August 22 at 7.30pm.

RAMBLING HOUSE: Ita Mc Quinn is hosting a special celebration night at Monagea Parish Hall on Friday August 19, at 8pm sharp. It is to celebrate Limerick’s three in a row All-Ireland wins and attendees are asked to wear the county colours. It promises to be a great night of Limerick music, songs and stories. All the night’s proceeds will go to charity, and all are welcome to attend .

TARBERT HOUSE: Tarbert House in north Kerry is open daily until Wednesday August 31, from 10am to 12 noon and from 2pm to 4pm. Ursula Leslie is your guide and to book ring 068-36198 and admission is € 5.

RADIO MEETING: West Limerick 102FM will hold their annual general meeting on Monday September 5, at 7.30pm at the Long Court House Hotel Newcastle West. All members of the community with an interest in the future of your local radio station are asked to attend. The West Limerick 102FM Board is made up of representatives from various groups including geographical, business, HSE, ETB, Irish Language, PPN, volunteers of the radio. There are a number of vacancies on the board, where nominations are currently being sought to join the board. Nomination forms can be obtained by emailing – patrickfcummins. Closing date for nominations is Sunday August 21. 2022.

SCHOOL CLASSES: The College of Further Education and Training, Abbeyfeale Campus is now accepting applications for a wide range of part-time courses commencing in September. These include Cookery, Art & Craft, Wood Turning, Upholstery, Furniture Restoration, Childcare, Local History, Genealogy and much more. For further details, and to apply, check out our website www.collegeoffet.ie/abbeyfeale or call us on 06831198.

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AIDAN FULLAM: The death has occurred of Aidan (Aodán) Fullam, Kilkenny Rd., Freshford, Kilkenny / Ardagh, Limerick, peacefully in the loving care of the nurses and staff of the Sacred Heart Hospital Carlow, on Tuesday July 26. Reposing at his residence on Wednesday from 2 pm, with Vigil Prayers and Rosary at 7.30pm. The Funeral Mass was celebrated on Thursday July 28, at 11am, in St Lachtain’s Church Freshford. Burial took place afterwards in Foulkstown Cemetery, Kilkenny. Sympathy to his wife Marie, daughters Selina, Gemma, granddaughter Phoebe, Selina’s partner Chris, son-in-law John, brothers Paddy, Kevin, Mel, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, carers, very supportive neighbours’ relatives and friends. May he rest in Peace.

MARY COSTELLO: The death has occurred of Mary Costello (nee Bridgeman) of Hillcrest View Lucan Co. Dublin and formerly of Rathreigh, Ardagh on Saturday July 30, peacefully in the loving care of the staff in the Woodland Unit, Connolly Hospital Blanchardstown surrounded by her loving family. Beloved wife of the late Martin Francis(Frank), and pre-deceased by her sister Joan, brother Séan and son -in-law Johnny. Reposing at Cunningham’s Funeral Home Lucan on Wednesday August 3, from 6-8pm. The Requiem Mass was celebrated in St Patrick’s Church Esker, Lucan on Thursday at 10am, followed by cremation at Newlands Crematorium. Sympathy to her daughters Bernadette and Joanne, brother Patrick and extended family members. May she rest in Peace.

GER MOLONEY: The death has taken place of Ger Moloney, suddenly at home, Ardnaveagh, Reens, Ardagh, formerly of Star Court, John Carew Park Limerick. Late of Inver, Castletroy and Crescent College Comprehensive. Reposing at Griffins Funeral Home on Thursday, August 4, from 5pm with removal at 6.30pm to St Nessan’s Church, Raheen. The Requiem Mass was celebrated on Friday, August 5, at 11am, followed by burial afterwards in Castlemungret cemetery. Sympathy to his wife Lorraine, children Luke, Jake and Ellie Rose, sister Linda, brother Kieran, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, aunts, uncles, extended relatives and his many friends. May he rest in Peace.

GAELIC GAMES: St Kieran’s defeated Askeaton by 2-18 to 1-13 in Round 1 of Group 3 of the County Junior A Hurling Championship at Mick Neville Park on Thursday August 4. They led by 2-12 to 0-7 at half time and ran our convincing winners. TEAM Cillian Ambrose 0-1, Shay Greaney, Diarmuid Mulcahy, Aaron Heffernan, Jack Ben Harnett, Brendan Mc Carthy, Cathal Mc Enery, Micheál Murphy, Mossie Shine 1-0, Cormac Mann 0-1, Darragh Treacy 0-2, Danny Collum, Eoin Mc Enery 1-3, Johnny Mc Carthy, Ian Mackessy 0-11. Subs Mike Flynn, Liam Kennedy, Anthony Mullins, Anthony Molyneaux. They meet Feenagh/Kilmeedy in Round 2 in Knockaderry on Saturday August 13.

St Kieran’s lost to Granagh/Ballingarry 0-10 to 0-9 in the First Round of the West Junior B Hurling Championship at Raheenagh on Friday August 5. They trailed by 0-7 to 0-4 at half time. TEAM Liam Ward, Darragh Mc Mahon, Billy Breen, Brian O’Neill, William Steele, Mikey Breen, Kevin Meade, James O’Connor, Edward Fitzgerald, Conor Woulfe, Seamus Mangan, Cathal O’Connor, Conor Kelly, Evan Donovan, Podge Balfe. They are in Group 1 with Adare, Killeedy and Newcastle West, also in the group.

ROUNDERS: St Kieran’s lost 21-7 to Sporting Limerick in the Ladies Intermediate Championship at Coolcappa on Friday August 5. Training in Ardagh continues each Sunday evening from 7.30pm, and new players welcome. Next up is the Munster Competition in Mallow on Sunday September 4.

LADIES AWARD: Congratulations to Meadhbh Ambrose Old Mill ladies club who was recently awarded the player of the year award for 2021.

ALONE APPEAL: Alone is a national organisation that strives to enable older people to age at home, safely and securely, for as long as they wish. We work with older people, including those who are lonely, isolated, frail or ill, homeless, living in poverty, or are facing other difficulties. Alones Visitation Support and Befriending Service matches older people who would like additional social contact with volunteers who provide companionship through a weekly visit. We work with a number of older people in the Ardagh/Carrigkerry area who would like for someone to visit them. Are you that someone? If you would like to volunteer with Alone, please sign up at https://alone.ievolunteers/ For more information, contact Aoife on aoife.dennehy @alone.ie

HERITAGE MEETING: St Kieran’s Heritage Association held an outdoor briefing amongst eight of its members at Ardagh Station House on Bank Holiday Monday August 1. Items discussed included membership, securing a location to house memorabilia and artefacts, P A System, 2023 Calendar, Christmas Fair, National Heritage Week etc. The first meeting to get the views of the members, to renew their membership and plan events for the future, has been provisionally fixed for Wednesday September 7.

March 5, 2020 was the last full meeting of the Association when Covid arrived to cease all activities. The last two years and five months has been challenging for all and the future is still uncertain and Covid is causing worry as autumn and winter approaches. Most members have experienced change in their lives and have moved on to different pastimes as a result and may not wish to return while Covid is still about. The association hope to resume a few activities for National Heritage Week which will take place from Saturday August 13 to Sunday August 21. A walk to Scotland Bog and a talk there, and a visit to Glenville House and garden were discussed. If the events go ahead, they will be posted on the St Kieran’s Heritage Association Facebook page.

LOTTERY DRAW: The Ardagh Development Association and Saint Kieran’s GAA joint weekly lottery draw took place on Monday August 1. The numbers drawn were 2,4, 14,28,and there was no winner of the € 8,800 Jackpot. Congratulations to the five lucky dip winners who received € 40 each: David Woulfe Grouse Lodge Ardagh, Gerard Moran (Online), Kate Ambrose (Online), Courtney and Casey Donovan c/o Nora Dineen, Aisling Mc Enery (Online). Next Monday night’s jackpot will be € 8,900. 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.

RADIO DRAW: Congratulations to Ethan and Madison Lynch, Shanagolden, who won € 285, in the West Limerick 102fm 50/50 draw, held on Friday August 5.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. The station can be contacted at 069-66200 if people have news of interest to the West Limerick area.

SPLIT THE POT: Congratulations to Ciara Ruttle, who won € 500 in the July eleventh Creeves Celtic FC Split the Pot monthly draw held on Monday August 1. Tickets to enter the draw are available from committee members, club managers, at Neary’s Ardagh, and the Thatch Newbridge. All support will be greatly appreciated.

