by Tom Aherne

Congratulations and best wishes in the future to Christina O’Mahony Kerrikyle, Ardagh, and Alan Hogan, who were married recently in Kilcolman Church, and held their reception in the Woodlands House Hotel Adare.

The Old Mill and wider community came out in force for the traditional night in aid of the Joanne Mc Mahon Thanksgiving fund which was held in the Ballintemple Inn in Churchtown Newcastle West on Saturday April 2. The line up on stage from the start of the night until the late ending was amazing and they are all to be complimented for sharing their talents with all present. MC Pat O’Donovan and the organising committee pulled out all the stops to present a great night of traditional entertainment.

Garda Denis Mangan, Rathgonan, Ardagh, who retired from duty on Good Friday March 25, was the guest of honour at a surprise party held in the Rathkeale House Hotel on Friday April 8. A large crowd was in attendance to thank him for his service to the force, and to wish him well in the future. Music by Paddy Quilligans Band Big Maggie, and
numerous traditional artists. We extend best wishes to Denis, and may his future be all he wishes for.

Congratulations and best wishes in the future to Tom Hannafin, Glensharrold who celebrated his 70thbirthday with family and friends at a party held in Moore’s Bar Carrigkerry on Saturday April 9. Tom has returned to live locally after many years domiciled in Dublin.

The death has taken place in the UK of Mary Ryan formerly of Ministerland Ardagh. We extend our sympathy to her mother Mary Conway brothers and sisters.

Mary Murray nee Power formally of Ardagh passed away in England on April 6.Daughter of the late Jeremiah Power of Ardvone, her funeral arrangements will be announced later.

The death has taken place of Margaret (Peggy) Barrett, (nee Dalton) Tarmons, Tarbert, Co Kerry and formerly of Carrigkerry West. She lay in repose at St Mary’s Funeral Home Tarbert on Sunday April 10 from 5pm. Her Requiem Mass was celebrated in St Mary’s Church Tarbert, on Monday at 11am, followed by burial in Ahavoher Cemetery, Gale Bridge, Moyvane. We extend sympathy to her husband John, son Tony, daughter in law Joan, granddaughter Shona, brother in law, nephews (Mike, Carrigkerry) nieces, cousins, relatives neighbours and friends. May they all Rest in Peace.

The Limerick GAA Club draw was held during the sports programme, at Limerick Live 95 FM on Saturday April 2. Congratulations to Sean Mc Sweeney Carrigkerry and the St Kieran’s Club who won one of the top prizes of € 3,000. The April draw will be held in two weeks’ time, and
people can still join up for the nine remaining draws. Contact Michael Windle on 
086-8223376 or any club member and the cost is € 90.

The following are the Lottery results from Peadar’s Bar Ardagh on Monday April 4. The numbers drawn were 10,11,12,29, and there was no Jackpot winner. Congratulations to the lucky dip winners as follows € 60 Ann Hollyhead, Ardagh. € 60 Ita Kirk, Reens. € 60 Dympna Mangan, Ardagh. € 30 M and W c/o Denis Greaney. € 30 Paddy
Sullivan, Abbeyfeale. € 30 Adam,
Joseph, William and Holly c/o Patrick Mullins. Next week’s Jackpot will be € 12, 000 and the draw will take place in the Old Mill Bar.

Johnny Mc Carthy and Darragh Treacy from St Kieran’s   were members of the Limerick team that lost to Offaly by 1-16 to 0-13 in Round 7 of the National Football League Division 4 match played in Newcastle West on Sunday April 3.

St Kieran’s drew with Na Piarsaigh 0-9 points each in Round 1 of Division 1 of the All County Football League at Coolcappa on Saturday April 2.

St Kieran’s defeated Athea by 2-9 to 0-2 in Round 2 of the West Junior B Football League at Coolcappa on Thursday March 31.

Newcastle West defeated St Kieran’s by 4-16 to 0-8 in the All County Hurling League.

