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

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

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

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

CREEVES CELTIC: Creeves Celtic soccer club will hold its underage registration night for the 2020/2021 season on Wednesday August 12, at 7pm, at the Thatch Bar Newbridge. The club are starting a "Split the Pot" fundraiser to help with the daily running of the club. Entry fee € 2, with € 1 to the club and the other € 1to be paid out in prize money each week. The club are asking participants to sign up to a standing order made payable to the club, contributing € 9 per month for 12 months. The forms are available from committee members, or at the registration night, and the first draw will be held on Monday August 31.

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

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

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

RADIO DRAW: Congratulations to Denis Lane who won € 104 in the West Limerick 102fm 50/50 draw, held on Friday July 31.Tickets cost € 2 and they are available from volunteers, in local shops, or from the radio station. All support is very much appreciated. New volunteers to get involved in all aspects of the station are needed at present. The roles available include research and studio work, fundraising and lots more. Contact the station at 069-66200 if interested.

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

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

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CLUB DRAW: The Limerick GAA Club draw for July took place during the Live 95fm Sports Show on Saturday July 25. It was a very successful draw for the Saint Kieran’s club who had five winners. Congratulations to Mattie Histon Kilcolman who won the special monthly prize of a 2 night stay in Parknasilla Resort and Spa with dinner included. Congratulations also to John and Maurice Shine, who won € 500, and Aishling Hayes, Sean Mc Carthy, and Michael Greaney, who won € 100 each.

TEAGASC AUTHORITY: Congratulations to Liam Woulfe Adare, and Ardagh native on his reappointment for a second five year term on the Teagasc Authority. Liam is the Managing Director of Grassland AGRO and of Freshgrass Group.

CEMETERY MASSES: The following is the Coolcappa/Kilcolman cemetery mass time schedule, Saturday August 15 Coolcappa Cemetery at 7.30pm, Sunday August 16, Kilbradern Cemetery at 12 noon, Friday August 21, Kilcolman Cemetery at 7.30pm, Sunday August 30, Clounagh Cemetery at 12 noon.

HOLY COMMUNION: The following is the Coolcappa/Kilcolman first Holy Communion dates. On Saturday August 8, in Coolcappa Church at 11am. Saturday August 15 in Kilcolman Church at 10am, and also at 12 noon. Saturday August 22, in Kilcolman Church at 10am and also at 12 noon.

MASS TIMES: The Sunday Masses are on Saturdays at 6.30pm in Saint Mary’s Carrigkerry and 11.00am on Sundays in Saint Molua’s Ardagh (until October). If you wish to come to Mass on a weekday instead of the weekend Fr Michael is providing an evening Mass in Carrigkerry on Thursdays and in Ardagh on Fridays at 7. 30pm. Masses are celebrated in Saint. Kyran’s, Coolcappa, Tuesday 9.30am,Thursday 7.30pm,Saturday 7.30pm. Saint Colman’s, Kilcolman, Wednesday 9.30am,Friday 7.30pm,Sunday 10am.

GAELIC GAMES: Saint Kieran’s lost to Doon by 1-11 to 0-7 in Round 1 of Group 1 of the County Junior Hurling Championship at Clarina on Saturday July 25.

KATHLEEN O’CONNOR: The death has taken place unexpectedly of Kathleen O’Connor nee Keogh Killoughteen, Newcastle West, on Friday July 17. Kathleen was predeceased by her daughter Maura, brother Willie Keogh and her late husband Willie. In accordance with government guidelines a private funeral Mass took place in Newcastle West Church on Wednesday July 22, at 11.30am, followed by burial afterwards in Calvary Cemetery. We extend our sympathy to her partner Ned, daughter Caroline Daly (Kilcolman), son Pat (Athea), sisters Anne Casey and Nora Reidy, son-in-law Michael, sisters-in-law, grandchildren Brian, Emma, Conor, Becky and Rory, nephews, nieces, relatives, carer Helen and friends. May She Rest In Peace

RADIO DRAW: Congratulations to Tom Ryan Ballybrown who won € 170 in the West Limerick 102fm 50/50 draw, held on Friday July 24. Tickets cost € 2 and they are available from volunteers, in local shops, or from the radio station. All support is very much appreciated. New volunteers to get involved in all aspects of the station are needed at present. The roles available include research and studio work, fundraising and lots more. Contact the station at 069-66200 if interested.

CLUB PRESENTATION: Creeves Celtic soccer club made a presentation of PPE equipment to the Brothers of Charity Foynes, following their family 5km walk/run fundraiser.

ALONE NEWS: ALONE have announced a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to the current Covid-19 outbreak. They have professional staff available to answer queries and give advice and reassurance where necessary. The support line is open seven days a week, 8am-8pm, by calling 0818,222, 024.

FUNDRAISERS: Old Mill Ladies Football Club are holding a sponsored walk on Sunday August 9. It will commence at Ardagh Hall and proceed along the Greenway if the Covid -19 restrictions allow. It is also planned to hold a coffee morning in September. Team training has also commenced and new members are most welcome to join the club. Contact Moira Mc Enery at 086-8110634, for all the details.

CULTURE NIGHT: Culture Night 2020 will be on Friday September 18, and it will be a lot different this year due to Covid-19. It will be aimed at stay at home on-line audiences, which will be shown through new channels.

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MARGARET O’SULLIVAN: The death took place of Margaret O’Sullivan nee Fillingham late of Newcastle West and Barnigue Carrigkerry, and formerly of Southall, London, on Wednesday July 15, (peacefully) at Beaumont Hospital, Dublin. Beloved wife of the late Phillip. Sadly, missed by her loving sons John and David, daughter Susan, daughter-in-law Patricia, grandchildren Marie, Jimmy, Cathryn, Michelle and Michael and their partners, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, extended family, neighbours and friends. Due to government advice regarding public gatherings a private funeral will take place. Margaret and the late Phillip lived in Barnigue, for several years, and were very popular members of the community. Margaret was a member of the West Limerick Bowling Club from the start and enjoyed their outings to other clubs. May she rest in Peace.