MASS ROCK MASS: The annual mass will be celebrated at the Mass Rock in Ballyine on Monday August 15 on the feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary at 7.30pm.

CEMETERY MASSES: Mass will be celebrated at Barrigone Blessed Well on Monday August 15, at 3pm, Kilscannell Cemetery on Tuesday August 16 at 7.30pm, at Reilig Mhuire Askeaton Cemetery on Sunday August 21, at 3pm.

CEILÍ DANCING: A set dancing day with teacher Pat O’Dea will be held in the Community Hall Adare on Saturday August 13. The day will consist of two workshops and a night Céilí with music by Uí Bhriain. From 11-1pm, Sean Nos workshop € 7, 2-4 Set dancing workshop, The Ballysteen Set € 7. Céilí 8.30-11.30pm, € 10. To attend all three events will cost € 20. More details from Pat at 087-2577761, teachsetdancing The Ballysteen Set was very popular in the past and it is hoped to revive it to its former status.

A Céilí will be held in Knocknagoshel Community Centre on Sunday August 14 from 3-6pm. Music by the very popular Uí Bhriain (John and Martina Breen from Kenmare) and admission is € 10. The proceeds are in aid of Pieta House and your support is appreciated. A music and set dancing night will be held at the Flag Floor Glensharrold, Carrigkerry on Tuesday August 16, from 9pm and all are welcome.

RADIO MEETING: West Limerick 102FM will hold their annual general meeting on Monday September 5, at 7.30pm at the Long Court House Hotel Newcastle West. All members of the community with an interest in the future of your local radio station are asked to attend. The West Limerick 102FM Board is made up of representatives from various groups including geographical, business, HSE, ETB, Irish Language, PPN, volunteers of the radio. There are a number of vacancies on the board, where nominations are currently being sought to join the board. Nomination forms can be obtained by emailing – patrickfcummins. Closing date for nominations is Sunday August 21. 2022.

GLIN CASTLE: Visitors will be delighted to see the return of the Glin Castle and Garden guided tour on Sunday August 21 from 12 noon to 6pm. Tickets can be purchased at the entrance gate on the day for € 10, refreshments will be available, and a raffle will be held. The Glin Knights Visitor centre in the Square is open daily from 10am to 5pm. All are welcome to call and read about the lives of the 29 Knights of Glin.

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WEDDING WISHES: Congratulations and best wishes in the future to Amy Lawlor daughter of Ann and Con Knocknagun, Carrigkerry and Barry Murphy son of Paula and Michael Rathcoole, Dublin who were married in Fossa Church Kerry on Saturday July 16. The reception was held in the Killarney Oaks Hotel, and the happy couple will reside in Perth, Australia.

WEDDING WISHES: Congratulations and best wishes in the future to Mary Flynn daughter of Breda and Mike Glensharrold, Carrigkerry and Micheál Lawlor son of Marie and Pat Knocknagun Carrigkerry who were married in St Colman’s Church Kilcolman on Saturday July 30. The reception was held in the Woodlands House Hotel Adare.

MOCK WEDDING THANKS: The Mock Wedding Committee recently announced that they raised a total of € 6,535.20 from their fundraising event held at Rathkeale House Hotel on Saturday July 11. Their two charities to benefit The Butterfly Club and Community Crisis Response Team have been presented with drafts for € 3, 267.60 each. They had 130 people seated for the event and they thanked all who were involved in holding the very successful fundraiser.

BEREAVEMENTS: Sympathy is extended to the family of the late Louise Muckell Cois Deel Rathkeale who passed away on Wednesday July 20. Her Requiem Mass was celebrated on Thursday July 28 at St Mary’s Church Rathkeale followed by a private family burial. Sympathy also to the family of the late Jimmy Lee the Square Newcastle West who passed away at his residence on Wednesday July 27. His Requiem Mass was celebrated in the Church of the Immaculate Conception Newcastle West on Saturday July 30, followed by burial in Calvary Cemetery. We note the passing of Paddy Hopkirk the Belfast rally driver who died on July 21, aged 89 years. He won several Circuit of Ireland and international rallies and passed through our locality in his Mini Cooper car on numerous occasions. May they all rest in Peace and may the bereaved be consoled.

CHURCH NEWS: Fr Michael will make his usual First Friday calls on Thursday 4./Friday 5, August. The First Saturday Mass in honour of the Blessed Virgin Mary will be celebrated in St Mary’s Church Carrigkerry on Saturday August 6. At 11am, preceded by Rosary and Adoration from 10am. Adoration each Monday from 10am to 1pm in St Molua’s Church Ardagh.

GAELIC GAMES: The County Junior A Hurling Championship 2022 will commence for St Kieran’s against Askeaton on Thursday August 4, at 7pm in the Bog Garden Rathkeale. They are in Group 3, with Feenagh/Kilmeedy, Mungret /St Pauls, Ballybrown and Doon. The top two teams from the four groups will progress to the quarter finals.

NEW BOOK: Jonathan Dunne, Ballyine, Old Mill, has published a new book ‘Billy’s Experiment’, a horror story and his ninth novel. The 47-year-old works as a TEFL teacher but is gradually moving to becoming a full-time writer. His early books were black comedy, but he has changed to writing some form of horror, be it supernatural or psychological. ‘The Squatter’ his last book went to number one in the Irish and British horror category at amazon.com. Jonathan has been living with his wife Ruth and three daughters in Toledo Spain for the past 20 years.

CLUB DRAW: The Limerick GAA Club draw for July was announced on the Limerick Live 95fm Sports Show on Saturday July 30. Congratulations to Pat Moran Ardagh, from the St Kieran’s club who won € 2,000. There are five draws remaining and people can still join for € 10 per month, by contacting the club online or in person.

LOTTERY DRAW: The Ardagh Development Association and Saint Kieran’s GAA joint weekly lottery draw took place on Monday July 25. The numbers drawn were 10, 14, 24,29,and there was no winner of the € 8,700 Jackpot. Congratulations to the five lucky dip winners who received € 40 each: Grace Hennessy Ballyine (Online), Pat’s O’Connor Knocknagun, Noreen Ambrose Lee Dunganville, (Online), Mary Buston Coolcappa, Patsy Duggan Ardagh, c/o Ann Mullins. Next Monday night’s jackpot will be € 8,800. 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.

RADIO DRAW: Congratulations to Mary O’Kelly Dromcollogher who won € 320, in the West Limerick 102fm 50/50 draw, held on Friday July 29.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. The station can be contacted at 069-66200 if people have news of interest to the West Limerick area.

CEMETERY MASSES: Mass will be celebrated at Knockpatrick Graveyard on Sunday August 7 at 2.30pm, at Barrigone Blessed Well on Friday August 15 at 3pm, at Reilig Mhuire Askeaton Cemetery on Sunday August 21, at 3pm.

GLENVILLE HOUSE: The following are the Glenville House and Gardens Ardagh opening hours for 2022: August 13-21, inclusive(Heritage Week), September 1-13. Tuesday to Saturday from 9-30am to 1-30pm. Admission € 5, Students €3, children and old age pensioners are free. The house is located a mile from Ardagh on the Kilcolman road and is well worth a visit.

TOUR DE MUNSTER: The annual 600km Tour de Munster Charity cycle around the six counties of Munster will take place from Thursday August 4 to Sunday August 7. It commences in Cork City and travels through Munster over the four days before finishing there on the Sunday afternoon. For all details see www. tourdemunster.com and other social media outlets.

CUL CAMP: St Kieran’s GAA Club will hold their annual Cul Camp in Coolcappa from Monday August 8, to Friday August 12.

GLIN CASTLE: Visitors will be delighted to see the return of the Glin Castle and Garden guided tour on Sunday August 21 from 12 noon to 6pm. Tickets can be purchased at the entrance gate on the day for € 10, refreshments will be available, and a raffle will be held. The Glin Knights Visitor centre in the Square is open daily from 10am to 5pm. All are welcome to call and read about the lives of the 29 Knights of Glin.

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MARY O’BRIEN: The death has taken place of Mary O’Brien (Nee Relihan), Ballynacally Ardagh peacefully at UHL on Sunday July 17. Predeceased by her husband Jim and sister Eily. She lay in repose at Riedy’s Funeral Home, Newcastle West on Tuesday July 19, from 6.30pm, followed by removal to St Molua’s Church Ardagh. Her Requiem Mass was celebrated on Wednesday at 11am, followed by burial in Killscannel Cemetery. Sympathy to her daughters Eileen, Maryita Mulqueen, Pauline Mc Mahon, sons Liam, Michael, brother Sonny, sister Joan, grandchildren Aisling, Niamh, Sarah, Jamie, Kelly, Aaron, jack, Daniel, daughters-in-law Ann Marie, Sharon, sons-in-law Mike, Aidan, nephews, nieces, other relatives and friends. May she Rest in Peace.

