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BEREAVEMENTS: The death has taken place of Liam Duggan, Ballymacelligott,Co Kerry, and the Commons, Ardagh, on Monday May 8. He was the son of Majella, and John, the Commons, and in his late thirties. He was a keen golf player, who was associated with many clubs over his too short life. A Memorial for Liam took place in Harnett’s Funeral Home, Abbeyfeale on Monday, May 15. We extend our sympathy to his wife Catherine, children Jack and Amelia, parents, parents-in-law, sister, brothers-in-law, aunts, uncles, nieces, relatives and friends. May he rest in Peace.

The death has taken place of Jeananne Lenihan, nee Sheehy 7 The Forge Feenagh and formerly of Barnigue Carrigkerry. She was only in her early thirties, and she suffered ill health for many years. She lay in repose at Reidys Funeral Home Newcastle West on Friday May 19 from 6pm to 8pm. Arriving at St Ita’s Church Feenagh on Saturday morning for 12 Requiem Mass, followed by burial afterwards in Feenagh cemetery. We extend our sympathy to her husband Declan, children Shane, Meadbh, parents John, Bridie, mother in law, father in law, brothers, sisters, brothers in law, sisters in law, nieces, nephews other relatives and friends. May she rest in Peace.

We extend our sympathy to Nancy and Raymond Brouder and family Gortnadroma, on the death of Nancy’s sister Josie Golding nee Woulfe, Churchtown Road Newcastle West on Tuesday May 9 at Saint Catherine’s Nursing Home. Her remains were removed from Reidy’s Funeral Home to Newcastle West Church on Thursday, and following Requiem Mass she was laid to rest in Calvary Cemetery on Friday May 12. Sympathy is also extended to her sons Joe Patrick Tommy Gerald and Brian and daughters Mary and Karen, and extended family members. May she rest in Peace.

People in the locality were saddened to hear of the death of Jim Begley who owned a hardware business in Bridge Street, Newcastle West for many years. He was the friendly face behind the counter, firstly at Egan’s Hardware, who customers liked to interact with and they doing their business. A native of Knockaderry he was a well known sportsman in his young days. He was a member of the Knockaderry team that won the West Junior Hurling championship in 1967, and he also played with Western Gaels, and Ardagh before he retired. His grandchildren are currently very successful in the athletic arena. May he rest in Peace.

MUSIC AWARD: Congratulations to Eoin Burke, Cappagh a member of the Ardagh/Carrigkerry Comhaltas branch who received an overall distinction in Grade 8 of the SCT Exams. He received the Micheál Ó hÉidhin medal at the National Comhaltas Congress in Dublin.

SCIENCE AWARD: Congratulations to Eimear Colbert, Kilcolman and Rachel Mullane, fellow student at Coláiste Mhuire, who were first place winners in the Senior Life-Sciences category at SCIFest in LIT on April 27. Their project was titled: Does the effectiveness of a foliar spray made from nettles vary with water hardness?

WEDDING WISHES: Congratulations and best wishes in the future to Stephanie Muckell, Ardagh and Brendan Walsh who were married in St, Molua’s Church Ardagh on Saturday May 13.

TROCAIRE: Parishioners in the Coolcappa/Kilcolman parish have contributed € 1,523.57 towards the annual Lenten Trocaire appeal.

LOTTERY DRAW: The following are the Lottery results from Neary’s Bar Ardagh on Monday May 15. The numbers drawn were 8,20,21 and 29 and there was no Jackpot winner. Congratulations to the five lucky dip winners who won € 40 each, Gerry Scannel, c/o Greaney’s,Aaron Mulqueen,c/o Greaney’s, Paddy Bridgeman,c/o Madigan’s, Alice, Daniel, and Michael Barrett, Glenastar, and Barry, Fiona, and Noel Kennelly, Kilcolman. Next week’s Jackpot will be € 15,600 and the draw will be held at The Thatch Bar Newbridge.

SOCCER NEWS: Congratulations to the following Desmond Schoolboys/Girls League Player of the Year winners, Arina Hayes, Kilcolman Rovers U-16 Girls Division 2 Award Sophie Liston, AK United U-15 International Cap Award, and Lorcan Murphy, Kilcolman Rovers, U-13 Inter League Award.

In the Desmond Division 3 League Cup Carrig Celtic B drew 1-1 away with Knockaderry on Sunday May 14. Creeves Celtic lost 2-1 at home to Ferry Rangers, with Brian Nash getting their goal. As a result Carrig Celtic B will meet Ferry Rangers in the final.

DEFIBRILLATOR: A meeting to put a defibrillator in place in Carrigkerry village was held on Tuesday May 9 and a good crowd was in attendance. A fundraising target of €2,000 was set to pay for the purchase and maintenance of this life saving machine. It was decided to start with a house to house envelope collection, to be followed by a once off raffle. The training on how to use the defibrillator will be held over two evenings, and a Saturday morning in Carrigkerry Community Centre. A list of interested people has been drawn up and any other person interested in being added can contact Carrigkerry Community Centre 069-76667 during office hours, or Pat at 087/2750061.

RADIO NEWS: West Limerick 102fm monthly car boot sale has been discontinued due to a decline in interest and sales after twelve years. Many thanks to all the people who helped in running it and also to the stall holders who displayed their wares, and the general public who supported it.

CD LAUNCH: Donie Lyons from Dromreask, Glinl,launched his new CD The Lovely Banks of Blaine at Barrett’s Bar Glin on Sunday May 14. It was launched by Nora Butler the renowned traditional singer from Tipperary and it contains 22 tracks. It contains 14 familiar songs from around his locality and 8 selections of sweet flute music he is famous for. The songs include; The Lovely Banks of Blaine, Moonlight Whiskeyhall, Lovely Athea, Poll an Eas, Lather and Shave, and The Exile from Coole West. Thanks to Donie these will now be preserved well into the future for people to enjoy. The CD is currently on sale in the local shops in Glin, Lyons shop Abbeyfeale, Brouder’s shop Athea, and Moloney’s shop in Carrigkerry. We extend best wishes to Donie, who is a real gentleman, and most helpful in supporting local events on his latest achievement.

OLD MILL CLUB: The Old Mill Ladies Football Club are holding a Coffee Morning at the Desmond Complex Newcastle West on Friday May 26 from 9am to 1pm. All donations of buns and cakes will be greatly appreciated as well as support on the day. The sponsored walk and the used clothes collection will be held on June 25/26.

HOLY CROSS PILGRIMAGE: The annual St. Pio National Pilgrimage to Holy Cross Abbey near Thurles will take place on Sunday May 28. A coach will depart from the Market Road Newcastle West at 9.30am. For further information and booking contact Pat Dalton on 069-62306

MILFORD HOSPICE WALK: The annual Milford Hospice Memorial walk takes place on Sunday May 28 at 12 noon. It will start at the UL Sports Arena, and finish at Milford Hospice. You must register to participate on www.milfordcarecentre.ie phone 061-485859. It will be followed by a special ceremony in which loved ones will tie tribute ribbons on the Memorial tree in the grounds of Milford Care Centre in memory of deceased family members and friends.