GAELIC GAMES: Saint Kieran’s defeated Granagh/Ballingarry by 3-12 to 2-12 in the County U 21 B Hurling Championship at Coolcappa on Friday July 17. They missed out on qualification to the quarter finals, with Glenroe, and Granagh/Ballingarry advancing from the group. Saint Kieran’s junior hurlers are due to play Doon in Round 1 of the County Championship at Clarina on Saturday July 25, at 7pm.

RADIO DRAW: Congratulations to Mai Murphy Dromtrasna Abbeyfeale , who won € 212 in the West Limerick 102fm 50/50 draw, held on Friday July 17. This was the first draw held since the Covid-19 pandemic struck in early March. Tickets cost € 2 and they are available from volunteers, in local shops, or from the radio station. All support is very much appreciated. New volunteers to get involved in all aspects of the station are needed at present. The roles available include research and studio work, fundraising and lots more. Contact the station at 069-66200 if interested.

ATHEA NEWSLETTER: The weekly Athea and District Newsletter ceased printing their copies on March 17, due to the Covid -19 pandemic. After a week break the newsletter resumed online, and it can be viewed at www.athea.ie. The good news sees the return of the printed copy on this Wednesday July 22 in Moloney’s Shop Carrigkerry, Mullane’s Knockdown, and Athea. The newsletter contains news from Athea, Abbeyfeale, Knocknanure, Knockdown, and Carrigkerry. The contributors include Domhnall De Barra, Kathleen Mullane, Marian Harnett, Jer Kennelly, Peg Prendeville, and Tom Aherne.

GAA PROGRAMME: A new GAA programme commenced on West Limerick Community radio on Thursday July 2, from 12 noon to 1pm. Presenter Pat O’Donovan and two club guests each week will recall their clubs progress over the past 50 years. It is intended to feature all the west Limerick clubs during the series.

CLUB LIMERICK DRAW: The Limerick GAA Club draw for 2020 is still available to join and Saint Kieran’s are accepting members at present, in person or online. The cost to join is € 10 each month or € 70 for the next seven draws, and a minimum of 50% goes directly to the club, (depending on the numbers joined) and the other 50% to support the county teams. The first prize each month is € 10,000, with cash prizes ranging down from € 3,000,to €2,000, 1,000, €500,€250, and € 100. Thirty prizes in total each month, with a special monthly prize added this year. The next draw will take place on Limerick Live 95fm, during the sports programme on Saturday July 25.

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

SCRAP METAL: Saint Kieran’s GAA club and ADRSC are planning a scrap metal and household items collection on Wednesday September 23. People who may have items that they would like to give before this date are asked to contact David on 086-2205572 to arrange a collection in the coming weeks. Household items include steel oil tanks, biscuit tins, drink cans, empty food cans, steel coal bunkers, coal buckets, steel window frames, saucepans, kettles (not plastic) boilers , electric cookers, gas cookers, dishwashers, steel gutters, washing machines, golf irons, sink tops, ironing boards, clothes irons, radiators, solid fuel cookers, copper, food mixers, brass, electric knives, aluminium, fireplaces, (steel), lead, bicycles, electric cable, go karts, sheep wire, trampolines, fencing wire, swing frames, goal posts.

Farm and other machinery include old cars, engines and parts, gates, railway lines, corrugated iron, wheelbarrows, trailers, cement mixers, tractors, diggers, transport boxes, water pumps, combine harvesters, electric motors, hay balers, binders, silage balers, batteries, hay turners, milk tanks, mowing machines, milk cans/buckets, milking machines, ploughs, toppers, milk coolers, agitators, ring feeders, barrels, and slurry tanks. All donations will be greatly appreciated.

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GORTADROMA WIN: The Residents Against Gasification in our Environment (RAGE) group have won their battle against the proposed Gasification factory planned for the Gortnadroma landfill site on the Carnagh line. Cadence Enviropower five years ago unveiled plans to build a gasification factory bordering the landfill which closed in 2014. They planned to take household waste and turn it into electricity using modern technology that would make it as clean, quiet, and efficient as possible. RAGE was set up to fight and defeat this harmful facility to residents of the area and further afield. The turning point came at a meeting held in Shanagolden when residents turned up in huge numbers to express their anger against representatives of the company. Their five-year planning licence has now expired, and the community owe a big thanks to the committee, who moved mountains to win the day. The committee will continue to protect the site against further planning applications.

KENRICK LINK: In 1879 Michael Kenrick a native of Ballysteen was granted permission by the G.P.O. in Dublin to open the first Post Office at Kilcolman. This he did in a thatched house by the bridge about 500 meters east of the village on the road towards Ardagh. In 1883 he married Mary Lowe from Croagh and together they had 11 children, some of whom in later years emigrated to Australia. To supplement their income, they also opened a small grocer’s shop, which they ran together for a long number of years. In 1919 their daughter Mary, took over the running of the Post Office and Shop till her marriage in 1924 to Daniel Mulcahy of Carrons. The Post Office and Shop continued to be run by her sister Annie and brother John until John’s death in 1964 and Annie’s retirement in 1969. The Post Office then transferred to Dick and Maria Purcell’s Shop next door to the Church in Kilcolman. So, after 90 years thus ended the "Kenrick Link" with Kilcolman Post Office.

GREENWAY CLOSURE: A section of the Great Southern Greenway is to be closed for four months from Monday last. Limerick City and County Council says the Greenway will be closed between Ardagh Station House and Newcastle West from Monday, July 13, until Friday, October 23.The local authority, which is likely to face criticism over the timing of the closure of the popular amenity, says it’s necessary to facilitate the carrying out of €5m improvement upgrade works. The remainder of the Great Southern Greenway will remain open to the public for the rest of the summer.

GAELIC GAMES: The delayed GAA season is due to commence this coming weekend for Saint Kieran’s when the U-21 hurlers play Granagh/Ballingarry in Round 2 of the County U-21 B Hurling Championship at Coolcappa on Friday July 17, at 7.30pm. The junior hurlers are due to play Doon in Round 1 of the County Championship at Clarina on Saturday July 25, at 7pm.

