By Tom Aherne

Congratulations and best wishes to Mairead O’Sullivan, daughter of Peg and Paddy, Carrigkerry West and Mark Doherty who were married in St Mary’s Church, Carrigkerry on Saturday, August 20th.

Congratulations and best wishes to James Kelly, Kerrikyle and Clodagh Neville who were married in St Molua’s Church, Ardagh on Saturday, August 20th.

Congratulations and best wishes to Áine Geaney, daughter of Margaret and Jim, Toureendonnell, Athea and Maurice O’Connor, son of Nora and Pa, Glenastar, Ardagh who were married in St Bartholomew’s Church, Athea on Saturday August 27th.

We extend our sympathy to Fergus Gleeson and family, Coolcappa on the recent death of his father Pat, late of St Nicholas’s parish Limerick. May he rest in Peace.

We extend our sympathy to the relatives of Brenda Duggan, late of Glenastar, Ardagh who died recently in England. Funeral arrangements will be announced at a later date. May she rest in Peace.

Congratulations to Cian Ward, Carrigkerry, representing Cluain Chreadhaill Comhaltas branch, who won the 12-15 age group All Ireland Sean Nós Dancing championship at the recent Fleadh Cheoil in Ennis. Congratulations also to James O’Connor, representing Ardagh/Carrigkerry branch, who was placed third in the 12-18 age group Bodhrán championship.

Nora Madden has retired as Principal of Coolcappa N.S. after 37 years of dedicated service. The Board of Management/Parents held a special Mass and retirement party  for her as a mark of appreciation for her hard work and dedication on Sunday, August 21st. The Mass was celebrated by Fr Tim Curtin and Fr John Duggan, former P.P., at  St Kyran’s Church, Coolcappa followed by refreshments in the Community Centre.  Mary’s family, parents, pupils, past pupils, past Board of Management/Parents and parishioners were in attendance. A number of presentations were made to Mary who is wished a very happy retirement.

The following are the Lottery results from Peadar’s Bar, Ardagh on Monday, August 22nd. The numbers drawn were 2, 5, 21, 25, and there was no Jackpot winner. Congratulations to the five lucky dip winners, who received €40 each: Jim Sheehy, Croagh, G and D c/o D Greaney, Joyce Tracy, Ardagh, Maisie and Christy Ardagh, and B and N c/o D Greaney. Next week’s Jackpot will be €8,400 and the draw will be held at the Old Mill Bar.

The Limerick GAA Club draw for August was held in the Limerick Live 95fm studio during the Sports Show on Saturday, August 27th. Congratulations to John Geoghegan, joined with St Kieran’s, who won €250. The next draw will be held on September 24th.

Saint Kieran’s lost to Na Piarsaigh by 3-9 to 2-8 in Round 4 of Group 1 of the County Senior Football Championship at Ballingarry on Saturday August 27. They trailed by 2-4 to 0-5 at half time, and the concession of goals either side of the break cost them dear. TEAM: Ray Noonan, Mossie Shine, Gavin Hayes, Kevin, Meade, Brendan McCarthy, Johnny McCarthy, 1-1 Mike Flynn, Timmy Carroll John Doyle, Donal Nolan, 0-1 Paudie McCarthy, 0-2 Jack Ben Harnett, Seamus Mangan, 0-1 Anthony Molyneaux, 1-2 Diarmuid Crowley. Subs: James O’Connor. 

St Kieran’s play Ballylanders in the final group match in Ballingarry this Saturday 2nd September at 6.30pm, and they can still qualify for the quarter finals, if they win, and the other results go their way. Saint Kieran’s lost away to Saint Patrick’s by 1-17 to 1-11 in the All County Senior Football League on Sunday, August 21st.

Congratulations to Old Mill Ladies Erin Hennessy, Sophie Hennessy and Roisin Ambrose, who were members of the Limerick U-17 squad who won the A Cup at the All Ireland Blitz held in Dublin on Tuesday, August 16th.