FUNDRAISING CÉILÍ: A fund raising céilí will be held in the Con Colbert Community Hall Athea, on Saturday June 3 at 9.30pm. Tea and food served and more details from John Joe Tierney on 087-9963859

BEREAVEMENTS: The death has taken place of Margaret Conway née Ryan, wife of the late Bill, Ministerland, Cahermoyle, Ardagh, on May 7 peacefully at St John’s Hospital Limerick. She lay in repose at her residence on Wednesday May 10 from 5pm with removal at 8pm, to St Molua’s Church, Ardagh. The Requiem Mass was celebrated on Thursday at 11am, with burial afterwards in the local cemetery. We extend our sympathy to her sons, daughters, sisters, grandchildren, great-grandchild, daughters-in-law, sons-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends. May she rest in Peace.

WEDDING WISHES: Congratulations and best wishes in the future to Siobhan Geoghegan, Rooska, and Brian Mc Guinness, who were married in St Molua’s Church Ardagh on Saturday April 29.

COLLECTION THANKS: Down Syndrome Limerick wishes to thank everyone who contributed to their recent church gate collection which was held in Coolcappa, which raised € 194. The Irish Cancer Society wishes to thank all who supported their recent church gate collection in Coolcappa/Kilcolman, which raised € 470.

LOTTERY DRAW: The following are the Lottery results from Moore’s Bar Carrigkerry on Monday May 8. The numbers drawn were 5,6,8,and 22 , and there was no Jackpot winner. Congratulations to the five lucky dip winners who won € 40 each, John Duggan, Ardagh, Claire Green, Newcastle West, Joan Bridgeman, Ardagh, Martin Kenrick, Carrigkerry, and Breda Enright, Ardagh. Next week’s Jackpot will be € 15,400 and the draw will be held at Neary’s Bar Ardagh.

COMMUNITY GAMES: Congratulations to Daniel Madigan, from Saint Kieran’s community games, who won a silver medal in the U-16 50m Backstroke in swimming at the National Sports Campus in Dublin on Saturday May 6.

COMMODORE DAY: Congratulations to Commodore of Foynes Yacht Club James Mc Cormack Glenville, Ardagh, and his family who oversaw an eventful day of activities at the club on Sunday May 7.

HERITAGE MEETING: Saint Kieran’s heritage Association held their 18th meeting in Coolcappa Community Hall on Wednesday May 10. Twelve people were present and Chairperson John P O’Sullivan welcomed all and secretary Mary Kury read the minutes. Matters arising were discussed and correspondence read. The upcoming closure of Cahermoyle Nursing Home was discussed as was the Post Office, and shop closure in Ardagh village. West Limerick Heritage are seeking articles for their next magazine due out shortly. The main discussion during the meeting was the Ardagh Chalice weekend of events due to take place in September 2018. A presentation of a proposed re-enactment of the Ardagh Chalice story was presented to the attendance. It was impressive and well received by all present and if it goes ahead it will be a great attraction, for the village and beyond. The next meeting will be held on Thursday June 8 in Carrigkerry Community Centre at 8pm.

GAELIC GAMES: Saint Kieran’s were defeated by Dromin/Athlacca by 3-18 to 1-16 in Round 2 of Group 1 of the County Intermediate Hurling Championship at Ballingarry Gaelic Grounds on Friday May 12. They gave a very committed display despite lining out without a few regulars, against one of the top sides in the championship. The teams were level after the first quarter with five Donie Nolan points from frees. A scoring burst of 2-2 midway through the first half saw Dromin/Athlacca lead by 2-8 to 0-10 at half time. Donie Nolan with a point from play cut the lead to three points on resumption. It was 2-13 to 0-15 after the third quarter, after points from Donie Nolan, and Ian Mackessey cut it to four. Dromin Athlacca hit 1-3 in another scoring burst to extend their lead with ten minutes to play. Saint Kieran’s never gave up and Donie Nolan with a goal and a point cut it to two goals with five to play. A couple of attacks and a free, were cleared and Dromin/Athlacca hit two points to close out the game. It was a very encouraging display following on from last week’s match with Newcastle West, when a disputed 65 in injury time denied them the win.

A number of players gave outstanding displays, with the rest giving their all against a good stylish hurling side. A number of young players have made their championship debuts, and a more committed approach is evident, and hopes are high that success can come from their three remaining group matches. Team Ian Mackessey,0-1 Billy Breen, Brendan Mc Carthy, John O’Connor, Michael Windle, Darragh Treacy, 0-2 Mossie Shine, Jack Ben Harnett, Captain Anthony Molyneaux, John Buckley, Johnny Mc Carthy, 0-1 Sean Mc Sweeney, Seamus Mangan, 0-1 Donie Nolan, 1-10, Anthony Mullins, 0-1 Subs Pat Quaid, Killian Enright, Owen Hayes. Management Seanie Hayes, Pat Ryan, Cathal Breen.

Eoin Burke, Liam Kennedy, Noel Callanan, and Diarmuid Mulcahy sub from the club were members of the Limerick footballers that lost out to Clare by 3-13 to 0-12 in the Munster Minor Football Championship semi-final at the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick on Wednesday May 10. Saint Kieran’s gave a walkover to Drom/Broadford in Round 1 of Group 1 of the West Junior B Football Championship.

SOCCER NEWS: Creeves Celtic defeated Newcastle West B 5-3 at home in the Desmond Division 3 League Cup on Sunday May 7. Seamus Mangan,2 David Dunne, and Darragh O’Connor, scored their goals. Carrig Celtic B defeated Glantine B 3-0 at home in the same competition, and Carrig Celtic had no fixture.

CARD PLAYING: Congratulations to Peg and John Mulvihill, who were prize winners at the card game held in Rathkeale on Wednesday May 3. Congratulations to John Mulvihill and Vinny Wrenn, who were prize winners at the card game held in Shanagolden on May 5.

DROMCOLLOGHER MART: Dromcollogher Co-op Mart celebrated their 50th anniversary on Thursday May 4. A number of the local farming community will be familiar with the venue, which has provided a great service during those years.

ART EXHIBITION: An exhibition of paintings by Pauline Sharp from Ballyhahill are currently on display in Newcastle West Library. Pauline from Sussex in England is an acclaimed and internationally recognised artist with many awards to her name. She works mainly in oils on canvas, and animals are her main subject matter. She produces magnificent art and has won numerous awards, and has held many exhibitions since her move to Ireland. In this exhibition her subjects are equine, and exotic animals, and all 35 paintings are for sale.

RADIO DANCE: West Limerick 102fm community radio are holding a fundraising dance in the Ballintemple Inn Newcastle West on Friday May 19 at 9pm. The music will be supplied by the very popular Paddy Quilligan, and there will be a raffle also for numerous spot prizes. The fundraising committee will launch their 50/50 weekly draw at the station on Tuesday May 23 at 7.30pm. All help and support will be appreciated.

STUDENT EXAM MASS: The Coolcappa/Kilcolman student exam mass will be held in Saint Kyran’s Church Coolcappa on Saturday May 20 at 7.30pm.

