By Tom Aherne

St Kieran’s Heritage Association held their AGM  in Ardagh Hall on Wednesday, February 13 and 22 people were present. Chairperson John P O’Sullivan welcomed all and Secretary Mary Kury read the minutes, and the various reports were dealt with. The following officers were elected Chairperson John P O’Sullivan, Vice Chairperson Ger Greaney, Secretary Mary Kury, Recording Secretary Mary Byrnes, Social Event Secretary Caitriona O’Kelly, Treasurer Richard Mc Donnell,  Ass Treasures Michael Ambrose, and Pat Ambrose,  PRO Tom Aherne, Social Media Paul Moriarty, and Seamus Callaghan, School Liaison Officer John Hough.

The meeting broke up into groups of 4 or 5 people and discussed what events they would like for the coming year, and the following were mentioned. The St Patrick’s day Parade in Rathkeale will be at 12.30 and 3.00pm at Newcastle West. It is planned to participate with  the Bodhrán Players and actors from the Last Druid in the parade. Ballyloughane School will be closed 50 years this June and this will be marked with Mass followed by music on Saturday or Sunday June 29/30 in Carrigkerry Community Centre. The meeting decided to have the Smith O’Brien talk, walk and play on the Ardagh Chalice weekend in September.  This weekend should now be an annual event and children should be involved.  This would be an ideal occasion to unveil the Jim Quinn and Paddy  Flanagan Statue.  The walk could be from Cahermoyle House to Rathronan graveyard, then onto Ballylin Hill Fort.

A few trips for the year  were suggested with the first to Kilmainham Jail and Richmond Barracks, and other suggestions were, Ballingarry, Co Tipperary to see the Widow Mc Cormack’s House and a trip to visit Glenastar Waterfall . A series of talks to be held during the year with three speakers was  also suggested.  A November fair to be held  as a pre-Christmas craft fair to promote local suppliers such as John Keane Iron works, Ardagh Chalice Honey and other local craft workers. The need for a premise in the village was raised.  This would be useful for the sale and display of merchandise.  The Station house in Ardagh was considered as a focal point for tourists, and as a possible tourist office for the Greenway and   Grants are available for tourist sites. Donie O’Connor, Chairperson of West Limerick Heritage Network addressed the meeting giving  up to date information on what they are involved in at present.

Ger Greaney clarified that the book for St Itas’s is being researched by a dozen authors, some from the association who will interview residents. Ger is currently seeking permission to carry out the interviews and searching for sponsors to cover the cost of printing.  All proceeds will go to St Ita’s.  It will not just raise funds but also be a way of recording our oral heritage, songs stories and events recalled by the participants. A number of fundraisers will be held during the year to raise finance including a pub quiz, Tesco Blue Chip Scheme, and a Church gate collection. It was decided to hold the meetings on the first Thursday of the month.  The next meeting will be on Thursday March7 at 8pm in Ardagh Hall and new members are always welcome to get involved.

Congratulations to Thomas Sparling Old Mill who has been announced as the new Limerick Chowder champion for 2019. The event was held at Limerick Institute of Technology and Thomas will represent Limerick in the All Ireland Final in Kinsale on April 7.

The following are the Lottery results from the Thatch Bar Newbridge on Monday February 25. The numbers drawn were 11, 16,18, and 22 there was no Jackpot winner. Congratulations to the five lucky dip winners who won €40 each:  Ivan Neary, Ardagh, Eileen O’Connor, Glenastar, Joe Fitzell, c/o Nora Dineen, Séan and Oisin Ryan, Ardagh, and Joan Bridgeman, Ardagh. Next week’s Jackpot will be €15,200 and the draw will be held in Neary’s Bar Ardagh.

Saint Kieran’s lost to Templeglantine by 3-19 to 0-8 in round 3 of the West U-21 B Hurling Championship at Raheenagh on Saturday February 23. Darragh Treacy  and Sean Mc Sweeney (2 pts), were members of the Limerick team that lost to Leitrim by 0-12 to 0-11 in Round 4 of the National Football Division 4 League at Kilmallock on Saturday February 23.

Kilcolman Rovers defeated Abbeyfeale Utd 5-4 on penalties at home after a nil all draw in the Desmond Ladies Cup semi final on Sunday February 24. They will play Ballingarry in the final. Creeves Celtic lost 3-2 (Dymphna O’Brien 2)at home to Newcastle West Town in the Division 1 League Cup semi final. Carrig Celtic and  Creeves Celtic  had no matches in the men’s Desmond League.

A meeting of Saint Kieran’s Community Watch will be held in the hall in Ardagh on Thursday March 14 at 8pm. We are still taking names for our local Community Watch, and forms can be picked up and left at Moloney’s shop in Carrigkerry or Greaney’s  Butcher’s in Ardagh or anyone that wants to come along to our meeting in the hall In Ardagh on the 14 are more than welcome. For anyone that did not receive any “Text Alerts” recently, please contact Pat on 0872750061. We will be holding a church gate collection to offset the costs of setting up this scheme on March 30/31.

A fundraising bingo takes place in the Hall Raheenagh on Sunday March 17 at 3pm. All proceeds to the upkeep of the Hall. All are welcome to gamble along.

Coolcappa N.S. is now enrolling for September 2019. Those wishing to enrol their child can contact the school on 069-76493 or by email at[email protected]. To enrol in Kilcolman N.S. contact 069-60005 or email [email protected]  To enrol in St Molua’s N.S. Ardagh contact  069-76353 or email [email protected] stmoluasns.scoil net.ie

The Park Walk/Run in the Demesne Newcastle West is a great way to keep fit and to make new friends. The six weeks walking programme started on Saturday March 2 at 9.30am, (briefing at 9.20). Walk leaders will accompany people along the way. Register at www.parkrun.ie

The Sacrament of Confirmation will be held in St Kyran’s Church Coolcappa on Thursday March 7 at 1.30pm.

All musicians, singers, dancers, and storytellers are welcome to attend Jims Rambling House in Newbridge on Friday, March 8 at 8.30pm. It promises to be a great night of entertainment and all are welcome.

The West Limerick Singing Club will hold a fundraising concert in Fr Casey’s Clubhouse Abbeyfeale on Saturday March 9 at 8pm. The participating artists include Ella Marie O’Dwyer, Nora Butler, Philip Enright, Daisy Kearney, Donie Lyons, Frances Kennedy, and lots more. It promises to be a great night of top-class music song and dance, and all support will be greatly appreciated.

Con Warren from Newcastle West, and a native of West Cork, will launch his new CD Lovely Gougane Barra in Monagea Parish Hall  on Sunday March 10 at 4pm. All the proceeds from the sale of the CD will go to the Friends of St Ita’s  Newcastle West. Con is a fine performer who is a regular at Rambling Houses, and local radio. It promises to be a good evening with lots of Con’s friends performing and all are welcome.

Transport Minister Shane Ross has announced details of significant funding which has been allocated to a number of high priority road projects across Limerick. A total of €35,000 has been allocated to the L1222 at Ballylin, Ardagh.

Congratulations to Jerry Lane, Assumpta Park, Newcastle West who won €591 in the West Limerick 102fm 50/50 draw, held on Friday March 1 .Tickets cost €2 and they are available from volunteers, in local shops, or from the radio station. All support is very much appreciated.