by Tom Aherne

FLAG FLOOR:  Over the past few months great entertainment has been enjoyed at the Flag Floor Rambling House Glensharrold Carrigkerry. People have attended from near and far and abroad to witness the mix of music, song, dance, storytelling, chat and hospitality.  Only a couple of more night’s remain before it ends this month. The sessions  continue each Tuesday from 9pm to 11.30pm,  Teas and treats are served, admission is € 5, and all are welcome, to enjoy the best of traditional entertainment.

REVIEW/PREVIEW NIGHT: St Kieran’s GAA Club are holding a review of the 2023 season and a preview of the 2024 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship at the Longcourt Hotel Newcastle West on Saturday January 20, 2024. A panel of guests will be announced shortly, and tickets will go on sale in late November.

GAELIC GAMES: St Kieran’s defeated Feohanagh by 1-10 to 0-12 in round 3 of the County Intermediate hurling championship at Newcastle West Gaelic Grounds on Sunday September 3. They trailed by 0-8 to 0-6 at half time after Feohanagh had a lot of possession but their shot selection  was off target. St Kieran’s gradually got on top and drew level only for Feohanagh to edge ahead again. A late goal in injury time gave the saint’s a second win in the group stage after three games. Team Cillian Ambrose, Diarmuid Mulcahy, Johnny Mc Carthy, Aaron Heffernan, Anthony Mullins, Brendan Mc Carthy, Cathal Mc Enery, Jack Ben Harnett 0-1,  Mossie Shine, Cormac Mann, Michael Murphy, Ian Mackessy 0-6, Sean Ryan, James Muckell 0-2, Eoin Mc Enery 0-1. Subs Anthony Molyneaux 1-0, Fionn Gleeson, Donie Nolan.

St Kieran’s lost to Granagh/Ballingarry by 0-20 to 0-11 in round 4 of the County Intermediate Hurling Championship at Newcastle West Gaelic Grounds on Saturday September 9. They trailed by 0-11 to 0-6 at half time. They play Knockainey in the final match of the group. Team Cillian Ambrose 0-1 Diarmuid Mulcahy, Johnny Mc Carthy, Aaron Heffernan, Anthony Mullins, Brendan Mc Carthy, Cathal Mc Enery, Jack Ben Harnett, Sean Ryan, Cormac Mann, Michael Murphy, Ian Mackessy 0-7, Mossie Shine,  James Muckell , Eoin Mc Enery 0-2. Subs Anthony Molyneaux, Fionn Gleeson, James O’Connor 0-1, Mikey Long.

Feohanagh defeated St Kieran’s by 3-10 to 0-8 in the West Junior B Hurling Championship Quarter final at Feenagh on Wednesday September 6. They trailed by 2-7 to 0-6 at half time. TEAM Liam Ward. Shay Greaney, Brian O’Neill, James Woulfe, William Steele, Darragh Mc Mahon, Edward Fitzgerald, Kevin Meade, Conor Woulfe, Lorcan Murphy, Billy Breen, Cathal O’Connor, Podge Balfe, Michael Steele, Shane Fitzgerald.

SOCCER NEWS: The Desmond junior men’s season  has commenced again with action in the League Cup. Creeves Celtic lost 1-0 at home to Broadford United in the Premier Division on Monday September 4. Carrig Celtic and Kilcolman Rovers (welcome back) had no fixtures.

SPLIT THE POT: Congratulations to Amy Hanrahan who won € 523 in the August, Creeves Celtic FC Split the Pot monthly draw held at the Thatch Newbridge on Friday September 1. Tickets to enter the draw are available from committee members, club managers, at Neary’s Ardagh,  Inver five crossroads Rathkeale and the  Thatch Newbridge. All support will be greatly appreciated.

LOTTERY DRAW: The Ardagh Development Association and Saint Kieran’s GAA joint weekly lottery   draw took place on Monday September 4. The numbers drawn were 8,9,14,22, and  there was  no  winner of the € 14,400 Jackpot. Congratulations  to the five lucky dip winners who received  € 40 each: John Dillane Ballinabearna, Sharon Carrig Coolcappa, Martina and Catherine c/o Catherine Noonan, Patrick Mullins Glenville Ardagh, , Peter Buston Coolcappa.  Next Monday night’s jackpot will  be € 14,500. 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.

RADIO DRAW: Congratulations to Peg Kiely, Knockfinisk, Athea,  who won € 300 in the West Limerick 102fm 50/50 draw, held on Friday September 8.The tickets cost € 2, or3 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.

