NIGHT VIGIL: Killeedy patrons note the Broadford night vigil at Knock Shrine takes place this Saturday night December 7 and all details from Kitty Duggan on 063-84167.
CHARITY LIGHTS: Tony Noonan’s house in Templeglantine is now a Christmas wonderland. It is free for all and as is the norm any donations will go to local charities. Tony and his family invite all to come along and get into the Christmas Spirit.
CARDS: The following are some of the many winners from the €2,000 card game held recently at the Hall in Raheenagh thus first prize of €1,000 to Richard and Mike, second prize €500 divided among Dennis and Brendan, Christy and John, Mike and Danny, Monica and Pauline, Kitty and Pat. Table prizes at €50 per pair, tables 10-17 Stephen and Peggy, Christy and Rico, Paddy and Mary, Christy and Partner, Jerry and partner, Con and Jack, Margaret and Dan, Noel and Tom. €100 on table 18 to Mr Shields and partner. The raffle winners were €100 to Michael Heafy, €50 to Mary Keeffe, €50 John Sullivan, €50 Annie Leahy, €50 Nelly O’Donoghue. The hamper was won by Mrs Regan and well done also to the numerous other prize winners. The night was an outstanding success thanks to all. The weekly card game winners from the same venue were €140 first prize to Con and Nuala, second prize €100 divided among Tim and Oliver with Con and John. Table prize winners three by €20 were John and Vinny, Kathleen and Joan, John and Peter. The raffle winners were 50 Paddy Lyons, €30 John Casey, €20 Kitty Roche and €20 to Jim O’Connor. It was also a successful evening with 11 tables. The winners from Friday night’s social game at The Village Inn were Martin Sheehan Newcastle West and Oliver Cunningham Raheenagh. All interested in the latter game are welcome to gamble along, action speaks louder than words.
LOTTO: St Ita’s Field Development Lotto results from Thursday November 28th with numbers drawn 11, 15, 20 and 24 there was no jackpot or match three winners drawn. The four €30 lucky dip winners were Gerard and Eda Aherne seller Keating’s shop, Michael Carmody seller Eddie Carmody, Neil Casey seller Neil Casey, Lisa O’Flynn seller Neil Casey. This week’s draw takes place in The Village Inn Ashford for a jackpot of €8,300 and if you are not in you cannot win.
DANCING CLUB: The West Limerick set dancing club are hosting their Christmas party on Saturday December 21st at the G.A.A. Clubhouse Abbeyfeale. Music by Donie Nolan and proceedings will waltz off at 9pm and all welcome.
SOCIAL: Tournafulla parish social takes place at Halla Tadhg Gaelach on Friday December 13th four course hot meal at 8:30pm followed by dancing to Michael Collins and his band, a great night in store and all welcome to join their celebrations.
CAR BOOT SALE: The next car boot sale and indoor market is taking place this coming Sunday December 8 and all the proceeds from same go to W.L. 102fm. The venue is the Community Centre Newcastle West and all details from 069-66200 and all welcome to come along and browse at this special Christmas bonanza.
CHURCH AFFAIRS: The reader for Ashford Mass this Saturday evening is Kevin Barry with Eucharistic Ministers Ita McEnery and Denis Kirby with basket collector John Nelligan. The reader for Raheenagh Mass this coming Sunday is Michael Keating with Eucharistic Minister Denis Casey and Patrick Forde and basket collector Niall Scanlan.
Mass server for Ashford church to commence their week this Sunday are Ben Mulcahy and Liam Sheahan.
STEPHEN LARKIN R.I.P:
‘A father for all season’s
A Dad for many a reason
A husband for life
With a beautiful wife
Stephen you may be gone
But in your family
Your character and traits will live on.’
Stephen Larkin, Moanrue, Newcastle West died unexpectedly on November 22nd 2013 in the care of the wonderful staff of St Ita’s, Newcastle west. Formally of the Commons, Tournafulla, Stephen was 82 years of age.
