Milltown/Castlemaine GAA Club News

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Lotto: Sponsored by Almas Takeaway, Milltown

The fortnightly club lotto draw took place on Monday, April 3rd at the club grounds. There was no jackpot or match 3 winner on this occasion. The numbers drawn were 7, 9, 21 and the bonus ball was 1.

Lucky Dip winners were as follows:
€50 – Ashling Smith, Firies
€50 – Plough Bar, Milltown
€25 – Mary Murphy, Milltown
€25 – Charles O’Connor, Killorglin
€25 – Claire O’Sullivan, Callinafercy
€25 – Seamus Burke, Milltown

Our next club lotto draw is scheduled to take place on Monday, April 17th 2023 at 19:30pm in the Clubhouse where the jackpot will be €13,000. Get your draw tickets or renew your yearly tickets online on Clubforce or get your tickets for the next draw from all the usual local outlets. Mile búiochas do gach duine for playing Milltown/Castlemaine Clubs Fortnightly Fundraiser, the money raised is vital to the day to day running of our club and your support is sincerely appreciated.

Credit Union County Senior Football League: Division 1, Round 3 Result
Milltown/Castlemaine 2-11 (17)
Kerins O’Rahillys 1-14 (17)

Venue: Paddy Burke Memorial Park, Milltown

Referee: Brian Fleming (Currow)

The Paddy Burke Memorial Park in Milltown was the scene for the Credit Union County Senior Football League Division 1, Round 3 clash on Saturday evening as Milltown/Castlemaine hosted Kerins O’Rahillys.

The visitors came into the contest on the back of a defeat in Round 1 against Castleisland Desmonds but responded well to take victory in Round 2 against Ballymacelligott.

Milltown/Castlemaine, on the other hand, took a share of the spoils in Round 1 as they drew with Dingle and backed that up with a slender one point victory against Castleisland Desmonds in Round 2 so a tight affair was expected again at the weekend.

The hosts got off to the perfect start inside the opening minutes of the game as some quick thinking from Eanna O’Connor from a short free released Cathal Moriarty who fed Jonathan O’Sullivan and O’Sullivan made no mistake as he rounded Kerins O’Rahillys goalkeeper Shane Foley before burying to the back of the net, 1-0 to 0-0.

The visitors didn’t panic however and worked their way back from the worst possible start as Darragh O’Connor (free) and Gearoid Dillane with a pointed effort from play had the score at 1-0 to 0-2 after ten minutes.

Jonathan O’Sullivan and Sean Hogan then landed two fine points from open play to stretch the lead back out to three at 1-2 to 0-2 but the away side cut the deficit again as Conor Hayes (free) and Gearoid Dillane with a fisted effort had the bare minimum between the sides at 1-2 to 0-4 at the midway point of the half.

Eanna O’Connor (free) and Darragh O’Connor (free) exchanged points to keep little between the teams by the 20th minute.

Kerins O’Rahillys finished the half the stronger and despite trailing for much of the first half, they ended up carrying a suprise one point lead into the half-time break as Gearoid Dillane with his third point of the evening and another Darragh O’Connor close range free after Conor Hayes was fouled seen the visitors lead 0-7 to 1-3 at the interval.

Milltown/Castlemaine made the brighter start to the second half and whilst there was an early exchange of points from Jonathan O’Sullivan and Darragh O’Connor (free) for either side, it was the home side who moved firmly into the ascendancy as pointed efforts from Eanna O’Connor, Jerome Flynn and David Roche plus an opportunistic goal from Jerome Flynn after a long ball into the heart of the Kerins O’Rahillys defence was not dealt with seen Milltown/Castlemaine establish a 2-7 to 0-8 lead by the 45th minute.

Kerins O’Rahillys midfielder Diarmuid O’Sullivan stemmed the tide momentarily with a pointed free off the ground but the in-form Flynn responded within minutes to keep the home side’s lead at five points, 2-8 to 0-9.

The visitors’ big match experience showed in the final quarter however as they whittled the lead down and never panicked with former Kerry star Barry John Keane leading the way and tagging on two hugely important points from play as the game entered the final quarter.

In-between his two scores, a penalty was also awarded after Conor Hayes was adjudged to have been brought to ground inside the Milltown/Castlemaine square.

Up stepped centre-back Ryan Carroll and he made no mistake, dispatching the ball to the right corner of the net and making it a one point game at 2-08 to 1-10.

The game opened up in the closing stages as both sides went for the jugular and it turned into an end-to-end pulsating encounter.