POTHOLES: The recent spell of wet weather has highlighted the condition of many of our rural roads. The very wet weather we got since August 2019, and the lack of attention since the lockdown, is really showing with lots of potholes appearing from surface water running and lodging on surfaces. All the rural roads need to be examined and repaired before their surfaces are further eroded. They need to be attended to now before some motorist badly damages their vehicles.

RADIO DRAW: West Limerick 102fm 50/50 draw is back after Covid-19, and the first draw will be held on Friday July 17. Tickets cost € 2 and they are available from volunteers, in local shops, or from the radio station. All support is very much appreciated. New volunteers to get involved in all aspects of the station are needed at present. The roles available include research and studio work, fundraising and lots more. Contact the station if interested.

CLUB LIMERICK DRAW: The Limerick GAA Club draw for 2020 is still available to join and Saint Kieran’s are accepting members at present, in person or online. The cost to join is € 10 each month or € 70 for the next seven draws, and a minimum of 50% goes directly to the club, (depending on the numbers joined) and the other 50% to support the county teams. The first prize each month is € 10,000, with cash prizes ranging down from € 3,000,to €2,000, 1,000, €500,€250, and € 100. Thirty prizes in total each month, with a special monthly prize added this year. The next draw will take place on Limerick Live 95fm, during the sports programme on Saturday July 25.

LOCAL SONGS: A local historian in Tipperary is appealing for people to come forward with songs of the War of Independence to help preserve them for the future. John Connors from Borrisoleigh says ongoing events to mark the centenary of the event are the perfect opportunity to collect material. He’s concerned that songs are being lost with the passing of generations and is urging people to send him lyrics or recordings of any ballads relating to that era. Details on how to get in touch with John can be found on the Tipp FM website. John believes there is a large catalogue of songs to be found from each parish in the county.

“I remember back to my grandfather – my mother’s father especially – and like he had a vast store of these songs.”“He had a vast store of these songs and when I was a child, we’d go off places and I’d be on the crossbar of his bicycle and he’d be singing these songs. But of course, youth being wasted on the young I didn’t pay too much attention to them at the time, but they stuck in my memory.”“And then I suppose as time progressed and we came into the centenary I could see that these songs had value of that time a hundred years ago. “John can be contacted on 086 2752634 or via email at tippwoitours

County Limerick has its own share of songs of the War of Independence, and maybe somebody might like to collect and publish them before they are forgotten about.

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Parish Notes Sunday July 5th 20.

PAT FLYNN: The death has taken place of Patrick (Pat) Flynn, Rathreigh Ardagh suddenly at his residence on June 30. He was a retired mechanic, who operated a garage at Churchtown Newcastle West for many years. His Requiem Mass was celebrated on Saturday July 4. at 11am in St Kieran’s Church Coolcappa. Pat was laid to rest afterwards in Tullylease Old Cemetery Cork. We extend our sympathy to his wife Mary, sons Michael and Emmett, daughter in law Liz grandchildren Megan, Chloe, Evan and Alex, brothers Eddie, Sean, Tom and Frank, sisters Teresa, Nora, Kathleen, Margaret, Mary and Breda, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, cousins, relatives, neighbours and his many friends. May he rest in Peace.

MARY CAHILL: The death has taken place of Mary Cahill, Scart, Milford, Co. Cork and late of Old Abbey, Shanagolden, on Friday June 26. Her Requiem Mass was celebrated on Wednesday July 1, at 2pm in Saint Senan’s Church Shanagolden, with burial afterwards in Kilbradren Cemetery. We extend our sympathy to her brother Chris, sister in law, nephews, nieces, grandnieces, grandnephews, cousins, relatives and friends. May she rest In Peace.

MASS SCHEDULE: Ardagh/Carrigkerry churches reopened on Monday June 29 with physical distancing in place, and sanitizers at the entrance to the church. The Sunday Masses until October will be on Saturdays at 6.30pm in Carrigkerry and 11.00am on Sundays in Ardagh. To cater for the safety of all who come to the churches the capacity of each church will be greatly reduced. In Ardagh the Church it is down to 45 -50 and in Carrigkerry it will be down to 35- 40 – depending on how many families come together. This may not be sufficient to accommodate all who might want to go to the one Sunday Mass. People who can are encouraged to come on weekdays and leave the Sunday Masses free for those who can only come on Sundays. If people wish to come to Mass on a weekday instead of Sunday, the clergy are providing an evening Mass in Carrigkerry on Thursdays and in Ardagh on Fridays at 7. 30pm. The basket will not be passed around for the collection. But a box/basket will be placed at the entrance for collections at all Masses in the week.

THANK YOU: The Carrigkerry Church Sacristan would like to thank most sincerely all the people who contributed to the recent clerk’s collection.

DERELICT SITES: Ardagh is one of five Limerick villages (Abbeyfeale, Askeaton, Bruff, and Rathkeale) that have received funding of € 1.5 million from the Rural Regeneration and Development Fund to deal with the issue of derelict sites. It is the largest amount awarded to a single project in the country under this round of funding. A further € 500,000 will be provided by Limerick City and County Council. The aim of the project is to bring derelict properties back into use with an emphasis on reuse for housing. Resettlement of populations in the core of towns and villages is needed for their sustainable development.

RADIO SHOW: West Limerick 102 community radio have a new GAA programme recalling the West Limerick hurling clubs from 1970 to date. It is on air on Thursday’s from noon until 1pm. It is intended to feature all the clubs, and the presenter is Pat O’Donovan. County Views continue each Wednesday evening from 9-30 to 11pm. It is presented by Pat O’Donovan and he is joined by a few guests each week. They discuss the current affairs, which the listeners request as it is on live. Presenter Pat O’Donovan can be contacted on 087-9977340, if people want to participate as a guest or to choose a topic.

GAELIC GAMES: Saint Kieran’s club grounds have reopened since Wednesday June 24, and training has been allowed since Monday June 29. The formats for the various competitions have be revised due to the shorter playing season. In the County Senior Football Championship Saint Kieran’s will now play only two matches instead of five as the two groups of 12 have been reduced to four groups of 3. They will meet Galbally in round 1 in Kilmallock on Sunday August 16, at 7pm, and if they win, they will play Monaleen in round 3 on the weekend of August 30th. The top two teams qualify for the County quarter finals. The County Junior A Hurling Championship fixtures have also been announced. Saint Kieran’s are in Group 1 a difficult group of six teams and commence against Doon on the weekend of July 25/26. They also play Ballybrown, Caherline, Garryspillane, and Castletown/Ballyagran.

