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BEREAVEMENT: The death has taken place of Cornelius (Connie) Mc Coy 21 Castleview Newcastle West and late of Ballyloughane Carrigkerry. He passed away peacefully in the exceptional care of the Bluebell Ward St Ita’s Hospital Newcastle West on July 12. He was predeceased by his parents Con and Hannie, brother Michael and recently deceased sister Kathleen. He lay in repose at Reidy’s Funeral Home Newcastle West on Saturday July 14 from 6pm followed by removal to the Church of the Immaculate Conception Newcastle West. The Requiem Mass was celebrated on Sunday July 15 at 12 noon. Connie was laid to rest in Calvary Cemetery Newcastle West. We extend our sympathy to his brothers Seanie, Jimmy and Timmy and sister Josie, brothers in law, sisters in law, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends. May he rest in peace.

WEDDING WISHES: Congratulations and best wishes in the future to Aoife Scanlan, and Noel O’Connell, who were married in St Colman’s Church Kilcolman on Saturday July 14.

FIRST RESPONDERS: The Ardagh Community First Responders number is 083-8889963. The service covers the Ardagh Kilcolman and Coolcappa areas, from the hours of 7pm to 7am Monday to Friday and from 7pm Friday to 7am Monday. The Carrigkerry area number is 087- 7930692 and it covers the same hours.

LOTTERY DRAW: The following are the Lottery results from Neary’s Bar on Monday July 16. The numbers drawn were 8,9,13 and 30 and there was no Jackpot winner. Congratulations to the five lucky dip winners who won € 40 each: Thomas Hanley Creeves, Barry Fiona and Noel Shanagolden, David Carroll c/o Foley’s, Siobhán Healy c/o Moloney/s, and Fiona Hogan Cappagh. Next week’s Jackpot will be € 9,200 and the draw will be held in Reens Bar Ardagh.

GAELIC GAMES: Saint Kieran’s defeated Granagh/Ballingarry by 2-15 to 4-5 in Group B of the West Junior B Football Championship at Quaid Park Coolyroe on Wednesday July 11.

Saint Kieran’s lost away to Saint Patrick’s by 2-8 to 0-13 in Round 6 of Division 1 of the All County Senior Football League on Tuesday July 10.

Askeaton/St Kieran’s lost to Newcastle West by 6-12 to 1-16 in the West Minor Hurling Championship at Askeaton on Tuesday July 10. They also lost to Daithí Brudair by 1-11 to 1-9 at Askeaton on Thursday July 12.

Congratulations to Daniel Geraghty St Kieran’s who represented Limerick in the Munster U-16 Football Tournament. Limerick defeated Clare in the Munster Plate Final at Mick Neville Park.

CYCLING: Well done to Bobby Woulfe, Ardagh and Newcastle West Cycling Club (and other locals) who completed the recent Ring of Kerry Cycle. Cycling has become a very popular sport in recent years, with new clubs being set up in towns and villages around Limerick. It is a great form of exercise, out in the fresh air in the company of other like people.

GLIN CASTLE: Tours of Glin Castle and Garden will be held on Sunday July 29 on the hour from 12 noon to 6pm. The admission is € 10 with refreshments included and served within the castle.

RADIO DRAW: Congratulations to Mike Neville Castlemahon, who won € 227 in the West Limerick 102fm 50/50 draw, held on Friday July 20. Tickets cost € 2 and they are available from volunteers, in local shops, or from the radio station. All support is very much appreciated.

BURSARY AWARD: The Desmond Credit Union Newcastle West has launched their 6th annual Third Level Bursary Award for students. The student must be a member of the Desmond Credit Union to apply, and one lucky student will be given € 6,000 towards their college education. For more information and to get an application form Call 069-62700, Email info, or visit the office at North Quay. The closing date is Tuesday July 31.

HERITAGE NEWS: The association are holding three events during August which should be of interest to members of the public. First up is the Unveiling of the Bishop Lacy Stone at Ardagh Graveyard Mass at the Millennium Altar and Pattern at St Molua’s Well on Friday August 3 from 6.30pm. This will be followed by a talk by Dr Salvador Michael Ryan of Maynooth in the Community Centre. On Sunday August 5 a 12k walk from Bishop Lacy’s birthplace Dromada, Athea to Ardagh Community Centre will be held. A bus will ferry the people from Ardagh at 12 noon to the start, and the route will take in the Booster Station Rooska, Ballyine, Old Mill Dunganville, and Ardagh. On Thursday August 23 a talk by Dr Bill O’Brien U.C.C. will be held in the Community Centre at 7.30pm. The title is Ballylin Hill Fort the Bronze Age Capital of Limerick and it will be followed by tea and cake. This event is in association with Heritage week. The next meeting will be held on Wednesday August 1 at 8pm in Ardagh Heritage Centre.

FAITH CAMP: A Faith Camp will be held at the Boys National School Abbeyfeale from August 7-10 inclusive. The activities will include Sports, Arts, Drama, Music and Faith Lessons. Minimum age 5 and up to 12/13 years old. For more details contact Martina O’Sullivan 087-2788834, or Mary O’Connor, Kilcolman 087-9577915.

CHARITY CÉILÍ: A Charity Céilí in aid of the Irish Cancer Society will be held in the Resource Centre Knockaderry on Friday August 10 from 9.30pm. Music by the very popular Striolan Céilí Band and tea will be served and lots of spot prizes on offer. Contact Teresa on 087-9427259, and Deirdre on 086-1630201 for more details.

CRUMLIN WALK: Joe Ahern Glenagore Athea is repeating his walk from Ardagh to Listowel for Crumlin Children’s Hospital on Saturday August 11. It will commence at 9am from Ardagh Church, and from 12 noon there will be a 3 mile loop of Athea, followed by refreshments, before continuing on to Listowel. Joe can be contacted on 086-8155614.

