By Tom Aherne

The following are the Lottery results from Reens Bar, Ardagh on Monday May 25, The numbers drawn were 4,7,14, 15, and there was no Jackpot winner. Congratulations to the lucky dip winners as follows €60 Teresa Downey, Ballyegna, Ardagh. €60 Seamus Behan, Shanagolden. €60 Phil Mc Grath, c/o Reen’s Bar. €30 Peter O’Connor, Ardagh. €30 Charlie and Tom c/o Reen’s Bar. €30 Maurice O’Connor, Glenastar, Ardagh. Next week’s draw will be held in Neary’s Bar, Ardagh, and the Jackpot will be €12,000.

The turnout for the same-sex Referendum held on Friday May 22, in the local polling stations was above average, with the Yes vote carrying the day. In Ardagh the tallies showed Yes on top by 250 to 198 and in Carrigkerry the divide was 200 to 173. In Coolcappa it was 298 to 236 in favour of Yes, and in Kilcolman 123 to 100. The Referendum to reduce the age of Presidential Candidates was overwhelmingly defeated.

Congratulations to Peter Fitzsimons, and John Sheehy, who were prize winners at the Flag Floor card game held on Wednesday May 20.

Congratulations to Peg, and John Mulvihill who were prize winners at the card game held in Rathkeale Community Centre, on Wednesday May 20.

Saint Kieran’s and Drom/Broadford drew in the West Senior Football Championship Quarter Final at Knockaderry Gaelic grounds on Wednesday May 20. Saint Kieran’s trailed by 1-3 to 0-5 at half time, and held a three point lead in the second half. Drom/Broadford scored late points to level the scores at 1-7 to 0-10 and force a replay.

Saint Kieran’s were defeated by Ballysteen by 3-13 to 2-3 in the West Junior B Football Championship at Foynes, on Thursday May 21.

Saint Kieran’s were defeated by Newcastle West by 3-10 to 4-3 in the County Intermediate Hurling League at Coolcappa on Friday May 22.

Johnny McCarthy and Darragh Treacy were members of the Limerick senior football team that were defeated by Clare 0-15 to 0-13 in the Munster quarter final played in Ennis on Saturday May 23.

Diarmuid Mulcahy from the Saint Kieran’s club is a member of the Limerick U-16 Football Development squad competing in tournament games at present.

We extend sympathy to Ann and Donal O’Sullivan and family Carrigkerry on the death of Ann’s sister Marion White (nee O’Connor) Gortnagross, Athea, who was laid to rest in Holy Cross Cemetery, Athea on Monday May 25.

We extend sympathy to Pat Sheahan, Dairygold Ardagh, on the death of his sister Alice O’Connor, East View, Glenmore, Strand who was laid to rest in Killeedy Cemetery on Monday May 25.

We extend sympathy to Anthony Quinn, and family Balliniska, Feohanagh, on the death of his son Anthony junior. Anthony Quinn came from Glensharrold and settled down and with his late wife Mary raised their family In Balliniska. We extend sympathy also to extended family members in the locality. Cremation took place in the Island Crematorium Ringaskiddy Co, Cork on Wednesday May 27.

We extend sympathy to the Quaid family Dirreen, Athea, on the passing of Denis, on Friday May 22. He was well known in sporting circles and he was a grand-nephew of Tim and Dan Ahearne the famous athletes. He was the captain of the Athea team that won the West Minor Football Championship in 1972 defeating Castlemahon by 3-6 to 0-6 in the final. He also played on County teams in the seventies, and also with Athea Utd soccer team. He was laid to rest in Knockanure Cemetery on Wednesday May 27. May they all rest in Peace.

There was a nice photo of Tom O’Connor in the Irish Examiner sports supplement on Monday May 25. Tom a native of Glenastar, Ardagh, was a steward at the Connacht Senior Football Championship match between Roscommon and London, in Ruislip which Roscommon won by seven points. Tom was very involved in promoting the affairs of the Limerick Association over the years. He has been living in London for the past 55 years, and still visits and keeps in touch with home.

The passing of Bill O’Herlihy brings to an end his long and distinguished broadcasting career and media involvement which covered nearly sixty years. He was a true professional at his job and he got the best out of each person he had on his panel covering the major soccer tournaments. He was a down to earth individual and much loved by all who will be sadly missed. May he rest in Peace.

Ardagh/Carrigkerry parish are seeking volunteers to help in the production of the weekly Mass Bulletin. A knowledge of basic computer skills would be helpful and anybody interested in helping is asked to drop in their contact details into the parish mailbox at the Parish Priests house in Ardagh.

We extend our wishes to all students who are sitting their exams at present.  Be confident and give it your best shot and all will turn out well.

National Sunflower Day takes place on this Friday and Saturday 5th/6th June, and people are asked to support the event if possible. The funds raised from this event will go to help Milford Hospice, continue to provide the highest quality of care for patients and their families throughout the mid-west region.

The pastoral area trip to Knock which includes Ardagh/Carrigkerry parish will take place on Sunday 14th June. People who are interested in the trip are asked to contact the parish office in Newcastle West on 069-62141

Shanagolden Community Hall celebrates its 65th Anniversary this year, and they are holding a Showband Concert to mark the occasion on Friday 19th June. The line-up will include Tommy Drennan Trudy Lawlor, Ronan Collins, Sean O’Dowd, Lorraine and the Conquerors. It is an all ticket event and they cost €25 each and they are available from Community Council members and also in the local shops. A great night is promised and bar facilities will be available.

The Saint Kieran’s GAA Cul Camp will run from Monday 29th June to Friday 3rd July from 10am to 2.30pm in Coolcappa grounds. The camp is open to primary school children aged six to thirteen years and an action packed and fun filled week is promised. The cost is €55 per child, second child €45, third and fourth child €40. Bookings and further

The annual Rathfredragh Cheshire Home Fete will take place on Sunday 5th July. The committee are seeking donations at present and they can be dropped into Reception at Rathfredragh. They will accept clothes, shoes, handbags, or bric a brac but not any electrical equipment. For more details contact Catriona on 069-83279