By Tom Aherne

Congratulations to Adam Ward from Carrigkerry who won first place at the recent Sean Nos Oireachtas competition, which took place in the City West Hotel in Dublin. The six year old took first place in the
Under 9 category in the nationwide competition.
The following are the lottery results from the Old Mill Bar, on Monday, November 2nd. The numbers drawn were4,11,20,30, and there was no Jackpot winner. Congratulations to the lucky dip winners as follows €60 Mike Liston, Glenastar, Ardagh. €60 John Woulfe, Grouse Lodge,
Ardagh. €60 Ann Relihan, Ardagh. €30 Ann Goggin, Askeaton. €30 Brendan Vaughan, c/o Bus Eireann. €30 Mike Collins, and Trish O’Shea,Carrigkerry. Next week’s Jackpot will be €8,000, and the draw, will be held in Peadar’s Bar Ardagh.

Carrigkerry Playground Committee, held a church gate collection in Ardagh/ Carrigkerry on Saturday October 31 and Sunday November 1. It was part of their fundraising drive to raise funds to develop the site at Carrigkerry.  The committee have packs of Christmas cards for sale, priced €5 at Moloney’s Shop in Carrigkerry. All support for the collection and the cards is greatly appreciated.
We extend our sympathy to Gerard, and Mariena Kelly and family Knockbowheen, Kilcolman, on the death of Gerard’s father Gary Kelly, Mount Plummer, Broadford. He was laid to rest in Springfield Cemetery on Tuesday October 27.
Saint Kieran’s lost by 2-7 to 2-5 in the County Minor B Football Championship Final, played under lights, at Mick Neville Park Rathkeale, on Friday October 30. They trailed by 2-4 to 1-3 at half
time, after facing the strong wind. They were well on top in the opening 15 minutes of the second half scoring 1-2 without reply to lead by one point. They created good chances to extend this lead but
failed to find the target. Ballybricken/Bohermore, kicked the equalising point from a free in the 25th minute. It was still level as the match moved into injury time, but two points, from play and a
free, gave their opponents the win. It was a game that could have been won, as they had a lot of possession, but found scores hard to get. Ballybricken/Bohermore’s more direct kicking style to better placed team mates paid dividends, as St Kieran’s passing game, broke down in contact, and passes went astray. They were physically stronger, and crowded out St Kieran’s attack, who failed to convert their chances. Daniel Power, and Darragh Breen, were not available for selection, due to injury.
TEAM Robert Bradley Eamon Ambrose, Anthony Mullins, John Byrnes, Liam Upton, Diarmuid Mulcahy Daniel Barrett, Noel Callanan, 0-1 Darragh O’Connor, 1-3 Kealan O’Connor, 1-0 Pa O’Connor, John Buckley Brian McCarthy 0-1 Cillian Ambrose, Killian Enright, Subs Liam Kennedy Josh
Enright, Denis Cronin, Colm Copse, Denis Fitzgerald, Tomas Mullins, Evan Donovan, Stephen Hennessy, JJ Cronin, Darren Kelly Darragh Breen, Larry Ward, Daniel Power. Selectors John Dineen, Noel Hennessy and John Enright.
Carrig Celtic lost 6-1 away to Pallaskenry in Round 2 of the Reidy Cup
on Sunday November 1. Carrig Celtic B lost1-0 away to Knockaderry in Division 3 of the Desmond League. Old Mill, and Creeves Celtic had no fixtures. In the Desmond Ladies League Kilcolman Rovers defeated Askeaton, 2-0 away with goals from Ciara O’Donnell, and Erin Hennessy.
Carrig Celtic lost 3-2 at home to Charleville, with Maggie O’Connor, scoring both goals. Creeves Celtic lost 4-1 away to Kilbehenny with Sandra Walsh scoring their goal. Limerick Desmond Youths lost 2-0 in Askeaton to Waterford and District Youths in the FAI Youths Inter League Competition, on Saturday October 31. The local players involved
included Rob Bradley, Brian McCarthy Darragh O’Connor, Kenneth Daly,
Noel Callanan, and Liam King.