FUNDRAISERS: Old Mill Ladies Football Club are holding a sponsored walk on Sunday August 9. It will commence at Ardagh Hall and proceed along the Greenway if the Covid -19 restrictions allow. It is also planned to hold a coffee morning in September. Team training has also commenced, and new members are most welcome to join the club. Contact Moira Mc Enery at 086-8110634, for all the details.

SCRAP METAL: Saint Kieran’s GAA club and ADRSC are planning a scrap metal and household items collection on Wednesday September 23. People who may have items that they would like to give before this date are asked to contact David on 086-2205572 to arrange a collection in the coming weeks. Household items include steel oil tanks, biscuit tins, drink cans, empty food cans, steel coal bunkers, coal buckets, steel window frames, saucepans, kettles (not plastic) boilers , electric cookers, gas cookers, dishwashers, steel gutters, washing machines, golf irons, sink tops, ironing boards, clothes irons, radiators, solid fuel cookers, copper, food mixers, brass, electric knives, aluminium, fireplaces, (steel), lead, bicycles, electric cable, go karts, sheep wire, trampolines, fencing wire, swing frames, goal posts.

Farm and other machinery include old cars, engines and parts, gates, railway lines, corrugated iron, wheelbarrows, trailers, cement mixers, tractors, diggers, transport boxes, water pumps, combine harvesters, electric motors, hay balers, binders, silage balers, batteries, hay turners, milk tanks, mowing machines, milk cans/buckets, milking machines, ploughs, toppers, milk coolers, agitators, ring feeders, barrels, and slurry tanks. All donations will be greatly appreciated.

GRAVEYARD MASS: Mass due to be celebrated in Kilbradern graveyard on Sunday July 12, at 12 noon, has been deferred.

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PARISH OF ARDAGH-CARRIGKERRY: Important points to note for return to Mass in our Churches.

1. To ensure the safety of all who come to church especially those who are vulnerable and to comply with government guidelines and the Bishop’s Framework document we are obliged to:

a) Provide signs to promote Physical distancing (2metres) inside and outside the church, whether stationary or moving. We must also close off rows of seats and erect signs to indicate clearly where people may sit/stand/kneel. Physical distancing is also to be observed when people are moving e.g. going up to receive Holy Communion and exiting the church.

b) Provide sanitizers at the entrance to the church and encourage people to use them going in and coming out.

c) Clean out the Holy water fonts so that there is no water in them that might cause contamination.

d) Clean the church pews and other furnishings, which people may have touched, after each Mass.

2. The Bishops of Ireland have dispensed Catholics from their Sunday obligation.

3. To cater for the safety of all who come to our churches the capacity of each church will be greatly reduced. In Ardagh the Church it is down to 45 -50 and in Carrigkerry it will be down to 35- 40 – depending on how many families come together. So that we cannot accommodate all who might want to go to the one Sunday Mass.

4. We would encourage people who can come on weekdays and leave the Sunday Masses free for those who can only come on Sundays.

5. If you wish to come to Mass on a weekday instead of Sunday, we are providing an evening Mass in Carrigkerry on Thursdays and in Ardagh on Fridays at 7. 30pm. The Sunday Masses will be on Saturdays at 6.30pm in Carrigkerry and 11.00am on Sundays in Ardagh (until October).

6. The basket will not be passed around for the collection. But a box/basket will be placed at the entrance for collections at all Masses in the week.

7. The First public Mass after the lock-down will be celebrated in Ardagh Church at 9.30am on Monday 29th. Tuesday Mass will be at 10am in Carrigkerry and Wednesday Mass will be at 9.30am in Ardagh. Fr Michael.

RE-OPENING OF COOLCAPPA/ KILCOLMAN CHURCHES. As we open our churches for the public celebration of Masses and Sacraments, we do so cognisant of HSE and Diocesan guidelines. As the Sunday obligation has been temporarily dispensed with, a new Mass Schedule has been put in place for the coming months, beginning Tuesday June 30.

St. Kyran’s, Coolcappa, Tuesday 9.30am,Thursday 7.30pm,Saturday 7.30pm. St. Colman’s, Kilcolman, Wednesday 9.30am,Friday 7.30pm,Sunday 10am. The time lapse between each mass is 36-48 hours which will allow the church to be ventilated, cleaned, and sanitized after each ceremony. Because of the 2-metre social distancing rule, the capacity of our churches is greatly reduced Coolcappa 28, and Kilcolman 40.

On reaching full capacity, stewards may request people to listen the Mass on the loudspeaker system. Entry to the building is by the main door only and exit by the side door. People are asked to use the hand sanitizers provided at the entrance and exit. If they so wish they can drop their weekly envelopes in the box provided in each entrance. These are difficult and challenging times and the welfare and safety of people is of paramount importance . Looking forward to meeting people in Church again Fr. Tim.

GRAVEYARD MASSES: Mass will be celebrated in Kilcolman graveyard on Sunday July 5 at 10am, Mass will be celebrated in Kilbradern graveyard on Sunday July 12, at 12 noon.

DISTRICT LEADER: Congratulations to Adam Teskey Reens Ardagh who was recently elected as chairman of the Adare/Rathkeale electorate district.

BIRTHDAY WISHES: Congratulations and best wishes in the future to Mary Foley Knocknagun Carrigkerry who recently celebrated her birthday.

CLUB DRAW: The Limerick GAA Club draw 2020 has commenced after the delay caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. The second draw was held on Saturday last June 27 and announced during the Live 95 Radio Sports Show. The Saint Kieran’s club had one winner. Congratulations to Owen Hayes who won € 250. People interested in joining can contact the club on their face book page.

