by Tom Aherne

Saint Kieran’s lost to Caherline  1-13 to 0-10 in the County Junior A Hurling Championship Final on Saturday November 13, at Fitzgerald Park, Kilmallock. A large crowd were in attendance to witness a very entertaining game, that proved just beyond the Saint’s reach. They trailed by three points early on and were one behind at the first water break. The second quarter proved fruitful, and they led by 0-7 to 0-6 at half time. Caherline enjoyed supremacy on resumption and pushed into a 0-12 to 0-8 at the second water break. Just a puck of a ball (three points) separated the teams entering  injury  time.

Caherline withstood the  late onslaught and snatched a goal to take the cup to East Limerick.  The winning margin of six points was not a true reflection of the play on a day when the breaks went east and Caherline were a little sharper. Defences were on top and Paudie McCarthy gave a class display at full back. It was a free taking shootout between Andrew Brennan of Caherline who scored ten points and Ian Mackessy who shot over seven.  The young players brought great drive and enthusiasm to the team this year and blended in well with the established  players. Well, done to the team who provided great entertainment for their faithful supporters all year.

TEAM: John Greaney, Diarmuid Mulcahy, Paudie McCarthy, Aaron Heffernan, Jack Ben Harnett, Brendan McCarthy, Cathal McEnery, Eoin McEnery, Ian Mackessy (Captain)0-7, Mike Flynn, Darragh Treacy, Cormac Mann,  Mossie Shine, Johnny McCarthy 0-2, Anthony Molyneaux. SUBS: Sean Ryan 0-1   Anthony Mullins, Michael Murphy. PANEL: Tom McMahon, James O’Connor, Billy Breen, Mike Breen, Edward Fitzgerald, Eoin Burke, Conor Woulfe, Patrick Liston. Kieran Copse, Padraig Balfe,  Donie Nolan, Kaelan O’Connor,  Danny Collum, William Steele. MANAGEMENT: Chris Madigan, Noel Hennessy,  Aidan O’Rahilly, Donal Balfe. Thanks to Aisling for match updates all year and all involved in the background. St Kieran’s GAA Club are holding their annual general meeting on Friday, November 19. Check What sap for time and venue update.

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

The Rosary will be recited in Reilig Mhuire at 3pm each Sunday (21, 28,)during the month of November and all associated with the cemetery are invited to come and pray for their departed family members.

The parish remembrance masses will be held in Saint Mary’s Church, Carrigkerry on Thursday, November 18, and  Saint Molua’s Church, Ardagh on Friday,  November 19, at 7.30pm. The Carrigkerry deceased members  to be remembered are  Paddy Falahee and Josephine Keane and the Ardagh members are Maura Collins, Tom Kennelly, Patrick O’Connor,  Sheila O’Regan,  Stephen Nolan,  Nora Ambrose,  Geraldine Liston and Denis Collins. Mass will be celebrated in St Kyran’s Church, Coolcappa on Wednesday, November 17, at 7.30pm and in St Colman’s Church, Kilcolman on Friday, November 19, at 7.30pm.

Sympathy is extended to the O’Connor family, Glenastar, Ardagh on the death of Ellen who was laid to rest in Ardagh Cemetery on Monday, November 8. Sympathy  to the Kirk family Reens, Ardagh, on the death of Charlie who was laid to rest in Kilscannell Cemetery on Tuesday, November 9. Sympathy to the relatives of Mattie Griffin, The Cottages Ardagh who was laid to rest in Ardagh Cemetery on Monday, November 15. May they rest in Peace.

Limerick Council has announced new opening hours for Gortnadroma Waste and Recycling Centre EIRCODE: V94XY04. It is open to the public on Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s from 9am to 3pm, but closed for lunch from 1pm to 1.30 pm.

Diarmuid O’Brien, Glin and Donal O’Sullivan, Carrigkerry  ‘Abroad in the Back Kitchen’ traditional Irish fiddle and flute music from West Limerick Album is receiving good exposure on the Radio since it was launched. I have heard tracks from the album being played on several radio stations including The Half Door programme on Galway Bay FM. Presenter Kevin Rohan played several tracks on his early Sunday morning programme on November  7 and praised it highly.

