By Tom Aherne

The following are the Lottery results from  Neary’s Bar, Ardagh on Monday, January 13. The numbers drawn were 6,13,14 and 30, and there was one Jackpot winner. Congratulations to Eamon Ambrose, Dunganville, Ardagh who won the €20,000 Jackpot which was on offer for several months. Congratulations to the five lucky dip winners who won €40 each: Ann Sweeney, c/o Greaney’s, Killian Ambrose, c/o Neary’s, Oisín Ryan,  Ardagh, Moll and Paul, c/o Moore’s and John O’Sullivan, c/o Lees. Next week’s Jackpot will be €5,000 and the draw will be held in Reen’s Bar, Ardagh on Monday, January  20. The Lottery can now be done online by logging onto, go to “find my club”-St Kieran’s and just click on play lottery and play by card.

The hugely popular Ireland Light Up walking initiative returned to TV screens in recent  weeks as Operation Transformation got underway. St Kieran’s GAA invites you all to get moving and active during the programme. They have organised  a 4km walk for you, your family and friends, every Wednesday and Friday at exactly 7pm for the remaining weeks. It commenced on Friday night, January 10 in Ardagh and it was a huge success with over 158 people taking part and increasing each night.

Participants are asked to meet  every Wednesday and Friday and sign the registrar at the Astro Turf Car park from 6.30pm. They are asked to wear suitable footwear a Hi-Viz jacket and bring a torch as the route will be along the Ardagh road Loop. People who do not wish to go on the road can still participate by doing circuits on the footpath around the Astro  turf, and it was good to see people avail of this facility last Friday night. The club want everyone to come and join for Ireland Light Up 2020 and all are welcome to this free event.

Congratulations to Ger Liston, Coolcappa who is the Newcastle West men’s club Captain  for 2020. The Drive-In was held at the club on Sunday, January 12. Best wishes to Ger and all members at the club for 2020.

Seamus O’Donnell from the St Kieran’s club was a member of the Limerick backroom team that won the McGrath Cup on Saturday, January 11. They defeated Cork by 0-20 to 0-16 in the final played at the Gaelic Grounds. Darragh Treacy and Sean McSweeney regulars up to their move abroad last Autumn missed out on much needed silverware for Limerick football.

Carrig Celtic lost 3-0 away to Newpark FC, from the Kilkenny District League in Round 6 of the FAI Junior Cup on Sunday, January 12.  Creeves Celtic defeated Newcastle West Town Reserves  1-0 away in Division 1  of the Desmond League with Andrew White scoring to move up the league table. In Division 1 of the Desmond Ladies League Kilcolman Rovers defeated Creeves Celtic 3-1  with Gillian Musgrave scoring a hat-trick, and Angela Sheehan replied for Creeves.

Coolcappa National School is now enrolling for the new term in September. Parents wishing to enrol their children can contact the school on 069-76493, or

email [email protected] for an enrolment form.

Saint Kieran’s Heritage Association  annual general meeting  fixed for Thursday, January 16, was deferred due to members being unavailable with prior commitments, and apologies for any inconvenience. It has been re-fixed for Thursday, January 30 in Ardagh Hall at 8pm, and all are welcome, with a special welcome for new members.

A film on the origins and history of Phelan’s Mill/Undertakers/ Cinema/ Hardware Newcastle West was shown before a packed attendance at The Library on Thursday last January, 16. It was a most interesting night with the one-hour film charting the family and their successful businesses, including talks from the local Historical members, who were involved in its creation. It is available to watch on You Tube.

Rathkeale and District Heritage Society will host a local Talks Night on Friday, January 24, at 8.30pm, in the Community Arts Centre Aras Séan Finn, New Line Rathkeale. The three talks will be given by local historians  Ciss Breen (On Memories of Thomas Street Rathkeale), Peter Donovan (Remembering Miss O’Rourke), and Theresa Doyle Mc Mahon (The History of Rathkeale Fire Station). Admission is free and all are welcome.

All musicians singers’ dancers and storytellers are invited to Jim’s Rambling House Newbridge on Friday January 24, at 8.30pm. It promises to be a great night of music song and dance, and all are welcome.

The Old Mill Ladies football club will hold their victory dance on Saturday, January 25, at 7-30pm in the Woodlands House Hotel. Tickets are on sale from John Liston at 087-2643470.

The annual Rathfredagh Cheshire Home walk will take place on Sunday, January 26, at 10am from the house. The walk will start from Rathfredagh Cheshire Home to Knockaderry village  down Ballyallinan, and return via the White forge. Refreshments will be provided  after the walk in the home. Further information and sponsorship cards are available from the Rathfredagh Reception on 069-83100, and all support will be appreciated.

The annual (eight year) Milford Hospice 10km run/walk will take place on Sunday, February 2, at the University of Limerick with a start time of 12 noon. The new starting location for the 10km route will be P9 car park at Kilmurry Village and will finish at the UL track. Early bird registration is now open with a fee of € 20 so early registration is encouraged.  Contact the fundraising department on 061-485860, or on www. to register.

West Limerick 102fm community radio present a snooker exhibition between 2 legends of the game  Steve Davis, and Denis Taylor in a repeat of the 1985 world championship final which Denis won on the black ball. It will be held  at the Longcourt House Hotel, Newcastle West on Tuesday February 18.  The event will also  include trick shots, Q and A session and a fun night with humour and stories. Standard tickets €25 (Doors 7.30 / Show 8pm) / VIP Tickets €50 (Doors 6.00pm / Reception at 7pm sharp). Admission by ticket only and tickets available from Longcourt Hotel 069 25300 or online at

Since the news broke on Thursday January 16 that a Night at the Oskers will be held at the Devon Inn Hotel on Saturday, November 14, excitement has been building within the local community. Following the success of the two Lip Sync events participants have been eager to get involved in another major event in aid of the local ADRSC Committee who put the Astro Turf facility in place in Ardagh. The Oskers is a little different but it is in fashion at present and  will feature a selection of movies, and cast members, various fundraising events building up to the presentation night. More details as time pass, and casting night approaches.