CHURCH DATES: The First Holy Communion will be celebrated in Saint Molua’s Church Ardagh on Saturday May 20 at 11am. The parish Confirmation will be held in Saint Mary’s Church Carrigkerry on Tuesday May 23 at 1.30pm.

MAYFAIR: The annual Dromcollogher Mayfair and Vintage Rally will be held on Sunday May 21. The organisers would welcome the following items for their sale; books, bags, jewellery bric-a-brac, plants , kitchen utensils, bottles for the stalls, and items for the auction. They welcome traders, car boot stands and friends and supporters. Additional information can be got by calling 087-935 4090.

OLD MILL CLUB: The Old Mill Ladies Football Club are holding a Coffee Morning at the Desmond Complex Newcastle West on Friday May 26 from 9am to 1pm. All donations of buns and cakes will be greatly appreciated as well as support on the day. The sponsored walk and the used clothes collection will be held on June 25/26.

BEREAVEMENT: The death has taken place of Ann Buston, nee Wilmott, Shropshire, England and late of Ardlaman, Rathkeale. Her Requiem Mass was celebrated at 6pm in Saint Kyran’s Church Coolcappa, on Friday May 5, followed by burial in Lismakeera Cemetery. We extend our sympathy to her family relatives and friends. May she rest in Peace.

BONE PLAYING: Congratulations to Paddy Donovan, Glenastar, Ardagh, who was awarded first place in the Fleadh by the Feale Bone Playing Competition, in Abbeyfeale on Monday May 1. Paddy is a member of the Carrigkerry Wren boys, and this was his ninth win in the competition.

HOLY COMMUNION: Congratulations to all the pupils from Coolcappa, Carrigkerry, and Kilcolman who received the sacrament of Holy Communion in recent weeks.

LOTTERY DRAW: The following are the Lottery results from Peadar’s Bar Ardagh on Monday May 1. The numbers drawn were 14,22,27,and 30, and there was no Jackpot winner. Congratulations to the five lucky dip winners who won € 40 each Moira O’Donovan, Ardagh, Sean, Ellie, and Dylan, c/o Josie, Nancy Barrett, Glenastar, Anne Greed, Askeaton, and P.O’Sullivan, c/o Josie. Next week’s Jackpot will be € 15,200 and the draw will be held at Moore’s Bar Carrigkerry.

CLUB DRAW: Congratulations to the following prize winners in the Carrig Celtic FC 300 club draw. First Prize; € 1,000 Shane Guiltenane , Second Prize; € 250 Martin Sheahan, Knockdown, and three prizes of € 50 each; Michael Bart O’Connor, Glenastar, Killian Enright, Ardagh, and Pat Bourke, Newcastle West.

GAELIC GAMES: Saint Kieran’s players Michael Murphy, Eoin Burke, and Liam Kennedy were members of the Limerick team that lost to Cork by 5-18 to 1-6 in the Munster U-17 Football Championship semi final in Pairc Úi Rinn on Tuesday May 2.

Saint Kieran’s and Newcastle West drew2-10 each in Round 1 of the County Intermediate Hurling Championship in Mick Neville Park Rathkeale on Saturday May 6. The close exchanges, warmed those present on a cold and breezy evening that saw the teams level five times, including at half time (1-4 each) and at the final whistle. A number of debatable decisions from the whistler added to the proceedings for the small attendance. It was an encouraging display from the team who showed great heart and commitment, and were unlucky not to gain the win. TEAM John Greaney, James Windle, Paudie Mc Carthy, Billy Breen, Mossie Shine, Brendan Mc Carthy, Michael Windle, 0-1 Jack Ben Harnett, Darragh Treacy, Seamus Mangan, 1-1 Johnny Mc Carthy, Anthony Molyneaux, 0-3 Ian Mackessy, 0-3 Donie Nolan,0-2 Anthony Mullins, 1-0. Sub John O’Connor.

SOCCER NEWS: In the Desmond Division 3 League Cup Carrig Celtic B lost 1-0 away to Newcastle West B, and Creeve’s Celtic lost 4-2 away to Feenagh B. Carrig Celtic had no fixture.

CARD PLAYING: Congratulations to Jim Dalton, and Francis Woulfe, and Jack Woulfe, and Mike Robinson, who were prize winners at the card game held in Shanagolden hall on Friday April 28.

SCHOOL ENROLMENT: Carrigkerry NS is now enrolling pupils for the new school term next September. Enrolment forms are available from the Principal Ann Horan. Call to the school or ring 069-76229.

JIVE COURSE: A 4 week jive course commenced in the Parish Hall Newcastle West on Monday May 8 and it will conclude on Monday May 29. The cost is € 10 per person per night, and no partner is required. Participants will be shown the latest jive moves to the music of Derek Ryan, Michael English, and Nathan Carter. Social dancing is sweeping the country at present and Eileen, is a very enthusiastic teacher, and exciting nights are promised. For enquiries contact 087-2966457 Facebook Eileen’s Dance Class Email: eileenmcdonagh13. Up the jive and keep it country with Eileen.

SET DANCING: The set dancing class continues in the Ballintemple Inn Newcastle West on Tuesday nights at the later time of 8.30pm. It continues for over two hours, and no partner is required. All are welcome beginners, occasional and regulars, and a fun night is promised. It is a great way to keep fit and to learn the steps of all the different sets. Call Fiona on 086-3510774 for more information. The set dancing continues in Monagea Hall on Thursday nights from 8.30pm, and all are welcome. Call Ita on 087-2593415 for additional information.

BENEFIT DANCE: A fundraising dance for the Declan Lenihan benefit fund will be held on Friday May 12 at the Devon Inn Hotel Templeglantine. Michael Collins and his band will supply the music and all support will be greatly appreciated.

DEBRA IRELAND: The annual Debra Ireland Kerry Challenge takes place over the weekend of May 12 to 14. It is a 75km hike to help raise money to treat children who suffer from EB, or butterfly disease as it is commonly referred to. Joe Carrig, Mike Histon, Pat Toomey and Eamon O’Keane, from the locality will participate in the three day event, and all support for this annual fundraiser will be appreciated.

PARISH CLERK’S COLLECTION: The annual parish clerk’s collection will be taken up in Ardagh/Carrigkerry parish on this coming weekend May 13/14. Please be generous with your donations in appreciation of the work being done by John Joe, and Mary and the service they provide to parishioners.

CD LAUNCH: Donie Lyons from Dromreask, Glin will launch his new CD The Lovely Banks of Blaine at Barrett’s Bar Glin on Sunday May 14 at 3pm. Donie is an award winning All Ireland traditional singer, and a renowned musician, and he is admired and respected throughout the country and beyond. His talents has delighted so many be it live, or on local radio over the years. The CD will include mainly songs, with selections of his favourite tunes, also included. His numerous fans and supporters will be overjoyed at this news, and no doubt the CD will fly off the shelves. Best wishes to Donie, who is a real gentleman, on his latest achievement.

STUDENT EXAM MASS: The Coolcappa/Kilcolman student exam mass will be held in Saint Kyran’s Church Coolcappa on Saturday May 20 at 7.30pm.

