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TOM BARRETT: The death has taken place of Tom Barrett Ballylahive Newcastle West, and late of White Plains, New York and St Catherine’s Nursing Home, Newcastle West. Tom died peacefully in the care of the staff at the Trauma Ward, University Hospital Limerick, on Easter Sunday, April 4. Predeceased by his wife Mary (nee Drohan) and his brothers and sisters. In accordance with government guidelines, a private family funeral Mass took place at the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Newcastle West, on Thursday, April 8 at 2.30pm. Burial took place afterwards in Calvary Cemetery. We extend our sympathy to his sister and brothers,(Eoin, Kilrodane Ardagh) nieces and nephews and a wide circle of family and friends in Ireland and America. May he rest in Peace.

CHURCH NEWS: The weekend parish mass times have changed for the summer months as follows, Saint Mary’s Carrigkerry each Saturday evening at 6.30pm, and Saint Molua’s Ardagh each Sunday morning at 11am. All weekly masses in Ardagh church are available on the Ardagh/Carrigkerry Parish Facebook page, and all masses in Carrigkerry are available on 107FM Radio. Easter Water is available in both churches following the blessing over Easter. Please bring your own bottle and adhere to HS guidelines with regard to sanitising your hands. Hand sanitiser is available in both churches. Contribution boxes have been fitted to inside doors entering both churches for parishioners to place their weekly offerings. The boxes are opened and emptied daily.

Fr Michael has the following message for parishioners: A sincere thank you to all the parishioners who have paid your Lenten Station Dues, and Easter Dues. Your contributions are very much appreciated. Due to a change in the banking services by the Permanent T.S.B. in Newcastle West, the cash desk in the bank will be closed from this week onwards. The parish accounts and the Dues Account are with this bank, and only notes and cheques will be accepted via the banking machine. We are requesting people to either place notes or cheques in the weekly contribution envelopes. If it is more convenient for you rather than doing a weekly coin contribution, perhaps you could do a 3 or 4 week notes contribution instead. Your generosity to the parish is very important and we are extremely grateful for your continued support. We apologise for the inconvenience caused but unfortunately this is completely outside of our control. Take care, stay safe, and God bless all. Fr Michael.

Banks are a law onto themselves, and are only interested in making money and not serving the people. The options available to people who need these services are to move to another financial institution if available in their town. The big loser as a result of the changes may be the one off church collections held during the year.

SCHOOL ADMISSION: Carrigkerry National School commenced accepting applications for admission to the 2021/22 school year on Monday April 12. A copy of the school’s Admission Policy and the Application Form is available as follows: By emailing office@ carrickerry.ie or writing to the Principal, Carrigkerry NS, Carrigkerry, Co. Limerick.

CLOTHES COLLECTION: Kilcolman National School will hold a Monster Clothes Collection in aid of school funds on Wednesday April 21. They will be pleased to accept clean clothes, bed linen, curtain’s, towels, shoes, bags, belts and soft toys, but not duvets or pillows. Bags can be dropped in over the wall close to the shelter when it reopen for class on Monday April 12. All support will be appreciated, and many thanks for the continued help and support.

KIRBY RACING: The Con and Anne Kirby Memorial Stake commenced at Limerick Greyhound Stadium on Saturday March 27. It is sponsored by JP and Noreen Mc Manus, and € 20,000 prize money will be on offer for the Limerick GAA Clubs, with € 10,000 for the winning greyhound and associated club. All the Limerick GAA Clubs were allocated a greyhound for the event, which is being run off on Saturday nights. Saint Kieran’s greyhound Droopys Fittest ran out of contention after two rounds of the event.

CLUB DRAW: The next Limerick GAA Club draw will be held on Saturday April 24, during the Limerick Live Sports Show from 10-11am. The top prizes each month are € 10,000, 2nd prize € 3,000, 3rd prize € 2,000, 4th prize € 1,000. The exclusive 5th star prize is A Weber Spirit 11 E 320 GBS Gas Barbecue plus € 250 worth of free utensils. There are four prizes of € 500, four prizes of € 250, and 17 prizes of € 100. Total prize money each month is € 21,000. The Saint Kieran’s GAA Club would welcome new members, and subscription can be paid through the Clubforce App.

LOTTERY DRAW: The Ardagh Development Association and Saint Kieran’s GAA joint weekly lottery draw took place on Monday April 5. The numbers drawn were 7,17,22, and 28, and there was no winner of the € 5,100 Jackpot. Congratulations to the five lucky dip winners who received € 40 each: Liam Steele Ardagh c/o Patrick Mullins, Mary Kiely Ballykiely c/o Sean Downey, Mike Molyneaux Ardagh c/o Moira, Noreen Murphy Newcastle West c/o Moloney’s, and Olga Mills online. Next Monday night’s jackpot will be € 5,200. 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 Peg Kiely Knockfinisk Athea, who won € 145 in the West Limerick 102fm 50/50 draw held on Friday April 9.The tickets cost € 2 and they are available from volunteers, in local shops, (including Moloney’s Carrigkerry, and Denis Greaney’s Shop Ardagh) or from the radio station. All support will be appreciated as finances are tight due to lack of fundraising. The radio station is off limits to members of the public at present, with only volunteers allowed access. When restrictions are lifted all will be very welcome to visit and get involved in programming. A number of exciting new programmes are in the pipeline for later in the year. The station can be contacted at 069-66200 if people have news of interest to the West Limerick area.

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ELLEN JOHNSON: The death has taken place of Ellen (Nell ) Johnson ( née Neville) Glenside, Annacotty, Limerick and formerly of Clounagh House, Reens, Ardagh, unexpectedly at home, on Wednesday March 31.Nell was wife of the late Donal Johnson M.R.C.V.S. Pre-deceased by her sisters Mary (Byrne), Peggy (O’Sullivan), Joan (O’Dwyer) and brothers Eric and Michael Neville. The Funeral Cortege departed Clounagh House at 11.30am on Friday (April 2) for arrival at St. Mary’s Church, Rathkeale for 12 noon Liturgical Service. Nell was laid to rest afterwards in Coolcappa Cemetery. We extend our sympathy to sons Neil, Kyran, Ken, Ian and Derek, brother Ger Neville, daughters-in-law Ríóna, Michèle, Sinéad, Jen and Bernie, her 13 adored grandchildren, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, her carers Susan and Patricia, relatives, neighbours and friends. May she rest in Peace.

MICHAEL MEADE: The death has taken place of Michael (Mick) Meade, Kilcosgrave, Shanagolden, peacefully in the loving care of Milford Care Centre, on Thursday April 1. Beloved son of the late Ellen and John Meade, and predeceased by brother John-Joe and sons Oliver and Brendan. Mick was an ex employee of Limerick County Council. Mick was a member of the Ardagh hurling team that won the West Junior hurling championship in 1956. They defeated Banogue in the final by 4-3 to 1-5, but lost the match following an objection. He also played in the 1964 West Junior hurling final when Adare defeated Ardagh by 6-5 to 3-7.

