By Tom Aherne

Congratulations to Niamh Foley Old Mill and Saint Mary’s Athletic club Rathkeale who won a bronze medal at the European Youth Olympic Festival in Gyor Hungary. She was part of the Irish 4 by 100m relay team that finished third behind Belgium, and the Netherlands. Niamh is a past member of Newcastle West camogie team, and currently is a member of the Old Mill ladies football team.  This has been a very successful year to date for the fifteen year old student  at Scoil Mhuire agus Ide Newcastle West. Continued success to Niamh in the future.

Carrigkerry Turf Futtin festival  attracted good crowds who enjoyed the variety of events that were held over the weekend.  It created a good atmosphere and the events provided fun and  excitement. The weather held up well which was a bonus for all involved.

The following are the Lottery results from the Thatch Bar Newbridge on Monday July 31.The numbers drawn were 11,22,25 and 27 and there was no Jackpot winner.  Congratulations to the five lucky dip winners who won €40 each:  Mark Fitzgerald c/o Denis Greaney, Betty O’Connor, Carrigkerry, Mike Molyneaux, Ardagh, Connie Kennelly, Shanagolden, and Gerald Lynch c/o Reen’s Bar. Next week’s Jackpot will be € 5,800 and the draw will be held at Neary’s Bar Ardagh.

Limerick Youth Service thank the people of Ardagh/Carrigkerry who contributed €288 at their recent church gate collection. 

Na Piarsaigh defeated Saint Kieran’s by 2-14 to 0-10 in Round 4 of the County Intermediate Hurling Championship at Croagh on Sunday July 30. The teams were level four times in the opening quarter, before Na Piarsaigh eased ahead to lead by 8 points to 6 points at half-time. The city side scored a goal on resumption, and lead by 1-12 to 0-8 midway through the second half and there was no way back for Saint Kieran’s who lost Brendan McCarthy, and Jack Ben Harnett, to injuries. In the final match of the group Saint Kieran’s play Hospital/Herbertstown, needing a win or a draw to avoid the relegation playoff. TEAM John Greaney, Mikey Breen, Paudie McCarthy, Brendan McCarthy, Mossie Shine, Darragh Treacy, Mike Windle,0-1 Anthony Molyneaux,0-1 Jack Ben Harnett, Sean McSweeney, Johnny McCarthy,0-1 Seamus Mangan, John O’Connor, Donie Nolan,0-2 Danny Collum,0-5 Subs Anthony Mullins, Killian Enright, Billy Breen, John Buckley.

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 each Friday at 12.45pm. The winning ticket holder receives half of the money collected that week and the Radio Station receives the other half. The latest winner was Noreen O’Keeffe, Carrigkerry and she won  €562. All support weekly to keep the station on air will be greatly appreciated.

The Irish Rambling House Show was performed at the Dan Paddy Andy Festival in Lyreacrompane on Thursday August 3. It was the first time they performed on home soil to mark the 20th anniversary of the 5 day festival. The ten entertainers on stage provided 90 minutes of top class entertainment for the good attendance. Pat Curtin from Kilcolman, Chrissie Roche, Castlemahon, Doris Shire, Mungret, and Margaret Madigan, Ballyguiltenane were the Limerick entertainers that performed  from an old style kitchen stage in the marquee. Joe Harrington and Kay O’Leary and the group of entertainers have made 18 trips to Britain, performing at various venues to captive audiences, and they will be making another trip this October.

Tours at Ardnacrusha Power Station are now available to members of the general public. To mark the ESB’s 90th anniversary, they are inviting schools and the public to visit and explore one of Ireland’s greatest engineering developments at Ardnacrusha Power Station in Co Clare. As part of the Shannon hydro-electric scheme, Ardnacrusha took just four years (1925 to 1929) and 5,000 workers to build. Costing more than IR£5m to construct at the time – almost one-fifth of the entire annual budget – Ardnacrusha became a symbol of forward thinking in relation to harnessing Ireland’s natural resources. With the national grid constructed at the same time, the 86 MW capacity was then enough to meet the electricity demands of the whole country. Today, Ardnacrusha represents around 2% of our total installed capacity. The guided tours can accommodate groups of up to 30 people and run for approximately 90 minutes. The tours are free and they are ​available from July 1 to August 31. There are a number of tours each day and booking is necessary at

Saint Kieran’s Heritage Association are organising a trip to Dublin to visit the National Museum, and to see the Ardagh Chalice Hoard next month. It is also hoped to visit the Dail when in session, and to meet with local politicians. Entry to the Museum, and to the Dail is free. The numbers travelling will decide the cost which will cover the price of the bus. People who are interested in going are asked to contact Mary Kury at 087-9282462.

A charity Céilí in aid of the Irish Cancer Society will be held in the Resource Centre, in Knockaderry on Friday August 11 from 9.30pm to 1.00am. The Striolán Céilí Band will supply the music, and tea will be served. Contact Teresa on 087-9427259, or Deirdre on 086- 1630201 for additional details. All support will be greatly appreciated.

Liam Galvin is organising a Spinathon in Newcastle West on Saturday August 12 in aid of Down Syndrome Limerick. It is the second year to hold the Spinathon which took place in the Square last year. This year bikes will be in place at four centres around the town, and any help would be greatly appreciated.  People who wish to help out by taking a spin or with the bucket collection are asked to contact Liam on 087-9882055

Saint Kieran’s club are holding a medal presentation for the Minor football team that won West and County Minor B Football titles last year at Neary’s Bar Ardagh on Saturday August 12. A fundraising quiz will also be held and all support will be greatly appreciated

The following is a list of upcoming  cemetery masses;  Coolcappa Sunday August 13 at 10am, Kilfergus Glin Wednesday August 16 at 7pm, Kinnard Glin Thursday August 17 at 7pm,Clounagh Reen’s  Sunday August 20 at 12 noon, Kilcolman Sunday  November 12 at 12 noon.

The Knocknagoshel Pattern Céilí  will be held in the Community Centre Knocknagoshel on Sunday August 13 at 3pm. Music by Taylors Cross Céilí band and refreshments will be served and everybody welcome.

Dromcollogher Church will be the venue for a special Mass to remember all those people who have spent time at the Respite Care Centre over the last 15 years. and who have now departed this life. A special invite to family members relations neighbours and friends to attend on Sunday August 13 at 7.30pm.

Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady’s Well in Borrigone on Tuesday August 15 at 3pm.  It is lovely to see this age old custom of mass and doing the rounds continuing and people from all over attend each year.

Newcastle West Flower Show will be held in Newcastle West Community Centre from Tuesday August 15 to Thursday August 17. All the usual competitions will be held so people are advised to get cracking on their entries. All exhibits will be accepted in the Community Centre on Tuesday August 15 from 8pm to 10pm, and on Wednesday August 16 from 9.30am to 11.30am. The show is open to the public that evening from 7.30pm to 9.30pm, and also on Thursday August 17 from 7pm to 9pm. The presentation of prizes, cups, and trophies will take place at 9pm. Details from Jack and Joan Buicke on 069-62559.

The Youth 2000 Summer Festival will be held this year in Cistercian College, Roscrea, Tipperary on the weekend of Thursday August 17 to Sunday August 20. The festival is for young people aged 16 to 35, and it will include inspiring talks, workshops, dramas, concert, prayer, games, and sharing time. Booking online at