There are many words to describe Stephen: energetic, lively, roguish, strong-minded, generous, fun, witty to name but a few. Stephen was a family man. Himself and his wife Bernie had 4 sons and 10 daughters. One of his daughters Nollag died in an accident when she was two years old. This was a time of great distress for the family.
Stephen was a farmer all his life. He was known as having a good judge of cattle. He always had good calves and quality stock. He won an award for the quality of his milk. He travelled all over the country to secure suitable bulls. Like many other farmers, the hay season was a very stressful time for Stephen. With a large family, the pressure was on to ensure there was a successful harvest. When the hay was made, Stephen loved bringing the family to Ballybunion where he needed great energy to keep up with them.
It was always said that if Stephen had to be left in the wild, he would have no problem surviving it. He was an outdoors man. He never sat down. With a large family, he had to provide for the family, and this he did with expertise.
It is fitting that November is the month Stephen passed on. As well as it being the Month of All Souls, he was always particularly busy in November with shooting and visiting the rivers. He was an expert on land and in water. The shooting season was a time for Stephen to perfect his shot. He was an excellent shooter and showed great skill. He travelled great lengths of the countryside and never came home empty-handed. Pheasants, woodcocks, ducks, snipes and rabbits were examples of some of the game that he caught.
Stephen was an expert on the river bed. He knew every inch of the rivers from North Kerry to North Cork and throughout Limerick. He was known for his speed at whipping the salmon out of the river. He was an expert with his gaff. Many a salmon did not reach the sea because of Stephen Larkin’s gaff.
He was a very practical man and could turn his hand to anything. Back in the 1950s, he put springs onto the milk cart which made it smoother to bring the milk to Kantoher creamery. It was an impressive achievement at the time.
Stephen was a Blueshirt to the end. During election time he was never one to shy away from stating his opinion. In fact, he was never one to shy away at any time! With his in-laws being of the opposite political spectrum, election time was always an interesting time for the family!
Stephen loved GAA and especially Limerick hurling. He often travelled to Thurles and Dublin to follow his beloved Limerick team.
Stephen was a man of his word. If he said he’d do something, he would do it. If he wanted to do something, nobody was going to stop him. Stephen was one who you could rely on to help out if you were in trouble. Stephen’s faith was important to him. He never missed Mass. He was also a man who loved visiting people in their homes. Many an evening he spent discussing farming, sport and politics in the homes of his relatives and friends.
Stephen’s remains were removed from Reidy’s Funeral home, Newcastle West to Raheenagh on Sunday 24th November. His burial took place on Monday in Killeedy cemetery following his funeral mass.
Stephen is survived by his wife Bernie, sister Joan, his four sons Mike, Johnny, Stephen and Patrick, his 9 daughters Marina, Joanne, Bernie, Breda, Helen, Catherine, Betty, Laura and Linda, grandchildren, daughters-in-law, sons-in-law, relatives, neighbours and friends. He is predeceased by his daughter Nollag (age 2). The likes of him will never be seen again. May he rest in peace.
‘Gone but never forgotten,
Not alone by wife and family
But the community at large’
CHRISTMAS RECITAL: Newcastle West Church is the venue for the much-anticipated Annual LIONS Christmas Recital on Thursday 12th December at 8pm. The schedule is now finalised for this grand event which is recognised as one of the high points in West Limerick’s Christmas entertainment calendar. The occasion this year brings together two magnificent artists who are both West Limerick natives. Anne Phelan (Violin), who hails from Castlemahon, is an artist of International renown who has performed with many Orchestras at home and abroad. Brian Hartnett (Tenor) is a Newcastle West native who has numerous awards to his credit and has performed on National TV and Radio on many occasions. Keeping the talent local the Desmond College Choir, with Jean O’Brien (Piano), present a Christmas Tableau. The entire program promises a most amazing evening of seasonal entertainment. Entry is FREE – with a bucket collection for West Limerick Charities – so bring the whole family. Start time is 8pm.