By Tom Aherne

Congratulations to St. Kieran’s who defeated Dromcollogher/Broadford by 0-14 to 1-6 in the County Limerick Junior A Hurling Championship Final played at Newcastle West Gaelic Grounds on Saturday, November 5. The day was dry, but ground conditions were heavy after weeks of rain and the match was low scoring plagued by inaccuracy with 27 wides, Drom/Broadford 15, and St. Kieran’s 12. The border team had the better of the first half and led by 1-4 to 0-3 at the break. It should have been more as they were the dominant team. St. Kieran’s bossed the second half and were ahead after 10 minutes and went on to win by five holding their opponents to just two points from frees. Their last success at this grade came 10 years ago and they now progress to the Munster Championship. A great way to celebrate the club’s 50th anniversary which started with winning the County Junior A Football Championship in 1972. Captain Ian Mackessy accepted the cup afterwards from Ger Corkery, County Board and the celebrations commenced.

TEAM: Cillian Ambrose 0-2, Diarmuid Mulcahy, Paudie McCarthy, Aaron Heffernan, Jack Ben Harnett,  Brendan McCarthy, Cathal McEnery, Cormac Mann, Mossie Shine, Sean Ryan, Darragh Treacy 0-1, James Muckell, Iam Mackessy 0-4, Eoin Mc Enery 0-2,  Johnny McCarthy 0-2. SUBS Anthony Molyneaux 0-2, Donie Nolan 0-1, Mike Flynn, Danny Collum, Michael Murphy. PANEL: Evan Donovan, Shay Greaney, Liam Kennedy, Anthony Mullins, James O’Connor, Edward Fitzgerald, Billy Breen, Padraig Balfe, Mikey Long, Mike Breen, Darragh McMahon, Brian O’Neill, Cathal O’Connor,  Conor Woulfe, William Steele. MANAGEMENT: John Fitzgerald, coach, Chris Madigan, Conor O’Mahony, Jason Mullins, Donal Balfe.

St. Kieran’s  were defeated by Shannon Gaels/Athea  3-13  2-14 after extra time, in the County Under 17 Football Division 2 Shield Final played at Mick Neville Park, Rathkeale on Saturday, November 5. It was level at full time St. Kieran’s 2-10 to 3-7. St. Kieran’s trailed all through during the extra time to lose by 2 points.  Team: Ben Cussen, Jack Flavin, Josh Daly, Mikey Kelly, Eoghan Sheehan, Oisin Ryan, Derry O’Connor, Fionn Gleeson, Sean Long, Cathal Daly, Con Enright, Jack O’Sullivan, Bryan Sheehan,  Oisin Cummane, Cormac Murphy, Scorers Bryan Sheehan 1-3, Oisin Cummane 1-3, Con Enright 0-2,  Jack O’Sullivan 0-1, Luke Corrigan  0-1. 

The Old Mill Ladies Football Club wish to thank all who helped out and supported their bucket collection in Newcastle West on Saturday, November 29. All the money collected will go towards the upkeep and running of the club.  Their AGM will be held in the club’s dressing room Old Mill on Thursday, November 24, at 8pm and new members are welcome. A clothes collection will be held on the weekend of Saturday December 3. Only clean clothes and no duvets. Clothes can be dropped to any committee member beforehand.

The Rosary is being recited on each Sunday of November in the three cemeteries in Newcastle West as follows: Famine Cemetery at 3pm, Calvary Cemetery 3.20pm, Churchtown Cemetery 3.40pm. The Rosary is being recited also in Reilig Mhuire, Askeaton at 3pm each Sunday.

Set Dancing classes with Fiona in the Hall Ballyhahill, commenced on  Monday November 7, The class runs from 8pm to 9.30pm, and looking forward to seeing beginners and  returning dancers.

