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 Shannon McMullan at the 7pm on Saturday night and Hannah Goggin at the 10am on Sunday morning.
BLACKROCK GAA NOTES There was no winner of the lotto jackpot, the numbers drawn were 1, 8, 28, and 29. The €40.00 lucky dip went to Ann Bulfin, St. Ann’s Tce, promoter Donie O Sullivan. €20.00 went to Noel Kelly, Galbally, promoter Healy’s Bar. €20.00 to Patrick O’Sullivan, Ballyroe, promoter Donie O’Sullivan. €20.00 to The Hanley Gang, Lower Main Street, promoter Centra. €20.00 to T Dalton, c/o Harry Murphy, promoter Harry Murphy. Next lotto is on in Healy’s Bar and the jackpot is €2,900 all welcome. Best of luck to all our patrons and many thanks to our promoters for their support every week.
The Junior B’s had a good win over Camogue Rovers on Sunday on a score line of 1-15 to 0-10 in the South Semi-final, and South Jnr B league final, we play Garryspillane in the South final. The Premier Intermediate team play Bruree Wednesday September 12 in Kilbready at 7.30 pm, and Mungret on Sunday September 23 in Bruff at 2 pm. The Garryspillane Premier Intermediate match has been re-fixed for Sunday September 30. Best of luck to Richie McCarthy in his surgery and rehab following his recent injury to his cruciate. Best wishes to our neighbour Cathy Mee and the Limerick Junior Ladies Footballers in the All Ireland Final next Sunday versus Louth.
CARDS The weekly 45 continues at the Greenwood Inn every Thursday night at 9.15 pm, all are welcome.
We are delighted to announce that our Ardpatrick Development Projects group launch night will take place on Saturday, September 1st at 9pm in The Greenwood Inn. With our first major project being identified as the purchase and development of a local plot of land we are glad to announce that on this night we will also launch the highly anticipated Strictly Come Dancing Ardpatrick. On launch night all 24 dancers and their pairings will be REVEALED. With a raffle and music by the great Donie O'Sullivan it is sure to be a fun and entertaining night. All are welcome and we hope to see you there.