A private family Funeral Mass was held in St. Senan’s Church Shanagolden at 12 noon on Sunday April 4, and burial took place afterwards in the local cemetery. We extend our sympathy to his wife Moira, daughter Helena, and sons Pa, Kieran, Shane, Senan and Evan, brother in law Denis and his wife Mary, sister in law Nora-May, son in law, daughters in law, nephews, nieces, grandchildren, great granddaughter, kind neighbours, relatives and friends. May he rest in Peace.

GREENWAY UPDATE: Work is continuing at Ardagh Station House and nearby shed. The roof has been stripped and the timber exposed. The lovely stone work is a credit to the original builders, and when renovations are complete it will be a great asset to all. The Greenway is now open from Rathkeale to Ardagh and from last week to Newcastle West. The Greenway received a major boost in recent weeks with news that over € 400,000, has been granted for works on the stretch of the greenway between Rathkeale and Abbeyfeale. The money is being allocated under the government’s Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme. This funding is to improve the signage, amenity areas, furniture, and general work on the greenway. The work is being done in conjunction with Fáilte Ireland and Limerick Council.

LEAH HAYES: Congratulations to Leah Hayes Kilcolman a Leaving Cert student at Scoil Mhuire agus Ide Newcastle West, who received a Soccer Scholarship for High Point University North Carolina USA. Leah currently plays for Cork City in the Women’s National League.

CLOTHES COLLECTION: Kilcolman National School will hold a Monster Clothes Collection in aid of school funds on Wednesday April 21. They will be pleased to accept clean clothes, bed linen, curtain’s, towels, shoes, bags, belts and soft toys, but not duvets or pillows. Bags can be dropped in over the wall close to the shelter when it reopen for class on Monday April 12. All support will be appreciated, and many thanks for the continued help and support.

LOTTERY DRAW: The Ardagh Development Association and Saint Kieran’s GAA joint weekly lottery draw took place on Monday March 29. The numbers drawn were 6,18,25, and 28, and there was no winner of the € 5,000 Jackpot. Congratulations to the five lucky dip winners who received € 40 each: Pa Wilmott Rathkeale, Maria Madigan c/o Timmy Madigan, Maurice Mc Auliffe c/o Nora Dineen, Joanne Duggan Croagh c/o Brendan Duggan, and Ivan Neary Ardagh. Next Monday night’s jackpot will be € 5,100. 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.

SPLIT THE POT: Creeves Celtic held their split the pot draw on Monday March 29. Congratulations to Paul O’Connor, who won € 124. The next draw will be held on Monday April 12. The weekly entry fee is € 2, with € 1 going to the club and the other € 1 to be paid out in prize money each week. The envelopes to place your two euro in plus details, are available at Hanley’s Food Store Creeves, and from committee members. People can also sign up by standing order for €9 per month. The draws will be held on Monday nights, and all support will be appreciated.

RADIO DRAW: The next draw will be held on Friday 9.The tickets cost € 2 and they are available from volunteers, in local shops, (including Moloney’s Carrigkerry, and Denis Greaney’s Shop Ardagh) or from the radio station. All support will be appreciated as finances are tight due to lack of fundraising. The radio station is off limits to members of the public at present, with only volunteers allowed access. When restrictions are lifted all will be very welcome to visit and get involved in programming. A number of exciting new programmes are in the pipeline for later in the year. The station can be contacted at 069-66200 if people have news of interest to the West Limerick area.

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LILY GREANEY: We extend our sympathy to Ger Greaney and family Kilrodane Ardagh on the death of his mother Lily Greaney (nee D’arcy) Ballinlonig, Dromcollogher, peacefully, at home on Saturday, March 20, in the presence of her loving family. Her Requiem Mass was celebrated on Tuesday, March 23, at 11am in St Bartholomew’s Church, Dromcollogher. Burial followed afterwards in Calvary Cemetery, Newcastle West. Our sympathy also to husband Con, sons Con, Michael, Brendan, daughter Kathleen,, son-in-law, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, great grandchildren, brothers, sisters, relatives and a wide circle of friends. May she rest in Peace.

CONNIE BROUDER: We extend our sympathy to Mairéad Adams and family Cahermoyle Ardagh, on the death of her father Connie Brouder, Templeathea, Athea, peacefully at Tralee University Hospital on Thursday March 18. Predeceased by his wife Mary and sons Paddy and Joe. His Requiem Mass took place in St. Bartholomew’s Church, Athea on Saturday March 20, at 12 noon, followed by burial in Templeathea Cemetery, Athea. Our sympathy also to , sons Tom, Connie, John, Frank, Gene, Noel, and Michael, daughters Eileen, Kathleen, Mary, and Josephine, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, sisters-in-law Josie (Roche) and Ann (Brouder), grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nephews, nieces, cousins, other relatives, kind neighbours and a large circle of friends. May he rest in Peace.

CHARITY PRESENTATION: David Woulfe chairman of Saint Kieran’s GAA , club recently presented Eily Mullane ( from the local daffodil night nurses, and the Irish Cancer Society) with a cheque for € 800. The club is also presenting Pieta House, and Milford Care Centre with € 800 each. This € 2,400 is the proceeds from cash donations and the "Go Fund Me" page that the club set up before Christmas for the charity road hurling on December 27, which didn’t take place last Christmas due to Covid 19. The club would like to sincerely thank everybody who contributed in any way to the fundraising effort at such a difficult time.

RIGHT OF WAY. People are reminded that November 30, 2021 is the deadline for to register right of ways over other properties into their own properties. The majority of properties in rural areas would not have this done as they relied on word of mouth (a gentleman’s agreement), which may have been in place for many generations. Under the last law change this was to have been done in 2011, but a 10 year extension was granted for people to do so. Now people have eight more months to do so or they will lose their entitlement.

LIMERICK CLEAN UP: Team Limerick (TLC) clean up year 6 will go ahead this Good Friday April 2. It was not held in 2020 due to Covid-19, and our communities show all the signs. The event will have to be Covid compliant as we are still be in Level 5. Individuals and small groups are asked to register for the clean-up by logging on to www. teamlimerickcleanup.ie

TROCAIRE APPEAL: As we approach Easter Sunday we are reminded of the Trócaire Lenten appeal to help communities in the developing world. Trócaire boxes are still available in the local church porches, if people missed out on collecting them at the start of Lent. We are asked to put something into them if possible. All support will be greatly appreciated.

EASTER CEREMONIES: Mass booklets for Easter are available for collection in both Ardagh and Carrigkerry churches preceding the ceremonies. All ceremonies on line from Ardagh, and on the radio from Carrigkerry. Holy Thursday Mass in Carrigkerry at 6.30pm, and in Ardagh at 8pm. Good Friday Stations of the Cross Carrigkerry at 3pm, Passion of the Lord Ardagh at 3pm, and Way of the Cross Ardagh at 7.30pm. Holy Saturday Vigil Ardagh 9pm. Easter Sunday Mass in Carrigkerry at 11am.