WEDDING WISHES: Congratulations and best wishes in the future to Elizabeth Kiely daughter of Peg and Mike Knockfinisk, Athea and David Hunter who were married in Larkhall, Scotland on Saturday July 2. The reception was held in the Radstone Hotel and the happy couple will reside in Scotland.

SHOP CLOSURE: Hanley’s Grocery Shop and Filling Station Creeves Cross closed for business on Friday July 22, after nearly a century serving the people of the locality. The owner Thomas Hanley is retiring from the business situated at the five crossroads branching towards Askeaton, Ardagh, Foynes, Rathkeale and Shanagolden. The shop began life in a thatched house owned by John Barry who was a teacher in nearby Nutgrove School which opened in 1869. Patrick Hanley and his wife Johanna Doherty who came from Rooskagh took over the shop in 1925 building up the business. Their son Tom continued to serve the people of the area until the present owner his son Thomas took over in 1981. He oversaw the construction of a newly extended premises, offering a wider choice of goods and better value. The closure of the one stop shop will be a major loss to its local customers who will now have to travel to the adjoining towns and villages to conduct their business. Happy retirement and best wishes to Thomas in the next chapter of his life.

CEMETERY THANKS: A sincere thank you to all who helped in any way with organising and participating in the Cemetery Masses in Kilbradern and Kilcolman. A lot of help was at hand behind the scenes which was much appreciated . Thanks also to all who attended the masses and supported the maintenance collection for the cemeteries.

FOOD TRUCK: From Monday July 18, a food truck has been operating from the car park at Ardagh Railway Station. Melissa and Gillian are open for business daily over the summer months from 9am to 6pm. They are very friendly and helpful and dedicated to offering a great service to all passers-by. A seating area is provided for customers to relax with their food and drink before or after using the Greenway. They intend to expand their range of goods to cater for more customers into the future. Best wishes to both in their new venture and please call for a chat and refreshments while in the area.

SOCCER AWARD: Congratulations to Laura O’Shaughnessy from the Creeves Celtic soccer club who has been chosen as the Desmond Ladies Division 1 Player of the Year. She was due to receive her award at the Awards Night held in the Rathkeale House Hotel on Friday July 22.

GAELIC GAMES: St Kieran’s received a walkover from Mountcollins in round 1 of the West Junior B Football Championship on Friday July 22. The Under 17 hurlers lost to Killacolla Gaels by 5-13 to 0-13 at Ballyagran on Wednesday July 20. The Under 19 football match versus Fr Casey’s fixed for Tuesday July 19, was deferred to August 2, due to a bereavement. In the Sunday Game on All Ireland Sunday July 17 the club featured highlighting their involvement in the Ukraine crisis in recent months. Deirdre Ambrose and Ivan Neary spoke and Cahermoyle House where families are being housed featured on the short clip.

LOTTERY DRAW: The Ardagh Development Association and Saint Kieran’s GAA joint weekly lottery draw took place on Monday July 18. The numbers drawn were3, 7, 15, 19,and there was no winner of the € 8,600 Jackpot. Congratulations to the five lucky dip winners who received € 40 each: Noreen Clancy Effin (Online), Nora Mullins Ardagh, Billy Breen Shanagolden (Online), Dympna Mangan Ardagh, Richard Dineen Ardagh. Next Monday night’s jackpot will be € 8,700. 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.

RADIO DRAW: Congratulations to Elle Mc Caskey Monagea who won € 365, in the West Limerick 102fm 50/50 draw, held on Friday July 22.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. The station can be contacted at 069-66200 if people have news of interest to the West Limerick area.

CLUB DRAW: The Limerick GAA Club draw for 2022 continues with the July Draw taking place on Saturday 30. The entry fee is € 10 per month or € 80 for the remaining eight draws and € 21,000 will be given out in prize money each month. The first prize is € 10,000, 2nd prize € 3,000, 3rd prize € 2,000, 4th prize € 1,000, 5th prize is an exclusive star prize, and 4 prizes of € 500, four prizes € 250, and 17 prizes of € 100. The exclusive Star Prize for July is a two night stay at Ashford Castle. To join contact the local St Kieran’s club members in person, or online through the Club force App with direct options available. The club will receive 50% of all membership received which is vital for the running of it over the year.

CEMETERY MASSES: Mass will be celebrated at Clounagh Cemetery Reens Ardagh on Sunday July 31, at 7pm, Ardagh Graveyard on Friday August 5, at 7.30pm, Knockpatrick Graveyard on Sunday August 7 at 2.30pm, Barrigone Blessed Well on Friday August 15 at 3pm, Reilig Mhuire Askeaton Cemetery on Sunday August 21, at 3pm.

REEK SUNDAY: The annual National Pilgrimage to Croagh Patrick takes place on Sunday July 31. Mass will be celebrated on the hour from 8am to 2pm and confessions will be available from 7.30am to 2pm.

TOUR DE MUNSTER: The annual 600km Tour de Munster Charity cycle around the six counties of Munster will take place from Thursday August 4 to Sunday August 7. It commences in Cork City and travels through Munster over the four days before finishing there on the Sunday afternoon. For all details see www. tourdemunster.com and other social media outlets.

CUL CAMP: St Kieran’s GAA Club will hold their annual Cul Camp in Coolcappa from Monday August 8, to Friday August 12.

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MICHAEL LYNCH: The death has taken place of Michael Lynch 8, Court Villas Rathkeale and late of Coolcappa peacefully at University Hospital Limerick on Friday July 8. Reposing at Magner’s Funeral Home Rathkeale on Monday July 11. His Requiem Mass was celebrated in St Kyran’s Church Coolcappa on Tuesday at 12 noon followed by burial in Clonagh Cemetery Reens Ardagh. Sympathy is extended to his wife Jackie, sons Daniel, Reggie, daughter Megan, grandsons Kian, Rory, brothers Pat, Christy, Joe, Denny, John, Kevin Gerry, sisters Catherine, Mary, nephews, nieces, extended family members, and friends. May he rest in Peace.

MUNSTER FLEADH: Fleadh Cheoil Na Mumhan 2022 took place in Newcastle West from Sunday July 10, to Saturday July 16. The weather was very favourable for people to enjoy the outdoors and a lovely atmosphere was present. It was a great week of entertainment and well done to all the people involved in its successful staging. Congratulations to all the local successful competitors, who progress to the All Ireland in Mullingar from July 31 to August 8.

GAELIC GAMES: St Kieran’s lost to Monaleen by 3-10 to 3-9 in the opening match of the Under 19 County Premier Football Championship in Monaleen on Monday July 11. St Kieran’s led by 2-5 to 2-3 at half time and remained in front until late scores from the city side piped them by one point. TEAM: Craig Mac Inness, Conor Kelly, Cillian Heffernan, Jamie O’Brien, Liam Scanlon, Shane Fitzgerald, Mikey Long, Cormac Mann, Lorcan Murphy, Cathal Mc Enery, Sean Ryan, Tom Mc Mahon, Darragh Mc Mahon, Oisin Ryan, Shay Greaney. Subs Sean Long, Ian O’Connor. Ballybrown defeated St Kieran’s by 1-17 to 1-7 in the County Under 15 Division 2 B Hurling Championship played in Ballybrown on Sunday July 10. Cormac Downey made an appearance on Up for the Match on RTE last Saturday night. Marty Morrissey RTE made a visit to the club last week.

The County Junior A Hurling Championship is due to commence for St Kieran’s against Askeaton on Friday July 29 in the Bog Garden Rathkeale. They are in Group 3, with Feenagh/Kilmeedy, Mungret /St Pauls, Ballybrown and Doon. The top two teams from the four groups will progress to the quarter finals.

LADIES FOOTBALL: Fermanagh defeated Limerick by 7-9 to 3-12 in the All-Ireland Ladies Junior Football Championship semi final played in Kiltoom, Roscommon on Sunday July 10. The Old Mill players on the team were Sophie Hennessy, Róisín Ambrose (Captain), Iris Kennelly 1-3, Cathy Ambrose was a panel member. Former club player Alva Neary Quaid was full back and is now a member of the Saint Ailbe’s club. Róisín featured on the Lidl display boards promoting ladies’ football during the season. Marty Morrissey RTE visited the Old Mill club and made a big impression with young members and adults last week.