GRAVEYARD MASS: The annual graveyard mass in Coolcappa will be celebrated on Sunday August 12 at 10am.

KILCOLMAN FUNDRAISER: The staff and parents of Kilcolman N.S. are organising their first Golf Classic fundraiser on Friday August 31 (1pm to 4.30pm) and Saturday September 1 (2pm to 4pm). The general public can involved by providing donations and prizes, helping to provide sponsorship for the tee boxes, and sponsoring a team of three. The organisers would appreciate all the support of the community. To get involved contact Catherine on 087-1941255 or Ian on 087-7448848 or email kilschool11, or by post to Kilcolman N.S. Kilcolman.

KNOCK TRIP: The Ardagh/Carrigkerry branch of St Vincent De Paul have organised their annual trip to Knock on Sunday September 8. Please ring John Joe at 069-76280 or 087-4402148, and early booking is advisable.

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ANNIVERSARY WISHES: Congratulations and best wishes in the future to Bridie and Stephen Murphy Glenastar Ardagh, who recently celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary. Bridie is a top class photographer and Stephen an entertainer and former St Kiernan’s footballer.

ADRSC NEWS: The Lip Sync Legend Fundraiser in aid of the Ardagh District Recreational and Sporting Company (ADRSC) will be held in the Devon Inn Hotel Templeglantine on Saturday November 10. The Lip Sync Legends will be on the same lines as last year which was so successful. The committee would like to see new participants and acts involved as well as last year’s very impressive line up of competitors. The rehearsals will commence in September, and those interested in taking part are asked to inform committee members, over the summer. Work on the community all-weather 80 by 50 metre Astroturf playing facility in Ardagh is progressing very well. It is due to open in October and it will be a great asset for all.

AMBROSE GATHERING: Lisgordan House Ardagh owned by the O’Donovan family was the venue where the Ambrose family gathered on July 4 for an American-style barbecue. It was hosted by Deborah Sullivan an American descended from Ellen Ambrose, who immigrated to America from Ballyvoghane in the 1860s. Over the years descendants of the Ambrose family have been very prominent in many professions in America. Local descendants interested in following their distinguished history can view the private family site on Facebook. The organisers would like to thank Carrigkerry Community Centre for the use of their tables and chairs for the gathering, and it was much appreciated by all.

LOTTERY DRAW: The following are the Lottery results from the Old Mill Bar on Monday July 9. The numbers drawn were 1, 4, 8, and 27 and there was no Jackpot winner. Congratulations to the five lucky dip winners who won € 40 each: Margaret Wilmott Glenastar, Mary Ronan c/o Foley’s Bar, Christy Carrig Askeaton, Jimmy O’Donoghue Askeaton, and Tom Griffin c/o Sean Downey. Next week’s Jackpot will be € 9,000 and the draw will be held in Neary’s Bar Ardagh.

SOCIAL CLUB: Ardagh Social Club would like to thank the management and staff in Tesco Newcastle West for the contribution of € 383 towards the running costs of the Social Club. Thanks also to all the customers who put in the tokens to reach that sum.

GAELIC GAMES: Saint Kieran’s were defeated by Rathkeale by 2-19 to 0-10 in Group 2 of the West Junior A Hurling Championship at Askeaton on Sunday July 8. It was a disappointing Championship for the team who lost all four matches. Saint Kieran’s were defeated by Mountcollins by 0-18 to 1-9 in Group 2 of the West Junior B Football Championship at Askeaton on Friday July 6. The club held a very successful Cúl Camp in Coolcappa during the first week of July. The attendees enjoyed lots of fun and games in the sunshine. Deirdre Ambrose’s skills as camp co-ordinator shone through once again. St Kieran’s are fixed to play Oola in round 3 of the County Senior Football Championship this coming weekend.

SOCCER NEWS: Congratulations to Kilcolman Rovers who were awarded the club of the Year Award at the Desmond Ladies League Awards night held in Castlemahon on Friday July 6. Congratulations to Amy O’Shea, Newcastle West Town who received the Division 1 Player of the Year Award and Ciara O’Grady Creeves Celtic who received the Division 1 League Cup final Player of the match award.

BURSARY AWARD: The Desmond Credit Union Newcastle West has launched their 6th annual Third Level Bursary Award for students. The student must be a member of the Desmond Credit Union to apply, and one lucky student will be given € 6,000 towards their college education. For more information and to get an application form Call 069-62700, Email info, or visit the office at North Quay. The closing date is Tuesday July 31.

PINK BALES: Wrap it Pink is an innovative campaign launched by Dairygold Co-Op three years ago. To date it has raised almost € 50,000 for cancer research and support for people with the disease. Their aim is to encourage farmers to buy pink wrap instead of the typical black silage wrap. As a result donations are made by the farmer and the Co-Op to support the worthy cause. The Pink silage wrap is available from their Superstores across the Munster area including Ardagh.

SEISIÚN: The Comhaltas Summer Seisiun season commenced at the Devon Inn Hotel Templeglantine on Thursday July 5. It is a traditional music song dance and storytelling show that entertains the audience for over two hours. It is an ideal show to take visitors from other countries to show them one of our national pastimes. The only other Seisiún show in Limerick is in Hup na Houra in Kilfinane which commenced on Tuesday July 10. The first half of the show is formal with the resident members of Templeglantine Comhaltas and guests entertaining all present with their talents. In the second half of the show members of the audience are welcome to participate, and share with all their own party pieces. The shows run weekly at both venues up to mid August and people who attend will not be disappointed.

FLEADH CHEOIL: The 2018 Munster Fleadh Cheoil will be held in Ennis from Friday July 20th to Sunday July 22nd. Wishing all the local competitors well in their competitions.

KNOCKPATRICK MASS: The annual Mass will be celebrated in Knockpatrick Graveyard Foynes on Sunday July 22 at 2.30pm and all are welcome.

