Welcome to our weekly look at events making the news around the Carrigkerry locality on this dry and cold Sunday afternoon. The past week was real March weather, similar to the curates egg, containing a little of everything. The new Government was formed and the Limerick/Kerry region fared well with Michael Noonan, Jan O’Sullivan and Jimmy Deenihan appointed to the Cabinet. I was surprised that Dan Neville did not get an appointment as he has done so much for suicide awareness, and mental health over the years.

Last Sunday’s Mass in Saint Mary’s  was an anniversary for the late Johnny Dinny O’Connor from Glenastar, Ardagh. The collection taken up at the Church gate was in aid of Autism Ireland. Limerick footballers have just defeated Cavan by 5 points, as I pen these notes, to record their first victory in the current League.

The following are the lottery results from Foley’s Bar Reens Ardagh on March 7th. The numbers drawn were 2,9,18,30, and there was no Jackpot winner. Congratulations to the lucky dip winners as follows:

€60 Mike Liston, Glenastar, Ned Lynch,  Newcastle West, Pat Copse, Shanagolden.€30 Kit Relihan,  Ardagh,

Deirdre O’Keane, Creeves, Patsy, Jim, Moira, Ardagh.

Next week’s draw takes place in Neary’s Bar, Ardagh, and the Jackpot will be €5,400.

Congratulations to Peter Fitzsimons, and Catherine Kiely who were prize winners at the Flag Floor card game held on March 2nd.

Congratulations to Peg and John Mulvihill, Ballinabearna, who were prize winners at the Shanagolden card game held on March 4th.

The Flag Floor will host a fundraising card game in aid of the Irish Guide Dogs Association for the Blind on Wednesday March 23rd, at 9pm and all support will be much appreciated.

Congratulations to the Kilcolman National School quiz team who came third in the Chapter 23 (Kerry and West Limerick)  Credit Union Quiz final, which was held recently in Tralee.

The members were Liam Kennedy, Róisín Nolan, John O’Connor and Denise Crowley.

Carrig Celtic defeated Kilcolman Rovers 2-1 in Division 1 of the Desmond League, in Ardagh on Sunday March 6th. Mike D ‘O Connor and Mark Collins scored their goals, with Barry Downes, on target for the Rovers. Old Mill defeated Pallaskenry 2-0 at home, with goals from Ray Cahill and Darragh Woods. Carrig remain in joint 2nd place 10 points behind leaders Ballingarry with 6 games to play. Kilcolman Rovers, and Old Mill remain in the bottom half of the table. In Division 4 Carrig Celtic B defeated Pallaskenry B 2-0 at home, with goals from John Greaney and Gavin Hayes. Carrig remain in 2nd place 4 points behind leaders Saint Ben’s with 8 matches to play.

In ladies soccer Kilcolman Rovers defeated Feenagh on penalties, after a 2-2 draw in the Desmond League Cup semi final played in Carrigkerry. Stephanie Griffin and Noreen Barry scored the goals. In the other semi final Carrig Celtic lost 3-2 at home to Ballingarry with Michelle Brouder scoring the goals.

The death has taken place in London of Margaret (Peggy)  O’Connor, nee Costelloe, Carnagh, Ballyhahill. Her remains were removed from Madigan’s Funeral Home Shanagolden, to Saint Colman’s Church Kilcolman, on Thursday evening last. The burial took place in Kilfergus Cemetery Glin following Requiem Mass in Kilcolman on Friday March 11th.

Sympathy to her sons, daughters and extended family. May she rest in Peace.

We extend sympathy to the relatives of Maizie O’Connor, nee Kennelly, late of Cahermoyle, Ardagh, who died recently in Birmingham, England. Mass in Saint Molua’s Church, Ardagh on Saturday March 19th at 7.30pm. May she rest in Peace.

Congratulations and best wishes to Mike Dalton, Carrigkerry West, on his recent appointment as harvesting Manager for Green Belt Ltd. He will be responsible for heading up the harvesting division in the Limerick, Cork and Kerry regions, He previously worked for SWS Forestry and he brings vast experience and knowledge to his new position.

Drom -Broadford defeated Saint Kieran’s by 1-15 to 1-7 in the West U-21 B Hurling Championship at Coolyroe, on Sunday March 6th.

