The Glensharrold Wrenboy Group held their presentation evening at Carrigkerry Community Centre on Sunday March 23rd. Johnny Kennelly on behalf of the group welcomed all present and thanked the people who welcomed them into their homes on Saint Stephen’s Day. He thanked everybody who contributed to the group on the day which they enjoyed so much despite it being wet and very windy. The proceeds left after their Wren Night made it possible for the presentation to continue again this year. Members of the group made presentations to the following Ardagh/Carrigkerry Senior Citizens Committee, Ardagh/Carrigkerry Tuesday Social Club, Kilcolman Senior Citizens/Parish Committee, and Limerick School for the Deaf. All the groups thanked the Glensharrold Wrenboys for the donations which will be put to good use in these austerity times.

The following are the Lottery results from Peadar’s Bar, Ardagh on Monday, March 24th. The numbers drawn were 3, 9, 16, 19, and there was no Jackpot winner. Congratulations to the lucky dip winners €60 Margaret Collins c/o Curley’s. €60 Nora Geoghegan c/o Moloney’s. €60 Joan Corbett c/o Reen’s. €30 Watsons c/o Neary’s. €30 Frank O’Connor c/o Moloney’s. €30 Becky O’Toole c/o Neary’s. Next week’s Draw will be held in Foley’s Bar, Reen’s, and the Jackpot will be €11,400.

Kilcolman Rovers held a very successful reunion in memory of the late Jim Neville who was involved in the club from the start in 1968 at Neary’s Bar, Ardagh, on Saturday March 15th. The club presented awards to the team members of 1968 and also individual awards to Stephen Kennelly, Pat O’Donnell, Thos Keane, and Stephanie Downes. Stephen and Pat were selected as joint best players of their time. Thos was selected as best overall player from 1968 to 2014 and Stephanie was selected as best Junior Ladies player from 2004 to 2014. A special award was presented to the Neville family in memory of Jim who passed away last year. The club would like to thank everybody who played a part in bringing the night to fruition.

The doctor’s clinic in Carrigkerry continues to dispense medicines until July following discussions between the HSE Scheme and the Irish Medical Organisation. The scheme which allows doctors in rural areas to dispense medicines was due to end on March 31st.  Stephen Goulding the Labour candidate from Carrigkerry has been in regular contact with Junior Minister Alex White, and Minister Jan O’Sullivan since January when the issue arose. He has done a lot of work behind the scenes to keep the clinic open and the extension is to be welcomed. The reality is that the people must make use of the service run by Dr Kieran Murphy from Athea since 1984 if it is to be retained long term.

We extend our sympathy to Ann, and John Mullins and family, The Cross, Ardagh, on the death of Ann’s sister Philomena Eastwood (nee Cremin) 42 Woodfield Park, Newcastle West and formerly of the Free State, Newcastle West.

Carrig Celtic drew 2-2 with Broadford Utd at home in the Premier Division of the Desmond League on Sunday March 23rd. Anthony Molyneaux, and Seanie King scored their goals.

Old Mill defeated Askeaton 1-0 away in Division 1 with Stephen Doody scoring the winner.

Creeves Celtic lost 2-1 to Newcastle West B in the semi final of the Richard Hogan Cup played in Clounreask, on Friday March 21st.  James Naughton scored their goal. They defeated Ballysteen 2-1 away in Division 2 on Sunday to remain in contention for league honours.

Carrig Celtic B lost 3-2 away to Feenagh B in Division 3 with Brian Byrnes, and Podge Balfe scoring. Creeves Celtic B lost 2-1 at home to Shountrade.

Croagh/Kilfinny defeated Askeaton/Saint Kieran’s by 1-11 to 0-13 in the West U 21 B Hurling Championship Semi Final at Knockaderry Gaelic Grounds on Saturday March 22nd.

Saint Kieran’s defeated Galbally by 1-5 to 1-4 in Round 1 of Group 1 of the County Senior Football League at Coolcappa on Saturday  March 22nd.

Róisín Ambrose, and Cathy Ambrose from the Old Mill club were members  of the Limerick Ladies panel that was defeated by Clare by 4-5 to 3-2 in Round 3 of the Munster U-14 B Championship at Bruff Gaelic Grounds  on Saturday  March 22nd.

