By Tom Aherne

Congratulations and best wishes in the future to Sarah Reidy, daughter of Margaret and the late Pat, Ardvone, Ardagh and Brian Sheehy, son of Margaret and Dick, Hillside Drive, Athea who were married in St Molua’s Church, Ardagh on Saturday, June 4. The celebrant was Fr. Chris O’Donnell, and the reception was held in the Devon Inn Hotel Templeglantine.

Limerick City and County Council have a schedule of work drawn up for the approach road through the traffic lights at Ardagh village. The proposed works will include the provision of footpaths, public lighting and positive drainage as required along R521 on either side of the traffic lights. Accommodation works including structural walls may be required as the land is much lower than the road on the Newcastle West side of the traffic lights. This proposal is to provide enhanced safety features on this road for residents within  the 50lk speed limit.

Congratulations to all the local successful competitors at Fleadh Cheoil Luimnigh hosted by the Athea branch over the June Weekend. They progress to the Munster finals which will be held in Newcastle West in mid July. It was a great weekend of entertainment and well done to all the people involved in its successful staging.

Congratulations to Darragh McCormack, Ardagh and crew members  on Stouche  Mary McCormack, Breda Magner, Anna Lowes, and Oísín Finucane winners of the O’Brien Cup and race around Foynes Island  on Commodores Day at Foynes Yacht Club.

St Kieran’s defeated Galbally 5-8 to 2-5 in the County Senior Football League semi final at Ballyagran on Saturday June 11. They led by 3-3 to 0-3 at half time. TEAM Ian Mackessy, Michael Shanahan, Johnny McCarthy, Mossie Shine, Anthony Mullins, Diarmuid Mulcahy,  Brendan McCarthy, John Hayes, Liam Kennedy 1-1, Jack Ben Harnett, Dylan Moloney 3-4, Sean Ryan 0-1, Kevin Meade, Anthony Molyneaux 0-1, Adam Lacey 1-1.  Subs: James O’Connor, Michael Murphy.

St Kieran’s defeated Ballysteen on penalties  after extra time to progress to the West Junior Football League final at Ballyhahill on Wednesday, June 8. The game finished level  after normal time 2-9 to Ballysteen’s 1-12. TEAM: Ray Noonan, Michael Murphy, Cillian Heffernan, Daniel Geraghty,  Michael Upton,  Anthony Mullins,  Sean Ryan,  James O’Connor, Mike Flynn, Brian Crowley, Anthony Molyneaux, Liam Upton,  Conor Woulfe,  John Doyle, Pa  Sullivan, Michael Steele, Brian O’Neill, Noel Kelly, Kevin Crowley,  John O’Connor.

Fionn Gleeson from the St Kieran’s club was a member of the Limerick Sarsfield’s team that were defeated by North Cork 4-16 to 2-12 in the Celtic Challenge All Ireland Corn John Scott final at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick on Saturday, June 4.

Congratulations to James O’Connor, who won €542 in the ninth Creeves Celtic FC Split the Pot monthly draw held  recently .Tickets to enter the draw are available from committee members, club managers, 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, June 6. The numbers drawn were 2, 6, 12, 24, and there was  no  winner of the €8,000 Jackpot. Congratulations to the five lucky dip winners who received  €40 each: Mike Liston, Glenastar c/o Greaney’s, Mikey Breen, (Online),  Theresa Kelly, Cross Ardagh c/o Greaney’s,  Richard Dineen, c/o Nora Dineen, Frank Moore (Online). Next Monday night’s jackpot will  be €8,100. 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 Pádraig Leahy, Listowel, who won €450, in the West Limerick 102fm 50/50 draw, held on Friday, June 10. 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.

The next  rambling house will be held at Pats Rambling House, Newbridge on Friday, June 17, at 9.30pm.  All musicians, singers’ dancers and storytellers are most welcome to attend.

Fr Michael Noonan Parish Priest of Ardagh/Carrigkerry will celebrate the Golden Jubilee Anniversary of his ordination by 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.

Askeaton Touring Club will hold a charity walk/run/cycle in aid of the Butterfly Club Rathkeale on Saturday June 18, from 8-30am to 2-30pm. People can cycle the 80km from Rathkeale to Abbeyfeale along the Greenway or do a 10km walk/run from Rathkeale along the Greenway for 5km and return to Rathkeale. The cycle starts at 9am and refreshments will be available in Abbeyfeale. The walk/ run commences from 9.15 and refreshments will be provided on the Greenway. The Butterfly Club caters for children from 3 years upwards with special needs and respite for parents and guardians. Volunteers are also needed, and support will be appreciated. To register or to make a donation online see

The annual Robertstown  Graveyard Mass will be celebrated  on Sunday, June 19. at 2.30pm. 

