by Tom Aherne

The Ardagh Development Association and Saint Kieran’s GAA joint weekly lottery is back after a break of nearly seven months. The first draw was due to take place on Monday, October 5, in the Community Centre, Ardagh.  The Jackpot will be €6,600 and the tickets are on sale at the usual outlets, and all support will be appreciated.

The death has taken place in England of Paddy O’Grady, a native of Barnigue, Carrigkerry. We extend our sympathy to family members around the locality and to those abroad in the UK and USA. May he rest in Peace.

Congratulations to Méabh Dore, Ballyneety and a past pupil of Kilcolman National School, on her appointment as  ICMSA Policy Officer and Executive Secretary to both the association’s Livestock Committee and the Farm and Rural Affairs Committee.

Newcastle West Golf Club held their Captains Prize recently. This year’s captain Gerard Liston from Coolcappa, commissioned a replica of the Ardagh Chalice in a beautiful piece of Bog Oak. It is inscribed on the reverse with a short history of this iconic piece of medieval metalwork. It is also the emblem of the Golf Club. The winner of the prize was Tony Barry from Athea. Congratulations to Margaret Upton who recently won the Mary Roche cup.

Saint Kieran’s GAA Club wish to thank all who contributed to their recent scrap metal collection on Saturday, September 26. The weekly lottery has returned, and people can also play online on their club force platform on their Facebook page. Their online shop in association with O’Neill’s GAA to purchase club merchandise is also available there.

Creeves Celtic  held the second split the pot fundraiser draw at Hanley’s Foodstore on Monday, September 28. Congratulations to Linda O’Brien who won €116. The entry fee is €2 with €1 going 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.


The new Desmond Ladies Soccer League commenced on Sunday, September 27. In Division 1 Kilcolman Rovers defeated Askeaton Rovers 4-2  at home with goals from Mia Forrestal 3 and Erin Hennessy. Creeves Celtic defeated Rathkeale 2-1 at home with two  goals from Angela Sheehan.

In recent week’s Limerick Council workers have been based around the Kerrikyle/Glensharrold area attending to the roads, which have deteriorated a lot over the past few years.  They have been making Inlets to take the surface water off the roads, removing the grass growing along the middle of the roads,  building up sides which have been driven down by weight bearing vehicles, and filling in large potholes. We welcome their presence and look forward to the end result of their works.

Kilcolman  National School are holding a fundraising clothes collection  to raise funds for the school on Friday,  October 16. They are looking for donations of clean, unwanted clothes, bed linen, towels, curtains, shoes, bags, belts and soft toys. They cannot accept duvets or pillows. Items can be dropped inside the school wall (up by bus stop) on Saturday, 17, or Sunday 18, or weekdays the week of the collection. The committee appreciate your continued support with these collections.

The Ardagh/Carrigkerry parish weekend mass schedule will rotate on the weekend of October 17/18. Mass will be celebrated in St Molua’s Church, Ardagh on Saturday’s at 6.30pm, and in St Mary’s Church Carrigkerry on Sunday’s at 11am.

Congratulations to Laurie Kelleher Newcastle West, who won €130 in the West Limerick 102fm 50/50 draw, held on Friday, October 25. 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.