Saint Kieran’s are promoting the Limerick G.A.A. Club Draw again this year and the entry fee is € 10 per month or € 100 for the ten draws in 2014. The monthly prizes are similar to previous years with a number of special prizes on offer throughout the year. The March draw will be held live on Limerick Live 95 FM, during the sports programme from 10-11am on Saturday 5th April.

Saint Kieran’s have drawn Kilkenny VIP in the Con and Annie Kirby Memorial Puppy Stake which will be held at Limerick Greyhound Stadium over the coming weeks. The club was a prize winner in last year’s event which has prizes for the clubs of the six greyhounds that reach the final on Saturday 26th April.

Congratulations to Mike Robinson, and Jack Woulfe, who were prizewinners at the Card game held in Shanagolden on Friday March 21st.

The death has taken place of Nora Cotter (nee Healy) Rockhill, Bruree, and formerly of Ballyloughane, Carrigkerry, at her daughter’s residence in Mallow County Cork on Tuesday March 25th. Nora was born in 1937 and came from a family of 13. She was educated in the local School and worked out in service in various houses, including Stack’s in Carrigkerry. She met and married David Cotter, and they set up home in Rockhill, and they were blessed with 9 children. Nora was a homemaker and also Sacristan in Rockhill Church following the death of David. When her family was grown up Nora got a taste for travel in her car. In time she expanded her horizons and took to the air and visited family relatives, and friends in many countries around the World. Nora had a great affection for her native place, and would recall many funny incidents for her family from those days. She was a most interesting person to meet and to engage with and she enjoyed good health until her final illness. Nora enjoyed poetry and it was appropriate that she was laid to rest on Daffodil Day as William Wordsworth’s ‘’I wandered lonely as a cloud’’ about Daffodils was her favourite poem.

She lay in repose at her residence on Thursday March 27th from 2pm. Her remains arrived for her Requiem Mass which was celebrated by Fr Desmond Mc Auliffe, P.P. Rockhill/Bruree at 12 noon in Saint Munchin’s Church Rockhill. A number of symbols associated with Nora’s life were taken to the altar before the Mass commenced. Family members participated in the readings, prayers of the faithful, and the offertory gifts. Fr Desmond paid thanks to Nora who was Sacristan in Rockhill Church for 17 years during his homily. Her daughter in tribute gave us an insight into Nora’s pathway through life before the final prayers, and recited her favourite poem. She also thanked everybody for their attendance and great support during the past weeks. The hymns and traditional tunes were uplifting and appropriate for the area she came from. Nora was laid to rest in sunny Bruree New Cemetery on Friday March 28th. The attendance was large and representative on both days and Nora will be sadly missed by all who knew her. We extend our sympathy to her sons, daughters, and extended family members, neighbours, and friends. May she rest in Peace.

An application has been made to plant 13.18 Hectares of land in the townland of Glensharrold. People who may wish to make a submission are asked to do so in writing within 21 days of the publication of the notice which was published in the Limerick Leader dated Saturday March 29th. A copy of the application is available from Approvals Section Forest Service, Dept of Agriculture Food and the Marine Johnstown Castle, Co Wexford. Lo Call 1890200223 E-MAIL [email protected]

Ardagh/Carrigkerry Senior Citizens Committee would like to thank all who contributed to their recent Church gate Collection, and also the Glensharrold Wrenboy Group for a very generous donation of € 200. All the proceeds will go to the Senior Citizens Christmas Party.

Glenville House and Gardens Ardagh announce the following opening hours for 2014. 3rd April to 30th April. and 1st May to 17th May. Tuesday to Saturday from 9.30am to 1.30pm. 23rd August to 31st August, Saturday and Sunday from 9.30am to 1.30pm. 6th September to 30th September Tuesday to Saturday from 9.30am to 1.30pm. The admission is adults € 5 Students € 3 children and OAPs are free.

West Limerick Resources will be offering a series of drama workshops across the West Limerick area this spring.  The short courses will include acting, directing for stage and technical skills.  Courses are free of charge and open to anyone living in the West Limerick area.  Acting for Adults will take place on Saturday’s April 5th and 12th and a youth course (10-16 years) will take place on Saturday’s May 10th and 17th. Both courses will run from 11am-5pm.  A four night directing for stage course is due to start on Thursday April 10th from 7.30-10.30pm. To apply for a place please contact Suzanne on 069 79114 or email [email protected]