By Tom Aherne

The Limerick County Community Games finals were held in Mungret from Friday to Sunday June, 19 to 21. Congratulations to all involved with the Saint Kieran’s club, who enjoyed a very successful meeting.  The athletes who performed very well, and also to those who won silverware, and the mentors who prepared and guided them. John Hayes 1st Boys U-16 Marathon 7km. Katelyn Hayes, 4th Girls U-16 Marathon 7km. Shane Fitzgerald 2nd U-14 Boys Long Jump. 1st Boys U-12 Relay. Darragh Nolan 4th Boys U-10 Hurdles 60m. Adam Steele, 3rd Boys U-10 100m. Michael Shanahan 2nd Boys U-16 200 m. Róisín Ambrose, 1st Girls U-16 1500m.

The following are the Lottery results from Foley’s Bar, Reens, Ardagh on Monday June 22nd. The numbers drawn were 18,20,21,23, and there was no Jackpot winner. Congratulations to the lucky dip winners as follows. €60 Mike Donovan, Ardagh. €60 Brendan Duggan, Ardagh. €60 Mary Hartnett, Ardagh. €30 Amy Keane, Adare. €30 Under the lamp syndicate, Peadar’s. €30 Ann Molyneaux, Ardagh. Next week’s draw will be held in Neary’s Bar, Ardagh and the Jackpot will be  €12,800.

West Limerick 102 Community Radio 10th birthday celebrations were featured recently on Limerick Matters, on Irish TV which is on SKY 191. The half hour show goes on air, on Wednesday at 7pm, and is repeated on Saturday at 5.30pm. The presenter is Ciara Revins, who is married to Liam Aherne, from Newcastle West, and Limerick Live 95FM. Both began their careers in Radio, with West Limerick 102 Community Radio.

The Fields around Athea, is the title of a new song included on Noel Hartnett’s 10-track album, called The Cross at Rennagown. All the 10 songs were written by Ted Leizeyyneski from Headford, Killarney who can be contacted on 086-3894971. The songs are receiving lots of airplay on the local Radio Stations.

Michael Meade featured in a lovely article in this year’s County Fleadh Programme. It was compiled by John Healy and it brought back memories of the Meads family group who used to play at Stacks Lounge Bar in Carrigkerry during the 1970s. They were from Glin, and they were popular with the crowd playing all the favourite songs and tunes of the time. A plaque was unveiled in Michael Meade’s honour at the Church of the Immaculate Conception Glin during the recent Fleadh Cheoil.

Patrick Quaid from Carrigkerry is a new name on the entertainment scene and he is making a name for himself in the various entertainment venues. His songs are getting good air play on the local Radio stations at present. You can catch him performing at a venue near you. We wish him well in his entry into the music scene.

Limerick Council provides limited funding towards the maintenance of burial grounds. Application forms can be got by contacting the Environment Dept., Limerick City and County Council, County Hall, Dooradoyle, Co Limerick .Phone 061-496178 or email [email protected] The closing date for receipt of completed application forms is this Friday 3rdJuly.

The Palatine Heritage Centre, in Rathkeale is open to visitors over the summer months. It is open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays, from 2pm to 5pm, and it is worth a visit.

The Old Mill Sports Club are holding a clothes collection at present to raise funds for the running of the club. Bags of clothes may be dropped into the shed at the sports field. Contact Ellen on 087-6339450 for more details. The 25thanniversary weekend festival will take place on Saturday/Sunday 22nd/23rd August. A programme of events is being put together at present.