CAMOGIE NEWS: St Kieran’s Under 10/U12 camogie girls hosted Croagh/Kilfinny in Ardagh on Friday evening last. They performed very well as they continue to progress since their formation a short few months ago. They are enjoying the experience and well done to the players and mentors involved.

SPLIT THE POT: Congratulations to Kevin Guina, who won € 518 in the June tenth Creeves Celtic FC Split the Pot monthly draw held recently . Tickets to enter the draw are available from committee members, club managers, at Neary’s Ardagh, Thatch Newbridge and Hanley’s Creeves. All support will be greatly appreciated.

LOTTERY DRAW: The Ardagh Development Association and Saint Kieran’s GAA joint weekly lottery draw took place on Monday July 11. The numbers drawn were 5,11,15,30,and there was no winner of the € 8,500 Jackpot. Congratulations to the five lucky dip winners who received € 40 each: Darragh Breen Belgium (Online), Jason O’Donovan Ardagh, Noel Broderick Coolanoran(Online), Denis O’Sullivan c/o Nora Dineen, John Doyle Carrigkerry (Online). Next Monday night’s jackpot will be € 8,600. 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.

RADIO DRAW: Congratulations to Cerys Pleavin Templeglantine, who won € 390, in the West Limerick 102fm 50/50 draw, held on Friday July 8. Congratulations to Jim Long Feenagh who also won € 390, in the West Limerick 102fm 50/50 draw, held on Friday July 15.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. The station can be contacted at 069-66200 if people have news of interest to the West Limerick area.

CEMETERY MASSES: Mass will be celebrated at Coolcappa Cemetery Sunday July 24, at 7pm, Clounagh Cemetery Reens Sunday July 31, at 7pm. Ardagh Graveyard on Friday August 5, at 7.30pm. Knockpatrick Graveyard Mass on Sunday August 7 at 2.30pm. Barrigone Blessed Well Mass on Friday August 15 at 3pm. Reilig Mhuire Askeaton Cemetery on Sunday August 21, at 3pm.

PEUGEOT DRAW: Limerick GAA in association with Adams of Glin Peugeot Dealer have launched a new fundraising drive with an electric Peugeot e-2008 Allure up for grabs. Tickets are currently on sale online at www.winapeugeot.ie at €20 each. The deadline is midnight August 26, and the winner will be announced on Friday September 2. All the proceeds from the draw will be reinvested in county hurling and football teams representing Limerick from minor grade up to senior grade.

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MONTHS MIND: The Months Mind Mass for Moss O’Connor Carrigkerry will be held in St Mary’s Church Carrigkerry on Saturday July 16, at 6.30pm. The Months Mind Mass for Donie Kiely Lisgordan, Ardagh will be held in St Colman’s Church Kilcolman on Saturday July 16, at 7.30pm.

FOR SALE: Moore’s Bar the landmark public house in Carrigkerry is up for sale at present. Following the closure of the other two it has served the area well for the last 15 years. It is one of many around the country that has seen a decline in footfall and revenue over the years, due to many diverse changes. Hopefully a solution can be found, and it will remain trading.

ART EXHIBITION: Sahaja Budzilla from Glensharrold, Carrigkerry is one of three artists who will have their work exhibited in the upstairs foyer of King John’s Castle Limerick until August 31. Eric O’Neill and Maighread Tobin will also display their work there. Limerick City and County Council took over the running of the Castle earlier this year. Artist Maighread Tobin, displays Lily, stainless steel and limestone. Artist Sahaja Budzilla displays Mosher Smash Dagga, discarded tools and metal
Ritual Staffs, discarded tools and metal. Artist Eric O’Neill, displays, obedience, forged steel and copper, finished with wax.This wonderful venue and tourist attraction has vast potential if properly utilised.

LUCKY WINNER: Congratulations to Tara Doyle Carrigkerry who was the winner(€500) of the St Kieran’s GAA club scratch card lucky first goal (exact time of the first goal scored) fundraiser for the Limerick V Galway All Ireland senior hurling semi-final on Sunday July 3. All funds raised from the fundraiser will go towards the St Kieran’s Club Development Plan. The club would like to thank all who supported the fundraiser.

COLLECTION THANKS: The Friends of St Ita’s Community Hospital wish to thank the collectors and everyone who contributed so generously to their recent church gate collection in Kilcolman. The amount collected was € 180 which will go towards the ongoing works which will benefit patients in the future.

GAELIC GAMES: . St Kieran’s defeated Ballylanders by 2-9 to 2-8 in Round 2 of Group 2 of the County Limerick Senior Football Championship at Ballyagran on Saturday July 9. They trailed for the majority of the match and were 2-7 to 1-4 behind shortly after half time. A Liam Kennedy goal brought them back into it and John Hayes kicked the winning point from a free in injury time. TEAM: Ian Mackessy, Mossie Shine, Johnny Mc Carthy, Mike Shanahan, Sean Ryan 0-1, Diarmuid Mulcahy, Brendan Mc Carthy (Captain), John Hayes 0-5, Darragh Treacy, Jack Ben Harnett, Liam Kennedy 1-1, Kevin Meade, Dylan Moloney, Anthony Molyneaux 1-2, Seamus Mangan. Subs Shane Fitzgerald, Anthony Mullins, Aaron Heffernan, Cormac Mann.

St Kieran’s defeated Newcastle West by 2-24 to 3-10 in Round 1 of Division 2B of the County Under 17 hurling championship at Coolcappa on Wednesday July 6. They led by 2-12 to 1-8 at half time. Congratulations to Donal Dineen and Cormac Downey who took part and won in the M Donnelly Interprovincial Wheelchair Hurling in UL. Darren is a member of the senior panel and Cormac is the captain of the junior team. Congratulations also to Catherine Downey who is a coach with the junior panel.

LOTTERY DRAW: The Ardagh Development Association and Saint Kieran’s GAA joint weekly lottery draw took place on Monday July 4. The numbers drawn were 8,10,13,24,and there was no winner of the € 8,400 Jackpot. Congratulations to the five lucky dip winners who received € 40 each: Richard Ambrose Dunganville (Online), Pa Wilmott c/o Denis Greaney, Mary Bennett Ardagh, Maeve Enright Kilcorney Mallow (Online),Hannie O’Connor Glensharrold c/o Josie. Next Monday night’s jackpot will be € 8,500. 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.

SMART VILLAGES: The North Kerry-West Limerick Smart Villages Stronger Communities project aims to empower local communities in shaping a smart and sustainable future for the region. The organisers are holding drop-in clinics to discuss and gather the views of the residents. This Wednesday July 13, a meeting will be held at Ardagh Community Centre from 6pm to 8pm, for locals to get involved in the discussion.

SOCCER AGM: Kilcolman Rovers soccer club will hold their AGM in the dressing room of the parish field Ardagh on Wednesday July 13, at 8.15pm, and all are welcome to attend.

MUNSTER FLEADH: Fleadh Cheoil Na Mumhan 2022 is taking place in Newcastle West from Sunday July 10, to Saturday July 16. In last week’s notes we mentioned some of the events taking place up to Thursday July 7. On Friday morning from 10am the music and singing competitions are taking place in the Desmond College and Gaelscoil O’Doghair, The famed Newcastle West Pipe Band will be performing in the Square from 6.45pm. A Wrenboy exhibition takes place in the Gig Rig, Desmond Castle at 7.30pm. Deirdre Scanlon the noted Monagea singer will hold a singing session in the Silver Dollar from 9.30pm. At the same time a Céilí to the music of Donie Nolan takes place in the Longcourt Hotel.

Saturday July 16 is the final day and the music and singing competitions continue from 10am and a Farmers Market will be held in the Square from 11am . A street entertainment competition (enter via Facebook) will be taking place from 2pm. From 6pm the Senior Céilí Band Competition will be decided from 6pm. The final event an open-air concert with local entertainers will commence at 7pm in the Gig Rig, Desmond Castle. A very enjoyable time is anticipated, and local support will be appreciated.

PARKRUN: The Newcastle West Parkrun takes place in the Demesne every Saturday at 9.30am. It is a free timed 5k run, jog, or walk. It is a great way to improve your physical activity amongst a friendly group and all are welcome.

