By Tom Aherne

Congratulations to Carrigkerry primary school one of seven from Limerick who were  regional finalists in the prestigious annual Our World Aid Awards. They presented  their projects alongside those from 15 other schools, at the Regional final event that took place in Mary Immaculate College Limerick on Wednesday May 15. The theme of the entries was “Leave No One Behind” and the standard was very high. Now in their 14th year the Awards invited children across Ireland to create projects about the challenges facing children in developing countries and the role played by Ireland, through Irish aid the Government programme for international development. The four members Seán Long, Daniel Mulvihill, Jack O’Shaughnessy and James O’Sullivan received an Our World Irish Aid Award plaque. Well done to their teacher Anne Horan, and all involved in their project.

We extend our sympathy to Sheila and Willie O’Regan and family, Dromrahnee ,Ardagh, on the death of Sheila’s brother, Brendan O’Toole, late of Kilbarron, Killimor and Cloughjordan  on Wednesday, May 22. He lay in repose at Bushy Park, Borrisokane  on Friday May 24, from 5pm to 8pm. The remains arrived at Kilbarron Church on Saturday for Requiem Mass at 11am followed by burial in Kilbarron Cemetery. Sympathy to his extended family members. May he rest in Peace.

The Limerick GAA Club draw for May was held during the sports show on Limerick Live 95fm on Saturday, May 25. This is the second draw this year and it was very successful  for the St Kieran’s club who had three winners. Congratulations to Noreen Long who won €500, Gerry Collum and Chris Madigan who won €100 each.

The following are the Lottery results from Moore’s Bar Carrigkerry on Monday, May 20. The numbers drawn were 2,7,9, and 20, and there was no Jackpot winner. Congratulations to the five lucky dip winners who won €40 each:  Tadhg Naughton, Ardagh, Donie Dineen, Ardagh, Johnny O’Sullivan, Newcastle West, Nora Ambrose, Ardagh and Donal Behan, Shanagolden. Next week’s Jackpot will be €17,600 and the draw will be held in Neary’s  Bar, Ardagh.

The Desmond League soccer season is at a standstill at present due to the unavailability of referees. They have not taken charge of any junior football games since Friday, May 10, following the alleged assault on one of their members. Talks have taken place between the Desmond League, and the Referee’s Association, without an agreement on the issue. At present three League titles and four cup competitions remain to be completed as June approaches. If a solution is not found  their destination will be left undecided.

Saint Kieran’s defeated Dromcollogher/Broadford by 1-13 to 0-7 in Round 3 of the All County  Division 1 Football League at Dromcollogher on Thursday, May 16. Saint Kieran’s lost to Granagh/Ballingarry by 3-16 to 0-5 in the West Junior B Football League at Coolcappa on Friday, May 17. Jack O’Sullivan, Kilcolman NS, was a member of the Limerick team that played Cork in the Primary game at the Gaelic Grounds on Sunday, May 19. Noel Callanan, John Hayes, and Kieran Guina, have been called up to join the Limerick U-20 panel for the upcoming Munster Championship.

Parents of pupils intending to commence at Carrigkerry NS in September are asked to contact the Principal on 069-76229. Enrolment forms are also available at the school.

The Learners of VTOS FET Centre Shanagolden are holding the open night of  their Annual Art Exhibition at Newcastle West Library on  Thursday, May 31. On display will be the work which they produced from their weekly class with tutor Maureen Barry Fitzgerald. The exhibition titled Meanderings shows the works completed by first- and second-year adult learners as part of their Level 5 Painting/Drawing Module. All are welcome to come along on Thursday from 6.30pm.

This year’s Limerick Fleadh Cheoil will be held in Athea over the June Bank Holiday weekend. An action-packed programme of events will be held to cater for all music lovers. For the dancers a  Céilí will be held on Saturday, June 1 in the Con Colbert Hall with music by Striolán and on Sunday June 2 with music by Taylor’s Cross.  They will commence at 9.30pm and sets will be called. Best wishes to Ardagh/Carrigkerry Comhaltas competitors who will be participating in the various competitions.

While the Fleadh Cheoil will be in full swing, Athea native Tom Moran will be  involved in an abseil down the Red Cow Hotel in Dublin. Three years ago, a stroke caused Tom to sustain a fall whilst on holiday in Spain causing a significant injury to his head. He underwent a craniotomy and spent 6 weeks in an induced coma in Carlos Haya Regional Hospital in Malaga before being air-lifted back to St James Hospital under the care of neurologist Dr Colin Doherty. He has made a remarkable recovery and is getting stronger daily and is excited about the abseil.

On this Sunday, June 2 to mark the 3rd anniversary of his near-fatal brain injury,  he will abseil down the 9-storey extension of the family Hotel. Tom’s goal is to help the hospital that helped him to make a positive recovery, and his aim is to raise €200k to build a dedicated Brain Disease Resource and Research Centre at St. James’s Hospital. He will be joined by his wife Sheila and children and we wish all a safe landing. Carrigkerry village was home to the Moran family during the 1980s when they were owners of the Country Club.

Mass will be celebrated in Shanagolden  graveyard on Sunday, June 2 at 11am, and all are welcome to attend.

EXAM MASS: All the students from the Ardagh/Carrigkerry parish doing exams are invited to the special Exam Mass in St Molua’s Church on Monday, June 3, at 7.30pm.

The annual Mass in Calvary Cemetery Newcastle West will be celebrated on Tuesday, June 4 at 8pm. Relatives of people who are buried there are asked to attend to their graves beforehand, and all are welcome.

St Kieran’s Heritage Association is dedicated to protecting, preserving and promoting our local heritage. Secretary Mary Kury has compiled a worksheet titled Bird, Bug and Wildflower Detective Hunt Competition. It has been sent out to the local primary schools’ classes, although younger children might need an adult to help.  Children are asked to go outdoors at school and at home and get looking for all that biodiversity around us. All who complete the worksheet will  be in with the chance to win some biodiversity-themed prizes. Parents are asked to help the children with bird identification, folklore, songs and poems. Children are asked not pick wildflowers or disturb the habitats or insects or other wildlife. Leave things as you have found them and never litter. The following Websites can be used to help with identification

See for information on how you can attract wildlife into your garden. The closing date is Monday, June 10, and best of luck to all who enter. Thanks to all who contributed to the church gate collection held in Coolcappa/Kilcolman last weekend. The Ardagh/Carrigkerry collection will be taking place on Saturday/Sunday July 13/14.The  next meeting will be held in Carrigkerry Community Centre on Thursday June 6 at 8.30pm, and all are welcome.

Congratulations to Cora Mullane, Knockaderry, who won €281 in the West Limerick 102fm 50/50 draw, held on Friday, May 17. Congratulations also to Pat Griffin, Knocknagoshel who won €307 on Friday, May 24. 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 needed at present. The roles available include research and studio work, fundraising and lots more. Contact the station if interested.