by Tom Aherne

Glensharrold Wrenboy Group held their presentation evening at Carrigkerry Community Centre, on Sunday 26th February. They presented a total of €750.00. To three local groups, from the proceeds of their Saint Stephen’s Day trip hunting the Wren. The group enjoyed a very successful outing this year with the weather very favorable for the occasion. They held two Wren nights from the proceeds, in January at the Flag Floor,  Glensharrold which were most enjoyable. They included a feast of good music song, dance, and storytelling which was admired and enjoyed by the large attendance. Johnny Kennelly on behalf of the group addressed the gathering and he paid a deserved tribute to all the people who supported them this year. In their homes and in the bars they received a great welcome, from the people, who were delighted with the entertainment they provided. This made it possible when bills were paid to allocate the remaining money to three groups close to people’s hearts in the community. A case of the money collected in the area, returning to the area, to benefit the groups who provide great service to others. The groups to benefit this year were Ardagh/ Carrigkerry Senior Citizens Committee, Ardagh/ Carrigkerry Tuesday Social Club, and Kilcolman Parish Fund. Representatives from the groups thanked the Wrenboys for their continued generosity and assured them that the money would be spent carefully and wisely during the year. The group founded in 1956 is to be complimented for their ongoing donations to local groups stretching back over the past twenty years.
The following are the lottery results from the Old Mill Bar, on Monday 5th March. The numbers drawn were 3,11,15,29, and there was no Jackpot winner. Congratulations to the lucky dip winners as follows:

€60 Mary Greaney, Kilcolman.
€60 Ita Dineen, Ardagh.
€60 Joan Bridgeman, Ardagh.
€30 Yvonne Kelly, Ardagh.
€30 Carrie Nash, Newcastle West.
€30 James Davis, Ardagh.
Next week’s draw takes place in Peadar’s Bar Ardagh, and the Jackpot will be €15, 400.

Congratulations to Mike Kearney, and Martin Flynn, who were prize winners, at the Flag Floor card game, held on Wednesday 29th February. Card game each Wednesday at 9pm, and all are welcome.
In the Desmond League on Sunday 4th March Kilcolman Rovers drew 1-1
away to Knockaderry in the bottom of the table clash in Division 2.

Old Mill v Pallaskenry in Division 1 was off.
Carrig Celtic B lost 2-1 at home to Ballingarry B in the League Cup
quarter- final 1st leg. Shane Mulvihill scored their goal, and the A team had no fixture. Carrig Celtic lost 1-0 to Adare Utd in the Desmond Ladies, First
Division League Cup Final played at Clounreask  Askeaton.
Congratulations to Kilcolman Rovers ladies, on winning the team of the month award.

Congratulations to Coláiste Mhuire Askeaton, on winning the Munster
Colleges Senior Challenge Cup at Buttevant, Cork on Friday 2nd March.
They defeated Mayfield Community School 3-2 after extra time. We
congratulate the manager Mike Daly,  Kilcolman, and all the local players involved in the win.
Work has commenced on Thursday 1st March to repair a bridge damaged
last November over the White River in Glensharrold, Carrigkerry. The road has been closed since, adding miles to people’s destinations as they go about their daily business. The people affected are hopeful that the bridge will be open to traffic in the near future. Limerick
County Council is also cleaning up a number of dangerous dykes, in the
Glensharrold area at present. This is to be welcomed but surely all dykes and watercourses should be cleared up on a regular basis and all trees and bushes cut back to open up all rural roads.  It was done in the old days by man and shovel and kept in good condition and then abandoned when men were taken off the roads to be replaced by machinery. When money was plentiful this work was not done, so what chance now?. We have nearly half a million out of work so why not introduce a scheme to clean up Ireland and showcase it to the tourists we hope will come to visit.

Saint Kieran’s were defeated by Drom-Broadford  2-11 to 0-9 in the West U-21 B Hurling Championship Round 1 at Newcastle West Gaelic Grounds on Saturday 3rd March.
Johnny Mc Carthy was full back on the Limerick senior football team that lost by 0-10 to 0-9 in Round 3 of the Division 4 National Football League game played in Cusack Park Ennis on Sunday March 4th .
The Bord na nÓg Awards presentation took place recently in Ardagh Hall with special guest’s club players Johnny McCarthy and Darragh Treacy doing the honours.
Stephen Goulding stepped down from the position of Vice Chairman of Newcastle West, Community Council at their recent Annual General Meeting. He was thanked for his contribution to the many fine projects the Council was involved with. Stephen, a native of Carrigkerr, is a
volunteer with many other groups as well including West Limerick Radio, Labour Party and Newcastle West Soccer Club.

