Congratulations and best wishes to Celine Brouder, Glensharrold, Carrigkerry who celebrated her 21st birthday with family and friends at The Top of the Town, Athea, on Saturday 9th November.

The following are the Lottery results from Neary’s Bar, Ardagh on Monday 11th November. The numbers drawn were 20,23,26,30, and there was no Jackpot winner. Congratulations to the lucky dip winners as follows. €60 John Burke c/o Bus Eireann. €60 C and A c/o Haircraft Ardagh. €60 Marie Carrig c/o Curley’s. €30 Jim Molyneaux, Ardagh. €30 Dylan/Ellie/Sean/Kerrie and Maisie Moroney,  c/o Hanley’s. Next week’s draw will be held in The Thatch Bar, Newbridge, and the Jackpot will be €7,800.

Saint Kieran’s drew with Father Casey’s in Round 3 of the Group stages, of the Limerick Premier U-21 Football Championship under lights at Mick Neville Park Rathkeale, on Friday 8th November. It remained dry and windy for the match but ground conditions were very slippery after heavy rainfall before the throw in. Saint Kieran’s overcame the concession of an early goal to take control of the first half, and the teams were level at half time 0-5 to 1-2. The team fell three points behind again early in the second half but Sean McSweeney’s cracker of a goal brought them back level and into contention. They led twice but Fr Casey’s equalized to gain a draw. TEAM Dan Madden, James O’Connor, Brendan McCarthy, Shane Lynch, James Hough, Gavin Hayes, Ian Mackessy, Darragh Treacy, Michael Flynn, Brodie O’Connor, Sean McSweeney Ray Noonan, Ray Brouder, Cian Shorten, Seamus Mangan. Subs Mossie Shine, Dean Liston, Patrick Liston, Eoin Moran, Paddy Harnett, Mike Enright, Kevin Meade.

Well done to Jason Mullins referee and his team of officials who were in charge of the County Minor A Football Championship Final between Pallasgreen and Ballysteen/Saint Senan’s played in Mick Neville Park Rathkeale on Wednesday 6th November.

Well done to Iris Kennelly, Tara Geraghty, Róisín Mann, and Maeve Ambrose, from the Old Mill ladies football team who were members of the Limerick U-12 Footballers who participated recently in an Inter County Blitz in Clonmel, Tipperary.

It was a quiet week end for local teams in the Desmond League, with only Carrig Celtic B in action. They lost 6-4 away to Glin Rover’s B in Division 3 of the Desmond League, on Sunday 10th November. Thomas Moran, 2 Brian Byrnes, and Padge Balfe scoring their goals.

Carrig Celtic ladies lost 3-1 away to Glin Rovers in Round 1 of the Division 1 Desmond League Cup. Michelle Brouder scored the goal.

Carrig Celtic AFC are seeking members for their annual 300 Club Draw at present. It will run for 5 months and costs € 10 per month to join, or a once off payment of €50. There is a special once off prize of a €200 shopping voucher from Moloney’s Shop Carrigkerry for fully paid members. There will be €1,400 in prize money paid out each month, to 5 lucky winners. 1stPrize is €1,000. 2nd Prize is €250.and 3 Prize’s of €50 each.

Congratulations to John and Peg Mulvihill who were prize winners at the card game held in Rathkeale Community Centre on Wednesday 6th November.

Congratulations to John Mulvihill and Vinnie Wrenn, who were prize winners at the card game held in Shanagolden Hall on Friday 8th November.

The annual Bodhrán Competition for the Jim and Mick Sheehy Perpetual Trophy was held at the Top of the Town, Athea on Sunday 27th October. In the confined competition Jimmy Kelly from Athea was the men’s winner, and Mary Theresa Buckley from Moyvane, was the ladies winner. Mike Barrett from Monagea, and formerly from Rooskagh was the winner of the open competition and he received the Sheehy Trophy. Congratulations to all the winners, and competitors, and well done to the organizers for holding the event.

