By Tom Aherne

John Joe Kennelly, Sacristan, Ardagh and Mary O’Sullivan, Sacristan, Carrigkerry would like to thank all the people who contributed to their annual collection which was taken up on May 13/14. Your generosity and kindness is very much appreciated

The following are the Lottery results from Peadar’s Bar Ardagh, on Monday May 29. The numbers drawn were 10, 21, 22 and 27 and there was no Jackpot winner. Congratulations to the five lucky dip winners who won €40 each,  Amy and Jack c/o Neary’s  Ita Kirk, Reen’s, Marie Curley, Reen’s, Josie, and Maggie, c/o Josie, and Ann Marie O’Brien, Castlemahon. Next week’s Jackpot will be € 16,000 and the draw will be held at Foley’s Bar Reen’s Ardagh.

Johnny McCarthy, Darragh Treacy, and Sean McSweeney from the Saint Kieran’s club were all involved with Limerick in the Munster Senior Football Championship Quarter Final on Sunday May 28. Clare defeated them by 1-13 to 1-12 at Cusack Park Ennis, and Limerick will now enter the qualifiers. Drom-Broadford defeated Saint Kieran’s by 2-16 to 0-5 in the All County Football League at Dromcollogher on Friday May 26

Ballysteen defeated Saint Kieran’s by 1-7 to 0-9 in the West Senior Football Championship Final at Fr Casey’s grounds Abbeyfeale, on Friday June 2. It was a disappointing performance from the team who failed to reach the heights of their displays against Ballylanders, and Oola, in the County Championship.  Ballysteen had their homework done and their tactics, and match ups never allowed Saint Kieran’s the freedom to impose their game plan. A bright opening saw St Kieran’s lead by two Anthony Molyneaux points from play as they dominated possession and chances created. Ballysteen with a point from a Danny Neville free opened their account in the 19th minute. They went on to lead by four points to three at the half time break. It could have been more as Dan Madden denied James O’Meara a clear goal chance by advancing quickly and narrowing his shot angle.                             The second half saw a far superior standard of football as both teams played more direct and the sides were level on four occasions. A Ballysteen goal from a penalty kick saw them lead by two points after eight minutes. Three points in a row from Sean Mc Sweeney, Brian Crowley, and Paudie McCarthy edged the Saints into a 0-9 to 1-5 lead by the 16th minute. They failed to add to their total in the final quarter as Ballysteen drew level and kicked the winning point with two minutes of normal time remaining. TEAM: Dan Madden, Mossie Shine, Johnny McCarthy, Brendan McCarthy, 0-1 John O’Connor, Anthony Molyneaux, 0-2 Kevin Meade, John Doyle, Darragh Treacy, Donal Nolan, 0-1 Jack Ben Harnett, 0-1, Sean Mc Sweeney, 0-2 Seamus Mangan, Paudie McCarthy, 0-1 Niall O’Shea, Subs Brian Crowley, 0-1 Ian Mackessy, Anthony Mullins. Panel: Ray Noonan, Shane Lynch, Diarmuid Crowley, Killian Enright, Owen Hayes, Padraig Trant, Diarmuid Mulcahy, John Byrnes, Mike Windle, Noel Callanan, James O’Connor. Management: Noel Broderick, Thomas Dillon, Mikey Greaney, Kieran Madigan.  

The famine for a senior West or a County title continues, since their last West success in 1993.  It will be 25 years next year which is far too long for a club that won nine West titles from 1974 to 1993. They also lost eight finals from 1973 to 1993 and around the same amount of finals since.

Congratulations to James O’Connor Creeves Celtic who has been named Desmond Division 3 Player of the Year. He is a much admired player for his whole hearted determination and commitment to all teams he plays with. James is injured at present and is a big loss to the club and also to Saint Kieran’s football and hurling teams. We wish him a speedy return to action on the playing fields

Carrig Celtic lost 3-0 at home to Broadford Utd in the Premier Division of the Desmond League on Sunday May 28. They finished in sixth place with 20 points from a possible 54. They won six matches, drew two lost ten, scored 27 goals and conceded 49.

Congratulations to Jim Dalton and Francis Woulfe, who were prize winners at the card game held in Shanagolden hall on Friday May 26.