The Easter arrangements for Unit 13 (which includes Coolcappa/Kilcolman, Shanagolden, Foynes/Robertstown, Loughill/Ballyhahill and Glin) are: Ceremonies will be relayed from Glin Church as follows: Holy Thursday at 8pm, Good Friday Passion at 3pm, Good Friday Stations of the Cross at 8pm, Holy Saturday (Easter Vigil) at 8pm, Easter Sunday at 11am.

SCHOOL ADMISSION: Carrigkerry National School will commence accepting applications for Admission to the 2021/22 school year on Monday April 12. A copy of the school’s Admission Policy and the Application Form is available as follows: By emailing office@ carrickerry.ie or writing to the Principal, Carrigkerry NS, Carrigkerry, Co. Limerick.

CLUB DRAW: The Limerick GAA Club draw commenced on Saturday last March 27, and Saint Kieran’s had two winners. Congratulations to Alisdair Mac Innes, and Angela Enright, who each won € 100. The winners were announced on Limerick Live 95 fm during their Sports Show by County Board Chairman John Cregan.

LOTTERY DRAW: The Ardagh Development Association and Saint Kieran’s GAA joint weekly lottery draw took place on Monday March 22. The numbers drawn were 6,8,9, and 29, and there was no winner of the € 4,900 Jackpot. Congratulations to the five lucky dip winners who received € 40 each: Tommy Greaney c/o Denis Greaney, Anne Holyhead Ardagh, Pat Liston c/o Denis Greaney, Pat Hartnett online, and Tom and Marion O’Connor Lisbane c/o Stephen Kennelly. Next Monday night’s jackpot will be € 5,000. 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.

SPLIT THE POT: Creeves Celtic held their split the pot draw on Monday March 22. Congratulations to Creeves junior men’s soccer team , who won € 113. The weekly entry fee is € 2, with € 1 going to the club and the other € 1 to be paid out in prize money each week. The envelopes to place your two euro in plus details, are available at Hanley’s Food Store Creeves, and from committee members. People can also sign up by standing order for €9 per month. The draws will be held on Monday nights, and all support will be appreciated.

RADIO DRAW: Congratulations to Alma O’Sullivan Skehanagh Ardagh, who won € 240 in the West Limerick 102fm 50/50 draw held on Friday March 26.The tickets cost € 2 and they are available from volunteers, in local shops, (including Moloney’s Carrigkerry, and Denis Greaney’s Shop Ardagh) or from the radio station. All support will be appreciated as finances are tight due to lack of fundraising. The radio station is off limits to members of the public at present, with only volunteers allowed access. When restrictions are lifted all will be very welcome to visit and get involved in programming. A number of exciting new programmes are in the pipeline for later in the year. The station can be contacted at 069-66200 if people have news of interest to the West Limerick area.

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JOSEPHINE KEANE: The death has taken place of Josephine (Josie) Keane née Mulcahy Ballyine, Carrigkerry, on Sunday March 14, in the wonderful care of the staff at St Catherine’s Nursing Home Newcastle West, predeceased by husband Tim. In accordance with government guidelines a private family funeral Mass took place on Wednesday, St Patrick’s Day at 11.30am in St Molua’s Church Ardagh. Burial took place afterwards in the local cemetery. We extend our sympathy to sons John and Thos, daughters in law Karina and Betty, grandchildren, great grandchildren, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends. May she rest in Peace.

MICHAEL HANLON: The death has taken place of Michael Hanlon, Ballyneety, Shanagolden, and formerly of Coole Road, Glin and O’Connor Park, Ardagh peacefully on Wednesday March 17, at Milford Hospice Limerick. Predeceased by his parents Julia and Patrick, sister Mary, brothers Tom and Denny. His Requiem Mass was celebrated at Saint Colman’s Church Kilcolman at 12 noon, on Saturday March 20, followed by burial afterwards in the local cemetery. We extend our sympathy to his daughter Caroline, son in law Patrick, granddaughters Courtney and Casey, sisters Sheila, Joan, Margaret and Nora, brothers Dermot and Pat, nieces, nephews, other relatives and a large circle of friends and neighbours. May he Rest in Peace.

GET WELL: A number of people from Ardagh village, and beyond are presently in University Hospital Limerick. We wish them and all who are sick in hospitals, Nursing Homes, and in their own homes a speedy recovery to good health.

CARRIGKERRY PLAYGROUND: When the Covid -19 restrictions are lifted work will commence on the Carrigkerry Playground which is not deemed necessary work at present. It will be a nice addition for the young children of the village to enjoy themselves when completed. Later on the same site it is intended to place a miniature replica of the Campaign House, which was located close by before being demolished.

CON GREANEY: The Con Greaney programme broadcast on West Limerick 102 FM on Saint Patrick’s Day has received a lot of positive comments, from at home and overseas. A nice selection of Con’s favourite songs was included during the 90 minutes, which was produced and presented by Shirley O’Regan. Gabriel Fitzmaurice, who helped to unearth Con’s talents, and present them to a wider audience, recalled their times together and recited a poem he composed in tribute. Shirley recited Tony Malone’s tribute song and Michael Allen’s poetry tribute. Ger Greaney his grandson gave the family perspective of Con and his lifestyle, and Tom Aherne traced his journey through life. For people who may have missed out on the programme, they can catch it on podcast, on the radio Facebook platform.

GERRY O’NEILL: The Cheltenham Racing Festival was dominated by the Irish last week winning 23 of the 28 races. Gerry O’Neill the former jockey from the Old Mill, and now Bruff resident recalled his win there in last week’s Limerick Post newspaper. In conversation with David Raleigh, he recalled his win on Chance Coffey in the Coral Cup on March 15, 1995. Gerry who retired in 1998, is still involved with horses, and used attend the festival most years up to the arrival of the pandemic.

KIRBY RACING: The Con and Anne Kirby Memorial Stake commences at Limerick Greyhound Stadium on Saturday March 27. It is sponsored by JP and Noreen Mc Manus, and € 20,000 prize money will be on offer, with € 10,000 for the winning greyhound and associated club. All the Limerick GAA Clubs will be allocated a greyhound for the event, which will be run off on Saturday nights.

CLUB DRAW: Saint Kieran’s GAA club are promoting the Limerick GAA club draw for 2021.The entry fee for the ten draws is € 100, 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, and 27 additional prizes of € 500, € 250, and € 100. To join contact the local St Kieran’s club members in person, or online through the Clubforce 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. The first draw will be held on Saturday March 27.

LOTTERY DRAW: The Ardagh Development Association and Saint Kieran’s GAA joint weekly lottery draw took place on Monday March 15. The numbers drawn were 11, 12, 19, and 23, and there was no winner of the € 4,800 Jackpot. Congratulations to the five lucky dip winners who received € 40 each: Oisin Ryan Coolacokera, Mairead Ellis online, Maurice Hartnett Ardagh, Shane Ambrose Dunganville, Tom and Marion O’Connor Lisbane c/o Stephen Kennelly. Next Monday night’s jackpot will be € 4,900. 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.

