By Tom Aherne

A Go Fund Me page has been organized by Tom Hough, Carrigkerry in aid of Temple Street Hospital and  ICRR Air Ambulance. His son Orin was a patient there following an accident. He was airlifted to the hospital where he received wonderful care and is now on the road to recovery. The  link is hhps:// Please donate to two very worthy lifesaving services.

Confirmation will be held on Saturday, October 2, in St Mary’s Carrigkerry at 10.30am and in St Molua’s, Ardagh at 12.30pm. Best wishes to all involved.

Glenville native Francis O’Connor from Broadford is available to teach flute, tin whistle or fiddle via Zoom or Skype. All levels  catered for. For those interested he can be contacted on 087-6681152.

Ardagh  ICA are holding their annual Coffee Morning on behalf of Milford Hospice on Thursday, September 23 from 10am to 12 noon. The funds raised from this social event will assist in the services  provided by the Hospice in Limerick. Your continued support now and in the past is greatly appreciated. 

Saint Kieran’s  defeated  St Patrick’s 2-12 to 0-15 in Round 2 Group 2 of the County Junior A Hurling Championship at Croagh Gaelic Grounds on Sunday September 12.  The Gearoid Hegarty led City side had a great start shooting four unanswered points. Saints gradually whittled the lead down and a Johnny McCarthy goal saw the sides level 1-8 to 0-11 at half time. The introduction of Donie Nolan  at half time added power to the full forward line and St Kieran’s dominated the third quarter  scoring 1-4 to 0-, to lead by 2-12 to 0-12. They held on in the final quarter to record their first win in the six team group. TEAM: Tom McMahon, Diarmuid Mulcahy, Paudie McCarthy, Aaron Heffernan, Cathal McEnery, Brendan McCarthy, Jack Ben Harnett, Mossie Shine, Eoin McEnery 0-2, Cormac Mann, Sean Ryan, Mike Flynn 0-1, Ian Mackessy 1-6, Johnny McCarthy 1-3, Anthony Mullins. Sub Donie Nolan.

St Kieran’s defeated Garryspillane 2-16 to 2-10 in Round 3 Group 2 of the County Junior A Hurling Championship at Kilmallock on Saturday September 18. They led 1-10 to 1-6 at half time with Cormac Mann scoring their goal. A Johnny McCarthy goal helped them to a seven point lead by the second water break. They have to play Ahane and Monagea and are still in contention to finish in the top two teams to progress to the quarter finals. They are joint top with Kilteely/Dromkeen and Monagea with four points from a possible six. The meeting of St Kieran’s and Monagea will be crucial in deciding  who will go through. Team Anthony Molyneaux, Diarmuid Mulcahy, Paudie McCarthy, Aaron Heffernan, Cathal McEnery, Brendan McCarthy 0-1, Jack Ben Harnett, Mossie Shine, Eoin Mc Enery 0-4, Cormac Mann 1-1, Sean Ryan 0-2, Mike Flynn 0-1, Ian Mackessy 0-1, Johnny McCarthy 1-3, Anthony Mullins 0-1. Subs Donie Nolan, Darragh Treacy 0-1, Michael Murphy, James O’Connor, Billy Breen.

Saint Kieran’s defeated Mungret/St Pauls 4-7 to 0-3 in the County Under 17 Football l Championship in Mungret on Saturday, September 11. Saint Kieran’s lost to Na Piarsaigh 2-9 to 2-6 in the same competition at Coolcappa on Wednesday September 15. St Kieran’s defeated South Liberties 4-10 to 0-4 in the County Under 13 Hurling Championship. Saint Kieran’s meet Na Piarsaigh in the senior football relegation semi final at Croagh at 5pm, on Saturday September 25. In the County Under 21 Football Championship, they are paired with Father Casey’s, Na Piarsaigh and Monaleen. The top two qualify for the semi finals. The first matches are on the weekend of November 5.

Carrig Celtic with 9 players only  lost 8-0 away to Broadford United in their opening match in Group B of the Premier Division League Cup on Sunday September 12. Former player John Hayes scored two goals for Broadford on his home debut. Another former player Ray Brouder scored for Newcastle West Town. in their 6-5 win over Ballingarry A. Congratulations to Jessie Meade Kilcolman Rovers on her selection to the Under 13 Gaynor Cup team  panel.  Another local Katelynn Hayes is a coach with the Under 15 team.

Shirley O’Regan 102 FM presenter has been shortlisted for a number of Radio awards again this year. She won two awards last year for her Irish programme and for a history documentary. She presented the  90th edition of her weekly Irish programme “Gaeilge Bhriste” , on Sunday last. She has been shortlisted for an award for it, plus for one of her documentaries.  The awards will be announced in late October, and we wish her well.

Kilcolman National School are holding a clothes collection on Friday, September 24. Accepted will be used clothes, shoes, handbags, belts, curtains etc. Items can be dropped to the shelter in the school  from Friday, September 17. All support is greatly appreciated.

Cois Sionna Desmond Credit Union have announced their third level Bursary Award. It is worth €6,000, with €1,500 awarded each year for four years. Apply online at www, or call into your nearest office around west Limerick and pick up an application form. The closing date for entries is this Saturday, September 25.

The Desmond Complex Newcastle West has reopened on Tuesday’s and Thursdays from 11am. Contact them for details of services available. 

Local Link provide bus services around the West Limerick area. Contact them on 069-22311 for timetables.

Dromcollogher and District Respite Care Centre will reopen today Wednesday, September 22 to receive new residents. During lockdown major rebuilding and refitting work was carried out. The centre caters for short term care for individuals and their families in the West Limerick and North Cork area. Contact 063-83934 or 063-83922.

The Ardagh Development Association and Saint Kieran’s GAA joint weekly lottery draw took place on Monday, September 13.  The numbers drawn were 8,11,14 and 20 and there was  no  winner of the €4,400 Jackpot.  Congratulations  to the five lucky dip winners who received  €40 each:  Tom Corrigan Askeaton, c/o Padge, J J Cronin (Online), Brendan Duggan, Ardagh, Josie and Maggie, Glensharrold and  Joan Copse, Glensharrold. Next Monday night’s Jackpot will be €4,500. 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.

Congratulations to Maura O’Donovan Grange , who won €530 in the West Limerick 102fm 50/50 draw, held on Friday, September 17. 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  being broadcast at present with more on the way. The station can be contacted at 069-66200 if people have news of interest to the West Limerick area.