ENTERTAINER REMEMBERED: A monument to the late entertainer Johnny Barrett will be unveiled at the Plaza Charleville on Sunday July 22 at 2pm. Johnny’s wife Anne and musician Peter Burke will unveil the monument. There will be open-air dancing from 3pm to the music of Johnny Barrett. At 4pm a wreath will be laid to Johnny and his son Pat at Holycross graveyard their final resting place. At 5pm people will meet up at Charleville Park Hotel to remember the very popular musician and singer.

OPEN WEEK: The Newcastle West Golf Club based in Ardagh is holding their open week from Sunday July 22 to Sunday July 29. The cost for members is € 8 and visitors € 20, and the prizes will be presented on Sunday July 29 at 8pm. For all details ring 069-76500, or book online at www.newcastlewestgolf.com.

GLIN CASTLE: Tours of Glin Castle and Garden will be held on Sunday July 29 on the hour from 12 noon to 6pm. The admission is € 10 with refreshments included and served within the castle.

RADIO DRAW: Congratulations to Tanya Toomey Newcastle West, who won € 273 in the West Limerick 102fm 50/50 draw, held on Friday July 13. Tickets cost € 2 and they are available from volunteers, in local shops, or from the radio station. All support is very much appreciated.

BEREAVEMENT: The death has taken place of Mary (Mai) Kennedy wife of the late Mark, Ballinena, Old Mill, Newcastle West, peacefully at Killeline Nursing Home Newcastle West on Saturday June 30. With her late husband who died in the early 1970s she was a member of the farming community. She came from Askeaton, and was in her 90th year and a resident of Kileline Nursing home for many years. May kept a lovely home and her hospitality knew no bounds, and she will be sadly missed by all who knew her. She lay in repose at Reidy’s Funeral Home Newcastle West on Monday July 2 from 6pm, followed by removal to the Church of the Immaculate Conception Newcastle West. The Requiem Mass was celebrated on Tuesday at 11.30am, with burial afterwards in Ardagh cemetery. We extend our sympathy to her son Seamus, daughter Mary Kelly, grandchildren Mark, Lisa and Eoin, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends. May she rest in Peace.

FIRST RESPONDERS: The Ardagh Community First Responders number is 083-8889963. The service covers the Ardagh Kilcolman and Coolcappa areas, from the hours of 7pm to 7am Monday to Friday and from 7pm Friday to 7am Monday. The Carrigkerry area number is 098- 7930692 and it covers the same hours.

NEW CATHAOIRLIGH: Congratulations to Adam Teskey Reens Ardagh who was recently elected as the new Cathaoirligh of the Newcastle West area of Limerick City and County Council.

COLLECTION THANKS: St Kieran’s Heritage Association held a church gate collection in Ardagh/Carrigkerry parish on the weekend of July 7/8. A big thank you to all who supported it and the proceeds will go towards the running of the Ardagh Chalice 150 Festival which will be held on the final two weekend of September.

HERITAGE MEETING: St Kieran’s Heritage Association held their monthly meeting in Ardagh Heritage Centre on Thursday July 5 and 18 people were present. Chairperson John P O’Sullivan opened the proceedings, and Secretary Mary Kury read the minutes, and dealt with the correspondence received since the previous meeting. Paul Moriarty outlined the progress made for the Outdoor Play (The last Druid) which will be staged on Saturday September 29. The play tells the story of the loss of the Ardagh Chalice, and the subsequent events as they unfolded. The individual family squares for the parish quilt was on show as well as the school pupil’s art work, and all are very impressive looking. Sunday July 15 is the final day for accepting squares, and if people have problems they can contact Mary on 087-9282462. The completed quilt will be unveiled on Friday September 21, the opening night of the festival.

Theresa Doyle Mc Mahon, brought a lovely art framed painting of the Ardagh Chalice (plus others) which will be a prize on the night of the Church Concert on the closing night of the festival. This concert has a very interesting line up thanks to Theresa and others and commences at 8pm. On Sunday September 16 a concert featuring local musicians will be held in Ardagh Community Centre. This will be recorded by personnel from R.T.E. for their Céilí House programme, which is scheduled to go out on air the following Saturday September 22. The Ardagh Chalice 150 Programme of events covering the final two weekends of September was discussed at length and changes made during the meeting.

The association are holding three events during August which should be of interest to members of the public. First up is the Unveiling of the Bishop Lacy Stone at Ardagh Graveyard Mass at the Millennium Altar and Pattern at St Molua’s Well on Friday August 3 from 6.30pm. This will be followed by a talk by Dr Salvador Michael Ryan of Maynooth in the Community Centre. On Sunday August 5 a 12k walk from Bishop Lacy’s birthplace Dromadda, Athea to Ardagh Community Centre will be held. A bus will ferry the people from Ardagh at 12 noon to the start, and the route will take in the Booster Station Rooska, Ballyine, Old Mill Dunganville, and Ardagh. On Thursday August 23 a talk by Dr Bill O’Brien U.C.C. will be held in the Community Centre at 7.30pm. The title is Ballylin Hill Fort the Bronze Age Capital of Limerick and it will be followed by tea and cake. This event is in association with Heritage week. The next meeting will be held on Wednesday August 1 at 8pm in Ardagh Heritage Centre.

LOTTERY DRAW: The following are the Lottery results from Neary’s Bar Ardagh on Monday June 18. The numbers drawn were 3, 16, 18, and 20 and there was no Jackpot winner. Congratulations to the five lucky dip winners who won € 40 each: Timmy Copse Carrigkerry, Breda Foley Ardagh, Thomas Costello, Coolcappa, Helen Byrnes, Ardagh, and Marie Claire Lenihan Ardagh. Next week’s Jackpot will be € 8,800 and the draw will be held in the Old Mill Bar.