SPLIT THE POT: Creeves Celtic held their split the pot draw at Hanley’s Food store Creeves, on Monday March 15. Congratulations to Ross, Nuala, and Noel O’Donnell, who won € 124. The weekly entry fee is € 2, with € 1 going to the club and the other € 1 to be paid out in prize money each week. The envelopes to place your two euro in plus details, are available at Hanley’s Food Store Creeves, and from committee members. People can also sign up by standing order for €9 per month. The draws will be held on Monday nights, and all support will be appreciated.

RADIO DRAW: The next West Limerick 102fm 50/50 draw, will be held on Friday March 26.The tickets cost € 2 and they are available from volunteers, in local shops, (including Moloney’s Carrigkerry, and Denis Greaney’s Shop Ardagh) or from the radio station. All support will be appreciated as finances are tight due to lack of fundraising. The radio station is off limits to members of the public at present, with only volunteers allowed access. When restrictions are lifted all will be very welcome to visit and get involved in programming. A number of exciting new programmes are in the pipeline for later in the year. The station can be contacted at 069-66200 if people have news of interest to the West Limerick area.

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Good afternoon, It is necessary to analyze the listed documentation: http://passivephysicianplaybook.com/qCGUl/doc-19.zip If you discover any flaws, please get in touch with me. > Parish Notes Sunday March 14th 2021 > > ORLA O’DONOVAN: The death took place at a young age of Orla O’Donovan, > Ballyvoughan, Ardagh, and Interior Style Newcastle West peacefully at home > with her loving family on Wednesday March 10. Her Funeral Mass was > celebrated at Saint Colman’s Church Kilcolman on Saturday March 13 at 12 > noon, followed by burial in Ardagh Cemetery. We extend our sympathy to her > heartbroken parents Mike and Josie, brother Gerard, sister Jennifer and > Orla’s partner Mark, grandmother Teresa, aunts, uncles, cousins and her > large circle of good friends. May she Rest in Peace.
> > CARRIGKERRY CLINIC: Doctor Kieran Murphy Athea has issued a letter, to the > Carrigkerry Community Centre Committee, regarding the closure of the GP > Satellite Clinic in Carrigkerry Community Centre. Since the onset of the > pandemic, and the first lockdown last year he has suspended his > attendance. His reason was that it was a walk in centre with just the > doctor in attendance without reception or secretarial support, and it was > not possible to maintain social distancing and adequate hygiene and PPE > standards. As it is his intention to retire this coming December and as it > is unlikely that it will be safe to resume attendance at Carrigkerry > possibly before the autumn, he has taken the decision that his attendance > should be suspended permanently. He has been in contact with the HSE to > inform them of his intention.
> > He goes on to say it has been both a pleasure and a privilege to serve the > community of Carrigkerry since 1984. Unfortunately the current pandemic has > had a dramatic effect on many aspects of our society and many things will > not be the same again. Please accept my thanks and appreciation for the > assistance and support of the committee over the years. On behalf of all > his patients, community thanks is expressed for the service he has > provided.
> > CHURCH NEWS: Due to COVID 19 restrictions Mass for Unit 13 (which includes > Coolcappa/Kilcolman, Shanagolden, Foynes/Robertstown, Loughill/Ballyhahill > and Glin) is relayed daily at 10am from Glin Church, 7pm Saturday and 11am > Sunday. Starting on March 12, and continuing for the following 3 Fridays, > Stations of the Cross will be relayed at 8pm. Palm will be blessed on Palm > Sunday and can be collected by parishioners from their own church. Easter > Triduum: Ceremonies will be relayed from Glin Church as follows: Holy > Thursday at 8pm, Good Friday Passion at 3pm, Good Friday Stations of the > Cross at 8pm, Holy Saturday (Easter Vigil) at 8pm, Easter Sunday at 11am. > > To facilitate the collection of Trcaire Boxes, Lenten Stations, Weekly > Envelopes, Sacristan Collection and Easter Dues, Fr. Tim will be present in > Kilcolman Church on Sunday March 28, (Palm Sunday) from 10-12 noon and in > Coolcappa Church from 2-4pm.These are very difficult and trying times and I > take this opportunity to thank you for your continued generosity, kindness > and support. It is very much appreciated. I look forward to the days ahead > when we can once again meet in church for ceremonies and some semblance of > normality.Fr. Tim. >
> RADIO DOCUMENTARY: A new documentary on the life and times of singer Con > Greaney Rooskagh West will be broadcast on West Limerick 102fm radio on > Saint Patrick’s Day from 11am to 12.30pm, and repeated that night from > 11pm. The well known singer passed away on June 22, 2001 in Saint Ita’s > Hospital Newcastle West aged 89 years. Con made national headlines during > the 1990s, when he released 26 of his songs on two cassette tapes, and made > TV appearances on the Pure Drop programme, and on the Pat Kenny show on > radio. It is important that the contribution of Con to the entertainment > scene is documented and preserved for future generations. Many of his songs > both serious and comical will be included plus guests paying tribute to him > during the 90 minute show. >
> GAA NEWS: Saint Kieran’s GAA club are promoting the Limerick GAA club draw > for 2021.The entry fee for the ten draws is 100, 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, and 27 additional prizes of 500, 250, and > 100. To join contact the local St Kieran’s club members in person, or > online through the Clubforce 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. The first draw will be held on Saturday March 27. > Congratulations to Breda Mulcahy who was the winner of the recent Last Man > Standing Competition, which was a fundraiser for the senior footballers. > > LOTTERY DRAW: The Ardagh Development Association and Saint Kieran’s GAA > joint weekly lottery draw took place on Monday March 8. The numbers drawn > were 2,19,24, and 29, and there was no winner of the 4,700 Jackpot. > Congratulations to the five lucky dip winners who received 40 each: > Tommy Mc Intyre, c/o Moloney’s, Anne Holyhead c/o Denis Greaney, Amy Barry > online, Tom Mackessy Coolanoran, and Joan Copse Glensharrold. Next Monday > night’s jackpot will be 4,800. 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. >
> SPLIT THE POT: Creeves Celtic held their split the pot draw at Hanley’s > Food store Creeves, on Monday March 8. Congratulations to Anne White, who > won 120. The weekly entry fee is 2, with 1 going to the club and > the other 1 to be paid out in prize money each week. The envelopes to > place your two euro in plus details, are available at Hanley’s Food Store > Creeves, and from committee members. People can also sign up by standing > order for 9 per month. The draws will be held on Monday nights, and all > support will be appreciated.
> > RADIO DRAW: Congratulations to Martina Guina, who won 190 in the West > Limerick 102fm 50/50 draw, held on Friday March 12.The tickets cost 2 and > they are available from volunteers, in local shops, (including Moloney’s > Carrigkerry, and Denis Greaney’s Shop Ardagh) or from the radio station. > All support will be appreciated as finances are tight due to lack of > fundraising. The radio station is off limits to members of the public at > present, with only volunteers allowed access. When restrictions are lifted > all will be very welcome to visit and get involved in programming. A number > of exciting new programmes are in the pipeline for later in the year. The > station can be contacted at 069-66200 if people have news of interest to > the West Limerick area.
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Parish Notes Sunday March 14th 2021