The annual Seisiún show hosted by Templeglantine Comhaltas, commences at the Devon Inn Hotel Templeglantine, on this Thursday 2nd July at 9pm. It is put in place to provide entertainment for local and visiting people each Thursday during the months of July and August. The best of music, song, dance, and storytelling is promised and a visit is a must for traditional music lovers

Ita Mc Quinn has organised a day out at the Willie Clancy Festival in Milltown Malbay for Saturday 4th July. A musical coach will depart from the Cash and Carry Sheehan’s Road at 9am and all are welcome to join in the music and dancing, and to soak up the atmosphere. More details from Ita on 087-2593415

Coolcappa/Kilcolman, parish will have the following Mass time, changes from July 4th/5th . Mass will be celebrated in Saint Colman’s Church Kilcolman on Saturday 4th July at 7.30pm. Mass will be celebrated in Saint Kyran’s Church Coolcappa, on Sunday 5th July at 10.30am.

The annual Dawn Mass will be celebrated at Saint Brigid’s Well near the Killarney Pole, Newcastle West on this Sunday 5thJuly at 6am, and all are welcome to attend.

Next Sunday July 5th sees the ‘Run to Rathfredagh’ take place where Vintage car and tractor runs will descend on The Rathfredagh Cheshire Home Annual Show to help raise funds for this very worthy cause. The runs are being organised by West Limerick Vintage Club ( and all vintage cars, tractors, motorbikes and commercials are welcome to participate and modern vehicles are also invited to partake in the run. Registration and refreshments for the cars is from 10.30am at Nearys Bar, Ardagh with the car run departing at 11.30 am. Registration for the tractors is again from 10.30am at Rathfredagh Cheshire Home with the run departing at 11.30 am.

The runs will take approximately 1 hour and we hope to arrive back to attend The Rathfredagh Cheshire Home Show between 12.30 pm and 1 pm. There will be a commemorative badges for those who participate in the runs and plaques for exhibitors at the Rathfredagh Show and refreshments for all those who participate. Please come along with your cars to Ardagh, and with your tractors to the Cheshire Home, and help raise funds for this worthy cause. For more information please contact Gerry on 087-6995904.

The annual Rathfredagh 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 Rathfredagh. They will accept clothes, shoes, handbags, or bric a brac but not any electrical equipment. For more details contact Catriona on 069-83279

O’Donovan & Associates Newcastle west will hold a unique auction being the lifetime collection of vintage, old farmyard & farmyard kitchen contents on behalf of Josie McCreesh at her famous Rambling House in Brosna, Co. Kerry on Saturday 11th. July at /11am. For further details contact Pat O’Donovan on 087 9977340.  For full details see

The two most distinctive voices of the Irish folk scene together in concert are coming to the newly opened Community Centre in Feohanagh Castlemahon. The hall committee are delighted to welcome them and are pleased that they have chosen this venue to launch their forthcoming national and international tour. Dolores and Sean Keane are known the world over for their traditional voices and it’s a rare opportunity to hear these voices together. Hear them sing classics like Isle of Hope and Galway Bay.

Sean and Dolores toured together when members of Reel Union in the early eighties and then went onto carve solo careers that has stretched for decades. Now they are back together with many songs that are known all over the world and anywhere the Irish gather there surely is a Keane song in the mix. Join Dolores and Sean for a wonderful night of song, music and stories. A must see show for all the family. They will be joined by Carmel Dempsey on Keyboards, Pat Coyne on Guitar, Fergus Feely on Mandocello, Stephen Doherty on flute accordion keyboard and Sean on flute, tin whistle, low whistle and harmonica. Tickets: €35. Doors open at 7pm. Show 8pm sharp on Saturday July 11th. Book your tickets by ringing (087) 3868409

The dates for the annual graveyard Masses in the locality are as follows. Kilbradern, July 12, Kilcolman, July 19, Clounagh August, 9, Coolcappa, August 16. The starting time will be 12 noon, and all are welcome.

The friends of Daniel John Cussen, will host a fundraising night to help him on his journey with leukaemia, at the Ballintemple Inn, Newcastle West, on Sunday 18th July at 8pm. The music will be supplied by the Donie, and Maura, Ceili Band, followed by DJ Joe Casey. A great night of entertainment is promised and tickets are €10 and are available to purchase locally. All support for this very deserving cause will be much appreciated.