JACK O’CONNOR: Best wishes to Jack O’Connor, son of Dympna , and Donie Kilcolman who is one of two Irish people shortlisted for the ten outstanding young persons of the world awarded by Junior Chamber International .He is a student in University Limerick at present having graduated from Desmond College in Newcastle West in 2017. Jack is also current United Nations Youth Delegate for Ireland. Although voting to help secure his place in the top ten has closed narrowing the 2020 top twenty finalist s rests with the final judging panel comprised of representatives of select partner organisations and the JCI president.

GREENWAY CLOSED: The Greenway from Rathkeale to Ardagh is closed to the public, as they commence the upgrading of the trail to the Kerry border.

GAELIC GAMES: Saint Kieran’s club grounds have reopened since Wednesday June 24, and training has been allowed since Monday June 29. The formats for the various competitions have be revised due to the shorter playing season. In the County Senior Football Championship Saint Kieran’s will now play only two matches instead of five. They will meet Galbally and Monaleen in a group of three with the top two teams qualifying for the County quarter finals. The first round will be played on the weekend of August 16.

FUNDRAISERS: Old Mill Ladies Football Club are holding a sponsored walk on Sunday August 9. It will commence at Ardagh Hall and proceed along the Greenway if the Covid -19 restrictions allow. It is also planned to hold a coffee morning in September. Team training has also commenced, and new members are most welcome to join the club. Contact Moira Mc Enery at 086-8110634, for all the details.

SCRAP METAL: Saint Kieran’s GAA club and ADRSC are planning a scrap metal and clothes collection on Tuesday September 29. People who may have items that they would like to give before this date are asked to contact club officers in the coming weeks. All donations will be greatly appreciated.

30 YEARS AGO: This week we continue to look back at the Ardagh/Carrigkerry parish notes in the Limerick Leader from Saturday June 23, as notes are scarce due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The wedding took place recently of Pat Murphy formerly from Carrigkerry and now based in the US, to Marie O’Sullivan Springmount, and Collins Park Abbeyfeale. We wish the happy couple all the best in the future.

Kilcolman Rovers AFC wish to thank all those who contributed so generously to their recent church gate collection held in Ardagh and Carrigkerry.

The annual Mass at the Mass Rock in Ballyine will take place next Sunday June 24. The Mass which will be celebrated in Irish begins at 3pm.

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GRAVEYARD MASSES: Mass will be celebrated in Kilcolman graveyard on Sunday July 5 at 10am, Mass will be celebrated in Kilbradern graveyard on Sunday July 12, at 12 noon.

SOCIAL MEDIA: Ardagh/Carrigkerry Parish Facebook site went live on May 17, joining Coolcappa/Kilcolman parish Facebook site. All the church information is available on both sites, keeping parishioners up to date.

RETIREMENT: Father Dan Lane former parish priest of Ardagh/Carrigkerry is due to retire shortly. He left for Granagh/Ballingarry parish in September 2004, after spending 11 happy years from September 1993. In that time, he helped to transform the parish, introducing so many new services and committees, that enriched the community. Our parish became a role model for other parishes to emulate mainly due to Father Dan’s foresight and guidance. We wish him good health and happiness in the future.

LOST PURSE: A purse containing an amount of money was found in the vicinity of Moore’s Bar Carrigkerry on Bank Holiday Monday June 1. The finder would like to reunite the purse with its owner as soon as possible. Readers are asked to spread the news, and the contact is Emer O’Grady at 069-76198.

CLOTHES COLLECTION: Old Mill Ladies Football Club are holding a clothes collection at the end of June. Please contact Moira Mc Enery at 086-8110634, if you wish to drop off bags before this date. Clothes and shoes must be of wearable quality, and no duvets or sheets.

CLUB HISTORY: Saint Kieran’s GAA Club whose catchment area includes Ardagh/Carrigkerry and Coolcappa/ Kilcolman parishes, was formed in 1972, and played their first match on May 28. A small group of people have come together to oversee the publication of a club history to mark the 50th anniversary of the club. The history will include a memories section , recalling the successes, and disappointments, the personalities involved, and companionship’s formed within the club over the years.

All are welcome to share their recollections be they passed players, club officers, or loyal supporters, with a special appeal to the elder generation. The West and County winning Captains are invited to share their thoughts and memories of their big days. The role of the dual player, and players that came from other clubs, or went and joined other clubs, would make interesting reading. The carnival matches and tournament games were legendary with many incidents worth recalling. The many dinner dances, club functions, and Scór successes were all part of the club’s story and are worth recalling.

Since it was announced several people have been fast off the mark and submitted some lovely reminiscences. The club would like to receive some more in the coming weeks, before the action resumes, and people will be busy with club affairs. The club would appreciate 600 words or thereabouts, and ideally your contribution by email, but a written memory can be transcribed afterwards. This is a major club project to record for posterity the dedication, and contribution of men and women in most households within the parishes, and all help will be greatly appreciated. It is planned to have the club history ready in time to launch it to mark the jubilee of Saint Kieran’s GAA in two years’ time.

SCRAP METAL: Saint Kieran’s GAA club and ADRSC are planning a scrap metal and clothes collection on Tuesday September 29. People who may have items that they would like to give before this date are asked to contact club officers in the coming weeks. All donations will be greatly appreciated.

ALONE NEWS: ALONE have announced a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to the current Covid-19 outbreak. They have professional staff available to answer queries and give advice and reassurance where necessary. The support line is open seven days a week, 8am-8pm, by calling 0818,222, 024.

PATRICK CONNOLLY: The death has taken place of Patrick (Paddy) Connolly, Glenagragra, Glin, peacefully, on Saturday June 13, at his daughter Christine’s residence. Predeceased by his sisters Eileen and Catherine. Paddy was a well-respected and familiar figure around the Carrigkerry locality down the years, and his presence will be sadly missed. A private family Funeral Mass took place in the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Glin, on Tuesday June 16, at 12 noon, followed by a private burial in Templeathea Cemetery.

We extend our sympathy to his sons Tony, Pat and Kevin, daughters Christine and Kathleen, grandchildren Christopher, Kate, Michael, Patrick, Tara, Antonia and Ava, sister Bridget, sons-in-law Tom and John, daughters-in-law Karen and Olivia, nephews and nieces, extended family, neighbours and many friends. May he rest in Peace.