ORLA O’DONOVAN: The death took place at a young age of Orla O’Donovan, Ballyvoughan, Ardagh, and Interior Style Newcastle West peacefully at home with her loving family on Wednesday March 10. Her Funeral Mass was celebrated at Saint Colman’s Church Kilcolman on Saturday March 13 at 12 noon, followed by burial in Ardagh Cemetery. We extend our sympathy to her heartbroken parents Mike and Josie, brother Gerard, sister Jennifer and Orla’s partner Mark, grandmother Teresa, aunts, uncles, cousins and her large circle of good friends. May she Rest in Peace.

CARRIGKERRY CLINIC: Doctor Kieran Murphy Athea has issued a letter, to the Carrigkerry Community Centre Committee, regarding the closure of the GP Satellite Clinic in Carrigkerry Community Centre. Since the onset of the pandemic, and the first lockdown last year he has suspended his attendance. His reason was that it was a walk in centre with just the doctor in attendance without reception or secretarial support, and it was not possible to maintain social distancing and adequate hygiene and PPE standards. As it is his intention to retire this coming December and as it is unlikely that it will be safe to resume attendance at Carrigkerry possibly before the autumn, he has taken the decision that his attendance should be suspended permanently. He has been in contact with the HSE to inform them of his intention.

He goes on to say it has been both a pleasure and a privilege to serve the community of Carrigkerry since 1984. Unfortunately the current pandemic has had a dramatic effect on many aspects of our society and many things will not be the same again. Please accept my thanks and appreciation for the assistance and support of the committee over the years. On behalf of all his patients, community thanks is expressed for the service he has provided.

CHURCH NEWS: Due to COVID 19 restrictions Mass for Unit 13 (which includes Coolcappa/Kilcolman, Shanagolden, Foynes/Robertstown, Loughill/Ballyhahill and Glin) is relayed daily at 10am from Glin Church, 7pm Saturday and 11am Sunday. Starting on March 12, and continuing for the following 3 Fridays, Stations of the Cross will be relayed at 8pm. Palm will be blessed on Palm Sunday and can be collected by parishioners from their own church. Easter Triduum: Ceremonies will be relayed from Glin Church as follows: Holy Thursday at 8pm, Good Friday Passion at 3pm, Good Friday Stations of the Cross at 8pm, Holy Saturday (Easter Vigil) at 8pm, Easter Sunday at 11am.

To facilitate the collection of Trócaire Boxes, Lenten Stations, Weekly Envelopes, Sacristan Collection and Easter Dues, Fr. Tim will be present in Kilcolman Church on Sunday March 28, (Palm Sunday) from 10-12 noon and in Coolcappa Church from 2-4pm.These are very difficult and trying times and I take this opportunity to thank you for your continued generosity, kindness and support. It is very much appreciated. I look forward to the days ahead when we can once again meet in church for ceremonies and some semblance of normality.Fr. Tim.

RADIO DOCUMENTARY: A new documentary on the life and times of singer Con Greaney Rooskagh West will be broadcast on West Limerick 102fm radio on Saint Patrick’s Day from 11am to 12.30pm, and repeated that night from 11pm. The well known singer passed away on June 22, 2001 in Saint Ita’s Hospital Newcastle West aged 89 years. Con made national headlines during the 1990s, when he released 26 of his songs on two cassette tapes, and made TV appearances on the Pure Drop programme, and on the Pat Kenny show on radio. It is important that the contribution of Con to the entertainment scene is documented and preserved for future generations. Many of his songs both serious and comical will be included plus guests paying tribute to him during the 90 minute show.

GAA NEWS: Saint Kieran’s GAA club are promoting the Limerick GAA club draw for 2021.The entry fee for the ten draws is € 100, 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, and 27 additional prizes of € 500, € 250, and € 100. To join contact the local St Kieran’s club members in person, or online through the Clubforce 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. The first draw will be held on Saturday March 27. Congratulations to Breda Mulcahy who was the winner of the recent Last Man Standing Competition, which was a fundraiser for the senior footballers.

LOTTERY DRAW: The Ardagh Development Association and Saint Kieran’s GAA joint weekly lottery draw took place on Monday March 8. The numbers drawn were 2,19,24, and 29, and there was no winner of the € 4,700 Jackpot. Congratulations to the five lucky dip winners who received € 40 each: Tommy Mc Intyre, c/o Moloney’s, Anne Holyhead c/o Denis Greaney, Amy Barry online, Tom Mackessy Coolanoran, and Joan Copse Glensharrold. Next Monday night’s jackpot will be € 4,800. 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.

SPLIT THE POT: Creeves Celtic held their split the pot draw at Hanley’s Food store Creeves, on Monday March 8. Congratulations to Anne White, who won € 120. The weekly entry fee is € 2, with € 1 going to the club and the other € 1 to be paid out in prize money each week. The envelopes to place your two euro in plus details, are available at Hanley’s Food Store Creeves, and from committee members. People can also sign up by standing order for €9 per month. The draws will be held on Monday nights, and all support will be appreciated.

RADIO DRAW: Congratulations to Martina Guina, who won € 190 in the West Limerick 102fm 50/50 draw, held on Friday March 12.The tickets cost € 2 and they are available from volunteers, in local shops, (including Moloney’s Carrigkerry, and Denis Greaney’s Shop Ardagh) or from the radio station. All support will be appreciated as finances are tight due to lack of fundraising. The radio station is off limits to members of the public at present, with only volunteers allowed access. When restrictions are lifted all will be very welcome to visit and get involved in programming. A number of exciting new programmes are in the pipeline for later in the year. The station can be contacted at 069-66200 if people have news of interest to the West Limerick area.


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GREENWAY: Work on the removing of small trees, shrubs, and briars, has been taking place at Ardagh Station site in recent weeks. Only a small number of trees remain in the yard and garden area, which is to be turned into a car park and playground area. Work to stabilise the shed and station house is due to commence shortly. Large crowds have been using the section between Ardagh and Rathkeale since it opened just before last Christmas. Work will recommence soon, on the next section due to open from Ardagh to Newcastle West. It was planned to open up to Abbeyfeale by June but Covid restrictions may have pushed that to the autumn.

WATER PUMP: Good news has been announced for the residents of the Old Mill area where poor water pressure has been a major problem for the past few years. Irish water have installed a new more powerful pump to service the Old Mill and surrounding areas in recent weeks.