Alva Neary from Old Mill Ladies was a member of the Limerick team that defeated Derry by 5-18 to 0-2 in Derry in Division 4 of the National Ladies Football League, on Sunday April 3. They play Wicklow in the semi-final of the Division on Sunday 17th April.

Róisín Mann, and Irish Kennelly Ardagh and Newcastle West Camogie club were members of the Limerick team that won the five county U-14 Limerick County Blitz, for the Eileen Carmody Memorial Cup.

Carrig Celtic received a walkover from Rockhill Rovers in the Division 1 League Cup Quarter Final at home on Sunday April 2. Creeves Celtic lost 5-0 at home to Broadford Utd in the third round of the Desmond Cup. Old Mill have withdrawn from Division two of the Desmond League. Carrig Celtic B had no fixture. Creeves Celtic defeated Charleville 1-0 away in Division 1 of the Ladies League, with Angela Sheehan scoring. Kilcolman Rovers lost 2-1 at home to Kilbehenny Celtic, with Ciara O’Donnell scoring. Carrig Celtic had no fixture.

Congratulations to Mike O’Mahony and Mike Young, who were prize winners at the Flag Floor card game held on Wednesday March 30.

Coolcappa Music Group have a DVD of their Concert held at Rathkeale House Hotel in aid of the Joanne Mc Mahon Thanksgiving Fund for sale from the following Patsy Greaney 087-2153685, John Moran 087-6555098, Marion Hough 085-7341675, and Sharon Guina 087-9433496.

There are CDs of the Ardagh Church Concert in aid of the Joanne Mc Mahon Thanksgiving Fund for sale, also in Curley’s Shop Ardagh,
Olympic Filling Station, Churchtown, and Coughlan’s Supermarket Castlemahon.

A reminder that Trocaire boxes can be returned now to your local church. Please be as generous as possible with your donations, which will go to help people in foreign lands who are barely surviving due to wars and drought.

Carrigkerry NS is now enrolling new pupils for the new term in September. Please call to the school or ring 069-76229 to receive the enrolment forms

Traditional music classes are held in Patie Joe’s Bar Shanagolden, each Thursday night, with beginners from 7pm to 8pm, and adults from 8pm to 9pm. All musicians are welcome, and additional information from Carmel on 086-8676920 or 061-601923.

The Michael Hartnett literary and arts festival takes place in Newcastle West from this Thursday 14th to Saturday 16th April. A fine line up of writers, will attend the large number of events in various venues around his home town. James Lawlor from Carrigkerry is a great promoter of the work of the late poet. It is well worth a visit to honour one of Ireland’s top poets.

The collection for Trocaire will be taken up at all masses in Coolcappa/Kilcolman, on the weekend of the 16th/17th April, and an envelope, is provided in your family box. Please be generous with your donations.

Mark the weekend of 16th/17th April into your diary for the reopening celebrations at Moore’s Bar Carrigkerry. A number of exciting events have been lined up for the young and mature, with music on both nights, which will be supplied by Thermal Two, and Sean Carrig. A lot of fun and games has been lined up for the Sunday afternoon, and all are welcome to call in and enjoy same over the weekend.

An exhibition of the work of Jack Donovan will be held in Rathkeale Arts Centre, commencing on Friday 29th April. The late Jack who died in 2014 was brought up in Grouse Lodge, Kilcolman by his grandparents, after the death of his mother. The exhibition will contain portraits of the 1916 leaders, and the War of Independence soldiers and they were completed from 1969 to 1982. The exhibition will last for a month and it is being organised by his brother Tim in Rathkeale.

The Pope has called for a special collection in all Catholic Parishes in Europe on the weekend of Saturday/Sunday 23rd/24th April. This is to provide humanitarian assistance to people in Ukraine. A collection will be held in the local churches on those dates.

The first Holy Communion ceremony will be held in St Kyran’s Church Coolcappa, on Saturday 30th April at 11am. The first Holy Communion ceremony will be held in St Colman’s Church Kilcolman, on Saturday 14th May at 11am.