Congratulations to Saint Kieran’s who won the County Junior A Hurling Championship at sunny McCarthy Park, Tournafulla, on Saturday 27th October. They defeated Monagea by 1-12 to 0-14 before a very large attendance beside the banks of the famed Allaughan River. It was a hard fought encounter with never more than 2 points separating the sides who swapped the lead on numerous occasions. Monagea with wind assistance led by 0-6 to 0-5 at half time, but Saint Kieran’s came out a more determined and committed team in the second half. They had a lot of possession but were denied scores by timely interceptions and a break down in passing movements. They hit 12 wides over the hour and still trailed by 2 points after 48 minutes of play.  Donal Nolan with a cracking goal from 30 meters to the top right hand corner of the net was a vital score to turn the tide, and send the supporters wild. The introduction of Darragh Treacy for the injured Timmy Carroll before half time, and Ian Mackessy in the closing quarter, had a vital bearing in the result. Darragh took the game to Monagea with surging runs, and timely passes, and Ian scored 2 fine points that DJ Carey would have been proud to put on his CV. The sides were still level with a minute of play left when Anthony Molyneaux, (in the shadow of the windmills and across from the stand) lofted over the winning point from distance to send the Saint’s supporters into seventh heaven. The final whistle a few minutes later was greeted with enthusiastic applause by the largest support for the club since their last major senior football title in 1990. Captain Paudie McCarthy was presented with the Cup afterwards, and the celebrations began. We will continue this report in next week’s notes.

The following are the Lottery results from Peadar’s Bar, Ardagh, on Monday 22nd October.  The numbers drawn were 5,15,24,27, and there was no Jackpot winner. Congratulations to the lucky dip winners. 100 Mickey and Seamus. 60 Padraig Flynn c/o Moore’s Bar. 60 Joan Barrett c/o Peadar’s Bar. 60 Helen O’Sullivan c/o Curley’s. 30 Ned Downey c/o Denis Greaney. 30  Miles Vaughan c/o Moore’s Bar. 30 Ellen Shine c/o Denis Greaney. Next week’s draw will be held at Moore’s Bar Carrigkerry and the Jackpot will be 20,000.

Congratulations to Mick McQuinn, Bill Downes, John Sheehy Joan Madigan, and Peg Murphy who were prize winners at the Flag Floor Card game held on Wednesday 17th October.

Congratulations to Timmy Murphy and Tom Culhane, who were first prize winners at the card game held in Shanagolden Hall on Friday 19th October.

The Friends of Saint Ita’s Community Hospital Newcastle West, wishes to thank the collectors, and all who contributed to their recent church gate collection in the parish. A total of 370.00 was collected in Ardagh, and a total of 200.69 was collected in Carrigkerry. The money will go towards the ongoing improvements in the hospital. A total of 281.77 was collected in Coolcappa/Kilcolman parish.

Carrigkerry N.S. wishes to thank all the people who supported their recent church gate collection.

Carrig Celtic defeated Glin Rovers B by 3-0 in Round 2 of the Munster Junior Cup in Glin on Sunday 21stOctober. Pa O’Sullivan, Ray Cahill. And Mark Collins scored their goals. Old Mill lost 3-0 away to Saint Ita’s in Division 1. Carrig Celtic B defeated Feenagh 3-2 in Division 2 with Tony Doyle 2, and Podge McCarthy getting their goals.

In Ladies soccer Kilcolman Rovers lost 4-2 away to Glin Rovers in Round 1 of the Desmond Cup. Marie Keating scored both goals. Carrig Celtic lost 3-1 away to Ballingarry also in the cup with Bridget Liston scoring their goal.

Congratulations to Rathkeale/Ardagh County Minor B Hurling Champions, after defeating Cappamore by 0-13 to 1-4 in Claughaun Gaelic Grounds on Sunday 21st October. Representing Saint Kieran’s were James O Connor, Maurice Shine, Paddy Harnett, and Shane Ambrose.

Shane Lynch is a member of the Limerick team who are through to the Munster final of the U-17 Football Competition, after wins over Clare, Waterford, and Tipperary. They will play the winners of Clare v Tipperary in the final.

