Congratulations and best wishes in the future to Stephanie Brouder, Glensharrold Carrigkerry and Gerard Guina who were married in Saint Mary’s Church Carrigkerry on Friday 17th August. The Reception was held in The Devon Inn Hotel Templeglantine.

The following are the Lottery results from Neary’s Bar, Ardagh, on Monday 13th August. The numbers drawn were 7, 8, 20, 30, and there was no Jackpot winner. Congratulations to the lucky dip winners. €60 Mike Molyneaux, Ardagh.  €60 M+W c/o Denis Greaney. €60 Maureen + Sheila c/o Curley’s. €30 Patrick Mullins, Ardagh. €30 Pat Ambrose, Ardagh. €30 M+W c/o Denis Greaney. Next week’s draw will be held in Moore’s Bar, Carrigkerry and the Jackpot will be €20,000. This is the highest ever Jackpot at present and it is generating a lot of interest around the locality. The Lottery is a joint venture between Ardagh Development Association, and Saint Kieran’s G.A.A. Club.

The Limerick G.A.A. Club Draw for August was held at Dan Casey’s Bar Kilbehenny on Friday 10th. Congratulations to Paul O’Connor from the Saint Kieran’s Club who won 9th Prize of €250. The next Draw will be held on Friday 7th September in O’Dwyer’s Bar, Pallasgreen.

We extend best wishes to all the students who received their Leaving Cert results on Wednesday 15th August.  We hope they reached expectations, and if not remember there is life after exams as well.

Saint Molua’s Well Committee would like to thank all who contributed so generously to their recent Church gate collection held in Ardagh/Carrigkerry. A total of €1,593.00 was collected which will enable them to finish the project and pay off the outstanding bills. Copies of the Saint Molua booklet are available to buy in John Curley’s Shop, Ardagh, for €3.

The death has taken place of Jim Mc Donnell, late of Kilmoreen, Kildimo, in Charlotte, North Carolina, U.S.A. on Friday 1st June. His Requiem Mass was celebrated in Saint Joseph’s Church Kildimo, on Saturday 11th August, followed by burial of ashes in the family burial ground in Kilbradern. Sympathy is extended to his wife Anne, sons James and Robert, daughter Catherine, brother Tom, sister-in-law Meta, nephews, nieces and extended family members, relatives and friends. May he rest in Peace.

The new Desmond League is upon us and all teams are looking forward to getting back into the action. Carrig Celtic held their AGM on Thursday 12th July in their club grounds and a good crowd was in attendance to recall the events of the past year. It was a very successful season for the club on and off the field and all was thanked for their input.  The reports and addresses were delivered and the officers and managers/ selectors put in place for the coming season. New players at any level are welcome to the club and they can contact the people in charge to sign on. The membership rates for the season were set and players are asked to pay same to their team manager before they play their first competitive match. The club are accepting bookings for their Astroturf pitch at present and interested people can contact Pat at 087 2750061 for time slots. Officers for 2012/13 as follows. President: Kit Flynn, Chairperson: John O’Connor, Vice-Chairperson: Anthony Liston, Joint Secretaries: Timmy King and Noel O’Connor, Treasurer: Sam King, Ass-Treasurer: Mike Murphy,  Child Welfare Officer: Catherine Hayes, Joint PRO’s: Mairead O’Sullivan and Alan Moloney.

Saint Kieran’s defeated Saint Patrick’s by 1-13 to 1-9 in Round 3 of Group 2 of the County Senior Football Championship at Mick Neville Park, Rathkeale, on Saturday 11th August. Reading the match reports in the local papers the final score was given as 1-8 and 1-10 to Saint Patrick’s. This result leaves them joint Group leaders with Father Casey’s, on 6 points, with matches to come against Father Casey’s, and Adare. The teams were level at 1-6 each after a close and competitive, opening half witnessed by a good attendance. A highlight was the Saint Kieran’s goal scored by corner forward Ray Cahill in the opening stages. Saint Kieran’s bossed the second half despite missing a good few scoring chances, to run out deserving winners. TEAM: Tommy Quinn, Paudie McCarthy, John Doyle, John O’Connor, Patrick Windle, Brendan McCarthy, Paddy Downes, Johnny McCarthy,0-2  Darragh Treacy, 0-2 Jack B Hartnett, 0-1 Timmy Carroll, 0-5 Donie Nolan, Anthony Molyneaux, 0-3 Jim O’Donovan, Ray Cahill, 1-0 Sub: Mike Flynn.

