Ardpatrick is a small village located in the south of Limerick, Ireland. It lies at the foot of the north slopes of the Ballyhoura Mountains, on the edge of the Golden Vale. On the hill above the village is the site of a 5th-century monastery and round tower or cloictheach, now in ruins. Legend tells of a peal of 7 silver bells which once hung in the tower. The monastery was reputedly founded by St.Patrick himself and is surrounded by earthworks probably far more ancient. From the hill can be seen Castle Oliver, a 19th Century mansion built by the Oliver Gascoignes, an Anglo-Irish family. Its fine stained glass windows, which feature the life of St.Patrick, have recently been restored.
About an hour from both Cork and Shannon airports, the village comprises a small number of houses around the parish church. At the south end of the village is a memorial garden and tourist information. Each summer there is a 3 day Festival na Fianna. The Greenwood, just to the south of the village gives access to walking trails across thousands of acres of countryside.
CHURCH READERS The following are the readers at Masses this weekend Mary O’Sullivan at the 7pm on Saturday night and Joanne Sheehy at the 10amon Sunday morning.
BLACKROCK GAA NOTES There was no winner of the lotto jackpot, the numbers drawn were 3, 4, 16, and 25. The €40.00 lucky dip went to Denis Roche, Mitchelstown, promoter Breda Walsh. €20.00 went to Noreen Clancy, Effin, promoter Donie O’ Sullivan. €20.00 to Tony Roche, Ballyroe Upper, promoter Thomas Gleeson. €20.00 to Christopher and Dylan Walsh, Kilmallock, promoter Breda Walsh, €20.00 to Siobhan Hennessy, Corner House, promoter Neilus Hennessy. Next week the lotto is on Thursday night in The Greenwood Inn and will revert back to Wednesdays the following week, the jackpot is €12,500. Best of luck to all our patrons and many thanks to our promoters for their support every week.
FIXTURES Well done to the Junior B hurlers who beat Bruree in the first round of the championship 4-9 to 2-9. Please check the papers and Facebook for fixtures. Well done to the Limerick Senior hurlers comprehensively beating Carlow and best wishes on the next outing V Kilkenny next weekend and to Richie McCarthy and Jimmy Quilty Senior. Commiserations to the Limerick minors who were beaten by Galway and best wishes V Kilkenny next weekend, also best wishes to Jimmy Quilty Junior. The Limerick Senior camogie team play Waterford and best wishes to them including Katie Hennessy. Best wishes to all players from the locality involved with Limerick teams currently.
The sports events league table has completed several more sporting events since the last publication of results; Ann Hosford remains in the lead on a current score of 29, followed by Bernie Burke and Sarah Keating on 23 points and Mary O’Shaughnessy on 22, Christina Ensor is on 21 points followed by George Hosford and Richie Murphy on 20. Jim Griffin, the Goggin family, Mary O’Brien Ryan, Conor Cotter, Denis Coughlan, Ciara McCarthy, Ber O’Shaughnessy, and Liam Power are all on 19 points. If you would like to know your score at this stage please message the Facebook page and you will be privately messaged.
COMMUNITY MEETING The next community meeting to discuss the proposed purchase of 1 acre of land and a disused farm building adjacent to the primary school will be held this Friday, July 13th, at 8.30pm in the Community Hall. We would urge as many people as possible to attend, as the plans are starting to take shape and this is the opportunity for people to see what is being proposed, as well as to offer to help out in whatever way possible. Information will be provided on recent meetings held with the School Board of Management and the Parents Association, and also with the Planning Department from Limerick County Council. Information as regards insurance for the land will also be provided. It is hoped to establish a working group and a committee to lead the development, and also establish a finance sub-committee to look into ways to fund any proposed developments.
CARDS The weekly 45 continues at the Greenwood Inn every Thursday night at 9.15 pm, all are welcome.
The Ardpatrick Development Projects group was officially formed in Ardpatrick last night following a meeting in the Community Centre.
George Douglas opened the meeting and did a review of how a group of seven people from the community have been working in the background for the last 12 months to secure land close to the village. A 3/4 of an acre site next to the primary school, as well as a disused farm building, have been identified and prices have been agreed with the landowners.
George then outlined the feedback that the group have had recently from meetings they have held with the Ardpatrick Community Council, the School Board of Management and the Parents Association, as well as a meeting with the Pre-Planning Dept of Limerick City and County Council.
Having brought the project to this point, the group of people involved then felt that there needed to be an official group formed, with a mandate from the community to take the project forward.
With nominations thrown open to the floor, the following officers were elected:
Chairperson George Douglas, Vice Chairperson John Shanahan; Secretary Damien Lee, Assistant Secretary Mike Coughlan; Joint Treasurers Eamon O'Sullivan and Mary O'Sullivan; PRO Alan McCarthy.
Committee: Ed Douglas, Dave Quilty, Pa Collopy, John Downes, Fran Stone, Liz Power, Michelle Quilty and Pio McCarthy.
Anyone wishing to join the Committee is more than welcome, please come along to the next meeting or get in touch with any of the elected officers.