Kealan O’Connor, Saint Kieran’s was a member of the West Limerick Primary Schools panel that won the Sarsfield Cup. They defeated South Limerick by 1-6 to 0-3 in the final. Tim Crowley was part of the management team, and we congratulate both on their success.

West Limerick Community Radio are holding their monthly car boot sale and indoor market in the Community Centre Newcastle West on this coming Sunday March 20th, from 9am to 3pm and support will be appreciated.

Kilcolman N.S. are holding a fundraising dance in the Shannon House Foynes, on Sunday afternoon March 20th, from 4pm, to 7pm. Music by Taylor’s Cross, and tickets cost € 5 and all are welcome

Daffodil Day in aid of the Irish Cancer Society will be held on Friday March 25th.  Volunteers are always welcome to help out on the day and Kate Buckingham, Glenastar, can be contacted at 069-76148.  Please be generous with your donations.

The celebration of the Stations of the Cross will take place in Calvary Cemetery, Newcastle West each Sunday during Lent at 3pm. Relatives and friends of the faithful departed buried in the Cemetery are invited to come along and participate and pray for the departed souls.

All households in the locality are asked to collect a Trocaire Box and to participate in the Lenten Appeal 2011. Finances may be limited at present for us all but compared to people in the third World we have riches beyond compare. Digna Portilla Amador, a 5 year old girl from  North East Honduras, is the face on this Lent’s Trocaire Box. She lives with her family in a small community called La Confianza. Families work together to farm the land and earn an income but yields are so low that they barely make enough to pay for basic essentials like food and clothing. Your donations will help families like Digna’s to lift themselves out of poverty for just €2 a day during Lent.

€2 a day will provide families with agricultural training and tools to ensure better harvests and a more reliable source of food.

€2 a day will help landless families to obtain legal documents for their land and secure their future.

€2 a day will enable communities to prepare for emergencies caused by natural disasters- including first aid and rescue courses, signposting evacuation routes and other response plans.

By giving up some little treat over the 40 days we can make a big positive difference in another’s life, and what can be better as we help out our fellow human beings.

A house for sale on the Glensharrold -Kerrikyle border has attracted nationwide interest in recent weeks due to the low selling price being quoted for it. The description of the building has not been very complimentary in reports with a number of inaccuracies which has left people annoyed. The prefabricated house, containing three rooms, was erected in the seventies for the late Patie Wrenn and it was much admired and it suited his needs to a tee. It has been unoccupied for close on ten years, since Patie was relocated to a house in Carrigkerry. This resulted in it’s fall from grace to it’s present condition as stated. The right owner with expertise and work could return the building to its former state in its pleasant rural setting. A good number of other properties and sites remain on sale around the locality at present due to the depressed property market.

Newcastle West Bereavement Support Group are holding meetings in the Parish Pastoral Centre on the following Thursdays, March 17th,24th,31st and April 7th at8.pm.

All are welcome to come along and receive support on their loss through listening and talking.

Ardagh/Carrigkerry senior citizens Christmas party committee held their A.G.M. in Ardagh Hall on February 28th. All the officers were complimented on their work and remain unchanged for 2011. All who helped out over the year were also thanked during the various reports and addresses. The annual Church gate collection will be held on Saturday and Sunday March 26th  / 27th.

I am enjoying the All Ireland talent show on RTE at present and hopefully Mad for Road will progress to the final this Sunday evening. The platform it provides is vital for up and coming talent and also for people seeking a second chance to make a breakthrough.

Nice to hear George Langan’s new C.D. ” Swinging Doors” on release and it  is receiving good air play on all the local Radio Stations.

Best of luck to Seamus O’Sullivan, Ballyhahill on his new show on West Limerick Radio which can be heard each Sunday morning from 8am to 9am.

Sad to report the passing of Owen Condon, of Murray and Condon fame, who had a hit record with ” Waltzing on borrowed Time” a number of years ago. He played the piano accordion and was a member of the group Napper Tandy as well and he was in his early sixties.

A very happy Saint Patrick’s Day to all and I will conclude with our thought.

“A dream which is not interpreted, is like a letter which is not read”