By Tom Aherne

The First Holy Communion ceremony will be celebrated on Saturday, May 14, in St Mary’s Church, Carrigkerry and St Kyran’s Church, Coolcappa at 11am and in St Colman’s Church, Kilcolman at 1pm. Best wishes to all involved and congratulations to the Ardagh school pupils who received theirs in St Molua’s Church on Saturday, May 7.

A memorial evening to honour and remember the passing of community members was held at Old Mill crossroads on Friday, April 29. A memorial tree and two seats were unveiled and over 100 people were in attendance. Tommy Danaher planted the memorial tree. The late Liam and Maura Sheahan and Davie Upton were the first people to be remembered on the seats. Timmy O’Donoghue was MC, and all involved in holding the evening were thanked.

Congratulations to Iris Kennelly, Ardagh and representing  Old Mill ladies football club, who was awarded the Croke Park LGFA Player of the Month award for March 2022. Iris has  enjoyed a great season to date with Limerick and her college TUS Midwest. A free scoring forward Iris is also a top-class camogie player with Newcastle West and Limerick. Congratulations also to Old Mill club players Kate Foley, Caoimhe Byrne and Méabh Kelly who were involved with Limerick who defeated Waterford the Munster Under 16 C title in Mallow on Saturday, April 30.

Congratulations and best wishes in the future to  former St Kieran’s footballer Stephen Murphy, Glenastar Ardagh who recently  celebrated his 70th birthday. Casting our minds back 50 years ago on his 20th birthday, Carrigkerry defeated Glin  in the West Under 21 football final by 2-4 to 0-2 at Askeaton on Sunday, April 30, with Pat Lane, Foynes the referee. The team was Mike O’Connor, Chris O’Connor, Donie Enright, Jim Neville,  Patsy Nolan, John Windle, Stephen Murphy, Tim Crowley, Tommy Upton, Tommy Greaney 0-4, Jim Burke 2-0, Paddy O’Sullivan, Denis Greaney,  Pa O’Connor, Patrick Donovan. Sub: Con Cremin.  

Congratulations to Noel White who won €554 in the eight Creeves Celtic FC Split the Pot monthly draw held  recently. Tickets to enter the draw are available from committee members,  at Neary’s, Ardagh, Thatch, Newbridge and Hanley’s, Creeves. All support will be greatly appreciated.

The Ardagh Development Association and Saint Kieran’s GAA joint weekly lottery draw took place on Monday, May 2. The numbers drawn were 4,21,27,29, and  there was  no  winner of the €7,500 Jackpot. Congratulations to the five lucky dip winners who received €40 each:  Robert O’Mahony, Kilrodane, Ardagh, (Online), Luke and Nana, c/o Mackessy’s, Mickey Molyneaux c/o Moira, Paddy Bridgeman Ardagh, and Owen O’Brien Coolanoran (Online). Next Monday night’s jackpot will  be €7,600. 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 Mai Wall, who won €430, in the West Limerick 102fm 50/50 draw, held on Friday, May 6. 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. The station can be contacted at 069-66200 if people have news of interest to the West Limerick area.

St Kieran’s  Intermediate Rounder’s team were defeated by Glynn Barntown in Wexford on the May Bank Holiday Monday in their opening  championship match. The members included Emma Galvin, Majella O’Connor, Siobhán Halligan,  Chris Mulcahy,  Fiona Leahy,  Paula McCormack, Mareta Mullane,  Stephanie Downes,  Lorraine Flavin,  Michelle Herbert,  Deirdre Ambrose and trainer Michael Sheahan.

Creeves Celtic defeated Feenagh 3-0 away in the Riedy Cup quarter final on Sunday, May 1. They will meet Newcastle West Town Reserves in the final. In Division 1 of the Desmond Ladies League Creeves Celtic lost 7-1 away to Newcastle West Town.

The Queen of the May concert will take place in St Joseph’s Church, O’Connell Avenue, Limerick at 8pm on Thursday May 12.  A talented line up of artists will be performing with West Limerick represented by musician Anne Phelan, singers Tony Doyle and Theresa Doyle McMahon. The tickets cost €15 and are available from St Joseph’s Presbytery ( 061-313401) and at the door on the night. The proceeds are in aid of the church restoration fund and all support is welcome.

The next  Pat’s rambling house will be held at Newbridge on Friday, May 13 at 8pm.  All musicians, singers’ dancers and storytellers are most welcome to attend.

The Newcastle West Film Club  present ‘Limbo’ on Friday, May 13, at 8pm sharp in the Desmond Complex, Newcastle West  and refreshments will be available. It is a British comedy drama about four asylum seekers who are staying on a remote island in Scotland. The committee are looking forward to welcoming more patrons to the very comfortable venue to experience a live show experience and an  enjoyable night is guaranteed.

The Debra Ireland Kerry Challenge 2022 returns on May 20, 21, and 22. Eamon O’Kane, Pat Toomey, Mike Histon and Joe Carrig will again be participating in the 3 day 75 K Hike in the Dingle Peninsula. They will be raising funds to ease the suffering of children suffering from E.B. or Butterfly Disease. All donations will be appreciated by the quartet.

The Old Mill ladies football club are holding the following fundraisers in the coming months: The annual Coffee Morning hosted by Ciara Mann and Sheila Lee will be held on Friday, May 27, from 9am to 1pm in Ardagh Community Hall. A sponsored walk on the Greenway on Sunday, June 12 at 10am and a clothes collection will be held over the weekend of Saturday, June 25.

The Rathkeale Community Council is relocating its Failte Ireland Tourist Point to the Palatine Museum at the start of the Limerick Greenway from Monday, May 9. Its friendly staff will be available from 10 am to 2 pm Mondays through Thursdays and from 10 am to 1:30 pm on Fridays.

A campaign is underway to save the Classic Cinema in Listowel which closed its doors last January. The cinema had been in operation for 70 years, first as the Astor Cinema from 1949 to 1985, then the Gleeson family took it over until January 2022 when the doors closed for the last time. It was a big social outlet for the people  in the West Limerick and North Kerry area, who frequented it for their entertainment enjoyment.  A ‘Save Our Cinema’ group has been set up to keep the cinema in the community. They are looking for support from all sections  far and wide and have the backing of a number of politicians. They are seeking donations and people can contact them at [email protected]