HURLING FINAL: Next Sunday July 17, is All Ireland hurling day for Limerick and Kilkenny. Limerick are seeking a three in a row of titles against the black and amber and roll of honour leaders from the banks of the River Nore. It promises to be a very exciting and physical encounter with both managers amongst the best in the business. A lot of supporters from the locality will be attending and safe driving to all and best wishes to all involved with the Limerick team and hopefully a hat trick of titles to celebrate.

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SYMPATHY: Sympathy is extended to Fr Tim Curtin Parish Priest Coolcappa/Kilcolman on the death of his sister Carmel O’Brien Mallow/Rockchapel /Youghal, Co Cork at Marymount Hospice on Thursday June 30. Reposing took place in O’Keeffe’s Funeral Home, Bowling Green Mallow on Sunday July 3, from 5.30pm to 7.30pm. Her Requiem Mass was celebrated in Sacred Heart Church Western Road Cork on Monday July 4, at 11am followed by burial in St Oliver’s Cemetery Model Farm Road. Sympathy also to her husband Finbarr,(Barry) children Fiona, Úna, Darragh, sisters Mary, Traoine, brothers D.J. Frank and extended family members. May she rest in Peace.

NEW HOUSES: limerick City and County Council proposes to construct ten housing units in O’Connor Park Reerasta North Ardagh. The proposed works will include the construction of ten number housing units in addition to ancillary site works comprising of a new vehicular junction (with the R521), an access road, services, footpaths, parking, boundary treatment and landscaping works. The plans and particulars of the proposed development will be available for inspection up to Friday July 22, at their Newcastle West and Dooradoyle offices, and online at http://mypoint.limerick,ie.

GAELIC GAMES: St Kieran’s defeated Caherconlish by 2-23 to 3-14 in Round 1 Group 4 of the Under 19 B Hurling Championship at Caherconlish on Tuesday June 28. TEAM: Nathan Cahill, Darragh Mc Mahon, Shay Greaney, Killian Heffernan, Conor Kelly, Liam Scanlon, Cathal Mc Enery, Fionn Gleeson, Cormac Mann, James Normoyle, Mikey Long, Conor Woulfe, Cian Brennan, Sean Ryan, Conor Shanahan. Subs Tom Mc Mahon, Cathal O’Connor. They received a walkover from Pallasgreen in Round 2 due to be played on Friday July 1 in Coolcappa.

St Kieran’s defeated Belville Gaels by 2-10 to 1-0-5 in the Under 17 Football at Coolcappa on Wednesday June 29. St Kieran’s defeated Kildimo/Pallaskenry by 2-12 to 2-9 in Round 1 of Group 2 of the Limerick Senior Football Championship at the Bog Garden Rathkeale on Thursday June 30. They trailed for most of the match and were behind by 1-7 to 0-6 at half time. Dylan Moloney and Seamus Mangan had second half goals and Ian Mackessy saved a penalty as they eased ahead in the closing minutes to make a winning start by a three-point margin. TEAM: Ian Mackessy, Mossie Shine, Johnny Mc Carthy, Mike Shanahan, Anthony Mullins, Diarmuid Mulcahy, Brendan Mc Carthy (Captain), Liam Kennedy, John Hayes, Jack Ben Harnett, Darragh Treacy, Sean Ryan, Dylan Moloney, Anthony Molyneaux, Seamus Mangan. Subs Shane Fitzgerald, Lorcan Murphy, Cormac Mann.

CAMOGIE NEWS: St Kieran’s hosted an Under 10 and Under 12 Camogie mini blitz with Patrickswell and Kildimo/Pallaskenry at Coolcappa on Thursday June 30. The fledging club are progressing and well done to all involved with the club.

SOCCER NEWS: John Hayes was a member of the Broadford United team that defeated Newcastle West Town 5-1 in the Desmond Premier Division League Cup Final played at Hanley Park Askeaton on Friday June 24. Ray Brouder was captain of the defeated team.

LOTTERY DRAW: The Ardagh Development Association and Saint Kieran’s GAA joint weekly lottery draw took place on Monday June 27. The numbers drawn were 10,12,23,25,and there was no winner of the € 8,300 Jackpot. Congratulations to the five lucky dip winners who received € 40 each: Michael Curley Reens, JMPc/o Josie, Brendan Mulcahy Reens (Online), Breda Hayes Creeves, Paul Moriarty Liskileen, (Online). Next Monday night’s jackpot will be € 8,400. People can play online using club force on the club’s Facebook page, with 6pm on Monday evening the deadline. The tickets are also on sale at the usual outlets, and all support will be appreciated.

RADIO DRAW: Congratulations to Bridget O’Brien Feenagh who won € 330, in the West Limerick 102fm 50/50 draw, held on Friday July 1. 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. The station can be contacted at 069-66200 if people have news of interest to the West Limerick area.

RAMBLING HOUSE: The next rambling house will be held at Ballyhahill Parish Hall on Wednesday June 6, at 8pm. All musicians, singers’ dancers and storytellers are most welcome to attend. It is a very popular venue with good crowds attending and having a very enjoyable night’s entertainment. Refreshments are served and all are welcome.

MOCK WEDDING: Ardagh and District Fundraising Society presents a Mock Wedding Party on Saturday July 9 at Rathkeale House Hotel commencing at 5pm. The dinner will be served at 6.30pm sharp and an auction and a raffle will be held during the night. Live music by Different Sounds and DJ Sean Carrig. The admission is by ticket only and they are available to purchase at Neary’s Bar Ardagh, costing € 25 each. For more details and to order tickets please call the following: Liz Crowley 085 7493618, Paul Moriarty 085-7103557, Susan Moriarty 087-9485994, Paul Ahern 087-9509775, Trisha Derwin 085-7127484. A great night’s entertainment is anticipated, and all support will be appreciated, and the proceeds will go to the Butterfly Club and Community Crisis Response.

CEMETERY MASSES: Cemetery Masses will be celebrated on this Sunday July 10, as follows: Kilbradern Cemetery at 12 noon, Kilcolman Cemetery, at 2pm, Mount Pleasant Graveyard Mass at 2.30pm.

CEMETERY COLLECTION: The annual collection for the maintenance of Kilcolman cemetery will be taken up on Sunday July 10, before the cemetery Mass at 2pm. It is a well maintained cemetery and all support will be appreciated.

MUNSTER FLEADH: Fleadh Cheoil Na Mumhan 2022 will be held in Newcastle West from Sunday July 10, to Saturday July 16. Best wishes to all the local competitors who will be taking part in the various age groups in music, song and dance. A very interesting programme of events will be held including the Garry Mc Mahon Mass at 6.30pm, and the official opening and session at Longcourt House Hotel on Sunday July 10. A historical walk around the town commencing at 1pm from the Desmond Castle and a storytelling evening with Francis Kennedy at 9pm at Cleary’s Bar on Monday July 11. Louise Mulcahy lecture on master piper Liam O’Floinn at 1pm in the Red Door, whistling workshop with Anita Bennis at 8pm, and a singing session with Con Warren at 9pm in the Silver Dollar on Tuesday July 12. The dancing competitions will be held on Wednesday and Thursday from 12 noon at the Longcourt Hotel. The weekend events will be included in next week’s notes.

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DONIE KIELY: The death has taken place of Donie Kiely, (Builder)Lower Lisgordan, Ardagh, suddenly at home on Friday June 17. Predeceased by his mother Elizabeth, father Patrick, sister Josephine and nephew Micheál. Reposing at Riedy’s Funeral Home, Newcastle West on Tuesday June 21, from 6.30 to 8pm. His Requiem Mass was celebrated by Fr Austin Mc Namara at 11am in St Colman’s Church Kilcolman on Wednesday followed by burial in Holycross Cemetery Athea. Sympathy to his sister Mary, brother Mike (Haul), sister-in-law Peg, Mary’s partner Tom, nephews Patrick and his wife Denise, Liam and his wife Christine, nieces Noreen and her husband Niall, Elizabeth and her partner David, grand nephews Christopher, Luke and James, grand nieces Emily and Ciara, cousins, other relatives, kind neighbours and friends. May he rest In Peace.

EILEEN LEAHY: The death has taken place of Eileen Leahy (née O’Connor) Bogmount, Abbeyfeale, and a native of Glensharrold, Carrigkerry, peacefully on Tuesday, June 21, at University Hospital Limerick, surrounded by her loving family. Eileen is predeceased by her father Seán and sister Margaret. Reposing at Harnett’s Funeral Home, The Square, Abbeyfeale on Thursday June 23, from 6.30 to 8pm. Her Requiem Mass was celebrated at The Church of The Assumption, Abbeyfeale on Friday at 11am, followed by burial in Reilig Íde Naofa, Abbeyfeale. Sympathy to her husband John, son John Anthony, daughter Jennifer, grandson Eliadh, mother Hannie, brothers Pa, Moss, John, Mike and Chris, sisters Mary, Anne, Bridie, Doreen and Hanorah, aunt, uncle, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives, neighbours and friends. May she rest in Peace.