RAMBLING HOUSE: A rambling house will be held at Ballyhahill Hall on Wednesday  September 13, at 8.30pm. All musicians, singers, storytellers and dancers are welcome to attend.  Ita’s Rambling House will take place in the Desmond Complex, Gortboy Newcastle West  on Friday September 15, at 7.30pm, (note earlier starting time). A night to celebrate Limerick’s All-Ireland hurling win with a focus on Limerick songs. The proceeds will go to a local charity. All support appreciated and a great night to look forward to.

QUIZ  NIGHT: Creeves Celtic soccer club are holding  a Quiz night on Friday September 15, at 9pm, at the Thatch Bar Newbridge. Hugh Keaveney  will be the MC and  prizes for the winning team will be awarded. € 10 per person, a raffle will be held, and all are welcome.

JOHN DOYLE: The All-Ireland  Football Master’s Spirit Cup Final (Tier 5)  between Limerick and Armagh is fixed for St Brigid’s Kiltoom, Co. Roscommon on Saturday September 16, at 2pm. Best wishes to John Doyle, from the St Kieran’s club and Limerick and hopefully they will bring home the silverware.

CLARES WISH: Doon Charity Clare’s Wish Foundation is celebrating its 10-year anniversary with a Red Hurley Spiritual Concert taking place on Saturday September 16, at Mount St Alphonsus Church Limerick. Guests Eugene McCarthy, Ciaran O’Connell Uileann Pipes, Soprano Lorraine Galvin, Backing singers Karen Black and Eileen Pringle. Tickets are on sale now from Church shop (061) 315 099  or  Clare’s Wish Foundation 061201674 [email protected]

LADIES FOOTBALL : Old Mill play St Ailbe’s in the quarter final of the  County Ladies Football Championship on Sunday September 17. Check for venue and time.

OSKAR FUNDRAISERS: A number of fundraising events will be held by the St Kieran’s GAA Club in the run up to the Oskar night in the Devon Inn on Saturday November 11.   The Field cast members will be holding a sponsored walk along the Ardagh Greenway from 10-30am on Sunday September 17. The Peaky Blinders members will be holding a pig race in Neary’s Bar Ardagh on Saturday September 23.

LISTOWEL RACES: The annual Listowel Race Week takes place from Sunday September 17to Saturday September 23. There will be lots of entertainment around the town as well for people to enjoy.

PLOUGHING CHAMPIONSHIPS: The National  Ploughing Championships takes place at Ratheniska, Co. Laois from Tuesday September 19, to Thursday September 21.

SET DANCE CLASSES:  With the loss of evening light set dancing classes have resumed in Monagea Parish Hall for the autumn and winter season. They take place on Tuesday from 8.30pm and Thursday nights from 9pm for beginners and advanced and all are welcome. They are very enjoyable nights with lots of exercise, laughs and friendships formed  in comfortable surroundings. For more information call 086-3510774. Classes by Timmy Woulfe are also being held in the Marian Hall Moyvane on Mondays at 8pm. Special attention for beginners during  the month of September. Set dancing classes will resume in Milford Hall on Wednesdays September 20, from 8pm to 9-30pm. € 6 per class and no partner needed. For further information call 087 7672084. Classes will return in Con Colbert Hall Athea  (Tuesday 3,)and Fr Casey’s Clubhouse Abbeyfeale (Wednesday 4,) in the first week of October.

CULTURE NIGHT: Culture Night 2023 will take place this year on Friday September 22. Culture Night is an annual public event in September that celebrates culture, creativity and the arts nationally. On Culture Night, arts and cultural organisations and venues open their doors later and free of charge, to allow for increased access to the public. Special and unique events will be specifically programmed at participating locations. Culture Night is always great fun and offers the perfect opportunity for us as a region to showcase the wealth of culture that Limerick has to offer. It is a night to celebrate the cultural, artistic and creative communities of our city and county by inviting existing and new audiences into our galleries, museums, workshops and studios. 742,000 people engaged with 1,700 Culture Night events in 2022. On Friday September 22, doors will open later, and special and unique events will be specifically programmed at participating locations and, thanks to the continued support of the Arts Council and Local Authorities across the island of Ireland, all activities will be available to the public free of charge. Limerick Culture Night is supported by the Arts Council in partnership with Limerick City and County Council. The details of the Limerick programme of events can be seen on social media outlets.

SCRAP METAL: St Kieran’s GAA club will be holding a scrap metal collection on Saturday September 23. In advance of that date the club have sourced a skip for people who may want to dispose of unwanted scrap metal.  If they wish to do so they can contact any officer of the club to finalise the arrangements.

SET CÉILÍ: A set  Céilí will be held in Lyreachrompane Resource Centre on Sunday September 24, from 3pm to 6pm. Music by Taylors Cross, and spot prizes galore. Admission € 10. All proceeds in aid of the Jack and Jill Foundation.