The Old Mill ladies football club are holding a clothes collection over the weekend of Saturday June 25. All support will be appreciated for this fundraiser.

Patrons will be delighted to hear that the Rathfredagh Cheshire Home Garden Fete will be held on Sunday, July 3, after a three year break due to Covid. The friends of Rathfredagh have announced the following: From today, you can bring in non-electrical goods for the Bric-a-Brac, books, clothes, shoes, handbags, etc. Please only clothes and goods that are undamaged and in good repair. No broken items, please. Goods can be dropped off at Rathfredagh’s reception, preferably on weekdays during office hours. Raffle tickets will be sold over the next weeks at different shops by volunteers. Thank you all for supporting Rathfredagh and looking forward to seeing you on the day. Like every year, there will be an entrance fee (€5) for adults and children over 12

Ardagh and District Fundraising Society presents a Mock Wedding Party on Saturday  July 9 at Rathkeale House Hotel commencing at 5pm. The dinner will be served at 6.30pm sharp and an auction and a raffle will be held during the night. Live music by Different Sounds and DJ Sean Carrig. The admission is by ticket only and they are available to purchase at Neary’s Bar, Ardagh, costing €25 each. For more details and to order tickets please call the following: Liz Crowley 085 7493618, Paul Moriarty 085-7103557, Susan Moriarty 087-9485994, Paul Ahern 087-9509775, Trisha Derwin 085-7127484. A great night’s entertainment is anticipated, and all support will be appreciated,  and the proceeds will go to the Butterfly Club and Community Crisis Response.

This summer’s Cemetery Masses will be celebrated as follows:  Kilbradern Cemetery, Sunday, July 10, at 12 noon, Kilcolman Cemetery, Sunday, July 10, at 2pm, Coolcappa Cemetery, Sunday, July 24, at 7pm, Clounagh Cemetery, Reens, Sunday, July 31, at 7pm.

Limerick GAA in association with Adams of Glin Peugeot Dealer have launched a new fundraising drive with an electric Peugeot e-2008 Allure  up for grabs. Tickets are currently on sale online at at €20 each. The deadline is midnight August 26, and the winner will be announced on Friday, September 2. All the proceeds from the draw will be reinvested in county hurling and football teams  representing Limerick  from minor grade up to senior grade.

A very popular programme Around The Fireside on C103 Radio on Monday, May 30, aired for the final time after 32 years. Jimmy Reidy was the presenter and it started in Freemount Heritage Centre in 1990. People came from all parts of Ireland to participate in the very popular pre-recorded programme including our own Ardagh/Carrigkerry  parish. It was a mix of chat about many subjects with music and song  and it was broadcast from 9-50 to 11pm. When Covid arrived Jimmy picked past programmes from the archives which was much appreciated during the lockdown. The programme will be sadly missed by its huge listenership, especially the elderly and those living alone around the rural locality. Thanks to Jimmy, Peggy and his team for the lovely entertainment, sadly the door closes on another popular radio programme. Jimmy also presented a weekly Saturday show from 12 noon to 2pm which also ended due to the pandemic and never returned.

Saint Kieran’s Heritage Association News

Fr Michael Noonan Parish Priest of Ardagh/Carrigkerry will celebrate the Golden Jubilee Anniversary of his ordination by 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. He was Ordained  in the Church of Our Lady Queen of Peace , Janesboro on the 18th of June 1972. He also served in the following parishes : Holiday Assignment to Killeedy for the months of July and August 1972. September 1972. Appointed Curate in St. Michael’s/St. Joseph’s Parish. September 1973 (After the Parish was divided) Curate in St. Joseph’s.  February 1978   Chaplain to the Regional Hospital and  Curate in St. Paul’s. December 1983 Curate in Foynes/Shanagolden/Robertstown. September 1994 Parish Priest of Cappagh. September 1998 Parish Priest of Raheen/Mungret/Crecora. September 2016 Parish Priest of Ardagh-Carrigkerry to the present day. The Saint Kieran’s Heritage Association members would like to congratulate Fr Michael on reaching this milestone in his ministry and wish him continued health and happiness in the parish.