CIVIC RECEPTION: Limerick Council held a Civic Reception in the Woodlands Hotel Adare on Tuesday June 14, to acknowledge the work of community individuals over the past couple of years. Mary Kury from Ardagh received one for her publications on the Ardagh Chalice and three local burial grounds. Shirley O’Regan Newcastle West and West Limerick 102fm presenter and producer of Irish and English programmes was honoured also for her contribution during Covid. Congratulations to all who were honoured for their contributions to community life.

GAELIC GAMES: Newcastle West defeated St Kieran’s by 1-6 to 0-6 in the County Senior Football League Final played at Mick Neville Park Rathkeale on Tuesday June 21. The winners led by 1-2 to 0-4 at half time. TEAM Ian Mackessy, Mossie Shine, Johnny Mc Carthy, Michael Murphy, Mike Shanahan, Diarmuid Mulcahy, Brendan Mc Carthy (Captain), Liam Kennedy, John Hayes 0-4, Jack Ben Harnett, Darragh Treacy, Sean Ryan, Kevin Meade 0-2, Anthony Molyneaux, Seamus Mangan. Subs Shane Fitzgerald, Daniel Geraghty. Management: Brian Nolan, Owen Hayes, Mike Windle, Donie Mc Enery, John O’Connor.

The club are running a scratch card lucky first goal (exact time of the first goal scored) fundraiser for the Limerick V Galway All Ireland senior hurling semi final on Sunday July 3.The cards are € 2 each or 3 for € 5. All funds raised from this fundraiser will go towards the St Kieran’s Club Development Plan. The prize money is € 500, and all support is greatly appreciated.

The County Senior Football Championship commences on Thursday June 30, with St Kieran’s playing promoted Kildimo/Pallaskenry in Group 2 at the Bog Garden Rathkeale at 7.30pm. They play Ballylanders in Round 2 in Ballyagran on Saturday July 9 at 7.30pm. Followers are looking forward to a successful run in the Championship. The club will hold their annual Cul Camp in Coolcappa from Monday August 8, to Friday August 12.

LADIES FOOTBALL: Limerick defeated New York by 4-11 to 1-5 in the third round of the All-Ireland Junior Football Championship played at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick on Wednesday June 22. They have now qualified for the semi final. Congratulations to Iris Kennelly who is receiving a sports scholarship from TUS, in Early Childhood Care and Education. She is one of 23 athletes from Limerick who received a sports scholarship from the Technological University of the Shannon (TUS) this coming academic year.

COMMUNITY GAMES: Congratulations to members of the St Kieran’s community games who represented the club and were successful in recent competitions at Handwriting, Art, Talent, Soccer and Gaelic games.

SOCCER NEWS: Congratulations to Creeves Celtic who defeated Kildimo United 2-1 in the final of the Riedy Cup played at Askeaton on Friday June 17. Kevin Guina and Brian Meade scored the goals and Kevin Guina was player of the match. TEAM Danny Coleman, James Bridgeman, Anthony Mullins, Tommy Dillane, James O’Connor, Darragh O’Connor, Mike Shanahan, Andrew White, Ray Cahill, Richard Hayes, Kevin Guina, Subs Jerome O’Connor, Chris Kenny, Brian Nash, Joe Guerin, David Dunne, Michael Guina, Tom Shanahan, Brian Meade. John O’Donnell on behalf of the Desmond League presented the Riedy Cup to Captain Tommy Dillane afterwards. The team management of Brian Nash and Noel O’Donnell have overseen a very successful run since the 2017/18 season, winning six titles. Congratulations to all involved in the club and best wishes for next season when they compete in the Premier Division for the first time in their history.

CLUB DRAW: Congratulations to William Treacy from the St Kieran’s club who won € 100 in the Limerick GAA Club draw for June, which was announced on the Limerick Live 95fm sports show on Saturday June 25. It costs € 10 per month to join with the local club receiving € 5 per person.

LOTTERY DRAW: The Ardagh Development Association and Saint Kieran’s GAA joint weekly lottery draw took place on Monday June 20. The numbers drawn were 1,2,7,18,and there was no winner of the € 8,200 Jackpot. Congratulations to the five lucky dip winners who received € 40 each: Tom Corrigan Askeaton, Marie Molyneaux Askeaton, Tom Neary Ardagh, Chris Madigan Ardagh, Martina Fitzgibbon Castlemahon c/o Dawn. Next Monday night’s jackpot will be € 8,300. People can play online using club force on the club’s Facebook page, with 6pm on Monday evening the deadline. The tickets are also on sale at the usual outlets, and all support will be appreciated.

RADIO DRAW: Congratulations to Connie Mc Coy Carrigkerry, who won € 470, in the West Limerick 102fm 50/50 draw, held on Friday June 24. 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. The station can be contacted at 069-66200 if people have news of interest to the West Limerick area.

GARDEN FETE: The Rathfredagh Cheshire Home Garden Fete will be held on Sunday July 3, from 12 noon to 6pm, after a three-year break due to Covid. A wide variety of events will be taking place over the grounds to suit all tastes. For vintage enthusiasts’ cars, tractors and machines will be on display. There will be live entertainment, a dog show, 5 a side football, re-enactment, bric-a-brac, monster draw, wheel of fortune, stalls with books, clothes, food, plants etc. There will be face painting for the children, colouring competitions, fairy trail and best dressed fairy/goblin competition and lots of other entertainment. All proceeds will go to the Rathfredagh Cheshire Home. The entrance fee (€5) for adults and children over 12. The Cheshire Home is located 6k from Newcastle West along the R520 Bruff line. Eircode V42 RW63.

MOCK WEDDING: Ardagh and District Fundraising Society presents a Mock Wedding Party on Saturday July 9 at Rathkeale House Hotel commencing at 5pm. The dinner will be served at 6.30pm sharp and an auction and a raffle will be held during the night. Live music by Different Sounds and DJ Sean Carrig. The admission is by ticket only and they are available to purchase at Neary’s Bar Ardagh, costing € 25 each. For more details and to order tickets please call the following: Liz Crowley 085 7493618, Paul Moriarty 085-7103557, Susan Moriarty 087-9485994, Paul Ahern 087-9509775, Trisha Derwin 085-7127484. A great night’s entertainment is anticipated, and all support will be appreciated, and the proceeds will go to the Butterfly Club and Community Crisis Response.

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JAMES BYRNES: The death has occurred of Sgt. James (Jimmy) Byrnes, Court Villas, Rathkeale, and late of Reens, Ardagh, unexpectedly, in the care of University Hospital Limerick on Wednesday June 8. Predeceased by his parents William and Hannah, brother Patsy and sister Joan. Reposing was held at Magner’s Funeral Home Rathkeale on Wednesday June 15 from 6 to 7.30pm. His Requiem Mass was celebrated in St Molua’s Church Ardagh on Thursday at 12.30pm. Burial took place afterwards in Clounagh Cemetery. Sympathy to his brother Willie, sister Maureen, aunt Mary, nieces and nephews Sean, Niamh, Sheila, Michael, Con and Nora, relatives’ friends and neighbours. May he rest in Peace.

SYMPATHY: The death has taken place of Nora Kirby nee Kilmartin late of Rooska in Birmingham England. Sympathy to all her relations around the locality.

MONTHS MIND: The months mind mass for the late Pat Nally Carrigkerry will be celebrated in St Mary’s church Carrigkerry on Friday June 24, at 7.30pm. Pat was a mechanic who operated a garage in Carrigkerry village plus a grocery shop. He also owned the former Olympic Express at Churchtown Newcastle West.

GOLDEN JUBILEE: People from the Ardagh/Carrigkerry parish and beyond turned out in force at the 7.30pm Mass to mark the 50th anniversary of Fr Michael Noonan’s ordination in St Molua’s Church Ardagh on Friday June 17. He was ordained in the Church of Our Lady Queen of Peace Janesboro Limerick on June 18, 1972. Fr Michael was joined by Bishop of Limerick Brendan Leahy and fellow priests Fr Liam Enright, Fr Frank Duhig, Fr Joe Cussen, Fr Richard Keane, Fr Paddy Bowen, Fr Muiris O’Connor, Fr Michael Liston and his family members in a fitting concelebrated Mass. Bishop Brendan paid tribute to Fr Michael’s 50 years of dedicated service and wished him well in the future.

