Ardagh/Carrigkerry Jan 11

Bereavements: The death has taken place of Michael (Mick) O’Donovan Ballyneety, Shanagolden, husband of the late Kathleen, (nee Danaher) He lay in repose at Kieran Madigan’s Funeral Home, Askeaton, on Wednesday from 6pm, followed by removal to Saint Colman’s Church Kilcolman.Fr Denis Mullane, P.P. Coolcappa/Kilcolman Concelebrated his Funeral Mass, with Fr Michael Daly and Fr O’Donovan family relative on Thursday at 11.30am. His neighbor and friend of 37 years Anthony Fitzsimons paid a very touching tribute to Mick before the ceremony commenced. He described his as a gentleman, good friend and obliging neighbor. His door was always open to friends and neighbours to borrow what they needed and Mick never expected anything in return. He described Mick as a private person who always looked out for the welfare of his family and others. He had a good relationship with the local children, and in wet weather would pick them up after School in his tractor and deliver them home. Family members and neighbours participated in the readings, prayers of the faithful homily and reflection prayer. Fr Denis said Mick was baptized in 1929 and the majority of his time was spent in the locality. He liked his fire and days in the bog and he paid his last visit there over the Christmas. Mick was laid to rest in Kilcolman Cemetery on Thursday 2nd January. We extend our sympathy to his son Patrick, daughter-in-law Caroline, grandchildren Courtney, and Casey, other relatives, neighbours and friends. May he rest in Peace.

Bereavements: The death has taken place of Michael (Mick) O’Donovan Ballyneety, Shanagolden, husband of the late Kathleen, (nee Danaher) He lay in repose at Kieran Madigan’s Funeral Home, Askeaton, on Wednesday from 6pm, followed by removal to Saint Colman’s Church Kilcolman.Fr Denis Mullane, P.P. Coolcappa/Kilcolman Concelebrated his Funeral Mass, with Fr Michael Daly and Fr O’Donovan family relative on Thursday at 11.30am. His neighbor and friend of 37 years Anthony Fitzsimons paid a very touching tribute to Mick before the ceremony commenced. He described his as a gentleman, good friend and obliging neighbor. His door was always open to friends and neighbours to borrow what they needed and Mick never expected anything in return. He described Mick as a private person who always looked out for the welfare of his family and others. He had a good relationship with the local children, and in wet weather would pick them up after School in his tractor and deliver them home. Family members and neighbours participated in the readings, prayers of the faithful homily and reflection prayer. Fr Denis said Mick was baptized in 1929 and the majority of his time was spent in the locality. He liked his fire and days in the bog and he paid his last visit there over the Christmas. Mick was laid to rest in Kilcolman Cemetery on Thursday 2nd January. We extend our sympathy to his son Patrick, daughter-in-law Caroline, grandchildren Courtney, and Casey, other relatives, neighbours and friends. May he rest in Peace.

Wedding Wishes: Congratulations and best wishes to Diarmuid Mc Sweeney Carrigkerry and Elaine Ahern, Killeedy who were married in the Church of the Visitation Monagea, on Monday 30th December. The Reception was held in the Woodlands House Hotel in Adare. The couple will reside in Ballydoorlis, Kilcolman.

Church Gate: The gates into Saint Mary’s Church in Carrigkerry were hung on Thursday December 19th and back in place for the Christmas ceremonies. The pier was knocked and the gates badly damaged back in July after a car collided with them.

G.A.A. Officer: Congratulations to Ardagh, native Michael O’Sullivan, Ballynash Foynes, who was recently re- appointed Secretary of the West Limerick G.A.A. Board for 2014. The Saint Kieran’s clubman is also the present Limerick County Board delegate for the Munster G.A.A. Board.

Gaelic Games: Saint Kieran’s won the following honours in 2013 The Saint Jude’s seven’s Shield, The 2012 County Junior Hurling League, County U-21 Hurling Championship 13 a Side with Askeaton/Ballysteen, County U-14 Hurling Championship 13 a Side, County U-13 Football Division 2 Championship, and the West Junior B Football League.

Saint Kieran’s held a very successful charity road hurling competition around the Ardagh countryside on Saturday 28th December.

Story and Song: Marion Collins from Drominmacturlough was the featured guest on Pat O’Donovan’s A Story and A Song on West Limerick Community Radio on Saturday 28th December. Marion is a very talented lady who is well known through the country through her involvement in farming, singing and writing. With her brother John they run the family farm outside Newcastle West. They have won numerous awards with their pedigree cattle at shows around the country over the years. Marion has been singing since an early age and has released a number of cassette tapes, and CDs during that time. Her songs have received airplay in all the local Radio Stations, and she is in demand to perform at weddings and funerals, at home and abroad. Marion is widely known as an author, and her book on Father Casey the Land League priest, Galtee Come West is an excellent publication. Marion sang a number of songs from her recent CD in between very interesting conversation with Pat. It was a very enjoyable show and well done to Marion and Pat. The programme is on from 3pm to 4pm each Saturday and repeated on Sunday morning from 7am to 8am.

