By Tom Aherne

Congratulations and best wishes in the future to Lorraine O’Connor, daughter of Joan and Jimmy, Grouse Lodge, Kilcolman, Ardagh and Tony Long, Feenagh, who were married in Saint Colman’s Church Kilcolman on Saturday April 29. Their reception was held in the Woodlands House Hotel  Adare

John McCormack, Chief Executive Officer of the Irish Cancer Society, has issued a letter of thanks to Kate Buckingham, Glenastar Lodge, and her team of volunteers, for the wonderful work they did around the Newcastle West area on Daffodil Day March 24. The overall total raised was €15,066, which was a tremendous  achievement for all involved. This money will help to continue the wonderful work the Society continue to do all over Ireland.

We extend our good wishes and calm sailing to Chris Egan from Coolcappa, Ardagh and his team of volunteers, who departed from Limerick for their fundraising  trip on Monday May 1. The sail around Ireland is in aid of the Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind.

The Desmond Ladies Soccer League held their annual Awards Night at Rathkeale House Hotel on Friday April 21. Congratulations to Íde Trant,  from Kilcolman Rovers, who was named Division 1 Player of the Year, Sinead Donovan, Youth Player of the Year, and Noreen Barry Division 1 League Cup Final Player of the Match.

The AGM of Limerick County  Fine Gael took place at the Dunravan Arms Hotel, Adare on Monday April 24. Kay Ryan and Mary Danagher, both from Ardagh, continue in their roles as joint treasurer and executive council member.

The Newcastle West Fine Gael branch held their AGM on Thursday April 20 in Minister Patrick O’Donovan’s office.  Tom Dillane, and Willie O’Regan , David Dillane, all from Ardagh  were re-elected chairman, secretary and treasurer for the coming year.

The following are the Lottery results from Reen’s Bar Ardagh on Monday April 24. The numbers drawn were 1,16,18,21  and there was no Jackpot winner. Congratulations to the five lucky dip winners who won €40 each; Padraig Ambrose, Dunganville, Helen Byrnes,c/o Denis Greaney, Mary Bennett, Ardagh, Patsy and Tom Greaney, Kilcolman, and Phyllis Galvin, Ardagh.  Next week’s Jackpot will be €15,000 and the draw will be held in  Peadar’s Bar Ardagh.

The Limerick GAA Club draw for April was held on Limerick Live 95 radio during the sports programme on Saturday April 29. Congratulations to Timmy Copse from the Saint Kieran’s club who won € 500. People interested in joining for the remaining eight draws (€80) can contact the officers of the club.

Saint Kieran’s defeated  Oola by 0-11 to 0-8 in round 2 of the Limerick senior football Championship at Bruff Gaelic Grounds on Saturday April 29. They led by five points to two points, despite kicking nine wides at half time, after playing with the wind. They matched Oola’s total of six points in the second half to secure their first win of the championship. Led by Darragh Treacy and Johnny McCarthy and determined play from the other members they were deserving winners. The shape of the team was far better with the sweeper system discarded and a more positive approach adopted. The loss to Ballylanders was cruel and the team  are very unlucky not to have full points on board as the championship takes a seven week break.

TEAM: Dan Madden, Mossie Shine, John Doyle, Brendan McCarthy, John O’Connor, Anthony Molyneaux, 0-1 Kevin Meade, Johnny McCarthy, Darragh Treacy, 0-2 Noel Callanan, 0-1 Jack Ben Harnett,0-1 Sean Mc Sweeney, 0-3 Seamus Mangan, 0-2 Donie Nolan, 0-1 Paudie McCarthy, Sub Niall O’Shea.

Saint Kieran’s were defeated by South Liberties 2-15 to 3-9 in the Minor Hurling 13 a side competition. The hurlers play Newcastle West in round 1 of the County Intermediate Hurling Championship this weekend.

Carrig Celtic lost 2-1 away to Ballingarry in the Desmond Premier Division on Sunday April  23. Creeves Celtic and Carrig Celtic B had no fixtures.

A reminder to all householders to remain safety conscious, and to secure their premises against opportunist thief’s who continue to carry out their criminal activities. A quad bike and equipment was stolen from a house in the locality in recent weeks, and a couple of Crèche’s were broken into. People are asked to remain alert and to report any suspicious behaviour to the local Gardai.

Carrigkerry NS is now enrolling pupils for the new school term next September. Enrolment forms are available from the Principal Ann Horan. Call to the school or ring 069-76229.

Newcastle West film club present Dare to be Wild at the Desmond Complex Newcastle West on Wednesday May 3 at 7.30pm. As part of the Bealtaine Festival and the May Film Tour it is a free screening and it is for Over 18s. The purpose of the festival during May is to engage older people  in all areas of the arts.

West Limerick Singing Club will hold their next singing night at the Ramble Inn in Abbeyfeale on Friday May 5 and all are welcome.

The Darkness into Light 5k walk/run in aid of Pieta House takes place in Newcastle West on Saturday May 6. The starting time is 4.15am from the Desmond Complex and the route covers the Demesne and the N21 road. All support for this very deserving cause is greatly appreciated.

The First Holy Communion will be celebrated in Saint Mary’s Church Carrigkerry at 11am and Saint Colman’s Church Kilcolman  on Saturday May 6 at 11.30am, and in Saint Molua’s Church Ardagh on Saturday May 20 at 11am. The parish Confirmation will be held in Saint Mary’s Church  Carrigkerry on Tuesday  May 23 at 1.30pm.

West Limerick 102fm are holding an Antique Sale/Car Boot Sale/ Indoor Market on Saturday May 6 at the Community Centre Newcastle West. Call Pat on 087-9977340 to book a stand and local produce and home baking will be especially welcome. The gates open at 8am for traders, 9am for the general public. The charge for cars € 7, vans € 10, and large vehicles € 20, and    € 2 admission charge for buyers. All support will be greatly appreciated.

A 4 week jive course commences in the Parish Hall Newcastle West on Monday May 8 from 8pm to 9.30pm, and it will conclude on Monday May 29. The cost is € 40 per person, and no partner is required. Participants will be shown the latest jive moves to the music of Derek Ryan, Michael English, and Nathan Carter. Social dancing is sweeping the country at present and Eileen, is a very enthusiastic teacher, and exciting nights are promised. For enquiries  contact 087-2966457 Facebook Eileen’s Dance Class.

Email: [email protected]. Up the jive and keep it country with Eileen.

Ita McQuinn, and her team will host the next Rambling House in Monagea Parish Hall on Monday May 8. Ita will welcome musicians, singers, dancers, and storytellers, to display their talents during the night. A wonderful choice of refreshments will be supplied at the interval, and a very enjoyable night is promised and all are welcome.

A meeting with a view to put a defibrillator in place will be held in the Community Centre Carrigkerry on Tuesday May 9 at 8.30pm. A good number of people will be needed to train and to commit to be available to use it in the future. All interested people are asked to attend.

Saint Kieran’s Heritage Association next meeting will be held on Wednesday May 10 in Coolcappa Community Hall at 8pm. All are welcome, and new members will be most welcome to attend and express their own aims and views.

A fundraising dance for the Declan Lenihan benefit fund will be held on Friday May 12 at the Devon Inn Hotel Templeglantine. Michael Collins and his band will supply the music and all support will be greatly appreciated.