GAELIC GAMES: St Kieran’s defeated Ballysteen by 2-14 to 1-10 in the West Senior Football Championship semi-final in sunny Ballyhahill on Tuesday July 3. The sides were level five times with St Kieran’s dominating the final quarter to run out seven point winners. They trailed by 1-6 to 0-8 at half time, and lost a player to a second Yellow card on resumption. They were under pressure for the next ten minutes, going three points behind. A cracking goal scored on the volley by Noel Callanan was the turning score, as the Ballysteen challenge faded. TEAM: Robert Bradley, Brendan Mc Carthy, John Doyle, Anthony Mullins, Liam Kennedy 0-1, Johnny Mc Carthy, Diarmuid Crowley, Jack Ben Harnett 0-1, Darragh Treacy, Noel Callanan 1-1, Sean Mc Sweeney 0-5, Anthony Molyneaux, Seamus Mangan 0-5, Brian Crowley 0-1, Killian Enright 1-0. Subs Paudie Mc Carthy, Ian Mackessy, Eoin Burke, Liam Upton.

St Kieran’s senior football squad enjoyed a very good Limerick GAA Big Ball Sevens Competion run by Rathkeale club in Mick Neville Park Rathkeale on Saturday June 30. They had wins over Ballysteen, Galbally, Kildimo/Pallaskenry, Mungret St Pauls, and St Senan’s to reach the decider. They lost out by 2-10 to 0-6 to holders Newcastle West after a good contest. Panel Diarmuid Crowley, Brian Crowley, Shane Lynch, Ray Cahill, Sean Mc Sweeney, Seamus Mangan, Noel Callanan, Liam Upton, Liam Kennedy, and Stephen Lyons.

SEISIÚN: The Comhaltas Summer Seisiún season commenced at the Devon Inn Hotel Templeglantine on Thursday July 5. It is a traditional music song dance and storytelling show that entertains the audience for over two hours. It is an ideal show to take visitors from other countries to show them one of our national pastimes.

KILCOLMAN MASS: The annual Mass will be celebrated in Kilcolman Graveyard on Saturday July 14 at 7.30pm, and all are welcome.

BEREAVEMENT: The death has taken place of Patrick Kennelly Parkview, Shanagolden, on Friday June 22 peacefully in Milford Care Centre Limerick. Reposing at Madigan’s Funeral Home Shanagolden on Sunday June 24 from 6pm to 8pm, followed by removal to St Colman’s Church Kilcolman. The Requiem Mass was celebrated on Monday at 12 noon, with burial afterwards in Shanagolden cemetery. We extend our sympathy to his wife Mary, son Jerry and partner Susan, daughter Gráinne, son-in-law Tom, Knockfinisk, grandchildren Ailisa, Tomás, Caoimhe and Paidí, sister-in-law, brother-in-law, relatives and many friends. May he rest in Peace.
CEMETERIES: Limerick City and County Council wish to advise the public that Kilbrathern, and Lismakeera burial grounds are now closed burial grounds, and no new burial plots will be assigned. Only the families that have purchased existing plots from Limerick City and County Council can be interred there. The majority of our burial grounds are approaching this point at present and it needs to be addressed so people can be interred in accordance with their wishes.

FIRST RESPONDERS: The Ardagh Community First Responders number is 083-8889963. The service covers the Ardagh Kilcolman and Coolcappa areas, from the hours of 7pm to 7am Monday to Friday and from 7pm Friday to 7am Monday.

COLLECTION THANKS: The Friends of St Ita’s Community Hospital wish to thank the collectors and everyone who contributed so generously to their recent church gate collection in Kilcolman. The amount collected was € 236.50 and this will go towards the ongoing improvements for the patients in the hospital in Newcastle West.

LOTTERY DRAW: The following are the Lottery results from Neary’s Bar Ardagh on Monday June 18. The numbers drawn were 6,7,13, and 27, and there was no Jackpot winner. Congratulations to the five lucky dip winners who won € 40 each: Dave Connelly c/o Bus Eireann, Mary Kiely Ardagh, Kevin and Tony c/o Nora Dineen, Darragh Ronan c/o Foley’s, and Kevin O’Donoghue, Newcastle West. Next week’s Jackpot will be € 8,600 and the draw will be held in Neary’s Bar Ardagh.

CLUB DRAW: The County Limerick GAA Club draw for June was held on Limerick Live 95fm radio on Saturday June 30. Congratulations to Tara and Daniel Geraghty from the St Kieran’s club who won € 100.

COMMUNITY GAMES: Congratulations to all the participants and prize winners from the St Kieran’s area who took part in the Limerick Community Games held in Mungret on Saturday/Sunday June 23/24.

GAELIC GAMES: St Kieran’s Kieran’s lost to Killeedy by 4-19 to 1-13 in Round 3 of the West Junior A Hurling Championship played in Templeglantine on Friday June 29. They lined out without the injured Paudie Mc Carthy and they trailed by 1-8 to 0-10 at half time. They only trailed by two midway through the second half but failed to score in the final quarter. TEAM John O’Connor, Mikey Breen, Brendan Mc Carthy, Billy Breen, Eoin Burke, Mike Windle, Anthony Mullins, Killian Enright, Jack Ben Harnett 0-1, Ian Mackessy 0-1 Johnny Mc Carthy 0-3 Mike Enright, Michael, Murphy 1-0 Danny Collum 0-4 Anthony Molyneaux 0-4. Sub Ray Noonan. Management Sean Hayes, James Windle, Brian Kennedy.

GAYNOR CUP: Leah Hayes Coen and Sophie Liston were part of the Desmond League panel competing in the U-16 Gaynor Cup in UL from Thursday June 21. They played five matches and ended up in the Bowl final losing 2-0 to Sligo/Leitrim.

SCHOOL HOLIDAYS: Schools have closed for the summer holidays and a well deserved break for all students and teachers. The sixth class pupils bid farewell to their primary schools as they embark on the next stage of their education. The students who completed their Leaving Cert can look forward to College life or entry to the workplace. May all enjoy the lovely sunshine and the summer break and return refreshed for their chosen destination in late August?

