By Tom Aherne

Carrigkerry Grotto has been greatly admired by locals and passing  motorists over the years. It was erected to mark the Millennium and in recent times stonework has been built up and put in place there. Flower beds have been planted and  seating has been created and timber placed on the top of the stone. The work has been carried out by members of the CE Scheme and the wooden seats were crafted  by PJ.

Applications are invited from interested parties to provide a beverage and snack  unit/kiosk at the West Limerick Greenway at the Railway site at Ardagh  from July. It is part of the ongoing development plans along the 40k route. To date the 19th century Station House has been restored and a car park developed. The unit/kiosk will be the first to be put in place for locals and users of the Greenway. An application form is available by emailing [email protected] For more information please contact Roisín Ross, Staff Officer, Tourism Department at [email protected] The deadline date for receiving the completed  application form by email is Friday, June 10 at 4pm.

Housing or the lack of it has been a hot topic in recent times, as rents rise and people find it difficult to acquire a home. The price of houses has been climbing in recent times as Covid recedes, and normality returns. At present there are a number of houses for sale around the locality. They are mainly  in rural areas and in different stages of habitation. At the prices being asked they are good value for money at present as renting is moving beyond peoples means.

St Kieran’s defeated Ballysteen after extra time by 0-15 to 2-8 in the West Senior Football Championship at Ballyhahill on Tuesday, May 24. Team Ian Mackessy, Michael Shanahan, Johnny McCarthy,  Sean Ryan, Anthony Mullins, Diarmuid Mulcahy, Brendan McCarthy,  John Hayes, Liam Kennedy, Jack Harnett, Dylan Moloney, Kevin Meade, Seamus Mangan, Adam Lacey, Anthony Molyneaux. Darragh Treacy from the St Kieran’s club lined out at centre field for Limerick in Killarney on Saturday last May 28. Kerry defeated Limerick by 1-28 to 0-8 in the Munster Senior Football Championship Final.

In Division 1 of the Desmond League Creeves Celtic defeated Shannonside 2-1 at home on Sunday May 22. Andrew White and Ray Cahill scored their goals. In Division 1 of the Desmond  Ladies League Creeves Celtic drew 0-0 at home to Breska Rovers B. In the quarter final of the Desmond  Ladies League Kilcolman Rovers lost 3-0 at home to Newcastle West Town.  Jean O’Kane Creeves Celtic and Chloe O’Connor Kilcolman Rovers were part of the Desmond League squad that defeated West Cork 2-0 in the Munster Under 12 Girls Plate Final played at Mastergeha F C Grounds in Killarney on Saturday, May 21. Jessica Meade Kilcolman Rovers was a member of the Desmond League squad that lost to Cork in the Munster Under 13 Girls Inter League Cup Final played at the same venue.

The Limerick GAA Club draw results for May was announced on Limerick Live 95fm on Saturday, May 28. The St Kieran’s club had no winner this month. The entry fee is €10 per month or €70 for the remaining seven draws  and €21,000 will be given out in prize money each month. The first prize is €10,000, 2nd prize €3,000, 3rd prize €2,000, 4th prize €1,000, 5th prize is an exclusive star prize, and 4  prizes of €500, four prizes €250, and 17 prizes of €100. To join contact the local St Kieran’s club members in person, or online through the Club force App with direct options available. The club will receive 50% of all membership received which is vital for the running of it over the year.

The Ardagh Development Association and Saint Kieran’s GAA joint weekly lottery draw took place on Monday, May 23. The numbers drawn were 1,10,26,30, and  there was  no  winner of the €7,800 Jackpot. Congratulations  to the five lucky dip winners who received  €40 each:  Peg O’Connor, Commons, Ardagh, (Online), Ivan Neary, Ardagh, (Online), Nancy Barrett, Glenastar, c/o Moloney’s, Theresa Downey, Lisgordan, Ardagh, Tanya Saharova Ballyhahill, (Online). Next Monday night’s jackpot will  be €7,900. 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 Nora Dineen, Ardagh  who won €435, in the West Limerick 102fm 50/50 draw, held on Friday, May 27. 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.

Neary’s Bar Ardagh had a recent  visit from the Pub Spy team to inspect the quality of the drink and service and  their premises. They  were happy with what they encountered and gave a score of 3 pints  from  the score of 5 pints on offer.

After a three year break the County Fleadh Cheoil is returning and  will be held in Athea. It will take place over the June Bank Holiday weekend from Wednesday 1 to Monday 6. The Fleadh Competitions will be held on the Saturday and Sunday and best wishes to all the local entrants. A full programme of events to cater for all tastes has been put in place. On Wednesday 1, a storytelling night will be held at the Top of the Town from 8pm. On Thursday 2, a singing night takes place at the Top of the town  from 8pm. On Friday 3, the official opening will take place in the Square followed by a Wrenboy Exhibition. On Saturday  4, a concert featuring Fuinneamh will take place in Con Colbert Hall at 8pm. On Sunday 5,  Céilí with Donie Nolan in Con Colbert Hall at 9pm. On Monday 6, the event will conclude with informal sessions around the village. A great week of entertainment is promised. The Munster finals will be held in Newcastle West from Wednesday, July 13, to Saturday, July 16. The All Ireland will be held in Mullingar in August.

A special Mass for all exam students, parents, guardians, relatives and friends will be celebrated in St Molua’s Church Ardagh on Monday June 6 at 7-30pm.

The next  rambling house will be held in  Ballyhahill Hall on Wednesday June 8  at 8pm.  All musicians, singers’ dancers and storytellers are most welcome to attend.

The Hospice Sunflower collection returns following the break for Covid on Friday, June 10 and Saturday, June 11. Volunteers will be selling the Sunflower merchandise on the streets to raise funds for the hospice and home care services. People can also donate a sunflower in memory of others online  at www. togetherforhospice.ie/sunflowerdays

The Old Mill ladies football club are holding a sponsored walk on the Greenway on Sunday June 12 at 10am. The club are also holding  a clothes collection over the weekend of Saturday June 25. All support will be appreciated.

Fr Michael Noonan Parish Priest of Ardagh/Carrigkerry will celebrate the Golden Jubilee Anniversary of his ordination by a celebration Mass  in St. Molua’s Church, Ardagh at 7.30pm on Friday, June 17. After Mass the celebrations will continue in Ardagh Community Hall and caterers will provide sandwiches and savoury bites. People wishing to donate homemade baked goods for the night, are asked to contact Pauline in the parish office by Wednesday June 15.