Saint Kieran’s Community Text Alert is still open for new members to join up.  Forms are  available in local shops or from committee members for people wishing to join and receive text alert messages. Some people may not be receiving messages, and if so, they are asked to contact Pat at 087-2750061. It is a very good system and all members are asked to stay alert and inform Gardai (Newcastle West   069-20650) if they see any suspicious behaviour.

Congratulations and best wishes in the future to Brendan Duggan, School Road, Ardagh who recently celebrated his 80th birthday with family and friends. Brendan is a great supporter of Limerick hurlers, and a member of St Kieran’s Heritage Association.

Team Limerick Clean up was held across the local communities on Good Friday morning. Groups and individuals were out early cleaning rubbish from the roadways, ditches, and dykes. The weather was ideal  and vast amounts of cans, bottles, and plastic was gathered up all over the city and county. Well done to all who made the effort to clean up our lovely countryside.

The death has taken place of John O’Donnell (Jim) of Liffane, Askeaton,  peacefully at St Ita’s Hospital, Newcastle West on Friday, April 12.He was predeceased by his wife Maisie and son John. John was a lovely gentleman who will be fondly remembered by all who were lucky to know him. He was a musician who played the accordion and part of the family band in olden times and played with the Glenside Céilí Band. Hunting was also a favourite pastime of his. He lay in repose at Kieran Madigan’s Funeral Home, Main St, Askeaton on Tuesday, April  16 from 5 pm to 8 pm. His remains arrived at St Mary’s Church, Askeaton on Wednesday,  April  17 for Requiem Mass at 12 noon. Burial followed afterwards in Relig Mhuire Cemetery, Askeaton.  We extend our sympathy to  sons Jim and Mossie, daughters Marie Behan and Noreen Noonan, (Commons, Ardagh) sons-in-law Tom and Patrick, daughters-in-law Breda, Dympna and Catherine, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, cousins and large circle of neighbours and friends. May he rest in Peace.

The death has taken place of Carrie Nash, nee O’Shaughnessy, Churchtown, Newcastle West peacefully, at her residence, after a short illness bravely borne, surrounded by her family on Friday, April 12. She lay in repose at Riedy’s Funeral Home, Newcastle West on Saturday, April 13 from 5pm followed by removal to the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Newcastle West . The Requiem Mass was celebrated  on Sunday at 12 noon, followed by burial afterwards in Calvary Cemetery. We extend our sympathy to  husband Stephen, daughters Hilary, Karen (Greally, Co. Meath), Jennifer (Lenihan, Manister), Catriona Kennedy (Ardagh), son Stephen (Co. Roscommon), brother John (Askeaton), sister Mary Neville (Limerick) and Carmel Fitzsimons (Askeaton), sons-in-law, daughter-in-law, grandchildren, nephews, nieces, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, relatives and friends. May she rest in Peace.

The following are the Lottery results from Neary’s Bar on Monday, April 15. The numbers drawn were 1, 22,23, and 25, and there was no Jackpot winner. Congratulations to the five lucky dip winners who won €40 each: Julia Greaney, c/o Denis Greaney, Maurice Harnett, Ardagh, Eileen O’Connor, Carrigkerry, Pat Liston, c/o Denis Greaney, and Joan Copse, c/o Moloney’s. Next week’s Jackpot will be €16,600 and the draw will be held in Reen’s Bar, Ardagh.

St Kieran’s defeated Rathkeale by 2-6 to 0-8 in Round 2 of the County Senior Football League at Coolcappa on Saturday April 13. Daniel Geraghty from the club lined out at corner back for Limerick who  drew with Waterford 1-7 to 0-10 in the Munster Minor Football Championship at Dungarvan on Wednesday April 17. The club are still sighing up members for the Limerick GAA Club Development draw. Contact David Woulfe on 086-2205572, or Deirdre Ambrose on 087-9509218 for online registration and other details. The first draw will be held on Saturday April 27.

Congratulations to Cormac Behan, Carrigkerry and Ahalin Primary School, Knockaderry who  won the County I.N.T.O./GAA mini sevens camogie competition at Mick Neville Park Rathkeale on Wednesday, April 13. Cormac is a teacher at the school and was the trainer of the camogie team.

Carrig Celtic lost 4-2 at home to Rathkeale AFC in the Desmond Cup Quarter Final on Sunday, April 14. Eoin McEnery and Seanie King scored their goals. Creeves Celtic had no match.

The Cuckoo has arrived (right on time as in previous years) in our locality and has been heard calling since Easter Saturday, April 20. The birds singing is always a welcome sign that spring is passing and summer is on the way.

All musicians singers’ dancers and storytellers are invited to Jim’s Rambling House, Newbridge on Friday, April 26 at 8pm. It promises to be a great night of music song and dance, and all are welcome.

The mass times in Ardagh/Carrigkerry parish will rotate from the last week end in April. Mass will be held in Saint Mary’s Church, Carrigkerry on Saturday, April 27 at 6.30pm.  Mass in Saint Molua’s Church, Ardagh on Sunday April 28 at 11am.

The AGM of Ardagh Voluntarily  Housing Association will take place on Tuesday April 30 at 8pm at Neary’s Ardagh, and all are welcome.

The Parents Association of Saint Molua’s National School will be holding a monster used clothes collection fundraiser in the coming weeks. Bags can be dropped at the school shelter in advance of the collection date of Thursday, May 2. All used clothes, sheets, towels, bags, paired shoes, soft toys will be accepted, and all support will be welcome.

The Old Mill Ladies Football Club thank all who supported their fundraising bag packing day in Tesco Newcastle West on Saturday, April 20. A clothes collection will be held in early May, and  a fundraising Coffee Morning in the Desmond Complex  Newcastle West on Friday, May 24. All support for these fundraisers will be greatly appreciated.

Congratulations to Helen Murphy, Glenashrone, Abbeyfeale, who won €285 in the West Limerick 102fm 50/50 draw, held on Holy Thursday, April 18. Tickets cost €2 and they are available from volunteers, in local shops, or from the radio station. All support is very much appreciated. New volunteers to get involved in all aspects of the station are always welcome.

First Holy Communion will be held in St Mary’s Church, Carrigkerry on Saturday, May 4th, St Molua’s Church, Ardagh on Saturday, May 11th Colman’s Church Kilcolman on Saturday, May 18th and in St Kieran’s Church, Coolcappa on Saturday May 25th. Confirmation will be celebrated in St Molua’s Church, Ardagh on Tuesday May 21st.