Congratulations to the players and management and supporters of Carrigkerry N.S. on winning the West Limerick 7-A-Side Schools final on Thursday last 25th October. They defeated Ahalin N.S. by 4-3 to 3-2 in Mick Neville Park. The team was Darren Ward, Edward Fitzgerald, Amy O’Shea, Sophie Hennessy, John Hayes (Captain) 2-2 Jordan Ryan, 1-1 Shane King, Gavin Lynch, 1-0 Cian Ward. Mentors, Pat King, Nancy Barrett, Ann Horan. It was a tremendous win for the School after a long absence from the honours list. There were great scenes of excitement following the presentation of the shield to captain John Hayes.

We extend our sympathy to Maurice, and Kathleen Neville, and family Glensharrold, Carrigkerry on the death of Maurice’s mother Catherine ‘Kit’ Neville (nee Moroney) Ballylin, Shanagolden, and late of Shanid Lower. Wife of the late Jack her remains were removed from Madigan’s Funeral Home, Shanagolden to Shanagolden Church on Saturday 20th October. Burial following 12 noon Requiem Mass in Kilmoylan Cemetery on Sunday afternoon. Sympathy also to her sons Jim, and John, daughters Nora, Mary, Katie, Joan, Margaret, Bridget, Betty, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, brothers Maurice, and Denis, cousin John-Joe, nephews, nieces and extended family members, relatives and friends. May she rest in Peace.

Sympathy also to the Reidy family Glenagore, Athea, on the death of Mick Reidy. He was a regular at Stack’s Lounge Bar and Moran’s Tavern down the years. He also attended Mass in Saint Mary’s Church and many people availed of his Hackney service over the years. Mick will be best known as a businessman who operated a shop and filling station for many years at his residence in Glenagore. His remains reposed in his residence on Tuesday evening last. He was laid to rest in Holy Cross Cemetery Athea on Wednesday 24th October. May he rest in peace.

The death has taken place recently in Birmingham, England of Jack and Ned McCoy who were natives of Rooskagh, East,  Carrigkerry. The two were brothers of the late Monsignor McCoy who spent a long number of years in the foreign missions. Sympathy to all their relatives and friends at home and abroad. May they rest in Peace.

Sympathy to Paddy Fullam and family 43 Woodfield Green, Newcastle West, on the death of his wife Pauline, peacefully at the Regional Hospital Limerick. Her remains reposed in her residence on Wednesday evening last from 5pm. Requiem Mass in Newcastle West Church at 11.30am on Thursday 25th October, followed by burial in Calvary Cemetery. Paddy is a member of a well known Ardagh family and sympathy to all other relatives and friends. May she rest in Peace.

We are pleased to announce that the road from Geoghegan’s Cross to Keating’s Cross in Glensharrold has re-opened to traffic. It has been closed since 24th November 2011 to allow repairs to two bridges over the White River. It looks a fine job retaining the main features, and stone work of the existing bridges and mainly done over the past five months. The viewing consultation, planning and indecision took up to 31st May before the repair work commenced. Well done to all involved in the work.

The majority of hedge cutting has been completed by now, allowing good visibility along the roads. It would be helpful if the road was swept clean after the hedge has been cut, as small branches and thorns can cause punctures on vehicles.  We now await our forestry owners in the district to cut back their hedges and vegetation, which they never seem to do.

An Irish Night will be held at the Flag Floor Rambling House Glensharrold Carrigkerry on this Thursday night 1st November at 9.30pm. A good night is promised and tea and refreshments will be available, and all are welcome to attend.

Kilcolman Rovers are holding a fundraising Quiz at Neary’s Bar, Ardagh, on this Saturday 3rd November at 9pm. Table of four cost € 20 and there will also be a raffle, and support will be appreciated.

The November blessing of Clounagh cemetery will take place on Sunday 4th November at 12 noon.

The blessing of Kilbradern cemetery will take place on Sunday 4th November at 2pm.

The annual Mass will be celebrated in Kilcolman Cemetery on Sunday 11th November at 2pm.

A table quiz in aid of Coolcappa National School will be held in Rathkeale House Hotel on Friday 16thNovember. Teams of four and numerous prizes to be won and all are welcome to attend. A very enjoyable and fun filled night is promised.

Carrig Celtic is holding a club social on Saturday 17th November, and tickets will be on sale shortly and more details later.

The annual Christmas raffle in aid of Coolcappa Community Hall will be held on Monday 10th December. Cards will be in circulation around the parish and all support will be appreciated. The profit from the raffle will go towards the insurance and the upkeep of the hall.