By Tom Aherne

Sophie Hennessy, goalie and Roisín Ambrose, midfield from the Old Mill Club were members of the Limerick team that defeated Derry 2-7 to 0-12 in round 2 of the All-Ireland Ladies Junior Football Championship at Kinnegad on Sunday last, July 18 They lost to Antrim  5-10 to 2-7 in round 3 at Coolvin, Westmeath on Saturday July 24. Sophie, Róisín (1-2) started, and Iris Kennelly was introduced in the second half. They play Carlow in their final group and need a win to progress to the semi finals.

Saint Kieran’s defeated Askeaton by 0-17 to 1-11 in the West junior hurling league playoff at Mick Neville Park on Saturday, July 17. The final was played at Feenagh on Friday night last and after a ding dong game, needing extra time, they lost by one point to Rathkeale 1-20 to 0-22. The sides were level at 0-9 each at half time and still level at the end of normal time 1-13 to 0-16. It was an encouraging display with the introduction of younger players to the panel this year, adding pace and enthusiasm.

TEAM: John Greaney, James O’Connor, Paudie McCarthy, Edward Fitzgerald, Diarmuid Mulcahy, Jack Ben Harnett, Cathal McEnery, Eoin McEnery, Mossie Shine, Kaelan O’Connor, Mike Flynn, Cormac Mann, Donie Nolan, Johnny McCarthy, Anthony Mullins. Subs Aaron Heffernan, Sean Ryan, Eoin Burke, Tom McMahon. Craig MacInnes, and Lorcan Murphy from the Saint Kieran’s club were members of the Limerick team that beat Tipperary 2-9 to 1-9 in the opening round of the Munster Minor Football Championship in the Gaelic Grounds Limerick on Wednesday, July 21.

Newcastle West defeated Patrickswell  3-6 to 1-7 in the Limerick U-16 A Camogie Cup County final at Croagh on Saturday, July 17. Molly Murphy, Glenastar was full back, and her father Michael was a backroom member. Kate Foley, Old Mill was centre field.

The next Limerick GAA Club draw will be held on Saturday, July 31, during the Limerick Live Sports Show from 10-11am. The top prizes each month are €10,000, 2nd prize €3,000, 3rd prize €2,000, 4th prize €1,000. The exclusive 5th star prize is a Dilusso bathroom. There are  four prizes of €500, four prizes of €250, and 17 prizes of €100. The total prize money given out each month is €21,000. The Saint Kieran’s GAA Club would welcome new members, and subscription can be paid through the Club force App.

The West Limerick 102 fm Gaelic games review programme airs each Monday evening  from 8-9pm. Presenter Pat O’Donovan is joined by Mike Barrett and Con Warren.

The annual Milford Care Centre’s Harvest Fair  has been cancelled for the second year due to the continuing Covid-19 pandemic. It was cancelled last year for the first time in its 35-year history and as a result it is a very challenging time for the charity. The chief executive Mary O’Brien is encouraging people to support Milford by doing some fun filled virtual activity to replace the purchasing they might have done at the Harvest Fair.

West Limerick 102 fm will broadcast a series of programmes to mark this year’s Heritage Week from Saturday August 14 to Sunday August 22. Last year presenter, Shirley O’Regan, marked the occasion with a number of short stories from people which were well received by the listeners. People interested in participating this August are asked to get in contact with Shirley at 102fm, on 069-66200.

The Ardagh Development Association and Saint Kieran’s GAA joint weekly lottery draw took place on Monday, July 19. The numbers drawn were 4, 6, 16 and 18, and there was  no  winner of the €3,600 Jackpot.  Congratulations  to the five lucky dip winners who received €40 each: Mary Nash Lisbane Shanagolden, John O’Mahony c/o Patrick Mullins, Bridget Dalton c/o Greaney’s, Teresa McMahon (Online) Paudie Kennelly c/o Josie. Next Monday night’s jackpot will  be €3,700. People can play online using club force on the club’s Facebook page, with 6pm on Monday evening the deadline. The tickets are also on sale at the usual outlets, and all support will be appreciated. 

Creeves Celtic  held their split the pot draw on Monday, July 19. Congratulations to Aisling Coleman who won €100. The weekly  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  Hanley’s Food Store Creeves,  and from committee members.  People can also sign up by standing order for €9 per month. The  draws are held on Monday nights, and all support will be appreciated.

Congratulations to Ann Falahee, Newcastle West, who won €500 in the West Limerick 102fm 50/50 draw, held on Friday, July 23. The tickets cost €2, or 3 for €5 and they are available from volunteers, in local shops, (including Moloney’s Carrigkerry, and Denis Greaney’s Shop Ardagh) or from the radio station. All support will be appreciated.  A number of exciting new programmes are in the pipeline for later in the year. The station can be contacted at 069-66200 if people have news of interest to the West Limerick area.

Looking back over the parish notes from July 1993 I came across the following: Paddy Murphy principal of Kilcolman National School from 1958 retired on June 25. A presentation was made to the Knockaderry native by the children and staff, and he was wished well on his retirement.  Margaret Barry was appointed the new principal. Esther Sheahan, national teacher in Coolcappa school and John Stack, Broadford were married in Ballingarry Church on July 5. Saint Kieran’s shot back into the limelight by defeating Western Gaels  3-8 to 1-9 to regain the West Senior Football Championship  after a seven year wait at Askeaton on July 4.

The Ardagh Festival weekend concluded with Paul O’Connor elected Mayor of Ardagh. The fine weather  for the opening parade and open air entertainment  was a major plus for its overall success. Louise Hannafin from Knocknaboha was selected as Miss Carrigkerry, and Anne Phelan Feohanagh was selected as Miss Ardagh  as finalists in the Lady of Desmond Contest final on July 22. Mary Flynn from Rathreagh, Ardagh took part in the mini marathon in Dublin and raised £400 in aid of Sudan.