by Tom Ahern

Carrig Celtic AFC have enjoyed a very successful 2011/12 season in the
Desmond District League, which concluded in the past week. The club
was founded in 1997 and to date have enjoyed their own share of success in the various competitions they have participated in. The club has done great work off the field as well and all involved since their formation is to be applauded for their efforts. Their playing
headquarters and all weather pitch in Glensharrold, west of Carrigkerry, are a credit to any club in rural Ireland. The club has provided a platform for the youth of the area and field teams in
under-age, youths and adult level, as well as an adult ladies team. Carrig Celtic A and B teams have enjoyed great success in the past season, with both winning promotion to higher Divisions and enjoying success in the League Cups. The B team under the management of Pat
Copse and John Copse, won the Division 3 League and League Cup double and gained promotion to Division 2 for next season. It was a successive promotion for the team who last year gained promotion from Division 4. The A team under the management of Pat Dalton, Timmy King,
Michael Murphy and John O’Connor   won the Division 1 League title and
gained promotion to the Premier Division, for next season. They
defeated Killeaney 2-1 in a play-off on Saturday 26th May in Clounreask, Askeaton. Francis Moore, and Sean O’Connor scored their goals. TEAM: Declan Greaney, John O’Connor, Pa Brouder,(Captain) John Doyle, Sean O’Connor, Podge Mc Carthy, Anthony Molyneaux, Kieran Brouder, Sean Mc Sweeney, Ray Cahill, Francis Moore. SUBS:  Donie Nolan,Seanie King, Mark Collins. PANEL Tomas Moran, Paudie Lawlor, Ray Brouder, Alan Moloney, Anthony Liston. On Thursday night last Carrig Celtic made it a double by adding the Division 1 League Cup to their
total of silverware won this season. They defeated Athea Utd 3-2 at Knockdown Park, after leading 3-0 at half-time. Francis Moore 2 and Ray Cahill scored the goals and Ray was also presented with  the Man of the Match Award. The same team as the previous Saturday with Donal Nolan, Seanie King, and Pa O’Sullivan introduced as subs. The team had great support on the night and the supporters celebrated another fine
success to cap a memorable season for the club.
Congratulations and best wishes to Eoin Lawlor son of Pat and Maria Knocknagun, Carrigkerry and Kim Johnson daughter of Paul and Noreen
Cratloe, County Clare, who were married on Friday 25thMay in Saint John’s Church Cratloe. Fr Michael Wall officiated at the Ceremony and the Reception was held in the Devon Inn Hotel Templeglantine. The happy couple will reside in New Zealand.

Congratulations and best wishes to Ita Lynch, Ballylin, Ardagh, who recently celebrated her 90th birthday with family and friends at a party in The Ballintemple Inn Newcastle West.
Congratulations to Róisín Ambrose Saint Kieran’s and Limerick Community Games who was a member of the U-13 mixed 1200cross-country team that finished in the medals and 4th place in the National Finals in Athlone. She finished 5th overall in the individual race.
Congratulations to Peg Murphy and Joan Madigan, who were prizewinners at the Flag Floor card game held on Wednesday 23rd of May.
Congratulations to Jim Lynch and Peg Mulvihill who were prizewinners at the Shanagolden card game held on Friday 25th May.
The death has taken place of Tina Hourigan, formerly Scully, Nee Gammell, The Thatch Bar, Newbridge, Askeaton, peacefully at her home on Saturday 26th May following a long illness. Her remains reposed in Madigan’s Funeral Home, Shanagolden, on Monday 28th from 5pm, followed by removal to Saint Kyran’s Church Coolcappa. She was laid to rest
following Requiem Mass, in Reilig Mhuire Cemetery Askeaton on Tuesday
29th May. Sympathy to her husband Andrew, sons, stepdaughters, brothers, sisters, aunts, mother-in-law, brothers-in-law, relatives, and caring friends. May she rest in Peace.
The death has taken place of Michael Culhane, husband of the late Eileen, Baranigue, Carrigkerry peacefully at his residence on Monday 28th May. He was a retired farmer, who loved the land and the countryside. He was a hard worker, and a good neighbor who was highly
regarded by all for his friendship guidance and help. Family music, song and sports were other passions of his, and he will be sadly missed by all who knew him. His remains reposed in Reidy’s Funeral Home, Newcastle West, on Tuesday last from 6pm, followed by removal to Saint Colman’s Church in Kilcolman. Fr Dennis Mullane,
Coolcappa/Kilcolman, was chief celebrant of his Funeral Mass, with
assistance from Fr Larry Madden, Ardagh/Carrigkerry. Family members
assisted in the readings, prayers of the faithful, life symbols, and gifts, which was enhanced by the singing and music during the ceremony. He was laid to rest in Churchtown Cemetery Newcastle West,
on Wednesday 30th May. Sympathy to his sons Pat ,and David, daughters Noreen, Eileen, and Moira, sisters Nell, and Mary, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, 12  grandchildren, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives, neighbours, and friends. May he rest in