From Monday, November 15 it was the RTE Raidió na Gaeltachta  Album of the Week. Presenter Áine Hensey  played some of the tracks and offered listeners the chance  to get a free copy on her Monday programme. 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 and the feet tapping.

The Gnome on my Toe by Jacqui Geoghegan Mangan, (€9.99) is available at Giltinane’s Pharmacy, Rathkeale, Tony  Hayes Shop, Newcastle West, O’Mahony’s Bookshop, Limerick City, Woulfe’s Bookshop, Listowel and from herself. Contact her Facebook  page for all details.

Old Mill lost to Ballylanders 0-11 to 1-5 in the Ladies County Senior Football Championship semi-final at Fedamore on Sunday November 7. They trailed by 0-6 to 0-1 at half time. TEAM Sophie Hennessy, Meadbh Ambrose, Alva Quaid, Arianne Reidy, Emma Falahee, Roisín Mann, Aoife Danaher, Róisín Ambrose, Mai Kennelly, Kate Ambrose, Kiara Carroll, Gemma Barrett, Erin Hennessy, Ide Trant, Iris Kennelly. SUBS Paula Ahern, Kathleen Buckley, Sarah Condon. PANEL Danielle O’Donovan, Aoife Lee, Amy Colbert, Reba Kenny, Ali Rose Ambrose, Louise Drinnane, Niamh Sparling, Cathy Ambrose, Aoife Condon, Áine  Murphy, Ciara English, Eimear Kelly.

Congratulations to Sophie Hennessy Carrigkerry who received the club’s player of the year award 2020, plaque sponsored by Cowper’s Jewellers, Newcastle West. The club are holding their AGM on Thursday November 24, at 9pm, with more details to follow.

Carrig Celtic lost 8-0 at home to Newcastle West Town in the Premier Division of the Desmond League on Sunday, November 7. Creeves Celtic drew  2-2 away to St Ita’s in Division 1. In the Ladies  Division 1League Cup semi final Creeves Celtic defeated Newcastle West Town 3-1 at home with goals from Maureen Noonan, Laura O’Shaughnessy and Dymphna O’Brien.

Noonan’s Lights Templeglantine will be switched on by Limerick hurler Nickie Quaid on Sunday, November 21 at 4pm. Santa will attend as well as other sporting personalities.

The Ardagh Development Association and Saint Kieran’s GAA joint weekly lottery  draw took place on Monday, November 1.  The numbers drawn were 5, 19, 26 and 27, and there was  no  winner of the €5,200 Jackpot. Congratulations  to the five lucky dip winners who received  €40 each:  Ann Greed, Askeaton, Brendan Molyneaux, Askeaton, Maeve Enright, (Online) Philip Clifford, ( Online), Michael Curley. Next Monday night’s Jackpot will  be €5,300. 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 Seanie Madigan, Dromcollogher, who won €600 in the West Limerick 102fm 50/50 draw, held on Friday, November 12. 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.

The Trad Scene on West Limerick 102 Radio was one of the most popular shows since it came on air in 2005. Jacqueline O’Connor  Kilcolman was the first presenter who build up a wonderful rapport with listeners, with her warm personality and wide knowledge of traditional music and song shining through. When she moved location, she reluctantly had to depart the show, when the studio was not made available to her to pre-record her show. The programme continued with various presenters, and blocks of music without presenters.

Mike Barrett, a native of Rooskagh, Carrigkerry and Monagea,  is the new presenter whose first show was broadcast on Saturday November 13. Mike is a singer, set dancer and Bodhran player and will bring a wealth of knowledge to the role. Mike  comes from a musical family and is steeped in its traditions and  values. His late mother Nora was a talented dancer and singer, and sister Eileen Massey continues the tradition. Mike is a member of the West Limerick Singing Club and Carrigkerry Wren Group and a regular at the various traditional music singing and dancing  events around the locality.

Mike opened  the programme with  tracks from his Album of the Week  Abroad in the Back Kitchen, featuring Donal O’Sullivan and Diarmuid O’Brien. He featured music from Dan Brouder, Francis and Aine O’Connor, Natasha Sheehy and friends, Donie Nolan, Willie Larkin and songs from Con Warren, Donie Nolan, Donie Lyons, Jim Lyons, Philip Enright and lilting from Anita Bennis. We wish Mike well in his role as presenter and look forward to listening to it each Saturday from 6pm to 8pm.