By Tom Aherne

Congratulations to Saint Kieran’s who defeated Na Piarsaigh by 1-11 to 0-13  in the County Minor A Football final in Mick Neville Park Rathkeale on Friday October 6. It was an exciting contest played on a slippery surface that provided good scores, saves, and poor passages of play. Saint Kieran’s could have been out of sight after the first ten minutes, but only led by four points to two after the Na Piarsaigh goalie denied them three goals. From there to the break the City club kicked eight fine  points without reply to lead by six points.  The third quarter saw Saint Kieran’s claw back the lead to three aided by a Noel Callanan goal. They continued to chip away at the lead and finally were rewarded with the winning point in injury time.

Congratulations and best wishes to Marian O’Sullivan, Ardagh and Padraig Kennelly, Clounacloghessy, Shanagolden, who got married recently. Congratulations and best wishes also to Sinead O’Brien, Lissatotain and James O’Sullivan, who were married recently in Saint Kyran’s Church Coolcappa.

The following are the Lottery results from Neary’s Bar Ardagh on Monday October 2. The numbers drawn were 1,11,12 and 30, and there was no Jackpot winner.  Congratulations to the  five lucky dip winners who won €40 each,  Willie Treacy, Ardagh, John J O’Connor Carrigkerry, Nell Lenihan, Ardagh, Sheik, and Mike, c/o Neary’s, and Dan Ryan, Ardagh.  Next week’s Jackpot will be €7,600 and the draw will be held in the Thatch Bar Newbridge.

The Friends of Saint Ita’s Community Hospital wish to thank the collectors, and all who contributed so generously to their recent church gate collection. The total amount collected was Ardagh €245, and Carrigkerry €132.84. The money will go towards the ongoing improvements for the patients in Saint Ita’s Hospital in Newcastle West.

Carrig Celtic progressed to the next round of the FAI Junior Cup after a penalty shoot- out win away over Bridge United of Clare, on Sunday October 1. Anthony Molyneaux, and Ray Brouder, scored their goals in the 2-2 draw. Creeves Celtic defeated Athea Utd B 4-0 away in Round 1 of the Reidy Cup, with goals from Tom Shanahan,2 Darragh O’Connor, and Jimmy Dillane. In Division 1 of the Desmond Ladies League Creeves Celtic defeated Carrig Celtic 4-0 away with goals from Olivia O’Keeffe, Sarah O’Mara, Angela Sheehan, and Linda Kennelly. Kilcolman Rovers defeated Kilbehenny Celtic 3-0 at home with goals from Ciara O’Donnell,2 and Dora Bury.

Saint Kieran’s Heritage Association held a meeting in Ardagh Community Hall on Thursday October 5, with twelve people in attendance. Chairperson John welcomed all and Mary read the minutes from the previous meeting and matters arising were dealt with. Next year’s Ardagh Chalice 150th anniversary events were aired and a grant application has been submitted.  Discussed also was extra sinage and information boards to highlight the heritage sites around the catchment area. The possibility of getting a footpath to link the Greenway trail to the hall is to be looked into, as it would provide a safe access to the entrance, and secure parking. Membership fees of €10 for the coming year was taken up.

The association are holding a photo competition for 5th/6th year primary school students in the four local schools.  The 12 winning entries will be awarded prizes, and they will appear in the 2018 Heritage Calendar that the association are compiling. The closing date for entries is Wednesday October 17 and all details can be got from the teachers in each school. The calendar will be on sale in November and the proceeds will go to finance next year’s Ardagh Chalice 150th anniversary. The 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. To date 30 people have booked a space on the bus, and the cost is €10 for non members, €5 for OAPs, and other concessions. To book a seat contact Mary on 087-9282462. Next meeting on Thursday November 9 in Coolcappa Hall at 8.15pm and all are welcome.

Congratulations to John Mulvihill and Vinnie Wrenn, who were prize-winners at the card game held in Shanagolden Hall on Friday, September 29. Congratulations also to Nuala O’Connell, and Peter Culhane,who were prize winners at the card game held in Monagea Hall on Wednesday September 27. The card games have resumed in Ardagh hall each Tuesday evening at 9pm, and at the Flag Floor Glensharrold each Wednesday at 9pm and all are welcome

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 Ben Scanlon from Feohanagh and he won €404. All support weekly to keep the station on air will be greatly appreciated.

Social dancing continues  in Ardagh Community Centre each Wednesday with Eileen. Learn how to jive quickstep waltz foxtrot slosh etc, from 8pm to 10pm. No partner required and the fee per class is €10 each. The numbers are increasing night by night as the word spreads, and a few more  men would be welcome, to match the number of women to make it easier to learn the steps together. Eileen has a dance class also in the Parish Hall in Newcastle West each Monday night from 8pm to 10pm,and she looks forward to meeting all her regulars.  It is a great way to meet people of similar interests, and to keep fit at the same time, as it is an action packed two hours.

The big Lip Sync night is only four weeks away and the excitement is growing by the day with rehearsals ongoing in Ardagh Hall for all the acts participating.  The fundraising support events are continuing weekly and next up is a Coffee Morning  in the Desmond Complex on this Friday October 13 from 9.30am to 12.30pm. Please support Moira, Sandra, Mary Alice, and Margaret. Kilcolman Rovers AFC  are holding a Rambling House 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.

People can also help by dropping their Tesco Blue tokens into the Ardagh box for the next four weeks. Donations in aid of the project have been positive to date and thanks to all who have contributed so far. People can still donate by contacting  David Woulfe, Deirdre Ambrose, Donie McEnery, Patrick Windle, John Aherne, Seanie Hayes, or Ian Mackessy. The main Lip Sync event will be held in the Devon Inn Hotel Templeglantine on Saturday November 11 and tickets will be available to purchase shortly.

Liam Irwin will deliver the first talk of the season for the Rathkeale and District Historical Society on this Friday October 13 at 8pm. The topic is Michael Scanlan the Fenian Poet, and it will also include details about the Fenian Rising in Ardagh and Kilmallock. The venue is the Community Arts Centre, overhead the Library  New Line Rathkeale, admission is free and all are welcome.

Body Blast classes with Nicola O’Sullivan commenced on Saturday October 7 at 9am in Ardagh Community Hall. Consisting of core strength training for a mixed aged group and booking is essential. Contact Nicola on 087-9459971 for more details.

Ardagh Development Association will hold their AGM in Ardagh Community Hall on Monday, October 16 at 9pm and all are welcome. Coolcappa Hall committee will hold their AGM in Coolcappa hall on Tuesday October 17 at 8pm. They are looking forward to a good turnout as new committee members are needed to get involved. Ardagh Voluntary Housing Association CLG will hold their AGM in Ardagh Community Hall on Monday October 23 at 8pm, and all are welcome.

A fundraising Masquerade Ball in aid of Milford Hospice, and the Mid Western Cancer Foundation will be held in the Devon Inn Hotel on Friday November 3. There will be a three course dinner, complimentary drinks, fun and games, and a raffle with a first prize of a 32” smart TV. Music will be provided by Keep in Touch Band and DJ. Tickets are €55 per person and they are available  from Lisa Ruttle 087 9544848 and Joan O’Sullivan, 086 1625960, and all support will be appreciated.