GAELIC REVIEW: A review of the weekend Gaelic games action is held on the Exchange programme each Monday (from 11.30am to 1pm) on West Limerick 102FM. Presenter Pat O’Donovan and guests discuss the items of interest from the local and the national matches. The guests have included Con Warren, Peter Curtin, Mike Barrett, and Tom Ryan, and their views are always of interest. Mike Barrett a native of Rooskagh has a long association with hurling, since he got involved in the Inter Firm games in Castlemahon Poultry Products in 1975. He has also served as an umpire at inter county level for referee Neily Duggan Rathkeale. Their in-depth analysis is very interesting and listeners will not be disappointed as they tell it as it is.

HERITAGE MEETING: St Kieran’s Heritage Association will hold their next meeting in Ardagh Heritage Centre on Thursday July 5 at 8pm, and all are welcome.

SEISIÚN: The Comhaltas Summer Seisiun season commences at the Devon Inn Hotel Templeglantine on Thursday July 5 at 8.30pm. It is a traditional music song dance and storytelling show that entertains the audience for over two hours. It is an ideal show to take visitors from other countries to show them one of our national pastimes. The only other Seisiún show in Limerick is in Hup na Houra in Kilfinane commencing on Tuesday July 10. The first half of the show is formal with the resident members of Templeglantine Comhaltas and guests entertaining all present with their talents. In the second half of the show members of the audience are welcome to participate, and share with all their own party pieces. The shows run weekly at both venues up to mid August and people who attend will not be disappointed.

MASS CHANGES: Coolcappa/Kilcolman changeover of Masses, will take place on the weekend of July 7/8. Kilcolman Saturday evenings ay 7.30pm, and Coolcappa Sunday mornings at 10am. Mary Ita O’Connor is hosting the event and all support will be greatly appreciated.

HERITAGE COLLECTION: St Kieran’s Heritage Association is holding a church gate collection in Ardagh/Carrigkerry parish on the weekend of July 7/8. All support will be greatly appreciated.

GRAVEYARD MASSES: The following dates for the local graveyard masses have been announced as follows: Kilscannel Cemetery Thursday July 5 at 7.30pm, Kilbradern Sunday July 8 at 12noon, Kilcolman Saturday July 14 at 7.30pm, Coolcappa Sunday August 12 at 10am, Clounagh Sunday September 2 at 12 noon, and Kilcolman Sunday November 11.

RADIO DRAW: Congratulations to Melissa Quaid Newcastle West, who won € 302 in the West Limerick 102fm 50/50 draw, held on Friday June 29. Tickets cost € 2 and they are available from volunteers, in local shops, or from the radio station. All support is very much appreciated.

BOOK LAUNCH: Congratulations to Pat Mc Loughlin who launched his first collection of short stories in front of a large attendance at the Longcourt Hotel on Friday last June 29. The book, To Weave with Words, was launched by Patrick O’ Donovan TD, Minister of State at the Department of Finance and the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform. The book was published by the Limerick Writers’ Centre and is available in the following shops: O’Mahony’s Bookshop, Limerick; Tony Hayes’s Shop, Newcastle West and Ann Lyons’s Shop, Abbeyfeale. Profit from the proceeds of the very interesting book will go to the Friends of St Ita’s Hospital.

ADRSC MEETING: People will be delighted to hear that Lip Sync Legends will be held in the Devon Inn Hotel Templeglantine on Saturday November 10. It will be the main fundraiser again for the ADRSC project which is up and running in Ardagh. Work commenced on Saturday June 9 and is progressing well with a new entrance opened up and the field being levelled where the Astroturf is to be laid. The committee held an information meeting in Ardagh Hall on Tuesday June 19. The Chairperson David Woulfe gave a brief review of last year’s progress, and fundraising which was a tremendous success, and he outlined plans for the coming months. Donal Mc Enery informed the good attendance on what was being put in place at present and future plans for a walkway around the field.

Deirdre Ambrose spoke about grants and fundraisers and the costs involved in completing the ambitious project which will benefit all. The Astroturf should be ready for use by October, depending on the progress made by the different contractors. The Lip Sync Legends will be on the same lines as last year which was so successful. The committee would like to see new participants and acts involved as well as last year’s more seasoned competitors. The rehearsals will commence in September, and those interested in taking part are asked to inform committee members, over the summer months.

LOTTERY DRAW: The following are the Lottery results from Neary’s Bar Ardagh on Monday June 18. The numbers drawn were 5, 15, 17, and 22, and there was no Jackpot winner. Congratulations to the five lucky dip winners who won € 40 each Mike Molyneaux Ardagh, Laura Mullins Ardagh, Timmy Madigan Ardagh, S and Mike Ardagh, and Mary Steele Ardagh. Next week’s Jackpot will be € 8,400 and the draw will be held in the Thatch Bar Newbridge.

KENNEDY CUP: The Desmond League finished up as Shield runners-up in the Kennedy Cup in UL. They played six matches in total and Dean Quaid, and Lorcan Murphy from Kilcolman Rovers saw lots of action, with Dean scoring two goals.

CARD PLAYING: Congratulations to Sean Moriarty, and Moss O’Connor, who were prize winners at the card game held in Monagea Hall on Wednesday June 6.

RADIO NEWS: West Limerick 102fm community radio held their annual general meeting on Tuesday June 13 at the Desmond Complex Newcastle West. A small crowd was in attendance to hear Chairperson Pat O’Donovan give a positive message in his address. The popular station made a profit for the second year running and also reduced its debt level. Long term debt continue to be a worry as it uses profits which are needed to upgrade the equipment to be able to present good quality programmes. Pat appealed for more people to get involved in the day to day running of the station. New energetic volunteers are needed in all areas to cover research, production, fundraising and general office duties. All listeners and volunteers were thanked for their continued support, and supporters of the 50/50 draw, which is keeping the station on air.

