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 Freddie Ward at the 7pm on Saturday night and Aileen O’Dwyer at the 10am on Sunday morning.
BLACKROCK GAA NOTES The club lotto was won on December 5 for the third time in as many months. The winning numbers drawn were 2, 12, 16 and 19. The lucky winner was Ann O’Sullivan, Deebert House in Kilmallock, promoter Sean O’Sullivan her son. Congratulations to Ann. On December 12the lotto will be in McGraths bar for the jackpot of €2000.00. As we look forward to 2019 we have an offer of a weekly lotto ticket – for the 50 weeks of lotto for €100 including club membership or social membership which is membership of the walking track. Contact Brendan O’Brien or any club officer for information. Best wishes to the Limerick Senior hurlers as the 2019 season starts on December 14 with a match against Tipperary in the Gaelic Grounds in the Co-op superstores Munster hurling league.
CHRISTMAS PARTY The Annual Senior Citizens Christmas Party was held in the Community Centre on Sunday last 42 people attended, slight down on last year as a number of people could not attend. It was another one of the great days for our seniors a lovely meal by Mint Catering, Bulgaden and well over two hours of music and song by Ger Moloney, and a number of guest entertainers, Gavin Farrell, Dromcolloher, and locals Margaret Wallis and Noel Kennedy. The event was organised by the Community Council who wish to thank all the people that supported the event.
CALENDARS A delay at the printers meant that the calendars for 2019 were not available over the past weekend, should be available this week.
CARDS The weekly 45 continues at the Greenwood Inn every Thursday night at 9.15 pm, all are welcome.
The following is a full list of all the prizes that were kindly donated from a variety of generous local businesses.
The draw for these prizes will take place Thursday, 29th November at 9pm. Check back here after the draw for the full list of winners.
*A reminder that to be in with a chance of winning one of our fantastic prizes on the night of the Strictly Come Dancing Ardpatrick, you must purchase one of our LIMITED programmes at the event. Programmes are €5 and contain our order of events, dancers profiles and all the fantastic business who kindly sponsored us, helping to provide this highly anticipated event.
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