NOONAN LIGHTS: Congratulations and thanks are extended once again to the Noonan family from Templeglantine, who recently posted out the cheques to the six chosen charities, following their Christmas Lights fundraiser last Christmas. Tony and family won the Energia’s Ireland’s Most Christmassy Home for 2019 which added € 3,000 to the fund giving a final total of € 25, 247. The charities to benefit this year were Milford Care Centre, CRY Monagea, Brothers of Charity Foynes, Adare Alzheimer’s Branch, Brothers of Charity Newcastle West, and Recovery Haven Tralee. Since the Noonan Lights fundraiser commenced, they have raised over € 220,000.

30 YEARS AGO: This week we continue to look back at the Ardagh/Carrigkerry parish notes in the Limerick Leader from June 1990, as notes are scarce due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Twenty-three tables took part in a quiz organised by Ardagh Hall Committee and Ardagh ICA. The first prize of £ 100 was won by a team from Feohanagh/Castlemahon. The best students table prize went to a team led by Olga Neary from Ardagh. The funds raised will go to repair the meeting room in the parish hall.

The West Limerick Community Workshop church gate collection held last weekend was very successful, and thanks to all who contributed.

The sudden death on Tuesday of Rita Sheedy Rooskagh, Carrigkerry has shocked the whole community. She was a very popular friendly teenager, and the Intermediate Certificate class at Newcastle West Vocational School formed a guard of honour at her funeral on Thursday evening and Friday morning. A huge number attended to offer their sympathy on both occasions. Sincere sympathy to her mother, brothers, sisters, grandmother, uncles, aunts, nephews, niece, and other relatives and friends.

Artist Maeve Mc Cormack Nolan has an art exhibition running at Duffins Restaurant Tralee. Her work has won her much praise and she was recently featured on the Pat Kenny Show on TV.

The confined Coolcappa sports will take place in Ardagh on Sunday July 1.

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LOCAL SHOPS: Our local shops Moloney’s Carrigkerry and Greaney’s Ardagh remained open and provided a great service to all their customers during the lockdown. They were essential to the community with travel restrictions in place, and people confined to their homes. Dairygold Store operated a ring and collect service at their store in Ardagh. People are encouraged to support all the other local premises when they are allowed to open.

COMMUNITY EMPLOYMENT: The two local community employment schemes in Carrigkerry/Old Mill, and Ardagh have resumed their activities over the past few weeks following the Covid-19 virus shut down. They do great work in the community and the villages, and graveyards are all looking well at present.

HERITAGE NEWS: The Saint Kieran’s Heritage Association activities are curtailed at present due to the corona virus. Some members were involved with the local community response group assisting people with shopping etc. The Facebook page has been keeping people up to date with local places of interest being featured. The activities will resume when given the all clear to do so. Stay safe and follow all the HSE guidelines.

DEEL RAMBLERS: The Deel Ramblers walking group suspended their weekly walks due to the corona virus last March. These social outings have given great enjoyment to their regular walkers, and others who join them at various locations around the county and beyond. At the end of the walk they usually meet up for refreshments and a chat. The organisers wish all the members continued good health and look forward to resuming activities when it is safe to do so.

CITIZENS INFORMATION: Please note that due to Covid-19, face to face service in all North Munster Citizens Information Service offices are suspended until further notice. The phone and email service will continue to operate as normal and the contacts for their Limerick office are phone 0761 07 5780 email limerick.

NOVENA: The annual novena in honour of Our Mother of Perpetual Help starts on Friday June 19, and continues until Saturday June 27, with the theme of hope in a time of crisis. The novena will be celebrated on the internet via the Redemptorist website, novena.ie. There will be four sessions daily at 8am, 10am, 7.15pm, and 9pm, and the prayers, the preaching, and the singing will be the same as always.

CLOTHES COLLECTION: Old Mill Ladies Football Club are holding a clothes collection at the end of June. Please contact Moira Mc Enery at 086-8110634, if you wish to drop off bags before this date. Clothes and shoes must be of wearable quality, and no duvets or sheets.

PAT JOE MC ENERY: The death took place of Pat Joe Mc Enery of Tubbertureen, Moyvane at the Palliative Care Unit, University Hospital, Kerry, on Sunday May 31. Predeceased by his brothers Johnny and Denis, he was a member of the farming community and his final weeks were spent in Tralee Hospice. He was a member of that fine Moyvane football team back in the 1960/70s, that met Saint Kieran’s in many tournament matches during the carnivals that were held in Athea, Glin, Tarbert, Duagh, Moyvane, Carrigkerry, Shanagolden etc. Pat Joe centre back and his late brother Johnny full back were outstanding footballers, who thrilled the large crowds that attended these matches. Pat Joe and Joan often attended Mass in Saint Mary’s Church Carrigkerry and was a very pleasant person to converse with. A private family Funeral Mass took place in the Church of the Assumption, Moyvane, on Tuesday June 2, at 12 noon, followed by a private burial in Ahavoher Cemetery, Moyvane. Sympathy to Joan and sister Mary and the extended family. May he rest in Peace.

BEREAVEMENT TALK: Coping with bereavement is the subject of an on-line talk given by councillors from Milford Care Centre. The talk is designed to give general information on grief and loss to bereaved people their family and friends. The information is recorded in two parts, which are approximately 35 minutes in total. Bereaved people are invited to light a candle to remember the deceased or have a photograph of them visible during the presentation. The talks can be accessed through You Tube. The Bereavement Service may be contacted by email at socialwork or phone 061-485800.

MUSIC FESTIVAL: This year’s Con Curtin Music Festival in Brosna, which was due to run from June 26, to 28, , is cancelled due to the continuing lockdown with the Covid-19 pandemic. It is with sadness that the organisers said goodbye to the 20th year anniversary celebrations as everyone had been looking forward to a cracking festival of great music, song and dance. They organisers would like to thank all the musicians, singers and dancers who had agreed to perform. The festival committee would also like to thank the local community for their continued support and to wish all good health until we meet again.

30 YEARS AGO: This week we continue to look back at the Ardagh/Carrigkerry parish notes in the Limerick Leader from June 1990, as notes are scarce due to the Covid-19 pandemic. This week sees the beginning of the Group, Intermediate, and Leaving Certificate Examinations, one of the, if not the most important phases in a young person’s life. We wish all the students of the parish taking these exams the very best of luck and hope they attain everything they wish for.