CAHERMOYLE FOR SALE: Cahermoyle House has recently being put on the market by Savills Dublin for a price guide of € 900,000.The 19th century house and 43 acres of land is attracting a lot of interest as it can be used for many different things. It was the original home of William Smith O’Brien, who was MP for Limerick from 1835 to 1848. The Oblate Brothers took it over in 1919 and it operated as a working farm as well as a place of study for students. They moved out in 1988 and 200 acres of the land was sold and the house was turned into a nursing home. It was a successful venture and provided work for locals until it closed in 2016. It is a beautiful residence situated in a tranquil setting and we look forward with interest to the next chapter of its history.

RADIO DRAW: Congratulations to Charlie O’Connor Newmarket, who won € 323 in the West Limerick 102fm 50/50 draw, held on Friday June 22. Tickets cost € 2 and they are available from volunteers, in local shops, or from the radio station. All support is very much appreciated.

RAMBLING HOUSE: All ages of musicians, singers, dancers, and entertainers, are welcome to Jim’s Rambling House Newbridge on Friday June 29 from 8.30pm. A great night of music song and dance is promised.

BOOK LAUNCH: Pat Mc Loughlin from Newcastle West is launching his first book in the Longcourt House Hotel on Friday, June 29 at 8pm. Minister, Patrick O’Donovan is performing the launching of the book which is entitled To Weave with Words. It’s a book of short stories (15 stories) and is published by Limerick Writers’ Centre Publications. Pat is a former employee of the ESB and he has been involved in writing verse and prose in retirement. Everyone is welcome to attend.

OLD MILL NEWS: The Old Mill Club will hold its annual Sports Festival on the weekend of Friday/Saturday June 29/30. A table quiz will be held at Neary’s Bar Ardagh on the Friday night. An Under 12 Girls Football Tournament, sports races, and novelty games, will be held on the Saturday. A Barbecue and refreshments will be available on the day. The summer raffle draw will also be held on Saturday with some great prizes on offer. The tickets cost € 2 each or 3 for € 5, and they can be got from John Liston, 087-2643490, and Timmy Donoghue 087-2633599.

GAA TOURNAMENT: The third annual Limerick Big Ball Club Sevens will be held on Saturday June 30. Rathkeale will host the event (in memory of Shane Hourigan, who died in a road accident in 2014) which will be played in Mick Neville Park. Registration from 9-15 am with the group matches commencing at 10am. The overall winners will receive the Shane Hourigan Cup and a € 500 voucher.

GARDEN FETE: The Ratfredagh Garden Fete will be held at their premises on the Bruff Line on Sunday July 1 from 12 noon. All donations of items are greatly appreciated and pickups can be arranged. Contact 069-83100/069- 83268 for additional details.

CUL CAMP: Saint Kieran’s are holding their Cúl Camp in Coolcappa from Monday July 2nd to Friday July 6th from 10am to 2.30pm. It is open to primary school children from 6 to 13 years. The cost is € 60 per child and family discounts are available. For more details contact the camp co-ordinator Deirdre Ambrose on 087-9509218.

HERITAGE MEETING: St Kieran’s Heritage Association will hold their next meeting in Ardagh Heritage Centre on Thursday July 5 at 8pm, and all are welcome.

SUMMER OUTING: A musical coach will depart from Sheehan’s Road Newcastle West at 9am on Saturday July 7 for the Willie Clancy Festival taking place in Milltown Malbay, and Spanish Point in Clare. It will be a day of music song and dance in the various venues, and all are welcome to come on board. Names with € 10 deposit to Ita Mc Quinn, Monagea Telephone 087-2593415.

BEREAVEMENTS: The death has taken place of Marion Wise Trail view, Ardagh, on Saturday June 9. The Funeral service was held at Shannon Crematorium on Friday June 15 at 2pm, and an Open House at Kilrodane Ardagh on Saturday June 16 from 3pm to 6pm. We extend our sympathy to her daughter Shelly O’Doherty, son Ian and son in law Vincent, grandchildren, relatives and friends. May she rest in Peace.

The death has taken place of Con Herbert at his residence 4 Rooska Court, Carrigkerry, and formerly from Ballyhahill, on Sunday June 10. His remains arrived at St Mary’s Church Carrigkerry on Saturday June 16 for Requiem Mass at 10.30am, which was celebrated by Fr Michael Noonan. Burial followed afterwards in Kilcolman Cemetery. We extend our sympathy to his brothers John and Mike, sister Mary, relatives and friends. May he rest in Peace.

The death has taken place of John O’Connor, Hazelville Dromcollogher, and formerly of Millstreet, Bruree, on Friday June 8 peacefully in the tender and loving care of all at St. Joseph’s Foundation Hazelville. He was son of the late Mossy and Betty, and brother of the late Siobhan. He lay in repose at Daffy’s Funeral Home Kilmallock on Sunday June 10 from 6pm, followed by removal at 7.30pm to the Church of the Immaculate Conception Bruree. The Requiem Mass was celebrated at 11.30am, followed by burial afterwards in Ardagh cemetery. We extend our sympathy to his brothers, Gerard, and Maurice, nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives, kind neighbours, and a large circle of friends especially all of those at St. Joseph’s Foundation. May he rest in peace.

SYMPATHY: We extend our sympathy to Lisa and Gerry Donovan and family, Kilcolman on the death of Lisa’s mother Nora Downes nee Collins Kilbeha Askeaton and formerly of Downe’s Bar, peacefully at her residence. Her remains lay in repose at Madigan’s Funeral Home Askeaton on Saturday June 9. Her funeral Mass was celebrated in St Mary’s Church Askeaton on Sunday followed by burial in Beagh Cemetery. We extend sympathy also to her husband Tom children Caroline, John, Rosie, Jodi, and Tommy, and extended family members. May she rest in Peace.

