By Tom Aherne

Ardagh ICA are holding  a virtual Coffee Morning, due to Covid restrictions, on Thursday, September 24 from 10.30am to 12 noon. The members will be accepting donations outside Ardagh Community Hall during this time. They also have collection boxes available at Ailish’s Hairdressing, Greaney’s Butchers and Dairygold Co-op. Donations will be greatly accepted and appreciated.

Saint Kieran’s GAA, and ADRSC will hold a scrap metal collection on Saturdaym September 26 from 9am to 5pm. Items of scrap can be dropped off at the Devon Wood yard in Main Street, Ardagh. All support for both local clubs will be greatly appreciated. The household items include steel oil tanks, biscuit tins, drink cans, empty food cans, steel coal bunkers, coal buckets, steel window frames, saucepans, kettles (not plastic) boilers , electric cookers, gas cookers, dishwashers, steel gutters, washing machines, golf irons, sink tops, ironing boards, clothes irons, radiators, solid fuel cookers, copper, food mixers, brass, electric knives, aluminium, fireplaces, (steel), lead, bicycles, electric cable,  go karts, sheep wire,  trampolines,  fencing wire,  swing frames,  goal posts.

Farm and other machinery include old cars, engines and parts, gates, railway lines, corrugated iron, wheelbarrows, trailers, cement mixers, tractors, diggers, transport boxes, water pumps, combine harvesters,  electric motors, hay balers, binders, silage balers, batteries, hay turners, milk tanks, mowing machines, milk cans/buckets, milking machines, ploughs, toppers, milk coolers,  agitators,  ring feeders,  barrels, and slurry tanks.  All donations will be greatly appreciated.

Mary Kury, Secretary of the Saint Kieran’s Heritage Association, is compiling a local directory covering the catchment area of Ardagh, Carrigkerry, Coolcappa, Kilcolman and surrounding townlands.  It will cater for businesses, voluntary groups, organisations, and will give people an idea of what is available around the locality. It will be free and entries limited to three lines per entry, and advertisements can be also included at €100 for a full page and €50 for a half page. The directory will be available in late October from the usual outlets, and later will be available online. Mary can be contacted by text 087-9282486, or email [email protected]

We extend sympathy to Seanie and Joan Hayes and family, Carnagh, on the death of Seanie’s sister Ita Shine Upper Dirreen, Athea, peacefully at her residence on Monday, September 7. The Requiem Mass was celebrated in St Bartholomew’s Church, Athea on Wednesday, September 9 followed by burial  in Holy Cross Cemetery. Sympathy to all other family members. May she rest in Peace.

Creeves Celtic held the second split the pot fundraiser draw at Hanley’s Shop, Creeves on Monday, September 14. Congratulations to Maria Donovan who won €118. Entry fee €2, with €1 to the club and the other €1 to be paid out in prize money each week. The envelopes to place your two Euro in plus details, are available at the Thatch Bar, and Hanley’s Foodstore, Creeves. Participants can also sign up to a standing order made payable to the club, contributing €9 per month. The forms are available from committee members, and the  draws will be held on Monday nights, and all support will be appreciated.

Saint Kieran’s  drew with Castletown/Ballyagran 0-15 each in Round 5 of the County Junior A Hurling Championship at Ballingarry on Saturday, September 12. Saint Kieran’s trailed by 0-10 to 0-6 at half time. The result leaves Saint Kieran’s with three points from their five matches, and safe from relegation.

The next Limerick GAA Club draw will be held on  Limerick Live 95 fm during their Sports Show  from 10am to 11am, on Saturday, September 26. Contact Saint Kieran’s club members to join. The star prize for September is afternoon tea in the Minstrels Gallery at Adare Manor, and Gourmet  dinner for five people in the Carriage  House Restaurant at Adare Manor.

Congratulations to Ed and Toss  Broadford who won €102 in the West Limerick 102fm 50/50 draw, held on Friday, September 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, creating new talk shows, documentaries and lots more. Contact the station at 069-66200 if interested.

The Desmond Castle Askeaton is now open to the public until Friday, October 30. Admission is free, and numbers are limited to 6-8 people due to the special Covid restrictions. A guided service is available daily at 10am, 11.30am, 1.30pm, and 3pm, Monday to Friday.

People around the Limerick area are being asked to host a socially distanced or virtual coffee morning  and raise funds for Milford Hospice  on Thursday, September 24. This is the 28th year of the fundraising initiative and it is sponsored by Bewley’s. The money raised is crucial in ensuring that they continue to meet each individual  patients needs and to support their families throughout the  mid west region. Call the fundraising department at 061- 485859, or visit www.