Bereavement: The death has taken place of Margaret (Peg) Mangan nee O’Connor, Glensharrold, Carrigkerry, and formerly of Clash, Athea, peacefully at her residence on Saturday 21st September. She was 87 years old and had been in declining health for a number of years. Peg was the last surviving member of her family and was predeceased by her brother Johnny and her sister Bridget. She was a native of Clash, Athea, and was a nurse by profession, spending some time in England. She married Joe Mangan, in the sixties and moved to Glensharrold to set up home on the family farm. Peg and Joe worked side by side and raised a family of five, in challenging times on their small farm. Peg was a homemaker, and her family and faith meant the world to her. She made everyone welcome with the cup of tea and the slice from a cake or a tart she had baked. The holy water was sprinkled on all who left the house and a blessing issued for a safe journey. It was a house of music and song and Joe was a member of the Glenside Ceili Band for a number of years. Joe’s death in 1984 was a massive blow to Peg and her young family but her great faith and commitment helped them to overcome the loss. She was a regular at Mass in Saint Molua’s Church in Ardagh, and attended local social events, including Wren Nights at Kennelly’s house nearby. She enjoyed great health and kept away from Hospitals and was rarely seen without a dog at her side. Peg and her neighbour and great friend Mary O’Connor would go for a daily walk up to Mc Mahon’s grove, up to a few years ago. She had a hearty laugh and was interested in the happenings around the locality. She was more confined to her home in recent times, but still mobile and up and about and engaging with all. Her family and dedicated carers provided her with a loving and secure environment in preparation for her passing. A shining light is now gone from our community but her presence amongst us will be remembered with fondness. She will be sadly missed by her family and neighbours and friends.
Her remains reposed at Reidy’s Funeral Home Newcastle West, on Monday 23rd September from 5pm, followed by removal to Saint Molua’s Church, Ardagh. Fr Tom her son concelebrated her Requiem Mass, with his fellow priests, on Tuesday at 11.30am. It was a celebration of her long life with family involved in the readings, prayers of the faithful, and offertory. The music and hymns from relations and friends enhanced the ceremony. The attendance on both days was large indicating the esteem that the family is held in. Peg was laid to rest beside Joe in Calvary Cemetery Newcastle West on Tuesday 24th September. We extend our sympathy to sons Fr Tom, and William, daughters Breda, Anne, and Eileen, niece, nephews, six grandchildren, extended family members, neighbours and friends. Autumn has arrived and the leaves are falling and her work is complete, May she rest in Peace.
We extend our sympathy to Fr Seamus Power former parish priest of Ardagh/Carrigkerry on the death of his sister Sr Mary Power, Convent of Mercy, Saint Mary’s Convent. She was laid to rest in Mount Saint Lawrence Cemetery Extension, Limerick on Wednesday 25th September. Fr Seamus visits and keeps in contact with a number of parishioners, since his departure to Limerick City about 20 years ago.
We also note the passing of Michael J Noonan the former Fianna Fáil Minister of Defence, and Ken Norton the former heavyweight boxing champion of the world. Michael was a true gentleman, tireless community worker, and a driving force in the setting up of West Limerick 102 Community Radio. Ken was a fine boxer and defeated the great Muhammad Ali amongst others during his career. May they all rest in Peace.
Lottery Draw: The following are the Lottery results from Reens Bar Ardagh, on Monday 23rd September. The numbers drawn were 10,11,16,20, and there was no Jackpot winner. Congratulations to the lucky dip winners as follows. € 60 Eileen O’Connor, Carrigkerry, € 60 Fitzsimons Printers. € 60 Dod c/o Peadar’s. € 30 Michael Greaney Kilcolman. € 30 B Hedderman c/o Bus Eireann, € 30 Jack Flaherty Carrigkerry. Next week‘s draw will be held in Peadar’s Bar Ardagh, and the Jackpot will be € 6,600.