Congratulations to Michael Noonan TD on the 21st anniversary of his first election to Dail Eireann. In those 21 years he has served the people of West Limerick very well. The high standard in which he is held was evidenced by the very large crowd who attended the dance held in his honour at the River Room Motel Newcastle West on Friday June 1. He is the present Minister of State for the Department of Marine.

The summer dues collection will be taken up in both churches next weekend. The West Limerick Community Workshop are holding a church gate collection at all the masses next weekend. Please subscribe generously to this worthy cause.

Theresa Doyle Mc Mahon from Coolanoran who was very involved with the Cheshire Home, and fundraising for the handicapped was profiled in the Limerick Leader Personal File Column.

Harlem Nights was the film showing that week in Latchford’s Cinema Newcastle West. It starred Eddie Murphy, and Richard Pyror. Paddy O’Brien from Waterford was appearing at the Ashford Tavern on Saturday June 9.

EILEEN KEARNS: The death has taken place of Eileen Kearns nee O’Sullivan of Swindon, England and formerly of Ballyvoughane, Ardagh, on Friday May 22 in Swindon. Cremation took take place in Swindon on last Friday June 5. We extend our sympathy to her husband Joe, sons Joseph, Kevin and Chris, daughters-in-law, grandchildren and sisters Joan O’Connor and Nora Murphy, brothers Danny, Mike, John, Mossy and Pat, relatives, and friends. May she Rest in Peace.

PARISH CLERK ARDAGH: I would like to thank all parishioners who contributed recently to my annual collection. Your generosity and support was absolutely overwhelming. I would like to thank Connie, Tom, and John for organising the drive by collection, using great ingenuity to ensure compliance with the Covid 19 restrictions. I would like to thank all of you who have send me cards and messages of support during this time. May God bless and protect you. Bernard.

CLUB DRAW: The Limerick GAA Club draw 2020 has commenced after the delay caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. The first draw was held on Saturday last and announced during the Live 95 Radio Sports Show. The Saint Kieran’s club had no winner. People interested in joining can contact the club on their face book page. The next draw will be held on Saturday June 27.

CLOTHES COLLECTION: Coolcappa Community Centre are running a clothes collection to aid fundraising for the hall. You can drop your used clothes to Coolcappa Community Centre between 12noon and 6pm on Saturday June 13. We will be exercising supervision to ensure social distancing and will ensure everyone’s safety as a priority. If these times do not suit , please text Diane on 087 9203939 to arrange an alternative time. Thank you and looking forward to your support.

CLOTHES COLLECTION: Old Mill Ladies Football Club are holding a clothes collection at the end of June. Please contact Moira Mc Enery at 086-8110634, if you wish to drop off bags before this date. Clothes and shoes must be of wearable quality, and no duvets or sheets.

ATHEA NEWSLETTER: The weekly Athea and District Newsletter ceased printing their copies on March 17, due to the Covid -19 pandemic. After a week break the newsletter resumed online, and it can be viewed at www.athea.ie. A new edition is available each Thursday, with news from Athea, Abbeyfeale, Knocknanure, Knockdown, and Carrigkerry. The contributors include Domhnall De Barra, Kathleen Mullane, Marian Harnett, Jer Kennelly, Peg Prendeville, and Tom Aherne.

CLUB HISTORY: Saint Kieran’s GAA Club whose catchment area includes Ardagh/Carrigkerry and Coolcappa/ Kilcolman parishes, was formed in May 1972. The time has now arrived to include all the material that is available from the four areas and beyond together in book form in a complete club history. A small group of people have come together to oversee the project during the current lockdown of all club activities. This is a window of opportunity to put the wheels in motion, as the time frame is just two years. Most club members may use this time to recall their association with the club, over the years. The history will include a memories section , recalling the successes, and disappointments, the personalities involved, and companionship’s formed within the club over the years.

All are welcome to share their recollections be they passed players, club officers, or loyal supporters, with a special appeal to the elder generation. The West and County winning Captains are invited to share their thoughts and memories of their big days. The role of the dual player, and players that came from other clubs, or went and joined other clubs, would make interesting reading. The carnival matches and tournament games were legendary with many incidents worth recalling. The many dinner dances, club functions, and Scór successes were all part of the club’s story and are worth recalling.

The club would appreciate 600 words or thereabouts, and ideally your contribution by email, but a written memory can be transcribed afterwards. This is a major club project to record for posterity the dedication, and contribution of men and women in most households within the parishes, and all help will be greatly appreciated. Since it was announced 9 people have been fast off the mark and submitted some lovely reminiscences. It is planned to have the club history ready in time to launch it to mark the jubilee of Saint Kieran’s GAA in two years’ time.

30 YEARS AGO: This week we continue to look back at the Ardagh/Carrigkerry parish notes in the Limerick Leader from June 1990, as notes are scarce due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The death occurred at the Regional Hospital Limerick of Winifred Upton Ballinabearna, on May 19. Removal from Reidy’s Funeral Home Newcastle West to Holy Trinity Parish Church Rathkeale, followed by burial. Sympathy to her sons, daughters, and extended family. May she rest in Peace. The death has also occurred at the Regional Hospital of John Ahern, Rooskagh. His remains were removed from Reidy’s Funeral Home to Carrigkerry Church. He was laid to rest after Requiem Mass in Calvary Cemetery Newcastle West on Wednesday May 23. Sympathy to his wife, sons, daughters, and extended family. May he rest in Peace.

The death has also occurred of Hannah Mullins, Glendiheen, Ardagh at the Regional Hospital on Friday May 25. Her remains were removed from Reidy’s Funeral Home to Kilcolman Church. Burial took place in Ardagh Cemetery after Requiem Mass on Monday May 27. Sympathy to her sisters, cousins, and friends. May she rest in Peace.

