By Tom Aherne

Diarmuid O’Brien, Glin and Donal O’Sullivan, Carrigkerry  ‘Abroad in the Back Kitchen’ traditional Irish fiddle and flute music from West Limerick Album was  launched  by Nicky McAuliffe in Hartnett’s Bar, Castleisland as part of the Patrick O’Keeffe festival on Sunday, October 24, to wide acclaim. ‘Abroad in the Back Kitchen’ is a saying Diarmuid often heard from his late great grandaunt, Mary O’Mahony, a kind and gentle soul. The Album contains 16 selections of  tunes and compositions from West Limerick musicians of the past, Martin Mulvihill, Ballygoughlin, Glin (fiddle), Paddy Taylor, Knocknaboola, Loughill (flute), Patrick “Patneen” Ahern, Glenagore, Athea, (fiddle), Moss Murphy, Meenoline North, Templeglantine, (fiddle), John Joe Harnett, Barnagh, (flute), Tom ‘The Yank’ Nolan, Ballyhahill (flute) and Con O’Connell,  Ballyhahill (fiddle).

The album contains selections of Polkas, Jigs, Hornpipes, Reels, slides, and set dance music. On track six  Donal plays two solo hornpipes and on track 12 Diarmuid plays a solo tune he composed himself for his two year old daughter Isla. People interested in traditional music will be familiar with the names of the tunes,  many which are called after well known musicians in the West Limerick area and beyond. The release of the album has come at a great time to lift the spirits after 19 months of no entertainment.  The Album  is on sale in shops in both musician’s own villages and throughout West Limerick. It will provide hours of enjoyment for  passionate  music listeners during the long winter nights. It would make an ideal gift for traditional music lovers, who like to hear the music flow.

Public prayers for the Holy Souls will be recited in Ardagh cemetery  on Sunday November 7, at 3pm and in Kilscannell cemetery at 3.40pm.

The following are the cemetery blessings and prayers during November  in the Coolcappa/Kilcolman parish: Kilcolman, Sunday, November 7, at 2pm, Kilbradern, Sunday, November 14, at 2pm, Coolcappa, Sunday, November 21, at 2pm, Clounagh Sunday November 28, at 2pm.

The  Go Fund Me page organised by Tom Hough, Carrigkerry, last September,  in aid of Temple Street Hospital and  ICRR Air Ambulance, is still ongoing and people can still contribute. The  link is hhps:// Please donate to two very worthy lifesaving services.

St Kieran’s defeated Ballybricken/Bohermore 2-12 to 0-14 in the County Junior A Hurling semi final at Fitzgerald Park, Kilmallock on Saturday, October 30. A great start sowed the seeds of victory as they led by 1-6 to 0-2 at the first water break. They led by 2-9 to 0-7 at half time and were 10 points up 2-12 to 0-8 at the second water break. The players began to tire in the final quarter and failed to add to their total as their opponents hit over six points in succession to make it nervous over the final minutes of added time. They play Caherline in the county final and well done to players and management.

TEAM: John Greaney, Diarmuid Mulcahy, Paudie McCarthy, Aaron Heffernan, Jack Ben Harnett, Brendan McCarthy, Cathal McEnery, Eoin McEnery 1-0, Ian Mackessy 0-4, Mike Flynn, Darragh Treacy, Cormac Mann,  Mossie Shine, Johnny Mc Carthy 1-2, Anthony Molyneaux 0-6. Subs Sean Ryan, James O’Connor,  Anthony Mullins, Michael Murphy.

St Kieran’s defeated Caherline 2-18 to 1-11 in the County Under 19 B Hurling semi final in Martinstown on Bank Holiday Monday, October 25. They led by 1-8 to 0-10 at half-time and took over in the second half to win well. TEAM: Tom McMahon, Conor Kelly, Jack Kiely, William Steele, Cathal McEnery,  Aaron Heffernan,  Shay Greaney,  Jamie Baynham, Cormac Mann, James Normoyle, Sean Ryan, Michael Long,  Conor Woulfe,  Jamie Keane, Conor Shanahan. Subs Dan Geraghty, Darragh McMahon, Cian Brennan, Robert Cremin.

Creeves Celtic defeated Newcastle West Town Reserves 2-1 in the Desmond  Division 1 Group B League on Sunday, October 24. Mike Shanahan plus an own goal were the scorers. Carrig Celtic gave Ballingarry a walkover in the Premier division Group B match.

The McCormack Kelly School of Dancing resumed  their classes in the Community Centre, Ardagh on Monday, November 1 at 5pm. The Carrigkerry class resumed in the Community Centre also on Monday at 7pm for step dancing and 8pm for Seán Nós . Text Mary on 085- 7485610 for more information.

Kilcolman National School are holding a clothes collection on Friday, November 5. Accepted will be used clothes, shoes, handbags, belts, curtains etc. Items can be dropped to the shelter in the school. All support is greatly appreciated.

St Kieran’s GAA Club are holding their annual clothes collection on Saturday/Sunday, November 6/7. All types of re wearable clothes, paired shoes, handbags, belts,  curtains, towels and bed linen accepted. No pillows, duvets, blankets or wet clothes. Items can be dropped off at Ardagh Community Centre and the club grounds at Coolcappa from 9am to 6pm, on both days.

Debra Ireland Kerry Challenge 2021 will take place from Friday, November 5 to Sunday, November 7, inclusive. This 75K three-day challenge helps raise funds to ease the pain of E.B. (Epidermolysis Bullosa) Eamon O’Kane, Pat Toomey, Mike Histon and Joe Carrig from the Shanagolden/ Creeves area will be taking part as they have done for many years up to the pandemic last year. All support will be appreciated  for this very worthy cause.

Communities across Limerick are being urged to donate gift-filled shoeboxes for children  affected by poverty  in Eastern Europe  and Africa this Christmas. The theme for this year’s appeal is ‘Make A Child Smile’ and aims to encourage people to think  about the single impact , joy and smiles that a shoebox brings to the child who receives it. All people have to do is find an empty shoebox, wrap it in Christmas paper and fill it with gifts  for a boy or a girl aged between 2 and 14, give online or attach a €4 donation and bring it to a local drop off point  before November 8. People can also build a box online by donating at www.

The next  Limerick GAA Club draw was held on Saturday, October 30, during the Limerick Live Sports Show from 10-11am. Congratulations to Paudie McCarthy from St Kieran’s who won €100. Two more draws remain this year and the top prizes each month are 1st prize €10,000, 2nd prize €3,000, 3rd prize €2,000, 4th prize €1,000. The fifth prize each month is an exclusive  star prize, and for November it is a Smyth’s Toy Shop voucher for €500. There are  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 next Census population will be held on April 3, 2022.The Central Statistics Office are currently recruiting people to fill the various roles required. Further information can be sourced on

The Ardagh Development Association and Saint Kieran’s GAA joint weekly lottery  draw took place on Monday, October 25. The numbers drawn were 4, 21, 25 and 29, and there was no winner of the €5,000 Jackpot. Congratulations  to the five lucky dip winners who received  €40 each:  John Dillane (Online), Alva Quaid (Online), Michael Liston, Glenastar, Ardagh, Brendan Madigan c/o Madigan’s, Maurice Harnett, Ardagh. Next Monday night’s jackpot will  be €5,100. 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.

Congratulations to Sean O’Sullivan, Skehanagh, Ardagh , who won €520 in the West Limerick 102fm 50/50 draw, held on Friday, October 29. 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.