Ardagh Community Hall hosted a celebration party from 9pm with a fine selection of food to satisfy all tastes. MC David Woulfe welcomed all and paid his own tribute. Conor O’Donoghue from the pastoral committee gave a list of the parishes Fr Michael had served in and a number of people’s memories of his impacts on them. A number of presentations suitable to Fr Michael’s pastimes followed: Noreen O’Callaghan on behalf of the Ardagh/Carrigkerry Parish, Conor O’Donoghue on behalf of St Molua’s N.S., Carrigkerry N.S., made their presentation earlier in the week, David Woulfe on behalf of St Kieran’s GAA Club and the ADRSC Committee, Marie Copse on behalf of the church adoration committee.

David in conclusion thanked all who were involved in putting in place all the pieces for the jubilee celebrations. Entertainment followed and people who may not have met due to the pandemic mingled and engaged in conversation throughout the night which concluded at 11pm. All present join in wishing Fr Michael good health and happiness in his ministry into the future.

ARDAGH RAS START: Stage 3 of Ras Tailteann commenced from Ardagh village on Friday June 17 after 11am on a 172.1km route to Lisdoonvarna. The ceremonial start saw the riders depart the Square in Newcastle West and travel non competitively the 5km to Ardagh along the Greenway. The team cars travelled by road to Ardagh and lined up on the main street so they could follow the riders. A nice crowd were in attendance including St Molua’s school students to welcome the riders to Ardagh Station House and also at the lower cross as they set off on their route through Limerick, Tipperary and Clare. This is the 67th edition of the international stage race which covers 756km and includes eight categorised climbs.

SUNDAY FUNERALS: Funeral masses will no longer be celebrated on Sundays in the pastoral unit of Coolcappa/Kilcolman, Shanagolden/Foynes/Robertstown and Loughill/Ballyhahill/Glin. This is due to the Sunday Mass schedules and shortage of priests, and no doubt in future it will spread to other diocesan clusters.

GAELIC GAMES: St Kieran’s lost to Granagh/Ballingarry 1-13 to 2-9 in the West Junior B Football League final played at Mick Neville Park Rathkeale on Monday June 13. The teams were level 1-4 to 0-7 at half time. TEAM: Ray Noonan, Michael Murphy, Cillian Heffernan, John O’Connor, Mike Upton, Anthony Mullins, Dan Geraghty, Mike Flynn 0-1 Sean Ryan, Liam Upton, Adam Lacey, Brian Crowley 1-3, Conor Woulfe 0-1, John Doyle, Anthony Molyneaux 1-2. Subs Pa O’Sullivan 0-2, Aengus Gannon, Michael Steele, Brian O’Neill, Ian Mackessy, Cillian Ambrose. Darragh Treacy was ever present with Limerick senior football team this year. He played in all 14 matches. Liam Kennedy and John Hayes made one appearance each.

LADIES FOOTBALL: Antrim defeated Limerick by 0-12 to 1-7 in the opening match of the Ladies All Ireland Junior Football Championship at Bruff on Sunday June 12. The Old Mill club supplied five players to the team and panel. Sophie Hennessy, Alva Quaid, Róisín Ambrose (Captain), Iris Kennelly, and Cathy Ambrose was a substitute. Limerick play New York on Wednesday June 22, in their other group match and need to win to progress to the knockout stage.

SOCCER NEWS: Creeves Celtic defeated Kildimo United 2-1 away in their final match in Division 1 of the Desmond League on Friday June 10. Brian Nash and Richie Hayes scored their goals. They will play in the Premier Division next year. Congratulations to all involved in their rise through the divisions in recent years. The Desmond League finished in fourth place in the recent Gaynor Cup Tournament held at UL. They lost to eventual winners in MGL South in a penalty shootout in the semi final. Jessica Meade and Ruby Mae Behan from Kilcolman Rovers were involved.

CAMOGIE NEWS: St Kieran’s under 8 camogie team competed in a blitz in Adare on Saturday June 11.The fledgling club played their first matches against Adare, Ahane and Patrickswell and well done to all involved.

LOTTERY DRAW: The Ardagh Development Association and Saint Kieran’s GAA joint weekly lottery draw took place on Monday June 13. The numbers drawn were 8,15,20,30,and there was no winner of the € 8,100 Jackpot. Congratulations to the five lucky dip winners who received € 40 each: Mike Flynn junior Glensharrold, Paudie Kennelly c/o Josie, Angela Keane Grouse Lodge (Online), Jimmy O’Donoghue Clounreask Askeaton, George Daly Newcastle West (Online). Next Monday night’s jackpot will be € 8,200. 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.

RADIO DRAW: Congratulations to Pa Foley Abbeyfeale who won € 545, in the West Limerick 102fm 50/50 draw, held on Friday June 17. 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. The station can be contacted at 069-66200 if people have news of interest to the West Limerick area.

FUNDRAISER : The Old Mill ladies football club are holding a clothes collection over the weekend of Saturday June 25. All support will be appreciated for this fundraiser.

RAMBLING HOUSE: The next rambling house will be held at Monagea Parish Hall on Monday June 27, at 8pm sharp. All musicians, singers’ dancers and storytellers are most welcome to attend. It will be a fundraiser for St Gabriel’s Respite Centre Mungret and all support will be appreciated.

GARDEN FETE: Patrons will be delighted to hear that the Rathfredagh Cheshire Home Garden Fete will be held on Sunday July 3, from 12 noon to 6pm, after a three year break due to Covid. A wide variety of events will be taking place over the grounds to suit all tastes. For vintage enthusiast’s cars, tractors and machines will be on display. There will be live entertainment, a dog show, 5 a side football, re-enactment, bric-a-brac, monster draw, wheel of fortune, stalls with books, clothes, food, plants etc. There will be face painting for the children, colouring competitions, fairy trail and best dressed fairy/goblin competition and lots of other entertainment. All proceeds will go to the Rathfredagh Cheshire Home. The entrance fee (€5) for adults and children over 12. The Cheshire Home is located 6k from Newcastle West along the R520 Bruff line. Eircode V42 RW63.

MOCK WEDDING: Ardagh and District Fundraising Society presents a Mock Wedding Party on Saturday July 9 at Rathkeale House Hotel commencing at 5pm. The dinner will be served at 6.30pm sharp and an auction and a raffle will be held during the night. Live music by Different Sounds and DJ Sean Carrig. The admission is by ticket only and they are available to purchase at Neary’s Bar Ardagh, costing € 25 each. For more details and to order tickets please call the following: Liz Crowley 085 7493618, Paul Moriarty 085-7103557, Susan Moriarty 087-9485994, Paul Ahern 087-9509775, Trisha Derwin 085-7127484. A great night’s entertainment is anticipated, and all support will be appreciated, and the proceeds will go to the Butterfly Club and Community Crisis Response.

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WEDDING WISHES: Congratulations and best wishes in the future to Sarah Reidy daughter of Margaret and the late Pat Ardvone Ardagh and Brian Sheehy son of Margaret and Dick Hillside Drive Athea who were married in St Molua’s Church Ardagh on Saturday June 4. The celebrant was Fr Chris O’Donnell, and the reception was held in the Devon Inn Hotel Templeglantine.

ARDAGH FOOTPATHS: Limerick City and County Council have a schedule of work drawn up for the approach road through the traffic lights at Ardagh village. The proposed works will include the provision of footpaths, public lighting and positive drainage as required along R521 on either side of the traffic lights. Accommodation works including structural walls may be required as the land is much lower than the road on the Newcastle West side of the traffic lights. This proposal is to provide enhanced safety features on this road for residents within the 50lk speed limit.

FLEADH CHEOIL: Congratulations to all the local successful competitors at Fleadh Cheoil Luimnigh hosted by the Athea branch over the June Weekend. They progress to the Munster finals which will be held in Newcastle West in mid July. It was a great weekend of entertainment and well done to all the people involved in its successful staging.

SAILING NEWS: Congratulations to Darragh Mc Cormack Ardagh and crew members on Stouche Mary Mc Cormack, Breda Magner, Anna Lowes, and Oísín Finucane winners of the O’Brien Cup and race around Foynes Island on Commodores Day at Foynes Yacht Club.