LOTTERY DRAW: The following are the Lottery results from Moore’s Bar Carrigkerry on Monday June 11. The numbers drawn were 4, 10, 14, and 26, and there was no Jackpot winner. Congratulations to the five lucky dip winners who won € 40 each. T Mullins The Commons, Patrick Mullins Glenville, Luke and Niamh c/o Madigan’s, Conor Kerins c/o Neary’s, and Hannah Dowling Ardagh. Next week’s Jackpot will be € 8,200 and the draw will be held in Neary’s Bar Ardagh.

MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT: Congratulations to Kilcolman N.S. boys, and Ardagh N.S. girls, winners of the recent Tim Crowley Memorial Tournament held in Ardagh. Timmy Madigan (Madigan’s Bus Hire sponsors) and Maura Crowley (wife of the late Tim) presented the plaques to the winning captains.

GAELIC GAMES: Saint Kieran’s lost to Tournafulla by 1-17 to 1-12 in Round 2 of the West Junior A Hurling Championship played in Quaid Park Coolyroe on Friday June 15. Tournafulla’s experience and physical advantage gave them the points after a close encounter. They led by 1-9 to 1-6 at half time, and kept ahead despite a good challenge from a Saint’s team that improved well from their first outing. TEAM John O’Connor, Mikey Breen, Paudie Mc Carthy, Edward Fitzgerald, Mike Windle 0-2, Brendan Mc Carthy 0-1 Anthony Mullins, Killian Enright, Jack Ben Harnett 0-2, Ian Mackessy, Johnny Mc Carthy 0-1, John Buckley, Michael, Murphy, Anthony Molyneaux 1-0, Danny Collum 0-6 Subs Mike Enright. Ray Noonan, Billy Breen, Padraig Trant. Liam Kennedy scored a point for Limerick who lost by 1-30 to 0-5 to Kerry in the quarter final of the new Munster U 20 Football Championship in Newcastle West on Friday June 15.

SOCCER NEWS: Carrig Celtic lost 6-0 away to Rathkeale AFC, and drew 1-1 at home to Granagh United to conclude their Premier League programme. They finished 8th just one place above the relegation places, on 18 points from a possible 54.

CARD PLAYING: Congratulations to Peter Culhane and Nuala O’Connell, and Christy and Mary Lynch who were prize winners at the card game held in Monagea Hall on Wednesday June 6.

BODHRAN SLAM: As part of the 150 years celebration of the discovery of the Ardagh Hoard which will take place on the last weekend in September we need a few more people to join the "Hunting Party" in our Celtic Tribe. This is our third "Slam" and we now have 15 bodhrans and a dance team. Please help us to get over the 20 drums and make this an unforgettable production. Be you big, small, old, young, and male or female you will be most welcome to Ardagh Hall this Friday June 22 at 8pm. Bring your bodhran or bongos and let the Celt out in you! Contact Paul Moriarty for more details.

FUNDRAISING CEÍLÍ: A fundraising céilí in aid of the Youth Pilgrimage to Medjugorge will be held in the new hall Castlemahon on Friday June 22 from 9.30pm.Music by Donie Nolan and Taylors Cross Céilí band and admission € 10. There will be numerous spot prizes on the night and all support will be greatly appreciated.

SPINATHON: A charity Spinathon in aid of Limerick Down Syndrome will be held in Newcastle West on Saturday June 23. It is a repeat of last year’s event which was very successful. Interested people are asked to contact Liam Galvin on 087-9882055 (after 6pm) and all support will be appreciated.

RUN/WALK: The Parkinson’s Association of Ireland 5km fundraising charity run/walk through the Demesne Newcastle West will be held on Sunday June 24, at 11am with registration at 10am, in Newcastle West Community Centre. The registration fee is adults € 10, children € 5, and family €20.

MASS ROCK: The annual Mass at the Mass Rock in Gortnaclohy Ashford will be held on Sunday June 24 at 3pm. It will be celebrated by Fr John Keating and all are welcome.

RADIO DRAW: Congratulations to Sean Madden, Dromcollogher who won € 220 in the West Limerick 102fm 50/50 draw, held on Friday June 15. Tickets cost € 2 and they are available from volunteers, in local shops, or from the radio station. All support is very much appreciated.

BOOK LAUNCH: Pat Mc Loughlin from Newcastle West is launching his first book in the Longcourt House Hotel on Friday, June 29 at 8pm. Minister, Patrick O’Donovan is performing the launching of the book which is entitled To Weave with Words. It’s a book of short stories (15 stories) and is published by Limerick Writers’ Centre Publications. Pat is a former employee of the ESB and he has been involved in writing verse and prose in retirement. He is very involved in clubs and activities, and Newcastle West Community Council and is a panel member on the Exchange Programme on West Limerick 102fm. Everyone is welcome to attend and enjoy the launch.

BIRTHDAY WISHES: Congratulations and best wishes in the future to Seán Murphy Rooskagh, Nora Ambrose Dunganville, and Jasper Shire, who recently celebrated their 90th birthdays at the Ardagh/Carrigkerry Social Club summer party held in Ardagh Community Centre.

COMHALTAS: Congratulations to all the members of Ardagh/Carrigkerry Comhaltas who participated in the County Fleadh Cheoil in Kilfinane over the June weekend. Best wishes to all competitors who progressed to the Munster Fleadh Cheoil Finals in Ennis.

LOTTERY DRAW: The following are the Lottery results from Neary’s Bar Ardagh on Tuesday June 5. The numbers drawn were 3,6,11, and 20, and there was no Jackpot winner. Congratulations to the five lucky dip winners who won € 40 each: Kevin Holland c/o Neary’s, Peter Cregan c/o Neary’s, John Duggan c/o Neary’s, Denis Collins Ardagh, and Breda Foley c/o Nora Dineen.Next week’s Jackpot will be € 8,000 and the draw will be held in Moore’s Bar Carrigkerry.