The new junior Desmond soccer League season 2016/17 commenced on Sunday, August 21st with 37 teams participating and local interest will focus on three teams, Carrig Celtic, Creeves Celtic, and Carrig Celtic B.  Carrig Celtic defeated Newcastle West AFC by 2-1 on their return to the Premier League, which has 10 teams. John Doyle and Sean McSweeney scored the goals and this match was played on the previous Friday evening.

Creeves Celtic and Carrig Celtic B will both be in Division 3 which will have only seven teams this season. Their season will commence on Sunday 4th September. Old Mill have entered no team this season. The Desmond Ladies League will also commence on Sunday 4thSeptember and Carrig Celtic, Creeves Celtic and Carrig Celtic B will compete in Division 1. Wishing all the local players and teams good fortune and silverware.

Congratulations to Peg Mulvihill and Jim Lynch who were prize winners at the card game held in Shanagolden Hall on Friday, August 19th.

A meeting to form a Heritage Association for the St Kieran’s area, comprising of Ardagh, Carrigkerry Coolcappa, Kilcolman and neighbouring townlands, will be held in the Community Centre Ardagh on this Thursday 1st September at 8.30pm. The dictionary describes heritage as something inherited at birth and anything that has been transmitted from the past or handed down by tradition. There is an increased interest in our heritage at present and people in other areas are doing wonderful work to preserve it. All are welcome to attend and express their views at the meeting.

West Limerick Singing Club will hold their next monthly singing session on Friday 2nd September at 9.30pm. All interested people, be they performers or audience members, are invited to attend. The club meet in the Ramble Inn Abbeyfeale on the first Friday of each month and all are welcome.

A fundraising barn dance in aid of the Community Crisis Response Team will be held in the Thatch Bar, Newbridge on Saturday 3rdSeptember at 9pm. A Barbecue will be held and lots of fun with a bucking bronco. Music by Rougha and DJ Jeremiah and a monster raffle will be held with prizes including a gallon of beer.  Admission is free and more details from 087-9336403 and 085-7377139.

West Limerick 102 FM are holding their next car boot sale and indoor market at the Community Centre, Newcastle West on Sunday 4thSeptember from 8am. To book a stall contact the Station on 069-66200.The gates open at 7.30am and all the proceeds will go towards the running of the station.

The annual West Limerick Vintage Show will be held at The Thatch, Newbridge on Sunday 4th September and a fun filled family day out is promised. The brothers of Charity in Foynes will benefit from this year’s event which features vintage cars, tractors and farm machinery displays, a dog show and a wheel of fortune. There will be children’s entertainment including bouncy castles, farm animals, face painting. There will be trade stalls, food and ice cream stands and lots of free parking provided. The vintage exhibitors will have free entry and refreshments on the day and they will receive a special brass plaque to mark the occasion. The entry fee is €5 per person or €10 for a family.

The Robert Kelly Academy of Irish Dance will commence classes in the Community Centre, Ardagh on Monday 5th September at 7pm. Enrolment of new dancers will take place on the night and the dancing classes will begin the following Monday. All other dancers will resume classes on this night. Classes will resume in the Community Centre, Carrigkerry each Wednesday commencing Wednesday 7th September at 7pm for step dancing and 8pm for Sean Nós Dancing.

The Ardagh/Carrigkerry Social Club will reopen on Tuesday 6th September from 2pm to 4pm in the Community Centre, Ardagh. All the usual activities will take place including music, song, dance and Bingo, washed down with a cup of tea. The usual bus service will operate and new members will be made most welcome.

The St Vincent de Paul parish annual pilgrimage to Knock goes ahead on Saturday 10th September. To book a place please contact John Joe Kennelly on 069-76280

Knockfierna Heritage Society Outing to Clonmacnoise (Pattern Day) and Birr Castle on Sunday 11th September. Details from Pat O’Donovan 0879977340 or Mary O’Keeffe 087 6990816 and all are welcome.