Congratulations to Gráinne Buckley Clonmore, daughter of Fiona, (dancing teacher) who is a Kilcolman native.  She received the Micheál Ó hÉidhin medal at the National Comhaltas Congress in Dublin on May 7

We extend our best wishes to all the students who are sitting their state exams at present. Give it your best shot as it is only one step along life’s road

The Kerry Challenge in aid of Debra Ireland was held recently around the Dingle Peninsula, and well done to Eamon O’Kane, Mike Histon, Pat Toomey, and Joe Carrig, from the Shanagolden/Creeves area that participated and raised the fine sum of €13,000.

Two meetings to put a defibrillator first responders group in place to cover the Kilcolman/ Coolcappa area were held on Wednesday/Thursday June 24/25 and a good crowd was in attendance at both.   Fundraising will be necessary to train the first responders, and it is hoped to have a church gate collection on July 15/16. People interested in getting involved can contact Anne Marie on 087-2507676, Sharon on 086-8106522, Rosemary on 085-1688307, or Fr Tim on 086-3697735

Donie Lyons from Dromreask, Glin is receiving good airplay for his new CD The Lovely Banks of Blaine on local radio. It was launched by Nora Butler the renowned traditional singer from Tipperary and it contains 22 tracks.  A total of 14 songs from around his locality and 8 selections of side flute music are included. The music tracks include; God Save Ireland and Thomas Ashe’s marches, The Shaskeen, and O’Connell’s Trip to Parliament reels, The Jar of Porter, and I have a Bonnet, polkas, The Game Cock and Denis Enright’s slides. Thanks to Donie all the local songs and music will now be preserved well into the future for people to enjoy. The CD is currently on sale in the local shops in Glin, Lyons shop Abbeyfeale, Brouder’s shop Athea, and Moloney’s shop in Carrigkerry.

The Students of VTOS Shanagolden are holding their Annual Art Exhibition at Newcastle West Library from Wednesday June 7 to Friday June 23. There are over 60 paintings from 11 mature students, on display which they produced from their weekly class with tutor Maureen Barry Fitzgerald. The title of the exhibition No Limits shows the works completed by first and second year adult students as part of their Level 5 Painting/Drawing Module.                           

VTOS Shanagolden are currently enrolling students for the next Academic Year QQI-Level 5 Information Processing) which will commence in September. Participants must be over 21 years and in receipt of Social Welfare for at least six months. Mature students will be taught new skills in Computers, Communications, Accounting, Work Experience, and Art. People who join the programme can retain their Social Welfare entitlements, and receive travel and meal allowance, Childcare support under CETS, and Career Guidance.  Contact Melanie Casey on 069-60106 for more details.

West Limerick 102 community Radio are holding a 50/50 draw at present. The tickets cost € 2 and are available in local shops, and from the Station. This will be a weekly fundraiser for the Radio, and the draw will be held live on air.

The Pallatine Museum Rathkeale has announced the following opening times; each Tuesday and Thursday afternoon from 2pm to 5pm during the month of June. In July and August it will open every afternoon including Sunday from 2pm to 5pm

Saint Kieran’s Heritage Association will hold their next meeting on Thursday June 8 at 8pm in Carrigkerry Community Centre.  New members who are interested in our heritage will be made most welcome

This Friday and Saturday June 9/10 are dedicated National Sunflower Days. People who purchase a Sunflower will be supporting Milford Hospice in Limerick. People who have time to spare and would like to help to sell the Sunflowers, can contact Pat Dalton on 069-62306

A night will be held at Jim’s Rambling House Newbridge on this Friday June 9 from 9pm. All musicians singers, dancers, storytellers are most welcome. A great night of top class entertainment is promised and all are welcome.

The final set Céilí will take place in Halla Tadhg Gaelach Tournafulla on this Friday June 9 at 9.30pm. Music by Johnny Reidy and tea served and all are welcome.

Summer sets in Clounmacon Community Centre commencing on Monday June 12 at 8:30pm. Minimum skill required. Three tutors available and further information on 087-9451247.

Adapt Domestic Abuse Service will be holding their annual Church Gate Collection across Limerick county on this coming Saturday/Sunday June 10/11 and all support will be greatly appreciated

The Great Southern Trail celebrates 200 Years of the Bicycle this coming weekend. The first bicycle journey was undertaken by Karl Drais in Mannheim, Germany in June 1817. The Great Southern Trail wishes to mark the bicentenary this weekend on June10/11. We suggest that you get on your bike, alone or with family and friends, and cycle some section of the 40km Greenway between Rathkeale and the Kerry Border(3km West of Abbeyfeale) at a time of your own convenience this coming Saturday or Sunday. Please take a selfie or group photo along the way and email it to [email protected] with the location and date and we will put it up on the photo section of our website