CHURCH DATES: The First Holy Communion will be celebrated in Saint Molua’s Church Ardagh on Saturday May 20 at 11am. The parish Confirmation will be held in Saint Mary’s Church Carrigkerry on Tuesday May 23 at 1.30pm.

WEDDING WISHES: Congratulations and best wishes in the future to Lorraine O’Connor, daughter of Joan and Jimmy Grouse Lodge Kilcolman, Ardagh, and Tony Long, Feenagh, who were married in Saint Colman’s Church Kilcolman on Saturday April 29. Their reception was held in the Woodlands House Hotel Adare.

DAFFODIL DAY THANKS: John Mc Cormack Chief Executive Officer of the Irish Cancer Society has issued a letter of thanks to Kate Buckingham, Glenastar Lodge, and her team of volunteers, for the wonderful work they did around the Newcastle West area on Daffodil Day March 24. The overall total raised was € 15,066, which was a tremendous achievement for all involved. This money will help to continue the wonderful work the Society continue to do all over Ireland.

CHRIS EGAN: We extend our good wishes and calm sailing to Chris Egan from Coolcappa, Ardagh and his team of volunteers, who departed from Limerick for their fundraising trip on Monday May 1. The sail around Ireland is in aid of the Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind.

SOCCER AWARDS: The Desmond Ladies Soccer League held their annual Awards Night at Rathkeale House Hotel on Friday April 21. Congratulations to Íde Trant, from Kilcolman Rovers, who was named Division 1 Player of the Year, Sinead Donovan, Youth Player of the Year, and Noreen Barry Division 1 League Cup Final Player of the Match.

FINE GAEL OFFICERS: The AGM of Limerick County Fine Gael took place at the Dunravan Arms Hotel Adare on Monday April 24. Kay Ryan, and Mary Danagher, both from Ardagh , continue in their roles as joint treasurer and executive council member.

The Newcastle West Fine Gael branch held their AGM on Thursday April 20 in Minister Patrick O’Donovan’s office. Tom Dillane, and Willie O’Regan , David Dillane, all from Ardagh were re-elected chairman, secretary , and treasurer for the coming year.

LOTTERY DRAW: The following are the Lottery results from Reen’s Bar Ardagh on Monday April 24. The numbers drawn were 1,16,18,21 and there was no Jackpot winner. Congratulations to the five lucky dip winners who won € 40 each; Padraig Ambrose, Dunganville, Helen Byrnes,c/o Denis Greaney, Mary Bennett, Ardagh, Patsy and Tom Greaney, Kilcolman, and Phyllis Galvin, Ardagh. Next week’s Jackpot will be € 15,000 and the draw will be held in Peadar’s Bar Ardagh.

CLUB DRAW: The Limerick GAA Club draw for April was held on Limerick Live 95 radio during the sports programme on Saturday April 29. Congratulations to Timmy Copse from the Saint Kieran’s club who won € 500. People interested in joining for the remaining eight draws (€ 80) can contact the officers of the club.

GAELIC GAMES: Saint Kieran’s defeated Oola by 0-11 to 0-8 in round 2 of the Limerick senior football Championship at Bruff Gaelic Grounds on Saturday April 29. They led by five points to two points, despite kicking nine wides at half time, after playing with the wind. They matched Oola’s total of six points in the second half to secure their first win of the championship. Led by Darragh Treacy and Johnny Mc Carthy and determined play from the other members they were deserving winners. The shape of the team was far better with the sweeper system discarded and a more positive approach adopted. The loss to Ballylanders was cruel and the team are very unlucky not to have full points on board as the championship takes a seven week break.TEAM: Dan Madden, Mossie Shine, John Doyle, Brendan Mc Carthy, John O’Connor, Anthony Molyneaux, 0-1 Kevin Meade, Johnny Mc Carthy, Darragh Treacy, 0-2 Noel Callanan, 0-1 Jack Ben Harnett,0-1 Sean Mc Sweeney, 0-3 Seamus Mangan, 0-2 Donie Nolan, 0-1 Paudie Mc Carthy, Sub Niall O’Shea.

Saint Kieran’s were defeated by South Liberties 2-15 to 3-9 in the Minor Hurling 13 a side competition. The hurlers play Newcastle West in round 1 of the County Intermediate Hurling Championship this weekend.

SOCCER NEWS: Carrig Celtic lost 2-1 away to Ballingarry in the Desmond Premier Division on Sunday April 23. Creeves Celtic and Carrig Celtic B had no fixtures.

HOUSEHOLD THEFTS: A reminder to all householders to remain safety conscious, and to secure their premises against opportunist thief’s who continue to carry out their criminal activities. A quad bike and equipment was stolen from a house in the locality in recent weeks, and a couple of Crèche’s were broken into. People are asked to remain alert and to report any suspicious behaviour to the local Gardai.

SCHOOL ENROLMENT: Carrigkerry NS is now enrolling pupils for the new school term next September. Enrolment forms are available from the Principal Ann Horan. Call to the school or ring 069-76229.

FILM CLUB: Newcastle West film club present Dare to be Wild at the Desmond Complex Newcastle West on Wednesday May 3 at 7.30pm. As part of the Bealtaine Festival and the May Film Tour it is a free screening and it is for Over 18s. The purpose of the festival during May is to engage older people in all areas of the arts.

SINGING CLUB: West Limerick Singing Club will hold their next singing night at the Ramble Inn in Abbeyfeale on Friday May 5 and all are welcome.

DARKNESS INTO LIGHT: The Darkness into Light 5k walk/run in aid of Pieta House takes place in Newcastle West on Saturday May 6. The starting time is 4.15am from the Desmond Complex, and the route covers the Demesne, and the N21 road. All support for this very deserving cause is greatly appreciated.

CHURCH DATES: The First Holy Communion will be celebrated in Saint Mary’s Church Carrigkerry at 11am and Saint Colman’s Church Kilcolman on Saturday May 6 at 11.30am, and in Saint Molua’s Church Ardagh on Saturday May 20 at 11am. The parish Confirmation will be held in Saint Mary’s Church Carrigkerry on Tuesday May 23 at 1.30pm.

RADIO FUNDRAISER: West Limerick 102fm are holding an Antique Sale/Car Boot Sale/ Indoor Market on Saturday May 6 at the Community Centre Newcastle West. Call Pat on 087-9977340 to book a stand and local produce and home baking will be especially welcome. The gates open at 8am for traders, 9am for the general public. The charge for cars € 7, vans € 10, and large vehicles € 20, and € 2 admission charge for buyers. All support will be greatly appreciated.

JIVE COURSE: A 4 week jive course commences in the Parish Hall Newcastle West on Monday May 8 from 8pm to 9.30pm, and it will conclude on Monday May 29. The cost is € 40 per person, and no partner is required. Participants will be shown the latest jive moves to the music of Derek Ryan, Michael English, and Nathan Carter. Social dancing is sweeping the country at present and Eileen, is a very enthusiastic teacher, and exciting nights are promised. For enquiries contact 087-2966457 Facebook Eileen’s Dance Class Email: eileenmcdonagh13. Up the jive and keep it country with Eileen.

