By Tom Aherne

Congratulations and best wishes in the future to Paddy and Kathleen Daly Ardagh who recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.

The following are the Lottery results from  Neary’s Bar Ardagh  on Monday October 14. The numbers drawn were 3,5,16, and 24 and there was no Jackpot winner. Congratulations to the five lucky dip winners who won €40 each Katie Woulfe, Ardagh, Tommy Mullins, Ardagh, Hannie O’Connor, Glensharrold, Evan O’Connor, c/o Moore’s, and Karen,  Maggie and Sarah, Glensharrold. Until the jackpot is won two additional prizes of €50 will be awarded each week. Congratulations to this week’s winners John Shine and Denis c/o Greaney’s and Donal Dinneen, c/o Mace Shanagolden. Next week’s Jackpot will be €20,000 and the draw will be held in the Thatch Bar Newbridge.

Congratulations to our five local girls Kate Ambrose, Róisín Ambrose 0-1, Róisín Mann, Iris Kennelly  1-2, and Ida Trant, who were part of Newcastle West’s historic first County Senior Camogie Championship success at Bruff on Sunday, October 13. They defeated Ahane by 1-15 to 0-9 after a very exciting contest.

Saint Kieran’s defeated  Ballysteen by 3-11 to 2-5 in the West Senior Football Championship Final played in ideal conditions at Tournafulla Gaelic grounds on Saturday October 19. They had received a walkover from Newcastle West the previous Tuesday evening in the semi-final. They led by 1-4 to 1-3 at half-time defending the dressing room goals. Sean Mc Sweeney sending a powerful shot to the net after Ballysteen made the better start.  They dominated the second half scoring  1-7 to just one single point to move 9 points ahead. Ballysteen then scored 1-1 but the holders held firm and added another goal and a point to claim their 11th title. Captain Anthony Molyneaux received the cup from West Board Chairman Johnny Walsh, and John Hayes received the man of the match award from Pat O’Shaughnessy.

TEAM  Robert Bradley, Maurice Shine, Paudie McCarthy, Kevin Meade, Diarmuid Crowley, Diarmuid Mulcahy,  Liam Kennedy 1-0, Johnny McCarthy,  Darragh Treacy, Anthony Molyneaux (capt ), John Hayes 0-2, Noel Callanan 0-2, Sean McSweeney 1-4 Donie Nolan, Seamus Mangan 0-2. SUBS: Anthony Mullins, John Doyle, Ray Cahill, Killian Enright 1-1, Liam Upton, James O’Connor, Ray Noonan, John Byrnes, Michael Shanahan, Darragh Breen, Niall O’Shea,  Brian Crowley,  Eoin Burke, Brendan McCarthy, Jack Ben Harnett. MANAGEMENT Noel Broderick, Mike Barrett,  Michéal Reidy, Paul Woulfe, Mike Greaney.

Creeves Celtic defeated Pallaskenry 2-0 at home with goals from Seamus Mangan and Richard Hayes,  in Round 2 of the FAI Junior Cup on Sunday, October 13. Carrig Celtic B lost 2-0 away to Glantine in Division 2 of the Desmond League, and the A team had no fixture. In Division 1 of the Desmond Ladies League Creeves Celtic defeated Askeaton 1-0 (Audrey Bradford) at home, and Kilcolman Rovers lost 1-0 at home to Rathkeale

Congratulations to Mike O’Mahony, Mike Young, Mike Mc Quinn, Catherine Kiely, and Paddy D O’Connor, who were prize winners at the Flag Floor card game held on Wednesday, October 9. Congratulations to  Marie Carrig and Sean Moriarty who were first prize winners at the card game held in Shanagolden on Friday, October 11.

The Friends of St Ita’s Community Hospital wish to thank the collectors and everyone who contributed  so generously to their church gate collection held on September 21/22. The amount collected in Ardagh was €251.30, and Carrigkerry €80.15. The money will be used for ongoing improvements for patients in St Ita’s Hospital Newcastle West.

Ardagh ICA wish to express its deep gratitude and thanks to the many and generous supporters of our Coffee Morning  in aid of Milford Hospice. A total of €780 has been forwarded  to the Hospice.