Soccer News: Carrig Celtic defeated Saint Ita’s B by 7-0 away in the Munster Junior Cup preliminary round on Sunday 22nd September. Mark Collins, 3 Francis Moore, 1 Anthony Molyneaux, 1 Seanie King,1 and Ray Cahill, 1 scored. Old Mill lost 2-0 away to Shannon Olympic in the first round of the FAI Junior Cup
Coffee Morning: West Limerick 102fm. Community Radio would like to thank all who supported their Coffee Morning in aid of Milford Hospice on Thursday 19th Sept at their offices in Sheehan’s Rd Newcastle West. It was hosted by Sheila O’ Regan and a very generous response was achieved. Your support was very much appreciated
Hospice Thanks: The Sisters of the Little Company of Mary together with Milford Hospice Friends Association wish to thank most sincerely all who contributed so generously towards the annual Churchgate Collection taken up in Ardagh/Carrigkerry on Saturday /Sunday 14th /15th September. T he amount collected in Ardagh was €321.37 and in Carrigkerry was € 260.70. A special thank you to the collectors who gave so willingly of their time to stand.
Million Euro plus Land Sale: A 69 acre residential holding in Kilmoylan, Shanagolden, made a record one million and twelve thousand euro at a Public Auction held at the Resource Centre Loughill on Wednesday 18th September. The Executor Sale attracted a large crowd for the prime top quality land suitable for all types of farming. The land was laid out in five fields and was well fenced with a half Km of road frontage. It contained two good sources of water supply pump and river. A farmhouse and a traditional farmyard were also included in the sale of the farm, which is situated one mile from Shanagolden village. The bidding was brisk with four people interested from the start, and two continuing until a dairy farmer from Tarbert made the winning bid and clinched the sale. It was a record breaking price of over € 14,600 per acre. It was sold by Paddy Barrett of J.C. Barrett Auctioneers Loughill, Co Limerick. Paddy would be very well known in farming circles in our area through his work down the years with the A.I. (artificial insemination service)
A Year on our Farm: A Year on our Farm was launched by RTE journalist Damien O’Reilly on Monday 9th September. The author is Ann Talbot nee Fitzgerald a native of Ardagh, and now living in Ballacolla, County Laois. The book is available to buy at www.talbotsofcoolefarm.com and in Eason’s in Portlaoise, and it costs € 17.99, plus €7 for post and packaging as it is a big book, and payment is by cheque or PayPal.
Birthday Wishes: Congratulations and best wishes to Joan Molyneaux, Ardagh who celebrated her 78th birthday on Tuesday 24th September. Joan recently retired as caretaker of Ardagh Hall is a great community worker and a regular on the Rural Bus on their Friday trip to Newcastle West.
Gaelic Games: Saint Kieran’s lost to Drom- Broadford by 1-15 to 0-12 in the County Senior Football Championship semi final under lights at Mick Neville Park Rathkeale on Friday evening last. The holders trailed by 0-7 to 0-6 at half time, but outscored Saint Kieran’s who made too many mistakes by 1-9 to 0-5 in the second half to book a final spot.
Benefit Dance: A benefit dance organized by the Flag Floor Committee Carrigkerry in aid of the Jean Anne Fund will take place in Rathkeale House Hotel on Friday 4th October at 9pm. The music will be supplied by Donie Nolan and friends and the admission is € 10. All support will be greatly appreciated and all are welcome.
Film Club: Newcastle West Film club present the first film of the current season in the Desmond Complex at 8pm on Friday 4th October. The title of the film is Love Is All You Need and refreshments will be available and the cost is € 7. The club will have two further films this year on Friday 1st November, and Friday 8th December.
Rosary Sunday: The annual Rosary Sunday pilgrimage to Knock will take place on Sunday 6th October. A coach will depart from the Market Yard, Newcastle West, at 7.45am. Contact Pat Dalton on 069-62306 for booking and additional information.
Limerick Ladies Mini Marathon: The Limerick Ladies (5Miles) Mini Marathon will be held on Saturday 12th October at 3pm at UL. The Share a Dream Foundation is seeking volunteers to participate to raise funds and to help them to make dreams come true for special children. Call Ciara on 061-200080/200083 for the sponsors pack or email www.shareadream.ie
Ballyloughane Reunion: The Ballyloughane School reunion has been fixed for Sunday 3rd November, in Carrigkerry Community Centre. A number of meetings have taken place and a programme of events is being planned at present. The organizers would appreciate articles, and photos, for a booklet they are publishing to mark the contribution the school made to education in the area.