RAMBLING HOUSE: Ita Mc Quinn, and her team will host the next Rambling House in Monagea Parish Hall on Monday May 8. Ita will welcome musicians, singers, dancers, and storytellers, to display their talents during the night. A wonderful choice of refreshments will be supplied at the interval, and a very enjoyable night is promised and all are welcome.

DEFRIBILLATOR MEETING: A meeting with a view to put a defibrillator in place will be held in the Community Centre Carrigkerry on Tuesday May 9 at 8.30pm. A good number of people will be needed to train and to commit to be available to use it in the future. All interested people are asked to attend.

HERITAGE MEETING: Saint Kieran’s Heritage Association next meeting will be held on Wednesday May 10 in Coolcappa Community Hall at 8pm. All are welcome, and new members will be most welcome to attend and express their own aims and views.

BENEFIT DANCE: A fundraising dance for the Declan Lenihan benefit fund will be held on Friday May 12 at the Devon Inn Hotel Templeglantine. Michael Collins and his band will supply the music and all support will be greatly appreciated.

LIMERICK ROSE: Marie Hennessy Ballyloughane, Carrigkerry handed over her Limerick Rose sash to Kayleigh Maher, from Kilcornan, who was selected as the new rose at Bunratty Castle Hotel, on Saturday April 15. Marie enjoyed an incredible year representing her county at so many events, and the friendships made and the experience gained no doubt will remain with her throughout her life. Marie described the opening of the Frankfurt Christmas markets, experiencing Belarus with Chernobyl’s Adi Roche, followed by attending the Saint Patrick’s Day festival in New York, as some of the highlights of her year. Marie represented her family parish and county with elegance and style, which we thank her for, and continued good wishes in the future.

LOTTERY DRAW: The following are the Lottery results from Neary’s Bar Ardagh on Monday April 17. The numbers drawn were 4,5,7 and 16 and there was no Jackpot winner. Congratulations to the five lucky dip winners who won € 40 each; Teresa Flavin, c/o Catherine, Eamon Dillane, Ballinabearna, Pat Hartnett, Creeves, Mary O’Connell, c/o Ailish, Martina, and Catherine, Ardagh. Next week’s Jackpot will be € 14,800 and the draw will be held in Reen’s Bar Ardagh.

BEREAVEMENTS: The death has taken place of Noel Costello, Killester Dublin and late of Kilmoyley Co. Kerry on Saturday April 15. He lay in repose at Kirwan’s Funeral Home Fairview Strand Dublin, on Tuesday April 18 from 5-7pm. His Requiem Mass was celebrated on Wednesday at St John the Baptist Church Clontarf at 11.30am and burial took place afterwards in Glasnevin cemetery. We extend our sympathy to his wife Annemarie and children, sister Breda Fitzgerald and family Glensharrold Carrigkerry, sister Carmel and brother PJ other relatives and friends. May he rest in Peace.

The death has taken place of Bridie O’Donnell Nee Carrig, New Line Grange, and formerly of Creeves Askeaton peacefully at Milford Care Centre. She lay in repose at Butler’s Funeral Home Bruff on Wednesday April 19, and her Requiem Mass was celebrated in Saint Patrick and Brigid Church Grange on the following day at 12 noon. Bridie who was a member of the well known Carrig family from Creeves, was laid to rest afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. We extend our sympathy to her husband Tim, daughters Triona Daly, Edwina Cronin, and son Maurice, sons-in-law, daughter-in-law,grandchildren,brothers, sisters, nephews; nieces, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law and extended family members. May she rest in Peace.

The death has taken place of Mary Woulfe nee Mulvihill Riddlestown, Rathkeale, wife of the late Thomas, on Thursday April 20 peacefully after a short illness surrounded by her loving family at her home. She lay in repose at Magner’s Funeral Home on Friday from 5pm until 8pm. Her remains arrived to St Mary’s Church Rathkeale for Requiem Mass on Saturday April 22 at 1pm. Burial took place afterwards in St Kyran’s Cemetery Coolcappa. We extend our sympathy to her sons John, Denis and Thomas, daughters Marie Hanrahan, Ann Madigan, Patricia Lenihan, Collette Sheahan, Philomena O’Connor, Therese Henry, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law and her 29 grandchildren, sister Bridget Moloney, sister-in-law Nell Woulfe, nieces, relatives, kind neighbours and many friends. May she rest in Peace.

BIRTHDAY WISHES: Congratulations and best wishes to James Brouder, son of Margaret, and James, Ballinabearna, Old Mill, who celebrated his 21st birthday at Moore’s Bar Carrigkerry on Saturday April 15.

CUCKOO CALL: We welcome back the Cuckoo to the locality for the coming months, after the winter spent abroad. The first call was recorded around my locality on Wednesday April 19. The swallows arrived a little early this month and they are busy building their nests at present. Nature is wonderful to observe and we are blessed with the arrival of our feathered friends each Spring.

CARD PLAYING: Congratulations to Mike O’Mahony, and Mike Young, who were prize winners at the Flag Floor card game on Wednesday April 12. Congratulations to Peg, and John, Mulvihill who were prize winners at the card game held in Rathkeale Community Centre on Wednesday April 12.

HERITAGE NEWS: St Kieran’s Heritage Association members participated in the Easter commemoration in Dromcollogher on Sunday April 16. The Fenian pike men and members marched in the parade from the Church through Pyke Street and the Square to the Garden of Remembrance. A plaque was unveiled to the local volunteers who fought for Irish Freedom during the troubled years. Ger Greaney from Dromcollogher, now residing in Ardagh gave a fine speech recalling the people and events from that period. The weather was dry and cool and a good crowd attended and it was an enjoyable outing for members of the Association. The next meeting will be held on Wednesday May 10 in Coolcappa Community Hall at 8pm and all are welcome.

KILCOLMAN GLORY: Congratulations to Kilcolman Rovers who defeated Carrig Celtic by 2-1 to win the Desmond Division 1 Ladies League Cup Final at Woodfield Estate Newcastle West on Sunday April 16.Noreen Barry and Erin Hennessy scored their goals, and Eillie Moloney replied for Carrig Celtic. Mike Daly and Donie Donovan, were the managers, and Mattie Histon was their sponsor. Team Liz Lynch, Denise Fitzgerald, Sinead Donovan, Sandra O’Connor, Noreen Barry, Patrice Downing, Ide Trant, Anna Mc Mahon, Ciara O’Donnell, Erin Hennessy, Dora Bury. Subs Alva Neary, Chloe Kennedy, Maureen Noonan, Emma Daly, Mary Lynch, Marie Balfe, Adrienne Cunningham.

