By Tom Aherne

Congratulations and best wishes in the future to Stacey O’Donnell, Cooltomin, and Euan Madigan, Cappagh, who were married in St Kyran’s Church, Coolcappa on Friday, April 12. The happy couple held their reception in the Great Southern Hotel Killarney.

Congratulations to Noreen Long, Glenagower who was crowned Best Dressed Lady at the annual Fashion Show in Con Colbert Hall Athea on Wednesday, April  17.

The following are the Lottery results from Reen’s Bar on Monday, April 22. The numbers drawn were 6,9,17, and 23, and there was no Jackpot winner. Congratulations to the five lucky dip winners who won €40 each: Con Lawlor, Carrigkerry, Laura Curtin, c/o D Greaney, Joan Corbett, Ardagh, Geraldine Liston, c/o D Greaney, and O’Sullivan, c/o Dawn’s. Next week’s Jackpot will be €16,800 and the draw will be held in Neary’s Bar Ardagh.

The Limerick GAA Club draw for 2019 commenced on Saturday, April 27. The draw was held during the sports programme on Limerick Live 95 FM. Saint Kieran’s club had no winner.

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.

Daniel Geraghty from the St Kieran’s club lined out at corner back for Limerick who  drew with Tipperary  0-10 to 0-10 n the Munster Minor Football Championship at Sean Treacy Park Tipperary on Wednesday, April 24. Limerick failed to progress to the next stage after two draws and a loss. The U-12 team and mentors travelled to Croke Park on Good Friday for a series of three matches. Róisín Ambrose (0-1)  from the Old Mill club was a member of the Limerick ladies team that lost to Fermanagh by 2-15 to 4-7 in the National Football League Division 4 semi-final at Kinnegad on Saturday, April 20.

Iris Kennelly (1-4), and Roisin Mann from the Newcastle West team were members of the Limerick team  that defeated Westmeath by 2-19 to 0-11 in the All Ireland Minor B Camogie semi-final at Gort on Saturday, April 20. Kate Ambrose, from the Newcastle West team was a member of the Limerick team that lost to Kildare by 2-9 to 0-11 in the Camogie League Division 3 Final at Banagher on Saturday April 20.

Carrig Celtic lost 1-0 at home to Newcastle West Town in the quarter final of the Premier League Cup on Sunday, April 21. Creeves Celtic defeated Knockaderry 3-0 at home with goals from Tom Shanahan 2, and Richard Hayes.

Golfers were out in force enjoying the beautiful warm and sunny weather  over the Easter break. Congratulations to local golfers who enjoyed competition success at Newcastle West course in Ardagh, Maurice Windle, Bill Downes, Stephen Murphy, Willie Upton, Pat Hennessy, Margaret Upton, and many more.

Congratulations to Mike Kiely, and John Sheehy, who were prize winners at the Flag Floor card game held on Wednesday, April  17.

Ardagh Astro Turf are included in the current round of Tesco Blue Tokens in Newcastle West. It started last Monday and continues for eight weeks. All support greatly appreciated.

The Rosary will be recited at Churchtown Grotto Newcastle West each evening during the month of May at 7pm, and all are welcome to join in.

St Kieran’s Heritage Association will hold their May meeting in Kilcolman Crèche on Thursday, 2nd at 8.30pm and all are welcome. The items to be discussed will be Schools Bird Survey, The Ballyloughane School Re-union, Trips or Talks booked, DVD of outdoor play progress, Summer play and Smith O’Brien weekend.

Kilcolman National School are holding a monster clothes collection fundraiser on Friday, May 3. Used clothes sheets towels paired shoes handbags belts and soft toys will all be accepted. Bags can be dropped to the school shelter before this date, and all support will be greatly appreciated.

West Limerick Singing Club will hold their next session in the Ramble Inn Abbeyfeale on Friday, May 3 at 9pm. Special guest will be Deirdre Scanlon from Monagea, and all singers, storytellers, and listeners are welcome.

A Fleadh by the Feale Céilí will be held in Fr Casey’s GAA Clubhouse Abbeyfeale on Friday, May 3 at 9.30pm. Music by Taylor’s Cross Céilí Band and all are welcome.

The children of Carrigkerry NS will receive the Sacrament of Holy Communion on Saturday, May 4 at 11am.

The annual Regeneron great Limerick run takes place on Sunday, May 5 commencing from Perry Square, and finishing up on O’Connell Street. The time schedule is 9am Marathon, 10.30am Half Marathon, 12.30pm 6 Mile. For more details contact 061-609627 or log onto

Community Employment (CE) Supervisors and participants play a key role in the provision of much needed services within their communities. They look after community halls, GAA and soccer pitches, church and school areas, and maintenance of green areas, and lots more. The scheme is designed to help disadvantaged people or those in long-term unemployment to gain work in the local community as a stepping stone to regular work. The 1,250 Supervisors, and Assistant-Supervisors who manage the local projects on a day-to-day basis are crucial to the success of the schemes. They lead the delivery of services by the participants, and mentor, identify and source relevant training for them, which is crucial to their ability to find work.

The supervisor’s role is a non pension one at present despite the Labour Court ruling in their favour in 2008. They have been waiting now for the Government to provide them with a pension scheme, and their patience is running out. They have now launched a campaign of industrial action in order to get the Government to respect the Labour Court ruling and provide a pension scheme for them. In April 2018, the Dáil voted to support the call for the implementation of a pension scheme for the supervisors, with only opposition from Fine Gael and the Independence Alliance TDs. The Community Employment Supervisors around the country launched local campaigns on Tuesday, April 16, calling for an immediate meeting with the Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform, Paschal Donohue, in relation to the outstanding Labour Court recommendation concerning their right to a pension. The next action is a weeklong strike commencing on Monday, May 13, which they hope will get some results.

Congratulations to Mary McArthur, Caherhayes, Abbeyfeale, who won €370 in the West Limerick 102fm 50/50 draw, held on Friday, April 26. 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.

Feale Crafters based in Abbeyfeale are holding a Craft Fair in Saint Ita’s Hall Convent Street Abbeyfeale on Saturday, May 4 from 11am to 3pm. On display will be a large range of goods from several crafters who have come together in recent months to promote handmade local items. It is an ideal time to call in and view what is on display with, Communion, Confirmation, and special occasions coming up. Tea and coffee are  available and all support will be  welcome.