We extend sympathy to Ned Kiely and family Lisgordan, Ardagh, and Peggy
Ward and family Kilbradern, on the death of their sister-in-law Ellie Kiely (nee O’Connor) Knocknagorna, Athea. She was laid to rest on Friday March 2nd .

Sympathy also to Mary Flynn, and family Rathreigh, Ardagh, on the death of her sister Kitty Lowe, and her brothers-in-law Eddie and Lez in England. May they all rest in Peace.
Enrolments are now taking place in Coolcappa National School for next
September. Parents who wish to enroll their children can contact the
Principal Nora Madden at 069-76493.

The Great Southern Trail presents a historical slide show by Richard Wall on the railway era in Newcastle West Library on Tuesday 20th March at 8pm. It will recall the days when the train passed through West Limerick and the people kept time by the sound of the whistle. It promises to be a very interesting show and all are welcome. At the recent A.G.M. the local parish co-ordinators Tom Heffernan, Ardagh and
Nora O’Grady, Coolcappa were re-appointed for the coming year.
The Annual General Meeting of the Ardagh/Carrigkerry Senior Citizens
Christmas Party was held in Ardagh Hall on Monday 5th March. The following officers were re-appointed  for the coming year.  Chairman: Sean Danaher,   Vice-Chairman: Donie Sheahan,  Secretary: Kathleen Hayes, Ass-Secretary: Helena King, Treasurer: Eileen O’Grady,
Ass-Treasurer: Mairéad Adams, committee: Eileen Behan, Sadie O’Connor, Marie Culhane, Pat Lawlor,  Maire Crowley, Chrissie McCarthy,  Thanks were expressed to individuals,  groups and organizations for their financial support over the past year, and the committee are in a good
financial position as a result. This year’s party will be held in Ardagh Hall on Sunday 2nd December. The annual Church gate collection will be held in Ardagh/ Carrigkerry on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th March.

A Priest will officiate at the celebration of the Stations of the Cross in Calvary Newcastle West each Sunday during Lent at 2.30. People who have relatives, buried in the cemetery are invited to come and take part and to pray for the souls of their relatives and friends.
A community information evening will take place in the Hall Shanagolden on Thursday 15th March at 7.30pm.  Representatives from
service providers and state agencies will speak and information material will be available on a wide range of topics. The evening is being hosted by Saint Senan’s and District Community Alert and they
would appreciate a large attendance.

Fr Terry Loughran PP Cappagh will launch his CD “Storybook” in
Rathkeale House Hotel on Sunday 18th March at 8pm. Admission €5 and
copies of the CD will be on sale. Proceeds will go to the Lauren McGrath Benefit Fund and a great evening of music and song is promised.
Glenville House & Gardens in Ardagh, have announced their opening hours for 2012 as follows.
3rd -28th April                Tuesday to Saturday        9.30am to 1.30pm.
1st-31st  May                  Tuesday to Saturday        9.30am to 1.30pm.
18th-26th August            Saturday to Sunday          9.30am to 1.30pm.
1st-12th September         Tuesday to Saturday        9.30am to 1.30pm.

Admission €5, students €3 and children and OAP’S are free.
Daffodil Day in aid of the Irish Cancer Society will take place in Newcastle West and other local places on Friday 23rd March. People can volunteer their services or hold an event in their locality. They can also buy a Daffodil or other merchandise at the local outlets. All support will be much appreciated.  All enquiries to Kate Buckingham, Glenastar Ardagh, on 069-76148.
Sunday afternoon tea dancing will take place in Carrigkerry Community Centre, on Sunday 25th March from 2.30 pm to 5.30pm. Music by Barry O’Halloran and tea and refreshments will be served and admission €5. All the proceeds will go to the upkeep and maintenance of the centre and all are welcome.
The AGM of Ardagh Voluntary Housing Association will take place in the
day centre, Reerasta Court on Monday 2nd April at and all are welcome.
Those currently involved with community drama or those interested in getting involved are being invited to take part in a short acting and performance skills training workshop which will take place in Knockaderry on Saturday March 24th and 30th from 10am-4pm each day. Supported by West Limerick Resources the training is free of charge and will cover a wide range of acting and on-stage skills.  All levels
of experience catered for. To book a place contact Suzanne on 069 79114 or email [email protected].  Open to over 16’s only.