SYMPATHY WISHES: We extend our sympathy to Nora and Pat Kiely and family Knockbowheen on the sudden death of her brother Danny Aherne Raheenagh, Ballagh, on Monday March 1. A private family Funeral Mass was held in Saint Ita’s Church Raheenagh on Thursday March 4, at 12.30pm. A Private Cremation took place afterwards in Shannon Crematorium. Sympathy also to his mother Julia, brothers Davy and Gerry, sisters Eileen, Catherine, Sheila, and Ita, brothers in law, sisters in law, nephews, nieces, grandnephews, grandnieces, aunts, uncles, cousins and a wide circle of good friends and great neighbours. May he rest in Peace.

CON GREANEY: A new documentary on the life and times of singer Con Greaney will be broadcast on West Limerick 102 radio on Saint Patrick’s Day with the time to be announced. The well known singer passed away on June 22, 2001 in Saint Ita’s Hospital Newcastle West aged 89 years. It is important that the contribution of Con to the entertainment scene is documented and preserved for future generations. Many of his songs both serious and comical will be included plus guests paying tribute to him during the 90 minute show.

DAFFODIL DAY: The Irish Cancer Society fundraising Daffodil Day takes place on Friday March 26. All communities can get involved in this event by hosting a virtual fundraiser and collection, purchasing items from the Daffodil Day online shop, or making a donation. For more information go to cancer.ie/daffodilday

SCHOOL ENROLLING: Enrolments are now open for the coming school year 2021/22, at Kilcolman N.S. Enrolment forms can be found on the school website kilschool1

SCHOOL ENROLLING: Enrolments are now open for the coming school year 2021/22, at Saint Molua’s N.S. Ardagh. Please email the school on office@ stmoluasns.scoilnet.ie or download an application form from their website www. stmolua.ie and post to the Principal, Ardagh National School.

LIMERICK CLEAN UP: Team Limerick (TLC) clean up year 6 will go ahead this Good Friday April 2. It was not held in 2020 due to Covid-19, and our communities show all the signs. The event will have to be Covid compliant as we could still be in Level 5. Individuals and groups are asked to register for the clean-up by logging on to www. teamlimerickcleanup.ie More details will be announced in the coming weeks.

TROCAIRE APPEAL: As we move through the month we are reminded of the Trócaire Lenten appeal to help communities in the developing world. Trócaire boxes are available in the local church porches, and we are asked to put something into them daily, weekly, or at the Easter weekend. All support will be greatly appreciated.rdagh/

LOTTERY DRAW: The Ardagh Development Association and Saint Kieran’s GAA joint weekly lottery draw took place on Monday March 1. The numbers drawn were 7,12,14, and 19, and there was no winner of the € 4,600 Jackpot. Congratulations to the five lucky dip winners who received € 40 each: Paul Moriarty online, Michelle, and Pa c/o Josie, Sean Moriarty c/o Denis Greaney, Alex JC O’Sullivan c/o Dawn, and Michael Donovan c/o Eileen Collins. Next Monday night’s jackpot will be € 4,700. 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.

SPLIT THE POT: Creeves Celtic held their split the pot draw at Hanley’s Food store Creeves, on Monday March 1. Congratulations to Danny Kelliher, who won € 123. The weekly entry fee is € 2, with € 1 going to the club and the other € 1 to be paid out in prize money each week. The envelopes to place your two euro in plus details, are available at Hanley’s Food Store Creeves, and from committee members. People can also sign up by standing order for €9 per month. The draws will be held on Monday nights, and all support will be appreciated.

POTHOLES: Over the winter months our roads deteriorate due to the weather which brings so much diverse conditions. The main roads are well looked after apart from some bare patches, following the disappearance of tar on some roads. The minor roads are a different matter, and mainly remain neglected apart from the occasional filling in of potholes. We got a lot of rain this winter, and a few nights of hard frost which is now showing with lots of potholes on some roads. Hopefully they will be filled when the Covid restrictions lift and the workers return to action.

RADIO DRAW: The next draw in the West Limerick 102fm 50/50 draw, will be held on Friday March 12. The tickets cost € 2 and they are available from volunteers, in local shops, (including Moloney’s Carrigkerry, and Denis Greaney’s Shop Ardagh) or from the radio station. All support will be appreciated as finances are tight due to lack of fundraising. The radio station is off limits to members of the public at present, with only volunteers allowed access. When restrictions are lifted all will be very welcome to visit and get involved in programming. A number of exciting new programmes are in the pipeline for later in the year. The station can be contacted at 069-66200 if people have news of interest to the West Limerick area.

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MEMORIAL AWARD: Congratulations to Sophie Hennessy Ballyloughane Carrigkerry, daughter of Mary and Dan who received a Rachel Kenneally Memorial Award. Rachel from Tipperary passed away aged 26 back in 2018. She played Gaelic football for her county and the bursary (value € 750) is funded by Munster LGFA and one student from each of the six counties was chosen for the award. Sophie is a first year student in Mary Immaculate College Limerick training to become a primary teacher. She plays football with Old Mill, and Limerick junior football team, and will perform the role of ambassador, with the other five award winners to champion ladies’ football in their club, county and province of Munster over the next 12 months on behalf of MLGFA. Sophie’s grandfather Sean " Foxy"O’Connor was an outstanding hurler with the local club, Knockaderry in senior hurling and he also represented his county in National League, and Tournament matches.

TOM KENNELLY: The death has taken place of Tom Kennelly Templeathea East, Athea, and Kerrikyle, Ardagh on Wednesday February 17 at Saint Michael’s Nursing Home, Caherconlish, Co. Limerick. Predeceased by his parents Ellen and John Kennelly (Ardagh), and cousin Mike Enright (Athea). Sadly, missed by his cousins Margaret Enright and family, Jack and Tom Enright, Nora Philips, Bridie Liston, the management, staff and residents of Saint Michael’s Nursing Home, Saint Joseph’s and O’Connell House Residential Care Centre Newcastle West, cousins, neighbours and friends. The Requiem Mass took place in Saint Molua’s Church, Ardagh on Friday February 19 at 11am, followed by burial immediately after in Templeathea Cemetery, Athea.

Tom an only child grew up with his parents in a house situated on the border of Kerrikyle, and Glensharrold. His parents were small farmers, and Tom attended Kilcolman National School and was a very bright student. He played games with his school friends, and the other local boys, and he was a lot taller than all. When his parents died the farm was sold to Patie Wrenn from Clounleharde, and Tom moved away. In later years Tom was based in O’Connell House Residential Care Centre Newcastle West, and he was a familiar figure around the town running errands for staff, and fellow residents. Tom was a kind and gentle figure who was around the 70 year mark, and he will be sadly missed by all. May he rest in Peace.

SYMPATHY WISHES: We extend our sympathy to the Histon family Kilcolman on the death of Nora’s husband Michael Dillon, Clorane, Adare, who passed away peacefully in the loving care of the staff at Killeline Nursing Home, Newcastle West. The Requiem Mass was held at Holy Trinity Abbey Church, Adare, on Thursday February 18, at 1.30pm, with the funeral afterwards to Shannon Crematorium. We extend sympathy also to the extended family members. May he rest in Peace.