Congratulations to Villa Rovers who defeated Rathkeale United 4-3 to win the Desmond First Division League Cup on Tuesday May 22. Noel Hennessy was named Man of the Match. Saint Ben’s A defeated Kilcolman Rovers 2-1 in the Desmond Challenge Cup on Saturday May 26. Cork defeated Limerick by 4-15 to 1-3 in the Munster senior football championship semi-final at Pairc Ui Chaoimh. Saint Kieran’s players Liam Barrett, and Dan Larkin, started, and John Donovan was introduced as a substitute.

Cahermoyle Nursing Home had a half page advertisement in the Limerick Leader. They were recently opened and looking for residents. It described the rooms, and services available, and a list of businesses associated in the refurbishment of the home. The new owner was Marie Horan Richardson originally from Templeglantine, and the matron was Sheila Kennedy. The previous owners were the Oblate Fathers who bought it out in 1919. The house was built by Edward O’Brien on the site of an earlier house owned by his father William-Smith-O’Brien (1803- 1964) the Young Ireland leader. Charlotte O’Brien the writer was born there and Dermot O’Brien the artist grew up there.

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CHURCH COLLECTIONS: Fr Michael Noonan P.P. Ardagh/Carrigkerry has the following message, for people with outstanding church contributions namely Trócaire, Parish Clerk’s Collection, Easter Dues, due to the Covid 19 pandemic. The Trócaire box collection held during Lent can be sent direct to Trócaire by cheque, including your name and the parish name with your donation. People can also drop in their separate envelopes to the parochial house or into the post-box at the gate of Ardagh Church (by cheque if possible) for each collection. Thanks to all the parishioners who have already made their contribution to all of the above-mentioned collections. The weekly collection to the parish fund (weekly envelopes) can wait until when we begin to celebrate public Masses again in the church to make your contribution.

AREA RESPONSE: Saint Kieran’s area response team are still available to help people to do grocery shopping and collect medical supplies. There are 88 volunteers available to contact within the Ardagh, Carrigkerry, Coolcappa, Kilcolman, Creeves, Coolanoran, and Old Mill areas. The list of volunteers was dropped into all houses with the contact details, and were published in the local papers, and placed in the local shops. Ring Paul on 085-7103557 for all details.

TEXT ALERT SIGNS: Saint Kieran’s Text Alert was set up to cover the local four villages, and surrounding countryside a few years ago. In recent weeks Limerick Council have erected road signs at the entrances to the catchment areas. New members are still being accepted and forms are available in Moloneys shop Carrigkerry, and Greaney’s Shop Ardagh. For further information contact Pat King on 087-2750061.

STATION HOUSE: Limerick Council recently purchased the old Railway Station in Ardagh as part of the plan to develop the West Limerick Greenway. The Council intend to stabilise and conserve the station and reproof it. Future plans for its development have yet to be decided but it will be in consultation with Saint Kieran’s Heritage Association and the wider Ardagh Community.

GREENWAY UPGRADE: A €5 Million contract has been awarded to Roadbridge by Limerick Council for the upgrade of the surface of the Greenway. On completion, the entire 40km route from Rathkeale to Abbeyfeale will be a 3-metre-wide macadam surface. This will bring the route to the highest national standard and on par with the award-winning Waterford Greenway. The project is being funded by Limerick Council (€3.4m) and the Rural Regeneration and Development Fund (€1.6m). The work will be completed by June 2021.

CLUB DRAW: The first Limerick GAA Club draw will be held on Saturday June 6 on Limerick Live 95 FM during the sports show from 10-11am. Saint Kieran’s GAA club are open for new members, and people can join online through Clubforce, or by contacting any club officer. The Limerick GAA Draw to win a Mercedes Car has been rescheduled from June 12, to Saturday October 31. The tickets will be available to buy until Friday October 16.

WILLIAM KEATING: The death has taken place of William (Willie) Keating of Clounties, Shanagolden, on Tuesday May 26, peacefully in the presence of his loving and much loved wife Mary and in the tender and dedicated care of the staff of C.U.H. after a short illness bravely carried. Willie worked at Tadhg O’Connor’s Hardware, and was a great community man around Shanagolden. He was involved in the card game in the Hall and other fundraising activities.

Willie’s remains arrived from his home to St. Senan’s Church Shanagolden at 12 noon on Thursday May 28, for a private family funeral mass in compliance with the Covid 19 guidelines. Burial took place afterwards in Shanagolden Cemetery. We extend our sympathy to his wife Mary,(former teacher in Carrigkerry N.S.) brothers Micheál, Denis, Pat, sisters Lil, Ita, Mary, brothers in law Maurice, Jim, sisters in law Margaret, Cathleen, Mary, nephews, nieces, grandnephews, grandnieces, cousins, neighbours and friends. May he rest in Peace.

NORA ENRIGHT: The past few weeks was sad for many with the passing of Nora Enright, Killoughteen, Newcastle West, and late of the Olympic Ballroom, Leonards TV and Newcastle West Post Office. She was a prominent figure in all our lives as we travelled along the highway of life. Her lengthy contribution to business, social life, and charities around the Newcastle West locality was huge. We will miss her warm greeting and helpful ways, as people like Nora only rarely comes along to walk amongst us. The passing of Brendan Bowyer soon after last Thursday linked both through their meetings at the Olympic Ballroom during the showband years. He was 81, and she was 78, and both will be sadly missed.

30 YEARS AGO: This week we continue to look back at the Ardagh/Carrigkerry parish notes in the Limerick Leader from May 1990, as notes are scarce due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Congratulations to the boys and girls from Ardagh Primary School who made their first Holy Communion on Saturday last at Saint Molua’s Church Ardagh.

Kathleen Hayes Ballyloughane, and Marie Culhane Barnigue, Carrigkerry have been elected as vice-chairperson, and secretary of the Limerick County Federation of Youth Clubs. Kathleen and Marie are voluntary leaders of Carrigkerry Youth Club which was formed a few years ago. In those short few years, they have done Trojan work in establishing the local Youth Club, which now has an excellent reputation nationwide, and whose members have been at the forefront of many national competitions. We wish them both the best of luck in their new appointments.

The Oblate Fathers are holding their annual re-union at Cahermoyle House on Sunday June 3. The programme commences with Mass at 2.45pm, and that is followed by the Holy Show and a concert.

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