By Tom Aherne

The death has taken place of Michael Nash, Carnagh, Ballyhahill on Sunday October 22. He lay in repose at Madigan’s Funeral Home on Wednesday October 25 from 6pm, followed by removal to Saint Colman’s Church Kilcolman. His Funeral Mass was celebrated on Thursday at 11.30am, followed by burial in the local Cemetery. We extend our sympathy to his wife Mary, sons Michael, Peter, daughters Anna, Teresa, Imelda
brother Joe, sisters Sr. Nora, Mary, Teresa, Kit, and Eileen, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. May he rest in Peace.

Congratulations and best wishes to Cathy O’Connor, Glenastar and David Reidy, Kilmeedy who got married in Saint Mary’s Church Carrigkerry on Saturday October 21 and they held their reception in the Devon Inn Hotel Templeglantine.

Congratulations and best wishes to Clare Reeves, Coolcappagh, and Gerard Cunningham, Rathkeale who got married in Saint Colman’s Church Kilcolman on Friday October 27 and they held their reception in the Bunratty Castle  Hotel.

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, and numerous other valuable prizes. 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. Cancer has touched almost every family in the country and all support will be appreciated.

The following are the Lottery results from the Old Mill Bar on Monday October 23. The numbers drawn were 11,15,18,and 28, and there was no Jackpot winner.  Congratulations to the  five lucky dip winners who won €40 each, Mary Steele, Ardagh, Claire Sheehy, Newcastle West, Geraldine Woulfe, Ardagh,  Josie O’Connor, Carrigkerry, and Paddy and Maggie, Carrigkerry.  Next week’s Jackpot will be €8,200 and the draw will be held in Neary’s Bar Ardagh.

Carrig Celtic defeated CG Killarney 4-2 away in Round 3 of the FAI Junior Cup on Sunday October 22. The scorers were Ray Cahill, 2 Seanie King, and Killian Enright. All the men’s and ladies  Desmond League matches were called off due to Storm Brian.

Father Casey’s defeated Saint Kieran’s by 1-14 to 0-7 in the County Under 16 Division 1 Football Championship final at Mick Neville Park Rathkeale on Friday October 20. It was level at 6 points each at the break. Saint Kieran’s gave Gael na Sionna a walk over in the West Under 21 Football Championship. The club had no winner in the Limerick Club draw for October, which was held last Saturday on the Limerick Live 95 sports show.

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 Grace O’Connor, c/o Beauty Bliss, Rathkeale who won €388. 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, about the very friendly atmosphere and excellent work out.   The number of  men is still low and a few more would be welcome, to match the number of women to make it easier to learn the steps together . New steps are being introduced each week to the music of Nathan Carter, Michael English, Derek Ryan, Jimmy Buckley and other well known artists. It is a great way to meet people of similar interests, and to keep fit at the same time, as it is a fun filled and action packed two hours.

Saint Kieran’s Heritage Association is publishing a 2018 Heritage Calendar as a fundraiser for the Ardagh Chalice 150 Anniversary events to be held next September. It is open to the pupils of the four local primary schools, and the following rules apply Print the photos you wish to enter, and write your name and school on the back of the photo, and give them to your teacher.  September will be dedicated to the Ardagh Chalice and will feature a picture of the Ardagh Chalice Hoard. The other 11 months will feature the following categories: flora, fauna, buildings, weather, sport, farming, people, history culture, religion, and art. The first prize will be a €50 Game Shop Voucher, and if your picture features on the calendar you will receive a prize. The entries have been slow to date; school commitments, hurricanes, and storms have put a damper on things no doubt. This is a final call for entries as the printer’s deadline approaches to enable the calendar to be in the shops for mid November. With the Halloween midterm break upon us it will give all the budding photographers a chance to get out and take pictures that will do justice to the heritage that is to be found within the catchment area of the Association, so get snapping.

Due to public demand the Lip Sync main event is now extended to two nights at the Devon Inn Hotel Friday November 10, and Saturday November 11, commencing at 8pm sharp. With 69 participants involved in the 16 acts performing on the night, the show has generated tremendous interest from their family members and friends, who are eagerly looking forward to seeing them display their new acquired skills. The participants who are the real stars of the show have put in countless hours practising their moves, over the past month. Practise nights have ran into the early hours of the morning, and many groups have been practising a number of extra nights to hone their skills to perfection. It will be fast paced and competitive, with all the acts putting their best foot forward to catch the eye of the judging panel.

The same show will run for over three hours, and there will be a winner announced on each night. A raffle will be held on both nights for numerous spot prizes, and a show programme will also be available. The tickets for Friday November 10 are on sale at present in local outlets, and from committee members, and they cost €20 each. This will give members of the wider community an opportunity of seeing the show, which would be denied to them if it was staged only on Saturday November 11.

The fundraising support events are continuing weekly and next up is a  clothes collection on the weekend of November 4/5. Contact Deirdre on 087 9509218 or Donie on 087 4159336 for the details. A Quiz will be held in Moore’s Bar Carrigkerry on Saturday November 4. The collection of scrap metal continues, and people can contact David Woulfe  on 086 2205572 to arrange collections. People can also help by dropping their Tesco Blue tokens into the Ardagh box for the next two 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 annual Fair day in Athea will be held on Saturday November 4. This is always an exciting day out for everyone, with lots of stalls available for people to browse through. A good day out is promised and hopefully the weather will be kind.

Saint Kieran’s Community Games will be holding their A.G.M. on Monday November 6 at 8.15 in the hall in Coolcappa. The meeting is open to all and the committee would really appreciate more participation.

The West Limerick branch of the Mental Health Association of Ireland will hold its monthly meeting on Wednesday November 8 at Maple Lodge Gortboy  Newcastle West at 8pm sharp. All  members are asked to attend and new members will be made most welcome.