By Tom Aherne

The Month’s Mind Mass for Moss O’Connor, Carrigkerry will be held in St Mary’s Church, Carrigkerry on Saturday, July 16, at 6.30pm. The Month’s Mind Mass for Donie Kiely Lisgordan, Ardagh will be held in St Colman’s Church, Kilcolman on Saturday July 16, at 7.30pm.

Moore’s Bar the landmark public house in Carrigkerry is up for sale at present. Following the closure of the other two it has served the area well for the last 15 years. It is one of many around the country that has seen a decline in footfall and revenue over the years, due to many diverse changes. Hopefully a solution can be found, and it will remain trading.

Sahaja Budzilla from Glensharrold, Carrigkerry is one of three artists who will have their work exhibited in the upstairs foyer of King John’s Castle, Limerick until August 31. Eric O’Neill and Maighread Tobin will also display their work there. Limerick City and County Council took over the running of the Castle earlier this year. Artist Maighread Tobin, displays Lily, stainless steel and limestone. Artist Sahaja Budzilla displays Mosher Smash Dagga, discarded tools and metal Ritual Staffs, discarded tools and metal. Artist Eric O’Neill, displays, obedience, forged steel and copper, finished with wax.This wonderful venue and tourist attraction  has vast potential if properly utilised.

Congratulations to Tara Doyle, Carrigkerry who was the winner (€500) of the St Kieran’s GAA club scratch card lucky first goal (exact time of the first goal scored) fundraiser for the Limerick V Galway All Ireland senior hurling semi-final on Sunday, July 3. All funds raised from the fundraiser  will go towards the St. Kieran’s Club Development Plan. The club would like to thank all who supported the fundraiser.

The Friends of St. Ita’s Community Hospital wish to thank the collectors and everyone who contributed so generously to their recent  church gate collection in Kilcolman. The amount collected was €180 which will go towards the ongoing works which will benefit patients in the future.

St Kieran’s defeated Ballylanders  by 2-9 to 2-8 in Round 2 of  Group 2 of the County  Limerick Senior Football Championship  at Ballyagran on Saturday, July 9. They trailed for the majority of the match and were 2-7 to 1-4 behind shortly after half time.  A Liam Kennedy goal brought them back into it and  John Hayes kicked the winning  point from a free in injury time. TEAM: Ian Mackessy, Mossie Shine, Johnny McCarthy, Mike Shanahan, Sean Ryan 0-1,  Diarmuid Mulcahy, Brendan McCarthy (Captain), John Hayes 0-5,  Darragh Treacy, Jack Ben Harnett, Liam Kennedy 1-1,  Kevin Meade,  Dylan Moloney,  Anthony Molyneaux 1-2, Seamus Mangan. Subs Shane Fitzgerald, Anthony Mullins, Aaron Heffernan, Cormac Mann.

St Kieran’s defeated Newcastle West by 2-24 to 3-10 in Round 1 of Division 2B of the County Under 17 hurling championship at Coolcappa on Wednesday, July 6. They led by 2-12 to 1-8 at half time. Congratulations to Donal Dineen and Cormac Downey who took part and won in the M Donnelly Interprovincial Wheelchair Hurling in UL. Darren is a member of the senior panel and Cormac is the captain of the junior team. Congratulations also to Catherine Downey who is a coach with the junior panel.

The Ardagh Development Association and Saint Kieran’s GAA joint weekly lottery draw took place on Monday, July 4. The numbers drawn were 8, 10, 13, 24, and there was  no  winner of the €8,400 Jackpot. Congratulations  to the five lucky dip winners who received  €40 each: Richard Ambrose, Dunganville (Online), Pa Wilmott, c/o Denis Greaney, Mary Bennett, Ardagh, Maeve Enright, Kilcorney, Mallow (Online), Hannie O’Connor, Glensharrold c/o Josie. Next Monday night’s jackpot will be €8,500. 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.

The North Kerry-West Limerick Smart Villages Stronger Communities project aims to empower local communities in shaping a smart and sustainable future for the region. The organisers are holding drop-in clinics to discuss and gather the views of the residents. This Wednesday, July 13,  a meeting will be held at Ardagh Community Centre from 6pm to 8pm, for locals to get involved in the discussion.

Kilcolman Rovers soccer club will hold their AGM in the dressing room of the parish field Ardagh on Wednesday, July 13, at 8.15pm, and all are welcome to attend.

Fleadh Cheoil Na Mumhan 2022 is taking place  in Newcastle West from Sunday July 10, to Saturday July 16. In last week’s notes we mentioned some of the events taking place up to Thursday July 7. On Friday morning from 10am the music and singing competitions are taking place in the Desmond College and Gaelscoil O’Doghair, The famed Newcastle West Pipe Band will be performing in the Square from 6.45pm. A Wrenboy exhibition takes place in the Gig Rig, Desmond Castle at 7.30pm. Deirdre Scanlon, the noted Monagea singer, will hold a singing session in the Silver Dollar from 9.30pm. At the same time a Céilí to the music of Donie Nolan takes place in the Longcourt Hotel.

Saturday July 16. is the final day and the music and singing competitions continue from 10am and a Farmers Market will be held in the Square from 11am. A street entertainment competition (enter via Facebook) will be taking place from 2pm. From 6pm the Senior Céilí Band Competition will be decided from 6pm.  The final event an open-air concert  with local entertainers will commence at 7pm in the Gig Rig, Desmond Castle.  A very enjoyable time is anticipated, and local support will be appreciated.

The Newcastle West Parkrun takes place in the Demesne every Saturday  at 9.30am. It is a free timed 5k run, jog, or walk. It is a great way to improve your physical activity amongst a friendly group and all are welcome.

Next Sunday July 17, is All Ireland hurling day for Limerick and Kilkenny. Limerick are seeking a three in a row of titles against the black and amber and roll of honour leaders from the banks of the River Nore. It promises to be a very exciting and physical encounter with both managers amongst the best in the business.  A lot of supporters from the locality will be attending and safe driving to all and best wishes to all involved with the Limerick team and hopefully  a hat trick of titles to celebrate.