The Feohanagh/Castlemahon Parish Annual was launched by Father Michael Wall, Chaplain and lecturer at Mary Immaculate College, Limerick on Friday 15th November, at Castlemahon Parish Hall. This year’s eagerly awaited 33rd annual is dedicated to the memory of Margaret Doody Scully, May O’Connor, Paddy Roche, and Fr John McSweeney, who passed away during the year.  The trio was members of the history group who have produced this wonderful Annual since 1981, and were fine contributors of numerous articles over the years.   Fr John was the author of the book’’ Call me David’’ Bishop David Cremin A Memoir. A Memorial Mass for them and for all deceased members, over the years was concelebrated by Fr John Duggan Fr John Leonard, Canon Donagh O’Malley and Fr Michael Wall, in Castlemahon Church before the launch at 7.30pm. The annual is available in all the usual outlets at a cost of € 10 and it is highly recommended.


In the run up to 2016 TG4 are showing a series of programmes dealing with the people involved in the fight for Irish freedom in Easter 1916. On Wednesday 13th November it featured Con Colbert from West Limerick who was shot for his part in the struggle on 8th May 1916 in Kilmainham Jail. Con was born in Moonlena in Castlemahon, grew up in Athea, and spent some time with his relations in Kilcolman. A book on Con will be published by Collins Press also in the run up to the centenary of those dark days in our country.

A residential roadside farm of 125 statue acres is for sale by Public Auction at the Courtenay Lodge Newcastle West on Friday 6th December, (unless previously sold) It is located at Moig on the main Ardagh to Shanagolden road. It is one of the most outstanding farms to come on the market for a good while, and it will attract considerable interest amongst the farming community. Lot 1 contains 77 St Acres with derelict Residence and Yard. Lot 2 contains 48 St Acres. Lot 3 contains the entire 125 St Acres.

The arrival of winter and the return of old time can be a difficult time for many but a welcome time for book lovers, to engage in one of their favourite pastimes. The month of November sees the arrival of the annual Old Moore’s Almanac, The Cork Holly Bough, and Ireland’s Own Anthology along with the many parish journals and magazines. This is the fourth year of the Ireland’s Own Anthology which includes the prizewinners from their annual short story competition. It is a very interesting publication, with 190 pages of interesting stories along similar lines as the weekly Ireland’s Own Magazine. It can be ordered by post or by bookshops, and details are to be got in the weekly magazine. This year we also saw a number of local books launched which would make ideal gifts or presents to give in the run up to Christmas.  Newcastle West Bookshop and local shops will satisfy all tastes in reading material The Kilcolman Centenary Booklet is still available to buy for just € 5. The Boy from Glin Industrial School written by Tom Wall, from Glin is on sale for € 15. This Haunted Island by Sean Goulding from Carrigkerry costs €12.

West Limerick Community Radio is holding a fundraising Céilí in the Community Centre Knockaderry on Friday 22nd November at 9.30pm. Music by Donie Nolan and a raffle will also be held for numerous spot prizes.  Teas and coffee served and all are welcome.

The final of the West Limerick Scór Na Nóg Competition will be held in Saint Molua’s Hall Ardagh on Sunday 24th November at 2.30pm.

A car boot sale in aid of West Limerick 102 Community Radio will be held on Sunday 24th November at Newcastle West Community Centre. The gates open at 7.30am and admission is only € 2. To book a table and get additional information ring069-66200.

A Sale of Work in aid of the Dromcollogher Respite Centre takes place on Sunday 1st December. The organizers are seeking saleable items, bric-a-brack, goods for the wheel of fortune, and grocery items for hampers at present.

This year’s annual Senior Citizens Christmas Party will be held in Carrigkerry Community Centre, on Sunday 1st December.

Console is holding the annual Christmas ‘’Celebration of Light’’ service in the Augustinian Church O’Connell Street Limerick on Sunday 1st December at 4pm.

The annual Sale of Work will be held in Coolcappa Community Centre on Sunday 8th December.