BIRTHDAY WISHES: Congratulations and best wishes to Catherine Goulding Glenagore, who recently celebrated her 80th birthday at Saint Ita’s Hospital Newcastle West. She is a very popular lady and involved with a number of social groups, who surround her with kindness.

SCHOOL ENROLLING: Enrolments are now open for the coming school year 2021/22, at Saint Molua’s N.S. Ardagh. Please email the school on office@ stmoluasns.scoilnet.ie or download an application form from their website www. stmolua.ie and post to the Principal, Ardagh National School.

LOTTERY DRAW: The Ardagh Development Association and Saint Kieran’s GAA joint weekly lottery draw took place on Monday February 22. The numbers drawn were 7,8,16, and 18, and there was no winner of the € 4,500 Jackpot. Congratulations to the five lucky dip winners who received € 40 each: Bridie Noonan c/o Josie, Marie Thompson c/o Denis Greaney, Nora Dineen Ardagh, Louise Moriarty Liskeleen Ardagh, and Pat Molyneaux Askeaton. Next Monday night’s jackpot will be € 4,600. People can play online using club force on the club’s Facebook page, with 6pm on Monday evening the deadline. The tickets are also on sale at the usual outlets, and all support will be appreciated.

SPLIT THE POT: Creeves Celtic held their split the pot draw at Hanley’s Food store Creeves, on Monday February 15. Congratulations to Danny Kelliher, who won € 115. The weekly entry fee is € 2, with € 1 going to the club and the other € 1 to be paid out in prize money each week. The envelopes to place your two euro in plus details, are available at Hanley’s Food Store Creeves, and from committee members. People can also sign up by standing order for €9 per month. The draws will be held on Monday nights, and all support will be appreciated.

CLUB MEMBERSHIP: The Saint Kieran’s GAA Club membership for the 2021 season is as follows, Limerick Development draw €100, senior adult player € 50, senior adult player plus Limerick Development draw € 140, family membership €70, family membership plus Limerick Development draw € 160, adult social non playing €30, adult social non playing plus Limerick Development draw € 120, under 21/student membership €30, single juvenile membership €30. All the membership can be paid through the Club force APP with direct debit options available.

CLUB DRAW: The Limerick GAA Club draw for 2021 is now open for membership. The Saint Kieran’s club are promoting it and the first draw will be held on Saturday March 27. The entry fee for the ten draws is € 100, 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, and 28 additional prizes of € 500, € 250, and € 100. To join contact the local St Kieran’s club members in person, or online through the Clubforce 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.

RADIO DRAW: Congratulations to Paddy Sheehan Castleview Newcastle West, who won € 110 in the West Limerick 102fm 50/50draw, held on Friday February 26. The tickets cost € 2 and they are available from volunteers, in local shops, (including Moloney’s Carrigkerry, and Denis Greaney’s Shop Ardagh) or from the radio station. All support will be appreciated as finances are tight due to lack of fundraising. The radio station is off limits to members of the public at present, with only volunteers allowed access. When restrictions are lifted all will be very welcome to visit and get involved in programming. A number of exciting new programmes are in the pipeline for later in the year. The station can be contacted at 069-66200 if people have news of interest to the West Limerick area.

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SYMPATHY: We extend sympathy to Henry Long and family Rooskagh on the passing of his father Jim Long (Jim ) Long Suttons Cross Ramsgrange Wexford on Monday February 15. In accordance with current restrictions regarding public gatherings a private cremation took place on Friday February 19. The Long family were proprietors of the Central Bar in Main Street Ardagh for a number of years. They are also associated with Rathkeale Boxing club, with Henry a coach and son Cormac winning numerous titles. Sympathy also to all the other family members, and may he rest in Peace.

SCHOOL ENROLLING: Enrolments are now open for the coming school year 2021/22, at Kilcolman N.S. Enrolment forms can be found on the school website kilschool1

LOTTERY DRAW: The Ardagh Development Association and Saint Kieran’s GAA joint weekly lottery draw took place on Monday February 15. The numbers drawn were 7,14,26, and 30, and there was no winner of the € 4,400 Jackpot. Congratulations to the five lucky dip winners who received € 40 each: Tommy Greaney c/o Denis Greaney, Alex JC O’Sullivan c/o Dawn, Ita and Tadhg Dineen Ardagh, Breda Fulham Ballyvoughan, and Luke and Niamh c/o Mackessy’s. Next Monday night’s jackpot will be € 4,500. 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.

SPLIT THE POT: Creeves Celtic held their split the pot draw at Hanley’s Food store Creeves, on Monday February 15. Congratulations to Emer Feehan who won € 120. The weekly entry fee is € 2, with € 1 going to the club and the other € 1 to be paid out in prize money each week. The envelopes to place your two euro in plus details, are available at Hanley’s Food Store Creeves, and from committee members. People can also sign up by standing order for €9 per month. The draws will be held on Monday nights, and all support will be appreciated.

FUEL PRICES: People may have noticed an increase in fuel prices in recent weeks. Petrol has gone up around ten cents per litre since Christmas, for no apparent reason. Consumers are hard pressed as it is especially at this time of the year, and fuel also rose in last Octobers Budget.

CHARITY SONG: The Bard of Sliabh Luachra Johnny Walsh from Mountcollins is steeped in music song dance and Gaelic games. His latest The Mighty Men from the Shannonside composition pays tribute to the Limerick hurlers who won the All Ireland Championship last December. Written and performed by Johnny with a lovely music beat the CD is priced € 5 and on sale in select outlets due to Covid restrictions. It is receiving great airplay on Radio Kerry, Cork and Clare 102fm etc and all proceeds will go to Milford Hospice Limerick. Johnny told me he is close to his sale target but copies are still available and all support will be greatly appreciated.

Johnny has been involved with West Limerick GAA, the County Board, and Scór since the mid 1990s, and his colourful match reports and poems have featured in all the local papers. Over the years Johnny has been very generous with his time and talents, (attending numerous functions and events) to all clubs and organisations. A born entertainer, composer and storyteller (pure true) par excellence Johnny has lit up many a stage and venue, to the delight of all present. It is now peoples chance to return the favour to Johnny and to support the great work that Milford Care Centre do. Johnny can be contacted on 086-3517589 to arrange a copy.

RADIO DRAW: Congratulations to Katie Phillips c/o Tony Hayes shop, who won € 210 in the West Limerick 102fm 50/50draw, held on Friday February 19. This was the first draw for 2021 due to the Covid -19 restrictions. Tickets cost € 2 and they are available from volunteers, in local shops, (including Moloney’s Carrigkerry) or from the radio station. All support will be appreciated as finances are tight due to lack of fundraising. The radio station is off limits to members of the public at present, with only volunteers allowed access. When restrictions are lifted all will be very welcome to visit and get involved in programming. A number of exciting new programmes are in the pipeline for later in the year. The station can be contacted at 069-66200 if people have news of interest to the West Limerick area.

