By Tom Aherne

Congratulations and best wishes in the future to Michelle Wall, Boughilbo, Kilcolman who celebrated her 21st birthday on Saturday, September 8 with family and friends at the Ballintemple Inn Newcastle West.

Congratulations and best wishes to Bernard McCoy, Old Mill who celebrated his 60th birthday with family and friends at the Ballintemple Inn on Saturday, September 15.

We extend our sympathy to Noreen and Tim O’Keeffe and family Kilcolman, on the death of Noreen’s father Denis Brosnan, Ballingarry following an accident on Sunday September 2. Reposing at his residence on Wednesday September 5 and Funeral Mass in Ballingarry Church on Thursday followed by burial in St Mary’s Cemetery Ballingarry. Sympathy also to his wife Biddy, sons William, Anthony and Donie, daughters Noreen and Shirley,  brother Charlie, sisters Mai, Elizabeth, Dorothy and Margaret, grandchildren Eoin, Clodagh, Daniel, Conor and Aoife, extended family and friends. May he rest in Peace.

We extend our sympathy to Connie and Stephen Kennelly and family, Shanagolden on the death of Connie’s brother Seamus Gallagher, Kilmoreen, Kildimo, and late of Aughinish Alumina, on September 6. Beloved husband of the late Creina (nee Cotter). Reposing at Downey’s Funeral Home Pallaskenry on Saturday, September 8 from 6pm to 8pm, followed by removal to St. Joseph’s Church Kildimo. Requiem Mass Sunday at 2pm followed by burial afterwards to Kildimo Cemetery. Sympathy also to  sons Brian, Kevin and Paul, daughter-in-law Jenny, Paul’s partner Angela, grandchildren Caoimhe, Róisín and Ailish, sisters Concepta and Margaret, brothers Gerard, Vincent and Brendan, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. May he rest in Peace.

The Deputy Mayor Michael Collins formally launched the Ardagh Chalice 150 Festival in the Hunt Museum on Thursday September 13. The St Kieran’s Heritage Association are very grateful to Lady Geraldine Dunraven who obtained permission to have the launch in the Hunt Museum and to have their Ardagh Chalice present. Many thanks to Naomi and her staff and the Hunt Family for facilitating and to all who attended. The local launch of the Ardagh Chalice 150 Festival was held on Friday September 14 in Ardagh Community Centre, and a good crowd attended including Minister Patrick O’Donovan. The Festival commences this Friday at 6pm which is Culture Night and a program of events is available around the locality. All are welcome over the two weekends with something of interest for all who attend. To keep informed people can source news on the following sites:

The following are the Lottery results from Neary’s Bar, Ardagh on Monday, September 10. The numbers drawn were 5, 13, 14, and 24, and there was no Jackpot winner.  Congratulations to the five lucky dip winners who won €40 each:  Paddy O’Sullivan, Abbeyfeale, Denis J Woods, Ballyhahill, Fiona Hennessy, Glenastar, M.W. c/o Denis Greaney and Liam Steele, Ardagh.  Next week’s Jackpot will be €10,800 and the draw will be held in Reens Bar Ardagh.

The Sisters of the Little Company of Mary together with Milford Hospice Friends wish to thank most sincerely all who contributed so generously towards the annual Church gate collections taken up at Mass at Carrigkerry on Saturday September 8 and Ardagh on Sunday September 9. A total of €221.25 was collected in Carrigkerry and €420.05 in Ardagh. A special thank you to all the collectors who gave of their time to willingly.

Saint Kieran’s defeated Rathkeale by 2-10 to 1-12 in the West Junior B Football Championship Quarter Final at Ballyhahill Gaelic Grounds on Sunday September 9. It was played on a windy and dry evening before a small attendance. Saint Kieran’s welcomed back Michael Flynn after his stay in Australia and he contributed three points from centre field. Rathkeale dominated the opening stages and led by 5 points to two after twenty minutes. A Darragh Breen goal and point helped St Kieran’s to lead by 1-4 to 0-5 at half-time.

They led by four points after the opening ten minutes, only to see Rathkeale hit back with a goal. In reply Evan Donovan won a penalty which was converted by Darragh O’Connor on 16 minutes. Rathkeale then hit four points from play with Stephen Lyons, replying with a pointed free on 24 minutes to set up a very exciting finish. St Kieran’s who defeated Mountcollins by 3-11 to 0-7 in the play-off match, held out to book a semi-final place. TEAM: James O’Connor, Eamon Ambrose 0-1, Gavan Hayes, Michael Murphy, Michael Upton, John O’Connor, John Byrnes, Michael Flynn 0-3, Shane Lynch, Stephen Lyons 0-1, Aengus Gannon, John Buckley, Evan Donovan 0-2, Darragh O’Connor 1-2, Darragh Breen 1-1, Sub Daniel Barrett.

In the semi-final played at Kevin Long Park Feenagh on Friday September 14 Drom/Broadford defeated them by 0-16 to 2-4. They trailed by 0-6 to 0-2 at half-time, and fell eleven points behind entering the final ten minutes. A scoring burst came too late to deny the favourites a place in the final. . TEAM: Ray Noonan, Eamon Ambrose, Gavan Hayes 0-1, Michael Murphy, Michael Upton, Eoin Burke, John Byrnes, Michael Flynn, Shane Lynch, Stephen Lyons 0-1, Aengus Gannon, John Buckley, Owen Hayes 0-1, Evan Donovan ,  Darragh Breen , Subs  Darragh O’Connor 2-1, Seanie King.

Carrig Celtic defeated Granagh Utd  3-1 at home in the Premier Division of the Desmond League on Sunday September 9. It was their first win of the campaign and Liam Upton, Ray Cahill, and Killian Enright scored their goals. In Division 2 Creeves Celtic defeated Askeaton 3-1 at home with goals from Tommy Dillane, Richard Hayes, and Seamus Mangan.

Ardagh ICA members will hold a coffee morning on Thursday, September 20 at Ardagh Community Centre from 10am to 12 noon in aid of Milford Hospice. They would appreciate support from the community for this very deserving cause.

Culture night event  on Friday September 21 as follows: Talamh Open House Exhibition Talamh, Glensharrold, Carrigkerry, Co. Limerick V94 39N9 6pm-9pm Sahaja Budzilla will have an exhibition of his work around his home and he and his wife will offer refreshments of tea, coffee and biscuits.   069-76640.

The Deel Animal Action Group are holding a church gate collection outside St Colman’s Church Kilcolman on Saturday Sept 22. The group do wonderful work with unwanted animals and they would appreciate public support.

Askeaton Art Group is running an eight week up cycling course in Askeaton Community Hall, starting on Monday September 24 from 7.30pm to 9.30pm. Ring 087-6305922 to book a place.

Bridge lessons will commence in Foynes parish centre on Wednesday September 26 at 7.30pm. Ring Mary at 087- 7573978 for more information.

Congratulations to Paula Ruane, c/o West Limerick Resources who won €244 in the West Limerick 102fm 50/50 draw, held on Friday September 7. Tickets cost €2 and they are available from volunteers, in local shops, or from the radio station. All support is very much appreciated.