Saint Kieran’s defeated Kilmallock by 1-22 to 1-8 in Round 6 of the All County Premier Junior Hurling League in Mick Neville Park, Rathkeale, on Wednesday 1st August. They play Feohanagh in the final Round and they are through to the semi final regardless of the result. The team is also in the semi final of the West Junior Hurling Championship and will be in action in the first week end of September.

Saint Kieran’s defeated Mountcollins by 3-12 to 1-10 in the West Junior B Football Championship in Mountcollins on Wednesday 8th August and as a result are through to the semi-final stage.

Saint Kieran’s defeated Fedamore by 4-11 to 1-3 in the County Minor 12-a-side Football Championship in Coolcappa on Thursday 9th August to finish top of their Group.  

Katie Taylor is the toast of all Ireland and beyond since winning the Gold Medal in Ladies Boxing on Thursday 9th August. It was the crowning glory for the Bray lass, and a just reward for her determination in getting ladies boxing added to the Olympic Games of 2012.Katie Taylor is a tremendous role model for the country and a person all sections of the community should look up to and admire.  We have seen enough of the other side, be it in politics, banking, development and business in recent years, and it is now time for a return to honesty and respect.  We also congratulate John Joe Nevin, Paddy Barnes, Michael Conlon and Cian O’Connor on their medal success and thank all the other competitors for representing our country with pride.

An Irish Night will be held at the Flag Floor Rambling House, Glensharrold on Wednesday 22nd August at 9.30pm.  It is hoped to run a number of these during the month to cater for people home on holiday. Tea and refreshments will be available and all are welcome.

The Palatine Museum Rathkeale is open to the general public for the month of August. The opening hours are Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday from 2pm to 5pm. Admission adults €5, students €3, family €10 and IPA members are free.

Glenville House and Gardens, Glenville, Ardagh, will be open to the public from Friday 18th August to Sunday 26th August, from 9.30am to 1.30pm.Admission is €5, students €3, with children and OAP’s free.

Seisiún 2012 continues and people can catch the show at two Limerick venues, for the month of August. Templeglantine branch holds their show in the Devon Inn on Thursday nights at 9pm, and Cappamore branch holds their show in the Heritage Centre Adare on Tuesday nights at 8.30pm. A great evening of music song dance and storytelling is promised at both venues, and well worth a visit and all are welcome.

Desmond Hall, The Square, Newcastle West, is 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.

The Knockfierna Heritage Society is celebrating Heritage Week from Saturday 18th to Sunday 26th August. A number of events are being held including Rambling House sessions, Gramophone Night, Storytelling Night and guided tours. Contact Pat O’Donovan for all the details on 087-9977340.

The Great Southern Trail has published a new guide for walkers and cyclists covering the railway line from Limerick to Tralee. The brochure will be formally launched at Ardagh Community Centre, on Heritage Sunday 26th August at 5.30pm.

The 27th annual Milford Hospice Harvest Fair is due to take place on Sunday 2nd September. The Fair will be held near the Unigolf facility located within 10 minutes walk from Milford Hospice. The Harvest Fair Committee once again appeals for support and donations. They are seeking clothes, books, toys and bric-a-brac. All the goods this year will be checked for quality before being accepted in order to minimize the major costs involved with the disposal of unsaleable items. Call the Fundraising Office on 061-485860 for details on how to donate items to the Harvest Fair.

The Suicide Bereavement Group meets on the first Wednesday of each month from 7pm to 9pm in Console House, 114 The Grange, Raheen, Limerick. The group is facilitated by two of Console’s staff, and family, friends, work colleagues and members of communities bereaved by suicide are all welcome. People can arrive on the night as no appointment is necessary. Telephone 061-306792 for additional information.

A 250 Km Walk from Limerick to Dublin to raise funds for Pieta House, Limerick has been organized for the 11th to the 21st September. Michael Hayes from Fairy Street Athea, is participating in the walk and he would appreciate any donations for Pieta House which is a non-profit organization.  Sponsorship cards are available and can be got by contacting Mike on 087-7751386.