CARRIG TRIUMPH: Congratulations to Carrig Celtic who defeated AK Utd 4-1 to win the Desmond U-17 Cup Final at Woodfield Estate Newcastle West on Saturday April 15. Sean Kelly, 2 Liam Kennedy, and Darren Ward scored their goals. Sean Kelly was named man of the match afterwards. and the management team was Séan O’Connor, Jack O’Donoghue, John Greaney, and Ray Brouder. Team Denny Cronin, Brian Folan, Edward Fitzgerald, Darren Kearns, Adam Dillane, Kevin Guinea, Liam Kennedy, Dylan Moloney, Luke Gleeson Darren Ward, Sean Kelly, Subs Jordan Ryan, Jamie Little, Liam Callanan, Shane Martin, Conor Finucane, Gavin Lynch, Shane King.

SOCCER NEWS: Creeves Celtic lost 3-0 to Shountrade in the Desmond Riedy Cup Final at Rathkeale on Saturday April 15. It was their third cup final loss in the past year. Team Robert Bradley, Rob Culhane, Danny Coleman, Paul O’Connor, Tommy Dillane, Mark Hayes, David Dunne, Brian Nash, Seamus Mangan, Tommy Shanahan, Darragh O’Connor, Subs Mark Hennessy,Jerome O’Connor, Dave Cremin, Raymond Noonan, Brian Mc Carty, Dominic Kearns. Carrig Celtic B drew 3-3 away to Ferry Rangers in the Division 3 League Cup.

GAELIC GAMES: Saint Kieran’s were defeated by Ballylanders by 1-13 to 1-12 in the opening round of the Limerick senior football Championship at Bruff Gaelic Grounds on Saturday April 22. They led by 1-7 to 0-8 at half time, with Seamus Mangan scoring their goal following a cross delivery from Noel Callanan, making his debut at senior championship level. It was score for score in the second half until a goal in injury time gave the Bally boys the victory. TEAM; Ray Noonan, Mossie Shine, Brendan Mc Carthy, Kevin Meade, Jack Ben Harnett, John Doyle, Donie Nolan, Johnny Mc Carthy Darragh Treacy ( Capt) 0-1 Noel Callanan, 0-1 Anthony Molyneaux, 0-1 Sean Mc Sweeney, 0-6 Seamus Mangan, 1-1 Paudie Mc Carthy, 0-1 Niall O’Shea, 0-1.

Saint Kieran’s defeated Athea/ Mountcollins by 7-18 to 0-7 in Round I of the West Minor A Football Championship at Coolcappa on Friday April 14. In round 1 of the West Junior B Football League Knockaderry defeated St Kieran’s by 1-13 to 1-8

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LIP SYNC SHOW: Ardagh District recreational and sporting company will hold a LIP SYNC show in the Devon Inn Hotel on Saturday November 11. They are currently seeking individuals to get involved and to participate in the show This newly formed company represents Coolcappa/Kilcolman, and Ardagh/Carrigkerry and more details can be got from Patrick Windle 087-9819734 Séan Hayes 087-2663582 or Deirdre Ambrose 087-9509218.

PARKRUN: Parkrun is a free, fun, timed 5 kilometre run. Starts at 9.30am each and every Saturday beside the soccer pitch in the Demesne, Newcastle West. Runners, walkers, families and even family pets are welcome! Just register for free at www.parkrun.ie, print out your barcode and come along on Saturday morning.

RATHKEALE CONCERT: A gala concert in aid of Saint Mary’s Church Rathkeale will be held in the church on Friday April 28 at 8pm. The admission is € 15, or a family ticket for € 40 and all support will be greatly appreciated. Theresa Doyle Mc Mahon, who continues to do great work for all the local worthy causes, produces, and the all-star line-up features, Michael Nash, Anne Phelan, Jean O’Brien, Eve Stafford, Charlie Reynolds, Michael Doyle, Enda Walsh, Canon Tony Mullins, Fr Tim Curtin, Fr Liam Enright, Coláiste na Trócaire choir, and the Hands in Harmony deaf choir.

MEMORIAL NIGHT: The late lamented Tim (Sonny) Crowley from Ballylin will be remembered through a Poetry Memorial Night on this Friday April 28 at Neary’s Ardagh. It will be a night of poetry and songs, and all poets and readers welcome.

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION: The sacrament of First Holy Communion will be administered in St Kyran’s Church Coocappa on Saturday April 29 at 11am, and in St Colman’s Church Kilcolman on Saturday May 6 at 11.30am.

FEALE FLEADH: The Fleadh by the Feale will be held in Abbeyfeale from Friday April 27 to Monday May 1. Frankie Gavin, and De Dannan will be this year’s lead act, and a very exciting line up of events will be held during the weekend.

ALZHEIMER’S TEA DAY: The Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland will hold their annual tea day on Thursday May 4. To register for a fundraising pack visit www.teaday.ie or call 1800 719 820. All the funds raised locally will stay local and all support will be appreciated.

TOP DESIGNER: Congratulations to Kate O’Doherty, Ardagh who was recently named Irish Student Designer of the Year 2017 Irish Fashion Innovation Awards. Kate is a fourth year student at the Limerick School of Art and Design (LSAD) and her win has created a major stir within the fashion industry. The annual awards show was held at the Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa, and 42 students from all over Ireland displayed their designs to over 500 guests. Awards were made in the areas of Fashion, Millinery, Accessories and Jewellery, with the overall Student Designer of the Year 2017 going to 4th -year LSAD Fashion student Kate O’Doherty.

Speaking of her win, Ardagh native, Kate said I was thrilled to be selected to represent Limerick School of Art and Design at the Irish Fashion Innovation Awards and delighted to have my family with me to share in what was a wonderful event. It was amazing to see my design come to life on the catwalk and a magical moment when I heard my name announced as Student Designer of the Year 2017. The competition judges gave Kate the verdict for her unique and creative design, which came to life when it appeared on the catwalk. Kate’s complete collection will be on display at the LSAD annual graduate show which will take place on Thursday May 11. Kate was a guest on the Limerick Today Show on Limerick Live 95fm on Tuesday April 11.

BEREAVEMENT: The death has occurred of Agnes (Aggie) Kennelly (née Magner) Cahermoyle, Ardagh, at her residence on Sunday April 9. Her passing at a young age has created deep sadness in the locality and she will be sadly missed by all who were lucky to make her acquaintance. Her contribution throughout her life to family, and community will never be forgotten. She lay in repose at St Molua’s Church Ardagh from 4-7p.m. on Wednesday April 12 followed by Requiem Mass. Liturgical Prayers in the Church at 12.30pm, on Thursday followed by burial in Ardagh cemetery.

We extend deep sympathy to her husband Bernard, daughters Mai and Iris, brothers Connie and Mike, sister Marie, nephews, nieces, grand-nephews, grandnieces, brothers-in-law, sister-in-law, extended family, and friends. May she rest in Peace.

BIRTHDAY WISHES Congratulations and best wishes in the future to Patsy Barrett Rooskagh who recently celebrated his 80th birthday at a family and friends get together in Newcastle West.

CLEAN UP: A big thank you to all the people involved in the Team Limerick Clean-up on Good Friday. It was wonderful to see individuals and groups participate in their communities, for the general good of all despite the unkind weather. It is great to see this united stand against people who dump rubbish around our beautiful countryside. It is hard to understand their thinking and motives for doing so, and the harm it does, to our wild life, fish population, and tourist industry. Two weeks ago another load of old furniture, after a house clearance was dumped at the entrance to scenic Scotland Bog in Glensharrold. A lot of the contents could have been recycled if the people who dumped them wished to do so. The people involved keep their own households neat and tidy and yet think nothing of spoiling it for others by dumping their rubbish in every convenient location. Cameras are great for spotting the dumpers, who can be seen, and we hope our Council will take action on the people involved.

