by Tom Aherne

Welcome to our weekly look at events making the news around  the Carrigkerry locality on this dry and dull Sunday afternoon. A mixed week weather wise with plenty of variety to suit all tastes. The increased heat has seen a spurt of growth along the fields and hedgerows and the turf machines have been busy in recent weeks. We wish a speedy recovery to John Joe Kennelly, Ardagh after his recent operation in Croom, and get well wishes to all who are sick at present. Last Sunday’s Mass in Saint Mary’s was an anniversary Mass for the late Jim Corbett from Skehanagh, Ardagh.

Congratulations to Linda O’Reilly, Grouse Lodge, Ardagh, who won €5,000. in a 95 FM Radio, phone -in competition, in recent weeks.

The Limerick G.A.A. Development Draw for April took place at The Homestead Bar, Tournafulla, on Friday 1st April. Congratulations to Saint Kieran’s members Eileen Kelly who won €500 and Cathal Breen who won €250.The next draw will be held on Friday 6th May – venue to be decided and the club are still seeking new members.

The following are the lottery results, from The Thatch Bar, Newbridge, on the 4th April.

The numbers drawn were 9,10,12,24, and there was no Jackpot winner.

Congratulations to the lucky dip winners as follows.

€60 Noel Kennelly, Shanagolden.

€60 Molly Griffin,  c/o Bus Eireann.

€60 Timothy Madigan, Kilcolman.

€30 Margaret Buckley, c/o P Mullins.

€30 Amanda Kinsella, Old Mill.

€30 Willie Treacy,  Ardagh.

Next week’s draw takes place  at Neary’s Bar, Ardagh and the Jackpot will be €6,200.

Congratulations to Moss O’Connor, and Donie Nolan who were prize winners at The Flag Floor card game on Wednesday 30th March. The proceeds of the night went to the Ardagh/Carrigkerry Senior Citizen’s Fund.

Congratulations to Carrig Celtic, on winning the Desmond Youths Division 2 title in Clounreask on Saturday 2nd April. They defeated Bally Rovers 4-2 on penalties after a 1-1 draw after extra time. John Greaney scored the goal and Raymound Brouder was named Man of the Match. TEAM Conor O’Shea, Gavin Hayes, Mossy Shine, John Greaney (Captain), Brendan McCarthy, Raymond Brouder, Brody O’Connor, Michael Flynn, Ian Mackessy, Eoin King, Sean McSweeney, SUBS Eoin Moran, Liam Ward, David Costelloe, James Hough, Podge Balfe. Well done also to the managers, Michael Flynn, and Declan Greaney. This is the second year in a row that the youths have won silverware.

In the Desmond League Division 1 Carrig Celtic defeated Glantine 5-1 at home with goals from Mike D O’Connor 2, Alan Moloney 2, and William McSweeney.

Old Mill defeated Abbeyfeale United B away by 2-0 with goals from Alan Moynihan, and Brendan Hayes.

Carrig Celtic B lost 4-2 away to Saint Ben’s in Division 4 with Diarmuid McSweeney and Timmy McCoy scoring the goals.

In ladies soccer Kilcolman Rovers lost 2-0 away to Murroe and the sides will have to play-off to decide the Division 1 Title.

Saint Kieran’s defeated Ballysteen by 2-13 to 2-4 in round 1 of the All County Football League played at Coolcappa, on Tuesday 29th March.

Saint Kieran’s defeated Newcastle West by 0-15 to 1-11 in the West Junior B Football League  played at Newcastle West on Sunday 3rd April.

Saint Kieran’s lost to Granagh-Ballingarry  by 1-13 to 0-13 in the West U21 B Hurling Championship semi-final played at Quaid Park, Coolyroe, on Saturday 2nd April.

Congratulations to Desmond College on winning the Munster U14 College Cup Final at the Demesne Newcastle West on Friday 1st April. They defeated Comeragh College from Carrick on Suir by 2-1 with goals from Cormac Long, Rooskagh, and Brian Hurley.  Congratulations to coach Steven Goulding and all the local players involved.

Congratulations to S.M.I. Newcastle West on winning the Munster Senior Ladies Football final. They defeated Presentation of Thurles by 1-8 to 0-1 in Tipperary Town. Congratulations to all the local players involved in the win

Kilcolman National School Board of Management would like to thank all who supported their recent fundraising dance in The Shannon House which raised €1,500.

Kilcolman Community Creche would like to thank all who supported  their quiz night, in The Old Stand which raised €760.

Imen McDonnell from Kilcolman, was featured on R.T.E. Radio 1 on the John Murray Show on Monday 4th April. She writes a weekly column for the Country Living section of The Irish Farmers Journal ” Tales of a modern farmette”. A native of America she is married to Richard who farms on the family farm and they have a son who attends Kilcolman N.S. School.

It was a very interesting interview, outlining the contrast in her life in America with life now in a small rural parish in West Limerick. Her very interesting views on Irish life can be accessed on

Kilcolman Rovers Soccer Club are holding a quiz in aid of their underage teams, in Neary’s Bar, Ardagh on Holy Thursday night 21st April at 9.30pm.

West Limerick Community Radio are holding a car boot sale and indoor market at Newcastle West Community Centre on Sunday 17th April from 9am to 3pm and all support will be much appreciated.

West Limerick Community Radio annual six month fundraising draw will commence shortly and tickets can be bought  at the three local stations. Subscription is €10 per month or €60 for  the six draws. The prizes each month are as follows: €500, €300 and three prizes of  €100. Proceeds will go towards the running and maintenance costs of the three stations.

The Coolcappa/Kilcolman parent and toddler group continues as normal every Friday  from 11.00am, to 12.30pm in the Community Centre Coolcappa. All childminders, grandparents, moms and dads, are welcome and refreshments are provided.

Ardagh National School parents council are holding a cake sale on Friday 15th, April from 9 to 10am, at the school. The committee are seeking any baked goods, which can be brought on the morning. All support will be greatly appreciated.

Our Lady’s Pastoral area, which includes Ardagh/Carrigkerry, are organising a pilgrimage to Knock for Sunday 12th June  Tickets and further information will be available later.

It was a good week for Munster rugby as they progressed to the semi-final of the Amlin Challenge Cup. They defeated Brieve by 5 points in France in a very exciting contest.

The Aintree Grand National threw up its usual thrills and spills and no doubt people made a few euros on the result as the odds were favourable.

It is getting exciting  in cross channel soccer with Chelsea or Man Utd guaranteed a Champions League semi-final place . The F.A. Cup semi-finals are taking place next week end Man Utd and Arsenal fight it out for the Premiership title.

I will conclude with our thought:

Opportunity may knock only once, but temptation leans on the doorbell