by Tom Aherne

Congratulations and best wishes to Brendan Madigan Ballyegna, Ardagh, and Tayna Tinney, Lifford, County Donegal, who were married in Saint Colman’s Church, Kilcolman, on Saturday 16th June.

The Ceremony was performed by Fr Denis Mullane. P.P. assisted by family relative Fr Seamus Madigan. The Reception was held in The Woodlands House Hotel Adare.

Congratulations to Jim Molyneaux Ardagh, who won 4th Prize of €200 in the Rathkeale 500 Club Draw held in Rathkeale Community Centre, on Thursday 14th June.

Congratulations to Kit Liston Knockfinisk, who won €500, in the Athea G.A.A. 500 Club Draw.

Congratulations to Noreen O’Callaghan, Ardagh, who won €100 in the recent West Limerick 102 Community Radio Draw. The next draw will be held on Thursday 28th June, and to be included in the draw contact the office at 069-66200.

The following are the Lottery results from Neary’s Bar, Ardagh, on Monday 18th June. The numbers drawn were 2,11,16,18, and there was no Jackpot winner. Congratulations to the lucky dip winners. €60 M/W c/o Denis Greaney, Ardagh. €60 Mary O’Connor Glensharrold. €60 Eileen Relihan Ardagh. €30 Pat Flynn Ardagh. €30 Garry Byrnes c/o Denis Greaney, Ardagh. €30 Brendan Vaughan, Bus Eireann. Next week’s draw will be held in The Thatch Bar Newbridge, and the Jackpot will be €18,400.

The death has taken place of Paddy Carrig, 32 Corrib Drive, Shannon, County Clare, and late of Creeves, Askeaton. His remains reposed at his residence from 5pm, on Friday 15th June, followed by removal to Mary Immaculate Church, Shannon. Requiem Mass on Saturday at 12 noon, followed by burial in Illaunamanagh Cemetery. Sympathy is extended to his daughter Audrey, sons John, Patrick, Michael, Finbar, Gerard and Tony, extended family members, relatives, and friends. Paddy was honorary life member and President of the Wolfe Tone GAA Club at the time of his death. He played Gaelic football for Kilcolman, and Askeaton/Ballysteen, in his youth. May he rest in Peace.

Saint Kieran’s defeated Mountcollins by 3-13 to 1-4 in Round 2 of Group 2 of the County Senior Football Championship at Newcastle West Gaelic Grounds, on Friday 15th June. A good crowd was in attendance, to see the team make it two wins out of two on a wet evening and under difficult ground conditions. Saint Kieran’s were always in control of the game and they led by 1-8 to 0-2 at half time. They are joint top of their Group with favourites Father Casey’s, with games to come against Adare, Saint Patrick’s, and Father Casey’s, in the coming months. TEAM:  Jim Molyneaux, John O’Connor, John Doyle, Patrick Downes, Patrick Windle, Paudie McCarthy, Mike Flynn, Johnny McCarthy, 1-0 Darragh Treacy, 1-2 JB Harnett, Timmy Carroll, Donal Nolan, 0-2 Ray Cahill, 0-2 Jim Donovan, 1-4 Anthony Molyneaux, 0-3. Sub: Brian Crowley.

Congratulations to Conor Garvey Saint Kieran’s winner of the Poc Fada Competition at the George O’Rourke U-14 Hurling Tournament in Kildimo.

Congratulations to Maurice Windle, Ardagh, a recent winner of the Vice-Captains Prize, at Newcastle West Golf Club in Ardagh. Maurice won numerous honours in hurling and football with the club in times past.

Saint Kieran’s are holding their Cúl Camp in Coolcappa from Monday 2nd to Friday 6th July. All details from Deirdre Ambrose 087-9509218.           

Croagh N.S. defeated Ardagh N.S. by 8-0 to 5-3 in the West Limerick Division 2 Camogie Final in Mick Neville Park Rathkeale on Thursday 14th June.

Ireland had a very disappointing European Soccer Championship but the fans gave the team great support at home and at the matches in Poland and the Ukraine.  People from the locality travelled to the games to cheer on the side, who never reached their playing potential. A lot of house flags and car flags were in evidence as well as the people got behind the team.