HERITAGE MEETING: St Kieran’s Heritage Association held their 16th meeting on Wednesday April 5 and ten people were present. Ger Greaney was chairperson in the absence of John P O’Sullivan, and he welcomed everybody and Secretary Mary Kury read the minutes, and correspondence. The future plans of the association were discussed with next year’s Ardagh Chalice anniversary being the main focus. A lot of people associate the Chalice with Ardagh in County Longford and this need to be addressed and highlighted. The next meeting will be held on Wednesday May 10 in Coolcappa Community Hall at 8pm and all are welcome.

CLUB DRAW: Congratulations to the following prize winners in the Carrig Celtic 300 club draw. First Prize; € 1,000 Moyvane Marian Hall, Second Prize; € 250 Lorcan Flavin, and three prizes of € 50 each; Josephine Kiely, Lisgordan, Ardagh, John Greaney, Kilcolman, and Sean Windle, Knockfinisk.

LOTTERY DRAW: The following are the Lottery results from the Old Mill Bar on Monday April 10. The numbers drawn were 4, 8, 25, and 27 and there was no Jackpot winner. Congratulations to the five lucky dip winners who won € 40 each; Emma and Maureen Noonan, Ardagh, Teresa Flavin, c/o Catherine Noonan, John Duggan, c/o Neary’s, Catherine O’Donnell, c/o Moloney’s, and P’OSullivan,’c/o Josie. Next week’s Jackpot will be € 14,600 and the draw will be held in Neary’s Bar Ardagh.

COMMUNITY GAMES: Congratulations to Saint Kieran’s community games members Amy Ava and Hannah, who won the U-10 Group Irish Dance competition held in Rathkeale Community Centre, on Sunday April 9. They were also awarded the overall entertainment act prize, and Hannah also came first in the U-10 Solo Irish Dance.

GAELIC GAMES: Saint Kieran’s defeated Rathkeale by 0-16 to 2-7 in the West Senior Football Championship semi final at Askeaton Gaelic Grounds on Easter Saturday April 15. They led by 0-10 to 1-5 at half time and extended their advantage in the second half. They will meet Ballysteen in the West final. Team Dan Madden, Mossie Shine, Brendan Mc Carthy, Anthony Mullins, Kevin Meade, John Doyle, Jack Ben Harnett, 0-1 Johnny Mc Carthy, 0-1 Darragh Treacy, 0-1 Noel Callanan, Anthony Molyneaux, Sean Mc Sweeney, 0-11 Niall O’Shea, 0-1 Paudie Mc Carthy, Seamus Mangan, 0-1 Subs John O’Connor, Killian Enright. Saint Kieran’s will play Ballylanders in the opening round of the Limerick senior football Championship on Saturday April 22 in Kilmallock at 7pm.

Eoin Burke, Liam Kennedy, Noel Callanan, 0-3 and Diarmuid Mulcahy sub from the Saint Kieran’s club were members of the Limerick team that defeated Waterford by 1-10 to 0-9 in the Munster Minor Football Championship in the Gaelic Grounds on Wednesday April 12.

SOCCER NEWS: Carrig Celtic lost 3-1 away to Rathkeale in the Desmond Premier Division League Cup semi final on Sunday April 9. Carrig Celtic B defeated Feenagh B 2-1 at home in the Division 3 League Cup with goals from Donal Balfe, and Liam Upton. Creeves Celtic lost 2-0 away to Knockaderry in the same competition. Kilcolman Rovers defeated Broadford Utd 2-1 at home in the Desmond Ladies Division 1 League Cup semi final. Ciara O’Donnell, and Dora Bury, scored their goals.

ELECTRIC CAR: Easter week saw the arrival of a new electric car around the village of Carrigkerry. It is an insight into what the future holds for motorists, and we wish the family enjoyable driving. Technology is advancing so quickly that soon we will have driverless cars in the locality and they will ferry us around at the touch of a button. Forward thinking follows the family who also owned the first tractor to come to the area.

TRÓCAIRE BOXES: People are asked to hand in their Trócaire Boxes to their local church or school. If possible please replace the smaller coins with larger coin or ideally with notes. Please be generous with your donations as every cent can make a difference, to the poor in third world countries.

MASS CHANGE: From this coming week end April 22/23 the change of Mass times will operate in Ardagh/Carrigkerry parish as follows; Saint Mary’s Church Carrigkerry Saturday at 6.30pm, and in Saint Molua’s Church Ardagh on Sunday at 11am.

RAMBLING HOUSE: Ardagh/Carrigkerry Comhaltas are holding a rambling house in the Community Centre Ardagh on Saturday April 22 at 8pm. All musicians, singers, dancers, and storytellers are most welcome, and it promises to be a very enjoyable night. The proceeds will go to the Irish Guide Dogs and the RNLI, and all support will be appreciated.

BEREAVEMENT: The death has taken place of Thomas Ahern, (Tom,) Knockfinisk, Athea, at his residence on Sunday April 2. He was a retired member of the farming community and he was 87 years old. Tom who was the last surviving member of his family lived a long life and fulfilled life and the crowds that attended his removal were testament to the popularity of the family. He was outgoing and he conversed well with people and he loved going to music and singing sessions. He loved to sing and he compiled a number of his many songs in a CD for future listening. He was one of the first to own a car around his own area, and his presence will be sadly missed by all.

He lay in repose at Kelly’s Funeral Home Athea on Tuesday April 4, from 6.00 pm,

His remains arrived at St. Bartholomew’s Church, Athea on Wednesday morning for 12.00 noon Requiem Mass. Fr Tony Mullins was the chief celebrant along with Fr Tom Mangan, and Fr Tim Curtin. The gifts taken to the altar, miniature car, and tractor, family photo mobile phone watch and CD represented his lives interests. Tom received a great singing and musical send off and he was laid to rest afterwards in Holy Cross Cemetery Athea.

We extend our sympathy to his wife Anne, sons Johnny (Old Mill) and Thomas (Knockfinisk Athea), daughters Nora (Galway), Maura (Kilcolman), Ann (Askeaton), Angela (Newcastlewest) and Patricia (London), daughters-in-law Alice and Gráinne, sons-in-law Gerry, Frank and Donie, grandchildren, great-grand child, sisters-in-law, brother-in-law, nephews, nieces, other relatives, kind neighbours and a large circle of friends. May he rest in Peace.

The death has also occurred of Catherine (Kitty) Moloney (née Stack) No 10, The Cross, Ardagh, and formerly Ballylongford, Co Kerry at the University Hospital Limerick on Sunday April 2. Kitty and husband Christy who were married for 58 years, returned from England in the 1970’s, and raised their family of three. Kitty was a housewife, and a good neighbour, and she will be sadly missed by all who knew her. She was a regular mass attendee and she loved playing Bingo and cards.

