By Tom Aherne

The following are the Lottery results from Neary’s Bar Ardagh on Monday August 13. The numbers drawn were 16, 20, 23, and 26, and there was no Jackpot winner.  Congratulations to the five lucky dip winners who won €40 each: Marie Neary, Ardagh, Con Lawlor, Carrigkerry, Darren Hanley, Coolcappa, Amy Magner, Strand, and Dympna Mangan Ardagh. Next week’s Jackpot will be €10,000 and the draw will be held in the Thatch Bar Newbridge.

The Ardagh/Carrigkerry branch of St Vincent De Paul have organised their annual trip to Knock on Sunday September 8. Please ring John Joe at 069-76280 or 087-4402148 as only a few seats remain to be filled in the bus.

We extend our sympathy to members of the O’Connor family Glensharrold on the death of Denny Falahee (Denis) Roscrea Road, Templemore, Tipperary and formerly Athea, Co. Limerick, on Tuesday August 14, peacefully surrounded by his loving family. Reposing in Grey’s Funeral Home, Templemore on Friday August 17 from 4pm, followed by removal  to the Church of the Sacred Heart, Templemore. The Requiem Mass was celebrated on Saturday at 10-30am, with burial afterwards in Athea Cemetery Limerick at 4.30pm. He is survived by his wife Breda, (nee O’Connor) daughter Trish, son-in-law Niall, grandsons Fionn and Fiachra, brother Eddie, sister Bridie, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, cousins, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. May he Rest in Peace.

Best wishes to all students who received their results on Wednesday, August 15.

Congratulations to John Mulvihill and Vinnie Wrenn and Moss O’Connor and Joan Fitzgibbon, who were prize winners at the card game held in Shanagolden Hall on Friday August 10.

St Kieran’s defeated St Senan’s by 1-19 to 3-11 in Group 2 of the West Junior B Football Championship at Ballyhahill on Friday August 10.

Ardagh native Mike O’Connor, the former St Kieran’s GAA player, took part in the Baron of Strand contest on Saturday August 11 during their weekend festival. Six contestants took part, and the winner was Sean O’Mahony from Tournafulla.

Come on Limerick was the battle cry in the run up to the All Ireland hurling final. The majority of houses and premises were flying the green and white colours, and most conversations were about the upcoming game and their prospects against Galway.  Connors goes to Croker is the name of a song in praise of Limerick which can be heard on you tube. It was put together by Jacki and John O’Connor musicians from Kilcolman. Joining them on the recording is their cousin James O’Connor, Tadhg Maher All Ireland traditional singer from Offaly and Martin O’Malley. The non profit song was composed to create some atmosphere, and fun on the run up to the final.

With 120,000 views on various social media, a nod from Christy Moore,  and an acknowledgement from the great hurling supporter Buff Egan and a request to appear on TV3, it’s been a mighty two weeks for all involved. It was disappointing that Limerick Live 95 did not include it and Davy Ryan’s Limerick Pride on their play list coming up to the final. Pa O’Dwyer from Rooskagh,   the UK strongest man, made an appearance on Up for the Match on Saturday night on RTE 1.

The Lip Sync Legend Fundraiser in aid of the Ardagh District Recreational and Sporting Company (ADRSC) will be held in the Devon Inn Hotel Templeglantine on Saturday November 10. The Lip Sync Legends will be on the same lines as last year which was so successful. The committee would like to see new participants and acts involved as well as last year’s very impressive line up of competitors.  The rehearsals will commence in September, and those interested in taking part are asked to inform committee members, in the coming weeks. Work on the community all-weather 80 by 50 metre playing facility in Ardagh is progressing very well.  It is due to open in October and it will be a great asset for all.

On Thursday August 23 a talk by Dr Bill O’Brien U.C.C. will be held in the Community Centre Ardagh at 7.30pm. The title is Ballylin Hill Fort the Bronze Age Capital of Limerick and it will be followed by tea and cake. This event is in association with Heritage week, which runs from Saturday August 18 to Sunday August 26.  A recording of the very popular R.T.E. Céilí House programme will be held in Ardagh Community Centre on Sunday September 16. The concert will feature local musicians, and the programme is due to be broadcast on Saturday September 22 at 9pm.

The Limerick Writers’ Centre presents a Bus Tour of West Limerick and Maigue Poets Country on Friday August 24 from 12 noon to 4.00pm. People can join them on a magical trip around Co Limerick for a guided tour of places associated with the poets of the Gaelic tradition: Michael Hartnett; Daithi O Bruadair; Sean O Tuama and many more, taking in Newcastle West, Broadford; Ardagh, Athea, Bruree and Croom, – home of The Maigue Poets. The cost per person is €15 and booking in advance is required. The Tour starts outside Dolans Pub, Dock Rd, Limerick at 12 noon. For more details please contact Dominic at 087 2996409 or

email limerickwriterscentre@gmail.com

West Limerick 102fm community radio will be holding their annual collections outside the four local churches on the following dates; Coolcappagh/Kilcolman on Saturday/Sunday August 25/26, and Ardagh/Carrigkerry on Saturday/Sunday September 1/2. Support from the public would be very much appreciated.

The annual Limerick Show will be held at Limerick Racecourse on Sunday August 26. Best of luck to all the local exhibitors.

The Old Mill Sports Club will host a tea morning in Ardagh Hall on Saturday September 1, from 10am to 2pm. It promises to be an enjoyable event and all are welcome.

The annual charity cycle in support of the Brothers of Charity will be held on Saturday September 1. The organisers are seeking volunteers, to help out as marshals, bucket collectors, stewards, and assisting in the canteen. Contact reception on 069-62733 for additional details.

The annual Mass will be celebrated in Clounagh graveyard on Sunday September 2 at 12 noon. It is one of our ancient burial places.

The staff and parents of Kilcolman N.S. are organising their first Golf Classic fundraiser on Friday August 31 (1pm to 4.30pm) and Saturday September 1 (2pm to 4pm). The general public can involved by providing donations and prizes, helping to provide sponsorship for the tee boxes, and sponsoring a team of three. The organisers would appreciate all the support of the community. To get involved contact Catherine on 087-1941255 or Ian on 087-7448848 or email kilschool11@eircom.net, or by post to Kilcolman N.S. Kilcolman.

The annual Milford Hospice Harvest Fair will be held on Sunday September 2 at the University of Limerick. The usual stalls and fun activities will be in place, with live music and food outlets in place. The Milford Care Centre plays a vital role in family life around the communities of Limerick Clare and north Tipperary. All support will be appreciated and the proceeds will go towards the new enhanced facilities in the new in-patient unit.