by Tom Aherne

Congratulations to the pupils of Ardagh National School who received the sacrament of Holy Communion in Saint Molua’s Church Ardagh on Saturday May 17th.

Congratulations to the pupils of Kilcolman National School who received the sacrament of Holy Communion in Saint Colman’s Church Kilcolman on Saturday May 17th.

Water meters are being installed around Ardagh village and district at present. To date over 15,000 have been installed around the county. The meters have been installed already in parts of Carrigkerry village, and the bills are due to arrive in the post later in the year. The water leaks around the country are being ignored and people will end up paying far more than they should for water, which is so plentiful in this country. If all the water that falls from the sky on to the roofs of all the buildings  in this country was collected in storage tanks there  would be enough water for every household. In a just and fair society the rain would be stored and the leaks would be repaired before any bills would be issued.

We extend our sympathy to Breda, and Tom Fitzgerald, and family Glensharrold Carrigkerry on the death of Breda’s mother Betty Costello (nee Sheehy) Toherbane, Kilmoyley, Ardfert, County Kerry. She lay in repose at Casey’s Funeral Home, Causeway on Tuesday May 20th from 6pm, followed by removal to the Sacred Heart Church Kilmoyley. Her Requiem Mass was celebrated on Wednesday at 12 noon in the Sacred Heart Church Kilmoyley followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery. Sympathy also to extended family members, relatives and friends. May she rest in Peace.

We also note the passing of Earl Gill from Dublin aged 81who founded the Hoedowners Showband back in the 1960s. The late Sean Dunphy who represented Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest was a member of the band. He finished second to Sandie Shaw in 1967 singing ‘If I could choose.’ Earl was a sportsman as well as a musician who was highly regarded and commanded high regard among colleagues and friends. May he rest in Peace.

The following are the Lottery results from Peadar’s Bar Ardagh on Monday May 19th. The numbers drawn were 7,17,22,24, and there was no Jackpot winner. Congratulations to the lucky dip winners as follows. €60 DTIR Dineen, Ardagh. €60 Martina Davis c/o Curley’s. €60 A and J Lilis c/o Curley’s. €30 Dawn Power c/o Tom. €30 Pat and Mike c/o Neary’s. €30 C and A c/o Alish. Next week’s draw will be held in the Old Mill Bar, and the Jackpot will be €13,000.

Congratulations to Frank O’Connor, and Jack Woulfe, who were prizewinners at the card game held in Rathkeale Community Centre on Wednesday May 14th.

Congratulations to Donie Donovan, and James Bridgeman, who were prizewinners at the card game held in Shanagolden Hall on Friday May 16th.

Thanks to everyone who supported the parish clerk’s collection in Ardagh/Carrigkerry on Saturday/Sunday May 17th/18th. People with outstanding envelopes may hand them in at Mass this coming weekend.

Carrig Celtic lost to Newcastle West A by 5-1 in the Desmond League Premier Division on Sunday May 18th.

Old Mill drew 1-1 away to Breska Rovers in Division 1 of the Desmond League.

The Desmond League over 35s summer tournament will commence on Monday 2nd June. Carrig Celtic will be one of the six teams who will participate in the League and the Cup. It will be run over the month of June with the finals fixed for the 4thand 11th July.  The proceeds from the tournament will go to the Martina Tierney Benefit Fund.

Saint Kieran’s were defeated by Feohanagh 0-15 to 1-11 in Round 1 of the County Intermediate Hurling League played in Coolyroe, on Sunday May 18th.

The West Senior Football Championship semi final between Adare and Saint Kieran’s in the Bog Garden Rathkeale, was postponed due to an injury to Conor Fitzgerald from Adare on Friday May 16th. Saint Kieran’s were leading by 1-2 to 0-3 with half time approaching when the unfortunate injury occurred. Conor is an outstanding sportsman for club and county and has played at the highest level for both. He has won numerous honours for both and is a role model for the youth of the county. We all wish Conor a quick and full recovery and a return to the playing fields.


Congratulations to Róisín Ambrose, and Cathy Ambrose from Old Mill ladies club who were members of the Limerick U-14 team who won the All Ireland Blitz in Coralstown/Kinnegad GAA Club pitches on Saturday May 17th.

Congratulations to Nora O’Sullivan, Carrigkerry who received a gold medal for art from the Butterfly Club, in association with Limerick Community Games in Rathkeale House Hotel on Monday May 19th.

The Irish Cancer Society is offering a free transport service to patients undergoing chemotherapy treatments in University Hospital Limerick. For more details patients can contact their treatment team in the hospital or call Gail on 01 2310 566

The Limerick Desmond Schoolboys/Girls League Annual Awards night was held in Rathkeale House Hotel on Friday May 23rd. We congratulate all the winners who received their 2014 players of the year awards, and especially our local players. Lorcan Murphy Kilcolman Rovers U-10 award Division 2.Daniel Geraghty Kilcolman Rovers U-12 award Division 4. John Hayes Carrig Celtic U-14 award Division 2. Ciara O’Donnell Kilcolman Rovers U-16 award Division 1.

Ardagh N.S.Parent’s Council are holding a Coffee Morning on this Friday 30th May in the Community Centre Ardagh, from 9.30am to 11am. All are welcome and support will be appreciated.


On Tuesday April 29th nine people from the West Limerick area paid a visit to Freemount Heritage Centre to record two programmes for the very popular Round the Fireside which is broadcast each Monday night on Cork County Sound Radio. It was two years since the last visit by some of this group and a royal welcome awaited them from presenter Jimmy Reidy, Peggy Reidy, PJ O’Sullivan, and the team of helpers. The guests were assembled by Tom O’Donoghue a master of the accordion from Castlemahon.

They included Pat Normoyle editor of the Mahoonagh Parish Annual and Tom Aherne a contributor to the magazine. Chrissie Roche storyteller also from Castlemahon. Colin White singer musician from Wales and now living in Castlemahon. Pat Sheahan singer from Newcastle West, and Jimmy Lyons singer and rambling house owner from Duagh, and Ballingarry. Frank Nash singer and musician who grew up in Coolanoran and John Mullins fiddle player from Ardagh. The programmes will be broadcast on Monday 2nd June and on Monday 16th June, from 9.50pm to

Old Mill ladies football club are holding a number of fundraising events in preparation for their trip to the All Ireland Feile Na Nóg Finals in Roscommon on 27th/28th June. The U-14 girls are representing Limerick and funds are needed to finance the trip. A Clothes collection will be held on June 10th and a Table Quiz will be held in The Silver Dollar Bar Newcastle West on Friday 20th June. All support will be appreciated for the above events. The club would like to thank everybody for their involvement in the run/walk on Sunday May 18th.

This year’s Pastoral Area Pilgrimage to Knock will take place on Sunday 8th June. The seven parishes in this cluster area are Ardagh/Carrigkerry, Dromcollogher/Broadford, Feenagh/Kilmeedy, Kileedy, Newcastle West, Mahoonagh, and Monagea. The bus fare is € 16 and all interested are asked to forward their names to Pat Lawlor Carrigkerry on 087-2060308

A benefit night for Martina Tierney Barna Templeglantine will be held at the Devon Inn Hotel on Friday 27th June. Music by Donie and Maura Nolan, and tickets cost €5 and there will be valuable prizes to be won in the raffle. Martina Ahern is a native of Carrigkerry village, and all support will be most welcome.