CUP WINNERS: Congratulations to Creeves Celtic who defeated Broadford United Reserves 3-1 in the Desmond Division 3 League Cup Final at Clounreask on Friday June 1. Tom Shanahan 2 and Darragh O’Connor scored the goals, as they completed the double having won the League earlier in the season. Tom Shanahan was named Man of the Match, and James Nash and Noel O’Donnell were joint managers. TEAM Robert Bradley, Jerome O’Connor, Shane Lynch, Tommy Dillane, Robert Culhane, Darragh O’Connor, David Dunne, Brian Nash, Seamus Mangan, Richard Hayes, Tom Shanahan, Mark Hennessy, Danny Coleman, Mark Hayes, Dominic Kearns, and Jimmy Dillane.

GAELIC GAMES: Liam Kennedy and Eoin Bourke, from the St Kieran’s club are included in the Limerick U 20 Football panel that meet Kerry in the quarter final of the new Munster U 20 Football Championship in Newcastle West on Friday June 15 at 7.30pm. St Kieran’s were defeated by Newcastle West 3-9 to 0-12 in Round 5 of the County Senior Football League at Coolcappa on Friday June 8. Darragh Treacy and Sean Mc Sweeney were members of the Limerick team that lost to Mayo by 5-19 to 3-7 in Round 1 of the All Ireland Senior Football Qualifier at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick on Saturday June 9.

KENNEDY CUP: Dean Quaid and Lorcan Murphy, from the Kilcolman Rovers soccer club are members of the Desmond league U 14 panel competing in the Kennedy Cup in UL from Monday June 11.

CARD PLAYING: Congratulations to Moss O’Connor and Sean Moriarty, and Mike Robinson and Jack Woulfe, who were prize winners at the card game held in Shanagolden Hall on Friday June 1.

SAILING: Congratulations to members of the Mc Cormack family on their recent sailing success with Foynes Yacht Club. Darragh and Mark, and Johnny Dillon were placed 1st overall Munster Mermaid champions, and Vincent and Roisin, and Michael Lynch, were placed 2nd overall Munster Mermaid champions.

HERITAGE NEWS: St Kieran’s Heritage Association held their June meeting in Ardagh Heritage Centre on Thursday 7 and 13 people were present. Chairman John P O’Sullivan welcomed all and Secretary Mary Kury read out the minutes. Matters arising were dealt with and the main item on the agenda was the Ardagh Chalice 150 Anniversary Festival in September. The Programme for the final two weekends is near complete at present. It promises to be an action packed two weeks of entertainment with something to suit all tastes. Pa O’Dwyer (Rooskagh) the strongest Man in Ireland has been invited to attend the festival. The very popular Pig on a spit will be available on both Sundays.

People were thanked for supporting the church gate collection in Coolcappa/Kilcolman, and the Pub quiz in Reen’s Bar. The closing date for the Art Competition for children to bring their entries to the four schools is is Friday June 22. The SKHA webpage is up and running at www. St Kieran’s Heritage.ie The association will shortly have a presence on Twitter and Instagram with a separate Face book page for Ardagh Chalice 150 and plan to register SKHA as a charity. The Graveyard section of Limerick County Council who did the recent clean-up in Ardagh Graveyard was thanked. Nationwide will not do a programme about SKHA as they have recently broadcast one from Newcastle West. The Heritage Association is holding a church gate collection in Ardagh/Carrigkerry on the weekend of July 7/8. The next meeting will be on Thursday July 5 in Ardagh Heritage Centre at 8pm.

ART EXHIBITION: The learners of VTOS Shanagolden are currently holding their Annual Art Exhibition at Newcastle West Library and it will continue up to Friday June 29. There are over 60 drawings from 10 mature learners, on display which they produced from their weekly class with tutor Maureen Barry Fitzgerald. The exhibition titled In the Making shows the works completed by first and second year adult learners as part of their Level 5 Painting/Drawing Module.

NEW TERM: VTOS Shanagolden are currently enrolling learners for the next Academic Year QQI-Level 5 Information Processing) which will commence in September. Participants must be over 21 years and in receipt of Social Welfare for at least six months. Mature learners will be taught new skills in Computers, Communications, Accounting, Work Experience, and Art. People who join the programme can retain their Social Welfare entitlements, and receive travel and meal allowance, Childcare support under CETS, and Career Guidance. Contact Melanie Casey on 069-60106 for more details.

NEW PUPILS: Carrigkerry N.S. is now enrolling pupils for next September, and Enrolment forms are available from the principal Ann Horan. Please call to the school or ring 069-76229.

RADIO DRAW: Congratulations to James Mc Enery Kilconlea, Abbeyfeale who won € 365 in the West Limerick 102fm 50/50 draw, held on Friday June 8. Tickets cost € 2 and they are available from volunteers, in local shops, or from the radio station. All support is very much appreciated.

BEREAVEMENT MEETING: Milford Hospice is holding a Bereavement Information Evening on Thursday June 14 at 7pm in Milford Care Centre Castletroy. For more information call 085-2888 888.

CLOTHES COLLECTION: Kilcolman N.S. is organising a new bumper Clothes Collection at present. Any rewearable clothes, paired shoes, belts, handbags, curtains, towels, bed linen, soft toys, will be accepted. Donations can be dropped into the school shelter before this Friday June 15.

FUNDRAISING CEÍLÍ: A fundraising céilí in aid of the Youth Pilgrimage to Medjugorge will be held in the new hall Castlemahon on Friday June 22 from 9.30pm.Music by Donie Nolan and Taylors Cross Céilí band and admission € 10. There will be numerous spot prizes on the night and all support will be greatly appreciated.

RUN/WALK: The Parkinson’s Association of Ireland 5km fundraising charity run/walk through the Demesne Newcastle West will be held on Sunday June 24, at 11am with registration at 10am, in Newcastle West Community Centre. The registration fee is adults € 10, children € 5, and family €20.

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