We extend sympathy to Angela and Con Enright and family Main Street,  Ardagh, on the death of Angela’s brother David Sammon, Saint Ita’s Gardens, Newcastle West who was laid to rest in Calvary Cemetery Newcastle West on Sunday last 27th May.
We extend sympathy to Jim Dalton and family Dunganville, Ardagh, on the death of his mother Mary Dalton of Dalcon, Upper Athea, who was laid to rest in Holy Cross Cemetery Athea on Monday 28th May.
West Limerick Community Radio are holding a car boot sale, and indoor
market at Newcastle West Community Centre,  on Sunday 10th June from 9am to 3pm.To book a stall contact Marian on 087-6866450. All are welcome and support will be appreciated.
The AGM of West Limerick 102 FM will take place in The Desmond Complex
Newcastle West on Wednesday 20th June at 8pm, and all are welcome.

Congratulations to Shane O’Connor son of Bridget, Glenastar, Ardagh and Tarbert who received the Male Sportsperson of the Year Award at Tarbert Comprehensive School.
Congratulations to all the local students in Coláiste Mhuire Askeaton, who performed the musical Grease in Askeaton Community Centre, on the
24th /25th of May.

Congratulations to all local students who received achievement awards in the local schools.
We extend best wishes to all students who are sitting their exams at present.
Saint Kieran’s Club are holding their first ever Dog Night at Limerick Greyhound Stadium on this coming Friday June 8th.The event has generated a lot of interest and it promises to be a very enjoyable occasion. Tickets for the event are available from committee members,
and all support will be much appreciated.
Saint Kieran’s defeated Feenagh/Kilmeedy by 0-13 to 0-9 in the Quarter
Final of the West Intermediate Hurling Championship at Newcastle West
Gaelic Grounds, on Tuesday 22nd May.

Saint Kieran’s defeated  Athea by 3-13 to 0-5 in Round 4 of the West
Junior B Football League at Athea Gaelic Grounds on Thursday 24th May.
Saint Kieran’s lost to Tournafulla by 3-20 to 2-6  in the All County Hurling League at Coolcappa Gaelic Grounds on Saturday 26th May.
Saint Molua’s Well Committee wish to thank all who participated and
supported their recent Irish Night at Neary’s Bar Ardagh. A total of €473.10 was raised which will be used for the ongoing development at Saint Molua’s Well Ardagh.
The new Moon on 20th May brought a good improvement in the weather which was most welcome after the harsh East winds, and frost of the previous seven weeks. The majority of turf banks were cut and saving the fuel is progressing well. Silage harvesting has commenced in
places with the increase in grass growth, and people’s spirits has risen with the increase in sunshine.

Carrigkerry/Old Mill Development Association Ltd have applied for a one year extension to the Community Employment Scheme which is due to
finish on Friday 22nd June. If they are granted the extension two vacancies in the workforce will need to be filled from Monday 25th June. The positions are for general workers, to carry out maintenance
around both areas, in Carrigkerry and Old Mill. People interested in the positions need to meet the FAS Guidelines, and be Garda Vetted to qualify. Names can be given to Joe on 087-6335440, Pat on 087-2750061, Office 069-76667.
The National Sunflower Days collection to raise funds for Milford Hospice Limerick will take place in Newcastle West on this
Friday/Saturday 8th/9th June. People interested in selling sunflowers can contact Nora at 087-3664449 or Pat at 069-62306.

The second annual 22 mile (35Km) Midsummer Big Walk will be held on
Saturday 16th June. It will commence from Rathkeale Palatine Museum at
10.30pm, and follow the Great Southern Trail to Abbeyfeale. More details from 087-6471956.
Coolcappa National School Parents Association, are holding a fundraising evening on Saturday 16th June at 8pm in the Community Centre. The evening will consist of a bake sale, jumble sale, and a raffle. Donations of cakes or items for the jumble sale can be dropped off at the hall on the day. Please come along and support the local school.
It is time for the annual Masses to be celebrated in the local Cemeteries, and interested people may make a note of the following times and places.  The annual Masses in Newcastle West are at 7.30pm
and the dates are as follows. Churchtown Tuesday 5th June. Calvary Wednesday 20th June. Famine Cemetery Tuesday 26th June.