Glenside Reunion: Members of the Glenside Ceili Band held a reunion at Moore’s Bar Carrigkerry on Sunday 29th December. A very enjoyable night was had by the big attendance present to recall the glory days of the popular band.

Card Playing: Congratulations to Jim Lynch, and Peg Mulvihill, who were first prize winners at the card game held in Shanagolden Hall on Friday 20th December.

Mass Change: The new mass times for Coolcappa/ Kilcolman parish are as follows. Saturday evening in Saint Kyran’s Church Coolcappa, at 6.30pm, and Sunday morning Saint Colman’s Church Kilcolman at 10.30am.

Dancing Classes Resume: The junior set dancing/céilí classes will resume in the Community Centre Carrigkerry on Friday 10th January at 6.45pm, and all are welcome.

Set dancing classes resumed in the Ballintemple Inn Newcastle West on Tuesday January 7 at 8.30pm. Set dancing classes will resume in the Community Centre Monagea on Thursday 16th January at 8.30pm.

Munster Scór: The Munster semi-final of Scór Na Nóg will be held in Millstreet County Cork on this Sunday 12th January at 2.30pm for the Cork, Kerry, and Limerick winners. We extend our best wishes to the Saint Kieran’s set dancers who will be participating.

Party Deferred: The Kilcolman/Coolcappa Senior Citizens party due to be held on Sunday January12 has been deferred due to flood damage in the Shannon House Foynes. A new date for the party will be announced in the coming weeks.

Carrigkerry Needs 2014: Over the Christmas holidays I took a stroll around the village of Carrigkerry to see what shape it was in as we enter 2014. I encountered more negatives than positives and the following are my observations. The Ghost Estate needs to be demolished and cleaned up resurfaced and given back to the village for to be used as a car park, as it was before the building madness commenced. The Sewerage system coming from it needs to be repaired to stop sewerage flowing along the road in front of the Community Centre and into the river. The footpaths are in a bad state and need to be repaired/ renewed to prevent injuries or accidents. The road surface is breaking up in places due to the water running down the road from the School and into the river. New sign posts, are needed as some have become faded and discoloured. The litter bins, need new inserts and a number of new street lights are required entering the village. Limerick County Council is aware of the issues raised above, and politicians have called to see the problems, over the years but things remain the same. The people have paid the household charge and property tax which we were told would be used to upgrade services in communities within the county. In return the people have received nothing for their hard earned money and feel very let down and forgotten about.

In the past year or so the Social Welfare Clinic which operated each Wednesday in the Community Centre closed down. The local National School teaching staff is down from 4 to 2 teachers, due to falling numbers, as there are no jobs being created in rural areas. A number of applications for funding to the National Lottery have been denied and the proposed Playground grant from West Limerick Resources has been put on hold due to cutbacks in their funding allocation. The energetic committee put a lot of work into the application and had money risen to meet the grant sought. Since the changeover to Saorview the TV reception has deteriorated causing annoyance as the screen can freeze affecting peoples viewing. The latest blow is the threat to the Doctor’s Clinic. Doctor Kieran Murphy Althea has been informed by the Primary Care Reimbursement Service that his dispensing rights are being withdrawn from 31st December 2013.As a result it will no longer be possible to dispense medication to patients in Carrigkerry Clinic each Tuesday from 10.30am.At present this service is subsidized by the dispensing function, and is in operation in Carrigkerry since 1984. Should this service be withdrawn it may become necessary for Doctor Murphy to terminate this valued service, as without the dispensing it will no longer be financially viable.

On the positive side the village still retains its shop and filling station, pub and recycling centre, (glass, cans, tins, clothes,) apart from a paper unit. The Sportsfield with the all weather pitch and dressing rooms is a fine facility for the youth and adults for games. The Community Centre is another positive asset for the people to avail of for meetings and various events.

Carrigkerry is renowned for its friendly people, music and song and traditional values, and takes pride in its past achievements. The people only want fair play from the people in charge of Government finances. We all realize that rural Ireland and its people and services are being downgraded and the big population areas receive enhanced allocations of funding. A Governments duty is to treat its entire people fairly with appropriate services in place throughout the country. People are entitled to proper services so they can enjoy a decent standard of living. The people of Carrigkerry do not feel that this is happening at present. The majority of villages similar to Carrigkerry will have their own list of needs which need to be addressed. Now is the time to act as the politicians seek the support of the people to secure their Council seats, later in the year. The money drain from rural areas with no return has to stop and people have to receive fair play and see some return from their work tax, property tax, car tax, and so many more taxes. Governments need to understand the meaning of give and take, as it is all take at present and the doors in rural Ireland are closing fast.