By Tom Aherne

Congratulations to Kate Buckingham from Glenastar, Ardagh, Kitty O’Doherty and Claire Geary from Newcastle West who were awarded Certificates of Appreciation from the Irish Cancer Society in recognition for supporting Daffodil Day 2016. The trio and their wonderful team of volunteers helped to raise €13,000 around the Newcastle West area. Kate is to be complimented for her ongoing work over the past 28 years collecting for the Irish Cancer Society with assistance from the students of SMI and others. In that time span they have raised €200,000 which has been of enormous benefit to cancer research. Kate was featured in both the local newspapers last week, and we wish her continued success in her fundraising role.

The following are the Lottery results from the Old Mill Bar, on Monday June 20. The numbers drawn were 5,6,8,26, and there was no Jackpot winner. Congratulations to the five lucky dip winners, Tony Mullins, Glenville, Ardagh, Maurice Harnett, Ardagh, Pat Liston, Glenastar, Ardagh, Kathleen Ryan, Ardagh, and Tom Griffin, c/o Sean Downey. Next week’s Jackpot will be €6,600, and the draw will be held in Peadar’s Bar Ardagh

Congratulations to Peg Mulvihill, Jim Lynch, Donie Donovan and James Bridgeman who were prize winners at the card game held in Shanagolden Hall on Friday June 17th.

Katelyn Hayes from Knockfinisk, and Abbeyfeale Utd soccer club was a member of the Desmond schoolgirl’s team that competed in the U-16 Gaynor Cup competition which was held in UL last weekend.

Congratulations to Kilcolman N.S., winners of the Tim Crowley Memorial Football Tournament for Primary Schools held in Ardagh recently. Tim was a past principal of Ardagh N.S. and very involved in school games around Limerick over the years. Maura Crowley sponsor made the presentation and Killoughteen and Ahalin also participated.

Johnny McCarthy, Darragh Treacy, and Sean Mc Sweeney, 1-3 from the Saint Kieran’s club were members of the Limerick football team that defeated Antrim by 2-6 to 0-9 in Round 1 of the All Ireland Senior Football Qualifier played in Corrigan Park Belfast, Antrim on Saturday last. It was a welcome result for the players, and management and their first competitive win since April 2015.

Carrigkerry N.S. are now enrolling pupils for the next term in September 2016 and places are available in all classes. Contact the school on069-76229 or 087-9186556.

West Limerick 102fm are pleased to announce that two CDs of the Rambling House night held in Monagea on Monday June 13th, in aid of the station, are now on sale at €5 each. Contact the station on 069-66200 for all the details.

Donie Nolan from Kilcolman will launch his solo CD the Banks of the Abba Bhán at the Devon Inn Hotel, Templeglantine on this Thursday 30th June with a start time of 9pm. Donie is a renowned musician and singer who has shared musical platforms with the best in the business over the years. He is a former All Ireland champion singer and his music and songs have been heard on local and national radio and also on Television. Donie, and Taylors Cross are much sought after on the dancing circuit at present. All are welcome to attend the launch and it promises to be a great night of entertainment for all traditional music lovers.

The Society of St Vincent de Paul are holding an Information Evening in the Newcastle West Parish Centre on this Thursday 30th June from 6.30pm to 9pm. They need volunteers from the following areas, Ardagh, Athea, Newcastle West, Shanagolden, Pallaskenry, Askeaton, Glin, Abbeyfeale, Ballingarry, and Drom/Broadford. All that is required is 3 to 4 hours per week and it is a wonderful way to give something back to society. All are very welcome to attend the meeting.

The Comhaltas Summer Seisiun traditional entertainment shows commence at the Devon Inn Hotel Templeglantine, on Thursday 30th June. The shows will continue each Thursday during July and up to mid-August. The best of traditional music, song, storytelling and dance will be on display and all are welcome to attend.

The West Limerick Singing Club will hold their annual monthly singing session in the Ramble Inn Abbeyfeale, on this Friday 1st July at 9pm and all are welcome.

Mannix Joyce will be remembered in Knockfierna on this Saturday 2nd July with a walk at 7.30pm followed by a Rambling House session. It marks the 10th anniversary of his death which took place on July 3rd 2006. Mannix was a noted writer and author from Tankardstown, Bruree, whose long running column, under the pen name Mangaire Sugach in the Limerick Leader, was eagerly looked forward to each week. Compliments to Pat O’Donovan, Davy Dillane, Rooskagh and committee for remembering and commemorating people, traditions and events on the famous hilltop.

The annual Rathfredragh Cheshire Home will be held on Sunday 3rd July from 1pm  and donations for the various stalls, will be greatly appreciated. More details from Catriona at 069-83279

The annual Dawn Mass at St Brigid’s Well, Shangarry near the Killarney Pole on the main road towards Barnagh will be celebrated at 6am on Sunday 3rd July and all are welcome.

Saint Kieran’s will hold their Cul Camp in Coolcappa from Monday 4th July to Friday 8th The camp caters for primary school children from the age of 6 to 13 years. The cost for the first child is €55 second child is €45and € 40 for the third child and so on. An action packed and fun filled week of activity is promised.  

The AGM of the West Limerick Heritage Network will take place in the offices of West Limerick Resources, St Mary’s Rd., Newcastle West, on Wednesday 6th July at 7.30pm.  Initially established in 2014, the West Limerick Heritage Network is made up of individuals and groups from across the area whose aim it is to preserve and promote the heritage of the West Limerick area in all its forms. New members welcome. Nominations for the positions of Chairperson and Secretary should be submitted using the attached nomination forms by Friday July 1st Contact: [email protected]

The Youth 2000 Summer Festival will be held in the Cistercian College, Roscrea, Co Tipperary from Thursday 7th to Sunday 10th July. The festival is a four day celebration of faith for young people aged 16-35. It is an action packed programme of events with inspiring talks, workshops, testimonies, prayer, music, drama and lots more. There will be free buses from all over Ireland and the festival is donation only. For additional information, and to book online see www. or phone 016 753690

A musical coach will depart from the top of Assumpta Park, Newcastle West, at 9am on Saturday 9th July for Milltown Malbay for the Willie Clancy Festival. People interested in travelling are asked to hand in their names and deposit to Ita Mc Quinn who can be contacted on 087-2593415

Our Lady’s Pastoral area which includes Ardagh/Carrigkerry parish are organising a Pilgrimage to Ballintubber Abbey, County Mayo on Sunday 10th July. The pilgrimage is to celebrate the Year of Mercy and the day will include a guided tour of the Abbey followed by the Rosary, Stations, Reconciliation, Mass and people will also have some free time. Buses will collect from the following areas: 7.45am, Feenagh/Kilmeedy, Dromcollogher/Broadford and Raheenagh. 8am Castlemahon. 8.30am Newcastle West. There will be a stop on the way up for tea/coffee, and on the way home for dinner at the Maldron Hotel Oranmore. The Pastoral area leader is Fr Frank O’Dea, and the cost is € 30. People from the parish who are interested in travelling are asked to contact Pat Lawlor, Carrigkerry on 069-76703 before Friday 1stJuly.