Dreaming of €10,000 ? Milltown/Castlemaine Lotto is Just the Ticket

Milltown Castlemaine GAA Club Lotto will celebrate its 20th anniversary on this Friday July 15th. at 9.30pm in Larkin’s Bar, Milltown with a jackpot of €10,000.

Deirdre O'Sullivan, Miltown/ Castlemaine GAA Club PRO.
Deirdre O’Sullivan, Miltown/ Castlemaine GAA Club PRO.

The Lotto is generously sponsored by Mike O’Shea and Sons, Farran. It began back in 1996 with founding members including:  Albert King, Mike Carroll, Pat Twiss, Owen O’ Shea, Willie O’Shea and John Burke at the helm.

By Club PRO, Deirdre O’Sullivan

Our club has grown from strength to strength in recent years and so we continually strive to maintain and develop our facilities in order to cater for all the footballing needs of the club members and those who visit.

Source of Funding

The Lotto has been a great source of funding for much work in our club over the past years which include the construction of our clubrooms -complete with a large meeting/function room, physio room, office, and referees room.

An extensive project was undertaken a few years back to drain the playing field which created optimum playing conditions. This year we up graded our toilet facilities and replaced the floor on our fully equipped gym with the latest flooring surface.

The entrance gate was another large venture – where a separate entrance and exit was created. This ensures the safety of all patrons using our facilities. The rise in local population has meant we are finding it very difficult to accomodate our growing numbers on one playing pitch.

Young Milltown/Castlemaine GAA Club supporters promoting their club's lotto anniversary jackpot.
Young Milltown/Castlemaine GAA Club supporters promoting their club’s lotto anniversary jackpot.

A Second Pitch

Therefore, it is now our priority to try and secure a second pitch- so that the youth of our community continue to enjoy playing sport. And at the core of that expansion will be the continued funding from the support of the club Lotto. Aodhán Mac Ghearailt recently highlighted to us ‘There are very few organisations in Irish society that can unite a community like your local GAA club. It empowers individuals to become better people- proud of their inherited values, and most importantly it builds healthy relationships. The importance of a healthy social outlet should never be underestimated particularly amongst children. In an age dominated by technology and with quick entertainment only a click away it is easy to slip into unhealthy habits.Our local GAA club here in Milltown Castlemaine allows children to feel valued, respected, cared for and included.

Experience Success

It allows them to experience success and failure and to ultimately build resilience for bigger challenges later in their lives. Not every child will have an interest in football but all children need to exercise, need to interact socially with their peers and need to involve themselves in their community building relationships and improving their own social skills along the way. A huge amount of gratitude is owed to all of those fantastic people in all our GAA communities who may never realise the positive impact their efforts are having on the youth of Ireland. Ní neart go cur le chéile.’ We would like to thank all our ticket sellers, particularly Willie Hanafin who has been our top seller throughout the years. And of course those loyal people who continue to buy tickets each week, your generosity is very much appreciated by the club. So why not try your luck.

Come along to Larkins Bar, Milltown on Friday next July 15 th at 9.30 for our Lotto Anniversary celebrations. You never know, it just might be your lucky night!

Graveyard Masses in Milltown and Listry

Full compliments and gratitude to all those involved in the graveyard masses in both Milltown and Listry during the week. A tremendous amount of work goes into these masses -where we all come together to remember our much loved and missed family members and friends. To Fr. Kevin, Rev. Conor and your team- míle buíochas arís.

Keane’s Supervalu – Minor County Championship

Congratulations to Mid -Kerry on a wonderful hard fought victory -in terrible conditions -on Wednesday evening last over Firies.Hard luck to Firies who were very unlucky, despite putting in a great display of football. The final score was: Mid Kerry 2-14 Firies 0-16 (AET) Mid Kerry Team: Cormac Leane Capt Miltown/Castlemaine, Jonathan Kissane Beaufort, Cormac O’Connor Beaufort, Ciaran O’Connor Miltown/Castlemaine, Caoilte Purcell Glenbeigh/Glencar, Patrick Carey Laune Rangers, Ciaran Kennedy Beaufort, John F O’Grady Laune Rangers, Darragh O’Sullivan Laune Rangers, Fiachra Clifford Laune Rangers Mike Breen Beaufort , Caolim Teahan Glenbeigh/Glencar, Jamie Clifford Laune Rangers ,Patrick Daly Laune Rangers, Padraig O’Brien Miltown/Castlemaine.

Garvey’s Senior County Championship

Milltown Castlemaine exited the Garvey’s Supervalu SFC Round 3 at Austin Stack Park on Saturday evening last. Despite playing tremendous football throught the game and keeping the pressure on Daingean Uí Chuis, right to the end-it was not to be.

Under 12s-Round 1

Team A – Milltown/Castlemaine 4-10 Laune Rangers White 1-13 Team B-Milltown/Castlemaine 3-10 Laune Rangers Red 0-08 Well done to both teams from Laune Rangers and MC in playing some excellent football.

Under Age Fixtures

Our Under 16’s are at home this Wednesday to An Ghaeltacht at 7 Under 11’s are away to Crokes on Tuesday at 7 Our Under 8’s/10’s are away to Laune Rangers on Thursday at 6.30pm.  Please go along and support our young footballers.

Appropriate Football Gear

Can all underage team managers, trainers/coaches please ensure that all players representing Milltown /Castlemaine are dressed in club colours. Green and White socks and togs. This is to avoid any inconvenience prior to games.We would also ask parents/guardians of players to inform their children of this county board rule.