The Hope Foundation cares for street children in Kolkata and Danielle Donovan, Kilcolman is holding a clothes collection on their behalf. The clothes can be dropped off at her house, or she can collect them. Please contact her on 087-9063338 and all support would be greatly appreciated.

The annual Irish Rambling House Show  will be heading to England to entertain the exiles at the end of this month. They will be in the Irish World Heritage Centre, Manchester on Thursday, October 24 at 8pm, Birmingham Irish Centre on Friday, October 25 at 8pm and in the London Irish Centre in Camden on Saturday, October 26 at 7pm and Sunday 27 at 3pm. They will also perform at Siamsa Tíre Tralee on Wednesday, December 4. People are asked to spread the word and inform relatives and friends across the water of the upcoming tour, which always provides the best of Irish entertainment.

A fundraising Céilí in aid of Cystic Fibrosis branch (covering Tipperary Limerick and Clare) will be held at Mungret St Pauls GAA Clubhouse on Friday, October 25, from 9pm to midnight. Music by the Kingdom Céilí Band and admission is € 10, and refreshments will be served. By donating to TLC4CF you can make a difference to the quality of life for people with Cystic Fibrosis. It also aims to develop and improve services and facilities for people with CF in the mid-west region. Fidelma  the organiser is a great supporter of all the Céilí venues, and fundraisers, and deserves a very large crowd. A raffle for numerous spot prizes will be held and all support will be greatly appreciated.

Halloween will be marked with a large bonfire on Knockfierna Hill on Sunday, October 27 at 6.30pm. It will be followed by a rambling house session in the cottage, and all entertainers are welcome to attend.

The Coolcappa Parents Association are holding a children’s Disco, in Coolcappa Community Hall on Monday, October 28, from 6-30 to 8-30pm. The cost is €3 per person, and it promises to be a very scary evening.

Noonan’s Christmas lights dance at the Woodlands House Hotel Adare on Monday October 28, at 9.30pm. Music by Michael Collins band and a raffle will be held.

The annual Cemetery Mass will be celebrated  in Clounagh on Sunday, November 3 at 12 noon. Prayers at 11am, in Kilcolman Cemetery beforehand.

The Ardagh/Carrigkerry parish Remembrance Masses  for those who died over the last 12 months will be held in Carrigkerry on Thursday, November 7 at 7-30pm, and in Ardagh on Friday, November 8 at 7-30pm. The following is the Ardagh list: Michael Sheehy, David Hogan, Joan Molyneaux, Brigid King, Timothy Madigan, Danny Daly, Margaret Breen, Pauline Brouder, Michael Collins, Brenda Hayes, Kevin Brouder, Hugh O’Reilly, Jerry O’Connor. The Carrigkerry list is Mary Goulding, Mary Murphy, Breda Collins, Anne McMahon, Peg (Margaret )Flynn. If any person is omitted from the list their relatives are asked to contact the parish office at 069-76678 to rectify the records. It is customary for a family member, relative, or friend to bring a remembrance candle to the altar on the night of the mass. A request to same to contact the parish office to confirm their availability to do so. Phone 76678,

email [email protected] leave a note in the post box of Ardagh church or in the sacristy in Carrigkerry.

The 10th annual Team Hope Shoebox Appeal is ongoing at present and families, friends, schools, community groups, and businesses  are asked to support by donating gift filled  shoeboxes to children from some of the poorest regions around the world by Friday November 8. The gifts can include all writing material, toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap (wrapped) facecloth, hairbrush and combs, hats, scarves, gloves, socks and underwear. Each shoebox should contain something special like sunglasses, games, small Irish gift, photo of yourself, sweets in date up to April 2019. Toys like dolls, cars, cuddly toys, skipping rope, yo-yo, and finger puppet are acceptable. The age bracket is from 2-14 and €4 to be enclosed in each shoebox. More information can be got by visiting

Congratulations to Mary Mangan, Glensharrold who won €240 in the West Limerick 102fm 50/50 draw, held on Friday, October 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 needed at present. The roles available include research and studio work, fundraising and lots more. Contact the station if interested.