By Tom Aherne

Congratulations and best wishes in the future to Catherine Wilmott, Ardagh and Shane O’Connell, Knockeenahone, Kerry who were married in Saint Molua’s Church, Ardagh on Saturday, August 7. The celebrant of the Nuptial Mass was Fr Jim O’Connell, uncle of the groom, and they held the reception in the Devon Inn Hotel.

Saint Kieran’s opened this year’s county senior football championship campaign in Rathkeale on Sunday, August 15. The new look team put up a brave performance before going under to Ballysteen 1-15 to 3-8, after being eight points adrift shortly after half time.  A few first choice players were unavailable, and seven new players mostly underage made their debuts at this level and performed  very well. Team: Ian Mackessy, Mike Shanahan, Johnny McCarthy, Mossie Shine 1-0, Diarmuid Mulcahy 0-1, Brendan McCarthy, Anthony Mullins, Jack Harnett, Eoin McEnery, Kevin Meade, Noel Callanan, John Hayes 0-6, Kevin Guina, Anthony Molyneaux 1-0, Kevin Lyons 1-0. Subs: Dylan Moloney 0-1, Aaron Heffernan, Sean Ryan, Cormac Mann.

They played Galtee Gaels in the second match at Kilbreedy on Saturday last August 21. After a close contest  they lost by one point again 0-12 to 1-8. Dylan Moloney Aaron Heffernan and Donal Nolan started in place of the injured  trio Noel Callanan, Kevin Guina and Kevin Lyons.  Cormac Mann and Noel Callanan  came on in the second half. John Hayes 0-7 and Anthony Molyneaux 1-1 were their scorers.  If they had their full fit panel available for both matches, they would have advanced to the quarter final. Instead, they now face a relegation semi final in a few weeks time.

Sophie Hennessy goalie and Roisín Ambrose (0-2) midfield  and Iris Kennelly sub from the Old Mill Club were member of the Limerick team that lost to Carlow 4-12 to 1-9 in the final round of the All-Ireland Ladies Junior Football Championship at Birr on Sunday, August 15. They played Wicklow in the semi final at Tang on Saturday, August 22. It ended Wicklow 1-12 to 0-4. All three local girls played, and Iris scored three points for Limerick.

Róisín Mann was a member of the Limerick team that lost to Armagh  1-16 to 3-8 in the quarter final of the All-Ireland Junior Camogie Championship at Kinnegad on Saturday, August 21.

Katie King Carrig Celtic was a member of the Desmond League team that defeated the Clare League 3-1 in the U-15 Gaynor Cup  Soccer  Trophy Final 2020 played at Askeaton on Saturday August 14.

The Limerick GAA Club draw will be  held on Saturday, August 28, 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 fifth prize each month is an exclusive  star prize. This month it is a two night bed and breakfast in the Corrib Room at Ashford Castle, table d’hôte in the George V dining room on one night, plus Corrib Cruise for two people abroad the Isle of Innisfree  based on two people sharing. 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 Ardagh Development Association and Saint Kieran’s GAA joint weekly lottery   draw took place on Monday, August 16. The numbers drawn were 2, 20, 21, and 28, and there was  no  winner of the €4,000 Jackpot.  Congratulations  to the five lucky dip winners who received €40 each: Bobby Woulfe, Ardagh, Pat Liston, Glenastar, Maureen Noonan, Ardagh, Mairead Ellis, (Online), Aonghus Gannon, (Online). Next Monday night’s jackpot will  be €4,100. 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, August 16. Congratulations to Seamus Mangan who won €129. 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 Mike Madigan Asumpna Park Newcastle West who won €585 in the West Limerick 102fm 50/50 draw, held on Friday, August 20. 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.

Sadly, Tom T. Hall and Don Everly singers and songwriters have passed on. Tom became known to fans as “The Storyteller”, thanks to his storytelling skills in his song writing. He was aged 85 and died at his home on Friday last. Harper Valley PTA was one of his best known songs. Phil Everly, who with his brother Don, made up the revered US rock and country duo has died aged 74. He passed away in the Los Angeles suburb of Burbank following complications. Bye Bye Love was one of their top songs.


Barnagh garden centre and park was officially opened by Gerry Daly on Friday, June 21, 1991, and  has recently reopened as Platform 22 along the Limerick Greenway. Kevin Crowley Ardagh opened a new Hardware Shop at 6 Market Place,  Newcastle West on Thursday, August 15 of the same year.  In 1992, Marie Woulfe, Ardagh was crowned Miss Limerick. The Rathkeale new 5 mile by-pass opened to the public on Wednesday, July 29. Commemorative Plaque unveiled at Ardagh Creamery on Saturday, September 19. The creamery was opened on September 17, 1891. Arra Veterinary in Newcastle West and Ailish Hair Craft Ardagh opened for business.