1971 FEBRUARY NEWS: Notes are scarce due to Covid so this week we look back on parish notes from 50 years ago.

A Telephone Kiosk has been put up in Carrigkerry Village but is not yet in service. A dangerous bend in the village is to be removed by Limerick Council before the Kiosk is connected. The district will then have a 24 hour service. It is a must needed amenity as the community has no resident priest, doctor, vet , etc.

This week’s house dance in aid of Carrigkerry Festival will be held at Peg O’Connell’s farm house Glensharrold. This lovely thatched farm house was recently featured in Rural Roundabout by Martin Ryan. Peg was a member of Cumann na Man in her young days before moving to Glensharrold. Peg’s late husband Maurice worked at the Old Mill Creamery. The social will take place this Saturday night and will consist of a 41 Drive, and house dance, etc. Teas will be served by the ladies social committee. The bean a ti extend a cead mile failte to all.

Record prices are being paid for grazing land in West Limerick and to date prices ranging up to 30 pounds per statute acre have been paid for lands let on the 11 month system.

The death occurred at Saint Nessan’s Hospital Croom of John T Woulfe Ballyine Newcastle West who was a respected member of the farming community. The funeral was from Ardagh Church to Grange Cemetery. The death of Mrs Margaret Morrow (nee Casey) occurred at her residence, Ballyine, Carrigkerry recently. The funeral was from Carrigkerry Church to Churchtown Cemetery.

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MOLONEY’S SHOP: There are exciting plans proposed for Moloney’s shop in Carrigkerry which serves so well the local community and the passing customers. An application is before Limerick City and Council Council at present seeking permission to demolish existing substandard shed and erect an extension to existing retail facility to incorporate an off-licence area, upgrade the entrance and glassing to the retail and erect a new storage shed and all associated site works at Knocknagun Carrigkerry. The Moloney family recently upgraded their premises in Abbeyfeale to a high standard so customers can look forward to similar results in Carrigkerry.

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS: Timmy and Joan Copse, Glensharrold, Carrigkerry recently presented Milford Hospice Limerick with a cheque for € 4,821, the proceeds of their Christmas Lights display. Mary and Cormac Hayes from nearby Shanagolden Christmas Lights display raised € 13,000 this year for Milford Hospice, and the Children Ark Unit University Hospital Limerick. Both families would like to thank everybody for their support and kind donations.

SYMPATHY WISHES: We extend sympathy to Pat and Daphne Casey and family Reerasta Ardagh on the death of Pat’s sister Eileen O’Brien Howth Dublin, and formerly of Knocknasna Abbeyfeale, on Wednesday February 3,peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family. A private family funeral service was live streamed on Saturday February 6. Sympathy also to her husband Tom, sons Thomas, Kieran, and Brendan, and extended family members. May she rest in Peace.

ARDAGH GRANT: It has been announced that Ardagh village is to receive an allocation of € 100,000 under the National transport authority improvement grants scheme. These grants are to improve facilities, footpaths etc. and to promote cycling and walking facilities, and grants were also awarded to Athea, Glin, and Newcastle West.

RUNNING HOME CHALLENGE: David Egan a native of Carrigkerry village is doing the Running Home Challenge. He will walk or run 1112km, the distance from Amsterdam to Carrigkerry village. He will donate € 1 for every km and hope to get enough donations to at least match that. All donations go to Midwest Simon Community who do great work for the homeless and those at risk of homelessness. The contact details https://www.idonate.ie/DavidEgan #runninghome David will be very thankful for all support received.

VISITOR CENTRE: Glenville House and Gardens in Ardagh have announced their opening dates for 2021, with restrictions in place due to Covid-19 guidelines. April 3rd -30th, May 1st -26th, August 4th -22nd (Heritage Week) September 1st -17th, Tuesday to Saturday (9.30am -1.30pm). The admission is € 5, students € 3, with children and old age pensioners free.

SCHOOL ENROLLING: Enrolments are now open for the coming school year 2021/22, at Saint Molua’s N.S. Ardagh. Please email the school on office@ stmoluasns.scoilnet.ie or download an application form from their website www. stmolua.ie and post to the Principal, Ardagh National School.

LOTTERY DRAW: The Ardagh Development Association and Saint Kieran’s GAA joint weekly lottery draw took place on Monday February 8. The numbers drawn were 17,21,25, and 27, and there was no winner of the € 4,300 Jackpot. Congratulations to the five lucky dip winners who received € 40 each: Tom Neary Ardagh, Daniel Power Skehanagh, Michael Liston Glenastar, Diarmuid Carroll Shanid, and the Buston family Coolcappa. Next Monday night’s jackpot will be € 4,400. 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.

SPLIT THE POT: Creeves Celtic held their split the pot draw at Hanley’s Food store Creeves, on Monday February 8. Congratulations to Mary Nash who won € 120. The weekly entry fee is € 2, with € 1 going to the club and the other € 1 to be paid out in prize money each week. The envelopes to place your two euro in plus details, are available at Hanley’s Food Store Creeves, and from committee members. People can also sign up by standing order for €9 per month. The draws will be held on Monday nights, and all support will be appreciated.

JERESULAMA DANCE: Tralee Garda station members filmed the Jeresulama challenge dance video on the roof of their station, and around scenic Kerry. Garda Nicola Hogan from Rathkeale, and daughter of Tom and Annette Shiels of the Old Mill was one of the Gardai who featured.

LIMERICK CLEAN UP: Team Limerick (TLC) clean up year 6 will go ahead this Good Friday April 2. It was not held in 2020 due to Covid-19, and our communities show all the signs. The event will have to be Covid compliant as we could still be in Level 5. Individuals and groups are asked to register for the clean-up by logging on to www. teamlimerickcleanup.ie More details will be announced in the coming weeks.

FRANK O’CONNOR The death has taken place of Frank O’Connor, 3 Lilac Close, Newcastle West, suddenly at his residence, on Wednesday February 10. Predeceased by his parents Peg and Ned and nephew Mark. Frank and his family were regular patrons to Stacks Carrigkerry back in the 1970s. As a young fellow he often performed on stage with the groups that were providing the entertainment . Little Jimmy Osmond youngest member of the Osmond family at the time recorded a song titled Long haired lover from Liverpool, which went to number 1 in the British charts in 1972, and young Frank often belted it out at Stacks Lounge bar.

In accordance with government guidelines a private family funeral Mass took place in Newcastle West Church on Saturday February 13 at 11.30am, with burial afterwards in Calvary Cemetery. We extend our sympathy to his sisters Margaret, Rena and Joan (Australia), Sr Martha ( South Africa), Carmel (Newcastle West) and brother Denis (Florida), brothers-in-law, sister-in-law nephews, nieces, grand-niece, grand-nephews, neighbours, relatives and friends. May he rest in Peace.

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