by Tom Aherne

Congratulations and best wishes in the future to Seán Murphy Rooskagh, Nora Ambrose Dunganville, and Jasper Shire, who recently celebrated their 90th birthdays at the Ardagh/Carrigkerry Social Club summer party held in Ardagh Community Centre.

Congratulations to all the members of Ardagh/Carrigkerry Comhaltas who participated in the County Fleadh Cheoil in Kilfinane over the June weekend. Best wishes to all competitors who progressed to the Munster Fleadh Cheoil Finals in Ennis.

The following are the Lottery results from Neary’s Bar Ardagh on Tuesday June 5. The numbers drawn were 3,6,11, and 20, and there was no Jackpot winner.  Congratulations to the five lucky dip winners who won € 40 each:   Kevin Holland c/o Neary’s, Peter Cregan c/o Neary’s, John Duggan c/o Neary’s, Denis Collins Ardagh, and Breda Foley c/o Nora Dineen.Next week’s Jackpot will be € 8,000 and the draw will be held in Moore’s Bar Carrigkerry.

Congratulations to Creeves Celtic who defeated Broadford United Reserves 3-1 in the Desmond Division 3 League Cup Final at Clounreask on Friday June 1. Tom Shanahan 2 and Darragh O’Connor scored the goals, as they completed the double having won the League earlier in the season. Tom Shanahan was named Man of the Match, and James Nash and Noel O’Donnell were joint managers. TEAM Robert Bradley, Jerome O’Connor, Shane Lynch, Tommy Dillane, Robert Culhane, Darragh O’Connor, David Dunne, Brian Nash, Seamus Mangan, Richard Hayes, Tom Shanahan, Mark Hennessy, Danny Coleman, Mark Hayes, Dominic Kearns, and Jimmy Dillane.

Liam Kennedy and Eoin Bourke, from the St Kieran’s club are included in the Limerick U 20 Football  panel that meet Kerry in the quarter final of the  new Munster U 20 Football Championship in Newcastle West on Friday June 15 at 7.30pm. St Kieran’s were defeated by Newcastle West 3-9 to 0-12 in Round 5 of the County Senior Football League at Coolcappa on Friday June 8. Darragh Treacy and Sean Mc Sweeney were members of the Limerick team that lost to Mayo by 5-19 to 3-7 in Round 1 of the All Ireland Senior Football Qualifier at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick on Saturday June 9.

Dean Quaid and Lorcan Murphy, from the Kilcolman Rovers soccer club are members of the Desmond league U 14 panel competing in the Kennedy Cup in UL from Monday June 11.

Congratulations to Moss O’Connor and Sean Moriarty, and Mike Robinson and Jack Woulfe, who were prize winners at the card game held in Shanagolden Hall on Friday June 1.

Congratulations to members of the Mc Cormack family on their recent sailing success with Foynes Yacht Club. Darragh and Mark, and Johnny Dillon were placed 1st overall Munster Mermaid champions, and Vincent and Roisin, and Michael Lynch, were placed 2nd overall Munster Mermaid champions.

St Kieran’s Heritage Association held their June meeting in Ardagh Heritage Centre on Thursday 7 and 13 people were present. Chairman John P O’Sullivan welcomed all and Secretary Mary Kury read out the minutes. Matters arising were dealt with and the main item on the agenda was the Ardagh Chalice 150 Anniversary Festival in September. The Programme for the final two weekends is near complete at present. It promises to be an action packed two weeks of entertainment with something to suit all tastes. Pa O’Dwyer (Rooskagh) the strongest Man in Ireland has been invited to attend the festival. The very popular Pig on a spit will be available on both Sundays.

People were thanked for supporting the church gate collection in Coolcappa/Kilcolman, and the Pub quiz in Reen’s Bar.   The closing date for the Art Competition for children to bring their entries to the four schools is is Friday June 22. The SKHA webpage is up and running at www. St Kieran’s The association will shortly have a presence on Twitter and Instagram with a separate Face book page for Ardagh Chalice 150 and plan to register SKHA as a charity. The Graveyard section of Limerick County Council who did the recent clean-up in Ardagh Graveyard was thanked. Nationwide will not do a programme about SKHA as they have recently broadcast one from Newcastle West.   The Heritage Association is holding a church gate collection in Ardagh/Carrigkerry on the weekend of July 7/8. The next meeting will be on Thursday July 5 in Ardagh Heritage Centre at 8pm.

The learners of VTOS Shanagolden are currently holding their Annual Art Exhibition at Newcastle West Library and it will continue up to Friday June 29. There are over 60 drawings from 10 mature learners, on display which they produced from their weekly class with tutor Maureen Barry Fitzgerald. The exhibition titled In the Making shows the works completed by first and second year adult learners as part of their Level 5 Painting/Drawing Module.

VTOS Shanagolden are currently enrolling learners 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 learners 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.

Carrigkerry N.S. is now enrolling pupils for next September, and Enrolment forms are available from the principal Ann Horan. Please call to the school or ring 069-76229.

Congratulations to James Mc Enery Kilconlea, Abbeyfeale who won € 365 in the West Limerick 102fm 50/50 draw, held on Friday June 8. Tickets cost € 2 and they are available from volunteers, in local shops, or from the radio station. All support is very much appreciated.

Milford Hospice is holding a Bereavement Information Evening on Thursday June 14 at 7pm in Milford Care Centre Castletroy.  For more information call 085-2888 888.

Kilcolman N.S. is organising a new bumper Clothes Collection at present. Any rewearable clothes, paired shoes, belts, handbags, curtains, towels, bed linen, soft toys, will be accepted. Donations can be dropped into the school shelter before this Friday June 15

A fundraising céilí in aid of the Youth Pilgrimage to Medjugorge will be held in the new hall Castlemahon on Friday June 22 from 9.30pm.Music by Donie Nolan and Taylors Cross Céilí band  and admission € 10. There will be numerous spot prizes on the night and all support will be greatly appreciated.

The Parkinson’s Association of Ireland 5km fundraising charity run/walk through the Demesne Newcastle West will be held on Sunday June 24, at 11am with registration at 10am, in Newcastle West Community Centre. The registration fee is adults € 10, children € 5, and family €20.