Congratulations to Kilcolman who defeated Breska Rovers 7-1 to win the U-8 Division 2 Shield Final. Team:  Sean Hughes, Darragh McMahon, 1  Oisin Ryan, Conor Kelly, Lorcan Murphy, 2 Con Enright, 2  PJ O’Sullivan 2  Jack Kennedy, Chris Lenihan, Conor Hodgson, Conor Colbert, Padraig Downey, Tim Downey, Cormac Murphy, Maeve Kelly, Kilian Hodgson, Tara Barry, Cathal Keinhan.

Congratulations to Darragh O’Connor, and Adam Kearns,  Creeves Celtic who were member of the Desmond League Kennedy Cup team  who participated in the recent  Competition in the UL.

Congratulations to Carrig Celtic A+B  teams who picked up the Desmond League Division 1+3 clean sheets awards, for last season.

Congratulations to the local prize winners, at the County Fleadh Cheoil hosted by C.C.E. Castletroy over the June bank holiday week end, and well done to all who participated. Best of luck to all in the Munster Fleadh Cheoil finals in Dungarvan, County Waterford in mid July.

ADAPT Domestic Abuse Services extends a sincere thank you to the collectors who gave their time on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th June in Ardagh and Carrigkerry.  The sum collected in Carrigkerry was €180 and €179.93 in Ardagh which will go towards maintaining the many services ADAPT provides in the Refuge in Limerick and Outreach Services in Newcastle West and Kilmallock.  The 24 Hour Freephone Helpline number is 1800 200 504. 

Grouse Lodge Windfarm is advising householders in the area who are concerned about Television reception to contact the company before 27th July in order to arrange an assessment of the possible interference and any remedial steps required to ensure optimum reception. If people have any queries or wish to arrange an appointment with one of their technicians, please contact the Wind Farm Lo-call Helpdesk number on 1890 940 472 before the service closes on 27th July.

Desmond Hall, The Square, Newcastle West, is now open for the 2012 season with free admission. The site is open daily from 10am to 6 pm with last admission at 5.15pm. Free guided tours are available at regular intervals. The last day of the season will be Wednesday 29th August, and more details from Tel 069-77408.

New Mass schedule in Coolcappa/Kilcolman Parish for the next six months, from this weekend 30th June/ 1st July as follows. Mass will be celebrated in Saint Colman’s Church Kilcolman on Saturday at 7.30pm, and in Saint Kyran’s Church Coolcappa on Sunday at 10.30am.

The annual fundraising Garden Fete at Rathfredagh Cheshire Home will be held on Sunday 1st July.  The committee is appealing for clothes, curtains, bed linen, shoes, bric-a-brac etc. Items can be handed in to reception at Rathfredagh before the day and all support much appreciated.

West Limerick 102 Community Radio is holding a Race Nite, in The Shamrock Bar Newcastle West on Friday 29thJune commencing at 8pm. More details from the Station.

The next Car Boot Sale and indoor market in aid of West Limerick 102 Community Radio will be held on Sunday 8thJuly at Newcastle West Community Centre from 9am to 3 pm.

Clánn Lír Montessori School Ballyhahill is open each day from 9.30am-12.30pm, with after school care available 1pm to 6pm daily. EECE free pre-school places are also available. Proprietor Jacqueline Mangan and her team are offering a beautiful designed open plan building, with separate library sand and water room play and dress up area, outdoor playground garden and kitchen. More details from 087-2997548, 087-9586062.

Carrigkerry / Old Mill Community Employment Scheme, with a supervisor and 16 participants, concluded their one year term on Friday 22nd June. It was another busy year for all involved in maintaining villages, school grounds, community centre, park areas and playing fields. A new one year extension has been granted and this commenced on Monday 25th June. The sponsor funding for each participant was halved from €20 per week/ per participant to €10 per week/ per participant from January 1st 2012. This has put a lot of financial pressure on Sponsors and has denied training opportunities for participants. It looks like the end of C.E. Schemes in their present format if the Fine Gael Party has their way over the Labour Party who is in favour of them. A review of the Schemes is being held at present, so developments are awaited.