GAELIC GAMES: St Kieran’s defeated Galbally 5-8 to 2-5 in the County Senior Football League semi final at Ballyagran on Saturday June 11. They led by 3-3 to 0-3 at half time. TEAM Ian Mackessy, Michael Shanahan, Johnny Mc Carthy, Mossie Shine, Anthony Mullins, Diarmuid Mulcahy, Brendan Mc Carthy, John Hayes, Liam Kennedy 1-1, Jack Ben Harnett, Dylan Moloney 3-4, Sean Ryan 0-1, Kevin Meade, Anthony Molyneaux 0-1, Adam Lacey 1-1. Subs James O’Connor, Michael Murphy.

St Kieran’s defeated Ballysteen on penalties after extra time to progress to the West Junior Football League final at Ballyhahill on Wednesday June 8. The game finished level after normal time 2-9 to Ballysteen’s 1-12. TEAM: Ray Noonan, Michael Murphy, Cillian Heffernan, Daniel Geraghty, Michael Upton, Anthony Mullins, Sean Ryan, James O’Connor, Mike Flynn, Brian Crowley, Anthony Molyneaux, Liam Upton, Conor Woulfe, John Doyle, Pa Sullivan, Michael Steele, Brian O’Neill, Noel Kelly, Kevin Crowley, John O’Connor.

Fionn Gleeson from the St Kieran’s club was a member of the Limerick Sarsfield’s team that were defeated by North Cork 4-16 to 2-12 in the Celtic Challenge All Ireland Corn John Scott final at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick on Saturday June 4.

SPLIT THE POT: Congratulations to James O’Connor, who won € 542 in the ninth Creeves Celtic FC Split the Pot monthly draw held recently .Tickets to enter the draw are available from committee members, club managers, at Neary’s Ardagh, Thatch Newbridge and Hanley’s Creeves. All support will be greatly appreciated.

LOTTERY DRAW: The Ardagh Development Association and Saint Kieran’s GAA joint weekly lottery draw took place on Monday June 6. The numbers drawn were 2,6,12,24,and there was no winner of the € 8,000 Jackpot. Congratulations to the five lucky dip winners who received € 40 each: Mike Liston Glenastar c/o Greaney’s, Mikey Breen (Online), Theresa Kelly Cross Ardagh c/o Greaney’s, Richard Dineen c/o Nora Dineen, Frank Moore (Online). Next Monday night’s jackpot will be € 8,100. 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.

RADIO DRAW: Congratulations to Pádraig Leahy Listowel, who won € 450, in the West Limerick 102fm 50/50 draw, held on Friday June 10. 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. The station can be contacted at 069-66200 if people have news of interest to the West Limerick area.

RAMBLING HOUSE: The next rambling house will be held at Pats Rambling House Newbridge on Friday June 17, at 9.30pm. All musicians, singers’ dancers and storytellers are most welcome to attend.

GOLDEN JUBILEE: Fr Michael Noonan Parish Priest of Ardagh/Carrigkerry will celebrate the Golden Jubilee Anniversary of his ordination by celebration Mass in St Molua’s Church Ardagh at 7.30pm on Friday June 17. After Mass the celebrations will continue in Ardagh Community Hall and caterers will provide sandwiches and savoury bites. People wishing to donate homemade baked goods for the night, are asked to contact Pauline in the parish office by Wednesday June 15.

BUTTERFLY CLUB: Askeaton Touring Club will hold a charity walk/run/cycle in aid of the Butterfly Club Rathkeale on Saturday June 18, from 8-30am to 2-30pm. People can cycle the 80km from Rathkeale to Abbeyfeale along the Greenway or do a 10km walk/run from Rathkeale along the Greenway for 5km and return to Rathkeale. The cycle starts at 9am and refreshments will be available in Abbeyfeale. The walk/ run commences from 9.15 and refreshments will be provided on the Greenway. The Butterfly Club caters for children from 3 years upwards with special needs and respite for parents and guardians. Volunteers are also needed, and support will be appreciated. To register or to make a donation online see Eventbrite.ie

GRAVEYARD MASSES: The annual Robertstown Graveyard Mass will be celebrated on Sunday June 19. at 2.30pm.

FUNDRAISER : The Old Mill ladies football club are holding a clothes collection over the weekend of Saturday June 25. All support will be appreciated for this fundraiser.

FRIENDS OF RATHFREDAGH: Patrons will be delighted to hear that the Rathfredagh Cheshire Home Garden Fete will be held on Sunday July 3, after a three year break due to Covid. The friends of Rathfredagh have announced the following: From today, you can bring in non-electrical goods for the Bric-a-Brac, books, clothes, shoes, handbags, etc. Please only clothes and goods that are undamaged and in good repair. No broken items, please. Goods can be dropped off at Rathfredagh’s reception, preferably on weekdays during office hours. Raffle tickets will be sold over the next weeks at different shops by volunteers. Thank you all for supporting Rathfredagh and looking forward to seeing you on the day. Like every year, there will be an entrance fee (€5) for adults and children over 12

MOCK WEDDING: Ardagh and District Fundraising Society presents a Mock Wedding Party on Saturday July 9 at Rathkeale House Hotel commencing at 5pm. The dinner will be served at 6.30pm sharp and an auction and a raffle will be held during the night. Live music by Different Sounds and DJ Sean Carrig. The admission is by ticket only and they are available to purchase at Neary’s Bar Ardagh, costing € 25 each. For more details and to order tickets please call the following: Liz Crowley 085 7493618, Paul Moriarty 085-7103557, Susan Moriarty 087-9485994, Paul Ahern 087-9509775, Trisha Derwin 085-7127484. A great night’s entertainment is anticipated, and all support will be appreciated, and the proceeds will go to the Butterfly Club and Community Crisis Response.

CEMETERY MASSES: This summer’s Cemetery Masses will be celebrated as follows: Kilbradern Cemetery Sunday July 10, at 12 noon, Kilcolman Cemetery Sunday July 10, at 2pm, Coolcappa Cemetery Sunday July 24, at 7pm, Clounagh Cemetery Reens Sunday July 31, at 7pm.

PEUGEOT DRAW: Limerick GAA in association with Adams of Glin Peugeot Dealer have launched a new fundraising drive with an electric Peugeot e-2008 Allure up for grabs. Tickets are currently on sale online at www.winapeugeot.ie at €20 each. The deadline is midnight August 26, and the winner will be announced on Friday September 2. All the proceeds from the draw will be reinvested in county hurling and football teams representing Limerick from minor grade up to senior grade.

AROUND THE FIRESIDE: A very popular programme Around The Fireside on C103 Radio on Monday May 30, aired for the final time after 32 years. Jimmy Reidy was the presenter and it started in Freemount Heritage Centre in 1990. People came from all parts of Ireland to participate in the very popular pre-recorded programme including our own Ardagh/Carrigkerry parish. It was a mix of chat about many subjects with music and song and it was broadcast from 9-50 to 11pm. When Covid arrived Jimmy picked past programmes from the archives which was much appreciated during the lockdown. The programme will be sadly missed by its huge listenership, especially the elderly and those living alone around the rural locality. Thanks to Jimmy, Peggy and his team for the lovely entertainment, sadly the door closes on another popular radio programme. Jimmy also presented a weekly Saturday show from 12 noon to 2pm which also ended due to the pandemic and never returned.

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GOLDEN JUBILEE: Fr Michael Noonan Parish Priest of Ardagh/Carrigkerry will celebrate the Golden Jubilee Anniversary of his ordination by celebration Mass in St Molua’s Church Ardagh at 7.30pm on Friday June 17. After Mass the celebrations will continue in Ardagh Community Hall. He was Ordained in the Church of Our Lady Queen of Peace , Janesboro on the 18th of June 1972. He also served in the following parishes : Holiday Assignment to Killeedy for the months of July and August 1972. September 1972. Appointed Curate in St. Michael’s/St. Joseph’s Parish. September 1973 (After the Parish was divided) Curate in St. Joseph’s. February 1978 Chaplain to the Regional Hospital and Curate in St. Paul’s. December 1983 Curate in Foynes/Shanagolden/Robertstown. September 1994 Parish Priest of Cappagh. September 1998 Parish Priest of Raheen/Mungret/Crecora. September 2016 Parish Priest of Ardagh-Carrigkerry to the present day. The Saint Kieran’s Heritage Association members would like to congratulate Fr Michael on reaching this milestone in his ministry and wish him continued health and happiness in the parish. Words 1,650

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