She lay in repose at Reidy’s Funeral Home, Newcastle West, on Tuesday April 4 from 6pm followed by removal to St. Molua’s Church, Ardagh. Her Requiem Mass was Celebrated by Fr Michael Noonan, on Wednesday, at 11.30am. Gifts associated with her life interests included a Bingo book, deck of cards, prayer book and family photo. Kitty was laid to rest on Wednesday April 5, in St. Molua’s Cemetery, Ardagh. We extend our sympathy to her husband Christy, sons Edmond, Peter, and Thomas, brothers and sister, grandchildren, relatives, neighbours, and friends. May She Rest in Peace

LOTTERY DRAW: The following are the Lottery results from Peadar’s Bar Ardagh on Monday April 3. The numbers drawn were 6, 8, 13, 21, and there was no Jackpot winner. Congratulations to the five lucky dip winners who won € 40 each; Jean, and Leanne Browne, Glenville, Pat Liston, Glenastar, Eileen O’Connor, Glenastar, Alan O’Mahoney, Ardagh, and Breda Foley, Ardagh. Next week’s Jackpot will be € 14,400 and the draw will be held in the Old Mill Bar.

CLUB DRAW: Congratulations to the following prize winners in the Carrig Celtic 300 club draw. First Prize; € 1,000 Moyvane Marian Hall, Second Prize; € 250 Lorcan Flavin, and three prizes of € 50 each; Josephine Kiely, Lisgordan, Ardagh, John Greaney, Kilcolman, and Sean Windle, Knockfinisk.

ARDAGH PARENTS: The members of Saint Molua’s Parents Association recently presented the principal Mr Kelliher, with a cheque for € 5,000 the proceeds of a Race Night held in Peadar’s Bar Ardagh. They would like to thank the parents, sponsors, and Pa Quaid from Peadar’s Bar for their help and support in making the event a success.

GAELIC GAMES: Johnny Mc Carthy, Darragh Treacy, and Sean Mc Sweeney, 0-2 were members of the Limerick team that defeated Wicklow by 2-13 to 2-9 in Round 7 of the National Football League Division 4 game played in Newcastle West on Sunday April 2.

Saint Kieran’s defeated Na Piarsaigh away by 1-14 to 1-12 in Round 2 of Division 1 of the County Football League on Friday March 31.

Congratulations to John Hayes, who gave a man of the match performance for his school team Scoil Mhuire agus Ide Newcastle West, in Knocklong on Friday March 31. They defeated Colaiste Dun Iascaigh of Cahir, by 1-14 to 3-6 in the Munster U 16½ Corn Seosamh Ui Neill Final.

SOCCER NEWS: Creeves Celtic defeated Glantine B 7-1 at home in the Division 3 League Cup on Sunday April 2. Seamus Mangan, 3, Dara O’Connor, 2, Tommy Dillane, and Tom Shanahan, scored their goals. Carrig Celtic teams had no fixtures.

COMMUNITY GAMES: Congratulations to Aine Nolan, from St Kieran’s who won the U-16 solo singing in the County talent finals held in Askeaton on Saturday April 1.

HERITAGE MEETING: St Kieran’s Heritage Association held their 16th meeting on Wednesday April 5 and ten people were present. Ger Greaney was chairperson in the absence of John P O’Sullivan, and he welcomed everybody and Secretary Mary Kury read the minutes, and correspondence. The future plans of the association were discussed with next year’s Ardagh Chalice anniversary being the main focus. A lot of people associate the Chalice with Ardagh in County Longford and this need to be addressed and highlighted. The association members and pike men will participate in the Dromcollogher Easter Rising Commemoration on Sunday April 16. They are asked to meet up for the 3pm start at the cemetery. The next meeting will be held on Wednesday May 10 in Coolcappa Community Hall at 8pm and all are welcome.

TROCAIRE: The Trocaire campaign will end on Easter Sunday and people are asked to contribute as much as possible to help those who are suffering severe poverty following the many disasters that occur throughout the third world. Honduras is a country in Central America, with a population of over 8 million people. For the most marginalised and rural populations in Honduras, it has become increasingly difficult to farm what land they have due to the extreme erratic weather conditions caused by climate change. The effects of relentless climate change have created an extraordinary situation for communities in Honduras that are already struggling. Crops have either failed or produced small yields. Rivers have flooded, leaving high levels of salt deposits, affecting farmland and polluting the water table. For some, migrating to surrounding cities often appears to be the only solution. Currently about 1 million households live below the poverty line.

Honduras is one of the countries in the world most vulnerable to climate change, and the impact of extreme weather events is felt most strongly by the poor.Trocaire is working with the communities, in Honduras and other parts of the world, that are most at risk of the devastating effects of extreme weather conditions, such as hurricanes, floods, and drought, to help save lives by preparing for and mitigating the effects of the next emergency.

CALVARY CEMETERY: The Calvary Cemetery Committee will hold their annual flag days for the upkeep and refurbishment of the cemetery in Newcastle West on Thursday April 13, and Saturday April 15. All support will be greatly appreciated.

EASTER CEREMONIES: The following are the arrangements for the four local churches.

Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord’s Supper; Kilcolman 7.30pm, Ardagh 8pm.

Good Friday Stations of the Cross Ardagh 12 noon, Passion Coolcappa, 3pm, Carrigkerry 3pm, Ardagh 7.30pm, Stations of the Cross Carrigkerry 7pm, Kilcolman 7.30pm.

Holy Saturday Easter Vigil Coolcappa 8pm, and Ardagh 9pm.

Easter Sunday Kilcolman Dawn Mass at 6.30am, and Easter Sunday Mass at 10am, Carrigkerry at 11am.

LIMERICK CLEAN UP: The annual Team Limerick clean- up will be held on Good Friday April 14. This will be the third year, and the event is going from strength to strength. All the local community groups will be organising their own clean-up, and for more information email tlc ring 061-496200, or visit www. teamlimerickcleanup.ie

OLD MILL CLUB: The Old Mill Lady football club are holding a bag pack in Tesco, Newcastle West on Easter Saturday April 15. All volunteers are asked to contact Moira Mc Enery at 086-8110634 by phone or text, or any committee member stating a time that suits best as there are slots available from 2pm, onwards. All the money raised will go towards the club registration costs.

CAR BOOT SALE: West Limerick 102 are holding a car boot sale and indoor market at Newcastle West Community Centre on Sunday April 16. For more details contact the station on 069-66200

SHANAGOLDEN RUN/WALK: The Michael and Brenda Nolan Memorial Run/Walk will be held on Easter Sunday April 16 in Shanagolden. The walk commences at 12.45pm, and the run at 1pm. The registration will be held in the Sports Building in the Community field from 11.30am. Lots of prizes for the top finishers in the various categories.

ARDAGH BINGO: A fundraising Bingo night will be held in the Community Centre Ardagh on Wednesday April 19 at 8.30pm. The proceeds from the night will go towards the Community Response Unit being set up at present which will cost around € 6,000. All support for this great project will be greatly appreciated.

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