Remembrance trees are currently in place in Coolcappa, and Kilcolman,
churches for the month of November. People are invited to write the names of their loved ones, on a slip of paper, and place them on the tree. The masses throughout the month will be offered for the departed.
Newcastle West Citizens Information Office, new opening hours are as follows: They are open from 10.30am to 2pm, on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, and are closed on Monday. The friendly staff offer an information service, on people’s rights and entitlements, and help with filling out forms and applications. They are based in the
Weigh House, Market Yard, Newcastle West, and can be contacted on Tel,
0761-07-5820 Email
“The Hills of Old Kilcolman” the Irish Traditional Music Album from Jacki, and John O’Connor, Kilcolman,  is currently for sale at Moloney’s Daybreak, Carrigkerry; Curley’s Post Office and Shop, Ardagh; Buckley’s Shop, Devon Road, Templeglantine; The Ramble Inn,
Abbeyfeale; Mullane’s Costcutter, Shanagolden; MACE, Shanagolden;
Trade Electric, Newcastle West O’Connor’s Londis, Churchtown, Newcastle West. Five Roads Shop Rathkeale, Mullane’s Glin, Brouder’s, and Collins, shops Athea, and Ann Lyons, Shop Abbeyfeale. It is also on sale at the Mazenod Social Club Kilburn in London. Readers of these notes might spread the word to family members and friends living there. Net proceeds in aid of Milford Hospice, Limerick. All support
greatly appreciated.
Limerick families, schools, businesses and community groups, are asked to get involved in this year’s Team Hope Shoebox Appeal which has a target of 200,000 shoeboxes. To get involved, simply fill a shoebox, with gifts for a child enclose € 4 and bring it to any of the drop off points in the county before Tuesday 10th November. Each Christmas, Team Hope sends thousands of shoeboxes, filled with gifts donated by members of the public to children in Africa, and Eastern Europe. To find out more visit
The Rosary will be recited each Sunday during the month of November in the three cemeteries in Newcastle West. The venues and times are Famine Cemetery 3pm, Calvary Cemetery 3.20pm, Churchtown Cemetery 3.40pm.
Barna N.S. Fundraiser – Rachel Allen will host a cookery demonstration in the Limerick Strand Hotel on Thursday 12th November 2015 in aid of Barna N.S. Building Project, Pallasgreen, Co. Limerick.  Doors will open at 6.30 p.m. with a mulled wine reception and the cookery
demonstration will take place from 8-10 p.m.  Tickets are €25 and are available from Anne on 083 – 474 4997 or email
[email protected].
Séamus Ó’Súilleabháin’s much awaited history of the Great Hunger in County Limerick, is being launched in the Desmond Hall the Square, Newcastle West this Friday 13th November at 8pm.The Broadford man is a well-known historian, author, and broadcaster, and his latest offering is eagerly awaited. John Cussen renowned historian from the town will chair the proceedings. The book will be launched by Ruan O’Donnell of the History Department of the University of Limerick. Killeedy
Comhaltas Group will provide extra entertainment. After the launch
refreshments will be served in Cronin’s Bar, and all are welcome.
Rathkeale and District Historical Society will host a talk by Thomas Toomey on Whiteboys of Limerick in the Community Arts Centre, on Friday 13th November at 8.30pm. The very comfortable venue is overhead the Library and all are welcome.

The annual Parish Holy Souls Masses will be celebrated this coming weekend.  In St Molua’s Church Ardagh, on Saturday 14th at 7.30pm, the following will be specially remembered: Michael Noonan, Paddy Duggan, Bridie Hayes/Buston, Michael O’Donnell, Joe Wilmott, Timothy Crowley, Nora M Ambrose, Margaret Mullins, and Elizabeth Byrnes/Quinn. In St Mary’s Church Carrigkerry on Sunday 15th at 11.30am, specially remembered will be Margaret Moore, Bartholomew O’Connor and Maureen O’Grady.
The final of the West Limerick Scór Na Nóg competition will be held in Ardagh Community Hall on Sunday 15th November. All clubs are asked to participate in the multi choice of traditional events, which include singing, dancing music, recitation, quiz and comedy. Names of competitors to Jim Enright at 087-2436086
The annual €2,000 card game in Raheenagh Hall will be held on Tuesday 17TH November at 9pm. The proceeds will go to the ongoing running expenses of the hall. Refreshments will be provided and all card players are welcome.
A table quiz in aid of The Children’s Ark Fund at University Hospital Limerick will be held in Foynes Yacht Club on Friday 20th November. It will commence at 8pm, and a table of four will cost € 20. For more details contact: Gerard Reidy 087-2582963, Mary O’Shaughnessy 087-4165422, Martin Geoghegan, 086- 8365171.

The County Finals of Ceol an Gheimhridh, 2015 will be held in Shanagolden Community Hall on Sunday 29th November. Shanid Comhaltas branch will host the competition, which is confined to comhaltas members. The age categories are Under 13, and 13-17, and the relevant information, and entry forms, have been sent to all the Comhaltas branch secretaries.

The annual Christmas Bazaar will be held in Coolcappa Community Hall on Saturday 5th December at 6.30pm. The committee would welcome donations of the following items: glass, pottery, crockery, cutlery, costume jewellery, candles, vintage clothing, ornaments, books, photo frames, etc.  Items can be collected within a reasonable distance, or
dropped to Rosemary Enright 085-1688307

The annual craft fair will be held in Dromcollogher hall on Sunday 6th December from 10.30am. Santa is due to arrive at 12 noon, with presents for all the children. Tables cost €15 and more information can be got from Mary Lynch on 087-9978000.

The annual sale of work in aid of Dromcollogher Respite Centre, will be held on Sunday 6th December, in the day care centre. The organisers would welcome hamper fillers, bags, jewellery etc. All are welcome and more details from 087-9354090.