By Tom Aherne

Congratulations to John Dowling from Ardagh who recently received a Arrabawn Co-op quality milk award at their open day held at Gurteen College.

The following are the Lottery results from Peadar’s Bar Ardagh on Monday September 18. The numbers drawn were 15,24,26,and 30, and there was no Jackpot winner.  Congratulations to the five lucky dip winners who won €40 each, Eileen Fitzgerald, c/o Denis Greaney, Gerry, Kelly, and Eileen, c/o Neary’s, Connie Magner, c/o Neary’s, Sheila, and Mike, c/o Neary’s and Mike Magner, c/oNeary’s . Next week’s Jackpot will be €7,200 and the draw will be held in Moore’s Bar Carrigkerry.

Congratulations to Donie Donovan, and James Bridgeman, who were first prize winners at the card game held in Shanagolden Hall on Friday September 15.

Saint Kieran’s will be playing junior hurling next year after losing to Knockaderry by 3-11 to 0-10 in the Intermediate Relegation playoff in Newcastle West on Sunday September 17. The winning margin flattered Knockaderry who were more clinical in their finishing against a Saints side who hit 10 first half wides, and conceded easy goals. Knockaderry were deserving winners, and the Saints, who have a very poor win record over them step down to junior level after five years in the Intermediate level. TEAM:  Pat Quaid, Mikey Breen, Paudie McCarthy Captain Mossie Shine, Mike Windle, Anthony Molyneaux, Jack Ben Harnett, 0-1 Darragh Treacy, 0-1 Seamus Mangan, 0-1 Johnny McCarthy, Killian Enright, John O’Connor, Donie Nolan,0-2 Danny Collum,0-5 Subs Billy Breen, Padraig Trant, Anthony Mullins, Sean Mc Sweeney, John Buckley, Stephen Hennessy, Diarmuid Mulcahy, Paddy Harnett. John Greaney, Management Seanie Hayes, Pat Ryan, Cathal Breen. Saint Kieran’s play Oola in the County Minor A Football semi final on this coming  weekend.

Carrig Celtic lost 4-1 ( Declan Greaney) away to Ballingarry in the Premier Division of the Desmond League on Sunday September 17. Carrig Celtic B lost 2-1( Darren Ward) at home to Broadford United B  in Division 3 and leaders Creeves Celtic had no match.

In Division 1 of the Desmond Ladies League Kilcolman Rovers defeated Askeaton 4-2 away with goals from Maureen Noonan, Casey Fitzgerald, Kelly Mc Lean, and Erin Hennessy. Carrig Celtic lost 4-0 at home to Broadford United B, and Creeves Celtic had no match.

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 Richie O’Donoghue, and he won €300. All support weekly to keep the station on air will be greatly appreciated.

Saint Kieran’s Heritage Association held a Culture night to unveil the Ardagh Chalice Anniversary 2018 celebrations in Ardagh Community Hall on Friday September 22. John Hough spoke about the Ardagh Chalice, whose 150 anniversary will be marked by the association in September 2018. The video of the talk on the Ardagh Chalice Hoard given by Raghnall O’Floinn from the National Museum of Ireland back in September 1993 was shown. John Joe Kennelly’s replica timber chalice, and Mary Kury’s paper mache chalice were on display as well as the children’s art and Fenian material from the Library. Thanks to the following, John Hough talk Fr Curtin and Dan Daly for the Equipment (Projector) Michael Mulcahy for the original film footage of 1993, Mary Kury Fenian Display Mary Richard and all for the Tea. Thanks also to the Photographer, and Hall Committee, and Culture Night 2018. A good crowd was in attendance and refreshments were served by the members. The next meeting will be held on Thursday October 5 at 8pm in Ardagh Community Hall.

Liam O’Mahony launched  his book Limerick and Kerry Railway Twilight Years at Newcastle West Library on Friday September 22. It was launched by author Patrick O’Connor from Newcastle West following a slide show to mark Culture night as well as the 150th anniversary year of the coming of the railway to Newcastle West. It is a personal chronicle by Liam, who must be complimented for his  efforts in presenting material he had collected over the years in book form. It is a lovely nostalgic read from the time when the shrill sound of the whistle was heard throughout Limerick. A number of local people who worked in the railway era were present  and others were remembered during the night. The book will be on sale in Newcastle West Bookshop and it will cost €15.

Social dancing commenced in Ardagh Community Centre on Wednesday September 20. Learn how to jive quickstep waltz foxtrot slosh etc, from 8pm to 10pm. No partner required and the fee per class is €10 each.


Ardagh FAS workers are organising a scrap metal collection day on Saturday September 30 at the Devon Wood yard in Ardagh. All support and scrap very welcome for their fundraiser for the Lip Sync  event.  A Rambling House will be held in Ardagh Hall in conjunction with Ardagh/Carrigkerry Comhaltas on Saturday October 14 at 8pm. All musicians, singers, dancers and storytellers are most welcome, and all proceeds will go towards the Ardagh Astro Turf Project fundraiser. The main Lip Sync event will be held in the Devon Inn Hotel Templeglantine on Saturday November 11.

Kilcolman National School are holding a clothes collection in aid of school funds. The bags of clothes can be handed into the school and they will be collected at the end of the month.

The set dancing classes resume in Con Colbert Hall Athea on Tuesday October 3 at 9pm, and all are welcome.

Newcastle West film club present Handsome Devil at the Desmond Complex Gortboy Newcastle West on Friday October 6 commencing at 8pm.  The admission is €7 which includes €1 daily membership and over 18 years only. This is the 19th season for the club and patrons can look forward to exciting films over the winter months

The Agnes (Aggie) Kennelly Memorial Gala Concert in aid of Pieta House will be held in Saint Molua’s Church Ardagh on Friday October 6 at 8pm. The following Artists will take part. special Guest, Mairead Buicke, one of Irelands leading Soprano, and Jean O’Brien, accompanist, Anne Phelan, Violinist with R.T.E. Saint  Molua’s Church Choir with Sean Moriarty choirmaster.  The Priests, Fr. Tim Curtin Canon Tony Mullins, and Fr. Liam Enright. Michael Nash,  Limerick’s famous Tenor, Olivia Meehan,  the 11 yr old with the magic voice, Michael and  Fiona Collins on Mandolin, and  Seamus  and Johnny Hunt  , N.C.W. Pipers. There will also be a raffle during the show and prizes include  two return flights from Shannon to London. Tickets for the event are on sale at Neary’s, Parish Office Ardagh and Tony Hayes N.C.W. and also by contacting Theresa at 086-8123855 and  they cost €15 each.

Paddy Quilligan will supply the music for the Wednesday Club who are holding a Tea Dance in Father Casey’s GAA Clubhouse Abbeyfeale on Sunday October 8. Dancing from 3pm to 6pm, and the proceeds will go towards West Limerick 102 Radio and all proceeds will be greatly appreciated.

Saint Kieran’s Heritage Association  trip to Dublin has been fixed for Tuesday January 23 2018. The schedule includes a visit to the National Museum to see the Ardagh Chalice Hoard and to the Dail to view proceedings. The cost will be €10 for non members, €5 for OAPs, and other concessions. To book a seat contact Mary on 087-9282462.

West Limerick Singing Club will host the 9th Annual Singing Weekend in honour of Gary McMahon from October 20-22 in Abbeyfeale. The entry forms and rules for the newly composed traditional ballad competition are available from 087-2293636 or email [email protected]