The Ardagh Development Association and Saint Kieran’s GAA joint weekly lottery   draw took place on Monday, October 31. The numbers drawn were 10, 13, 21, 27, and  there was  no  winner of the €10,100 Jackpot. Congratulations  to the five lucky dip winners who received  €40 each: JAP c/o Denis Greaney, Maurice Hartnett, Ardagh, Tom Corrigan, Askeaton, Aonghus Gannon (Online), May Gallagher (Online). Next Monday night’s Jackpot will  be €10,200. 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 Ann Cronin, Newcastle West, who  won €215 in the West Limerick 102fm 50/50 draw, held on Friday November 4. The tickets cost €2 or 3 for €5 and they are available from volunteers, in local shops, (including Moloneys  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 dates and venues for this November Remembrance Masses are, St Kyran’s Church, Coolcappa on Thursday, November 10 at 7.30pm, St Molua’s Church, Ardagh on Friday, November 11 at 7.30pm. St Colman’s Church, Kilcolman on Friday, November 11 at 7.30pm. Those to be remembered in Ardagh are Kathleen Ryan, Pat Reidy, John Griffin, Maeve McCormack Nolan, James Byrnes, Mary O’Brien,  Paddy Molyneaux, Mary O’Dwyer, Patricia Dillon, Christy Moloney. Those to be remembered in Carrigkerry are Pat Collins, Pat Nally, Maurice (Moss) O’Connor,  John Doody, Danny Hartnett, Eileen O’Connor.

Rathkeale and District Historical Society will hold their next talk on Friday, November 11 at 8.30pm, in the Community Arts Centre New Line Rathkeale. The topic is Irish Gothic and Limerick, and the speaker is Dr. Christina Morin. Admission is free and all are welcome.

Newcastle West Community Centre will hold their next car boot sale  on Sunday, November 13 at 8am. Sellers can book a spot in advance by contacting 069-69584. Admission to the public is €2 and all are welcome.

The next  rambling house will be held at Ballyhahill Hall on Wednesday, November 16 at 8pm.  All musicians, singers’ dancers and storytellers are most welcome to attend. The last rambling house on October 19 was a great success with a big attendance present. A total of €2,000 was collected for the Palliative Care Team Newcastle West.

Ita McQuinn, Monagea Rambling House, is holding her next monthly rambling house on Friday, November 18, at the Desmond Complex, Newcastle West at 8pm. It is a new venue and a fine crowd attended there last month. All musicians, singers’ dancers and storytellers are most welcome to attend.

A  Fundraising   Céilí will be held at the Devon Inn Hotel to raise money and support Halla Ínse Bán, Templeglantine on Friday, November 18. All tickets sold are entered for a Door Hamper.  Music by Donie Nolan and  Taylor’s Cross Céilí Band, raffle prizes  and tea served. Admission is €10.

The Abha Bhán Players present ‘The Buds of Ballybunion’ in the parish hall Ballyhahill on Friday/ Saturday November 18/19 and Friday/Saturday November 25/26.  Curtain up at 7.30pm and admission is €10. Tickets can be booked at Paddy O’Rourke’s Shop, Ballyhahill.  Phone 069-82106.

Kilcolman Rovers soccer club will hold a fundraising quiz at Neary’s Bar, Ardagh on Saturday, November 19th. at 9.30pm sharp.  Table of 4 and spot prizes given out and support will be appreciated.

Noonan Christmas Lights will be switched on by a number of special guests on Sunday, November 20. Four local charities from West Limerick and North Kerry will benefit from the funds collected over the Christmas season.


The Newcastle West Musical Society presented the Sound of Music show  in the very comfortable Feohanagh/ Castlemahon Community Hall over six nights attracting large attendances each night. This was their first live show since the pandemic, and they responded by producing a top-class musical.  This was an amazing production by top class entertainers who had a captive audience from opening curtain to final encore. The movement on stage and the timing of dialogue highlighted the many hours of rehearsal that the cast participated in to bring it to such a high standard.  From the youngest member aged 5 years to the more mature members on stage the fast-moving show kept everyone in the audience fixated totally on the unfolding story, singing and music for 3 hours less the interval break. The society have staged several top class shows over the years and this was no exception and a little special following the break due to Covid. I really enjoyed my visit last Friday night as did all present, with many people attending on several nights.  A special mention for Tara Downes from Listowel who played Maria who was outstanding and kudos to all involved. Keep on climbing those mountains with all the talent that is available in the locality.