Milltown/Castlemaine had the perfect response to the goal concession when Eanna O’Connor landed a beauty of a point from play but this was replied to in-kind as Sean Walsh came down the other end and raised a white flag to keep it a one-point match.

Eanna O’Connor tagged on the home sides final two scores of the evening, one from a free 30 metres out off his hand and the other a ’45’ after a Sean Hogan pointed effort was turned behind by a Rahillys defender and it looked as if the home side would eke out a narrow victory but the visitors weren’t giving up and late points from Barry John Keane, TJ Heaphy and an injury time fisted point from another former Kerry star in Tommy Walsh after a free dropped short seen the two sides take a share of the spoils as there was nothing to separate either team on a score of 2-11 to 1-14.

Well done to the players and management on maintaining their unbeaten start to life back in Division 1 after the opening three rounds of the County League. They will travel to Kilcummin for Round 4 in less than two weeks time.

Credit Union County Senior Football League: Division 6, Round 3 Result
Milltown/Castlemaine ‘B’ 0-05 (5)
Valentia 3-16 (25)

Venue: Paddy Burke Memorial Park, Milltown

Hard luck to our Senior ‘B’ side and management who welcomed a strong Valentia Young Islanders side on Good Friday to Milltown but were defeated.

The away side led 1-6 to 0-3 at the half time interval after a tight opening half but in the second half they pulled away and ran out deserving winners.

Credit Union County Senior Football League: Division 1, Round 4 Fixture
Milltown/Castlemaine will be away to Kilcummin in Round 4 of the Credit Union County Senior Football League on Saturday, April 22nd with a throw-in time of 7:00pm.

Credit Union County Senior Football League: Division 6, Round 4 Fixture
Milltown/Castlemaine ‘B’ will travel to take on St. Michael’s-Foilmore in Round 4 of the Credit Union County Senior Football League on Sunday, April 23rd with throw-in time to be confirmed over the coming days.

U11 Boys:
Well done to our U-11 footballers who played their first games in Group 1 of the County League at home on Thursday evening.
Thank you to our neighbours Laune Rangers GAA who facilitated three great games of football in glorious sunshine. It was great to see 29 of our U-11 players putting their skills into practice.
The team are off to Rathmore next Thursday in round 2 of the competition.

U12 Girls: Challenge Match
A cracking Saturday afternoon in Paddy Burke Memorial Park, as the Under 11 boys bravely took on the challenge to face our newly formed Under 12 girls team! Some great football skills and team work displayed by both teams so early in our season.

Our under 12 girls received their new gear and displayed our newly designed jerseys. A historic moment for our club and an exciting year ahead for these girls.
Well done to all the coaches Ian & Adele with the girls and Liam with the boys. Special mention to Linus Óg for officiating Saturday’s encounter..

U15 Boys:
Lee Strand U-15 County Football League

Division 3A: Round 2 Result

Milltown/Castlemaine 2-13 (19)
Kenmare Shamrocks 0-09 (9)

Venue: Paddy Burke Memorial Park, Milltown

Well done to our U-15 players and management who had a good win on Wednesday evening in splendid conditions, a great response to the previous weeks opening round defeat to An Ghaeltacht. They will travel to Fossa this week for Round 3 on Wednesday, April 12th.

Congratulations and well done to the group consisting of Seoidín O Connor, James and Aoibhinn O’Sullivan and Fionn and Oisín Bevan that represented Milltown/Castlemaine GAA Club in the Mid Kerry Ceol Uilise Scór competition last week.

This was the groups first outing together and they did themselves and the club extremely proud with their performances against some very talented acts from other clubs in the district. A particular word of thanks to Catherine Dennehy for her hard work in organising the Scór team.

GAA 4 All:
A big thank you to all who have supported our GAA 4 ALL Team over the past 2 years we can’t wait to get started for 2023

A big thank you to CARA who recently provided a box of equipment for our players including:

– A large colourful parachute
– Two footballs containing bells for our visually impaired players
– Some hula hoops and arrows for our obstacle courses

Our group is for children in our area with additional needs that wishes to take part in a fun and friendly weekly football training session.
Stay tuned for more updates and please contact 087 767 8108 or 087 6536631 if you would like to help out as a volunteer/ coach or if you know any players that would like to join Milltown/Castlemaine GAA 4 ALL team

GAA 4 All Group: Coaches Needed!

GAA 4 ALL Group seeking coaches⭐️

Do you have 45 mins to spare each Wednesday evening to help coach an amazing group of footballers and have a whole lot of fun

We are very lucky to have had an fantastic group of coaches over the past two years but as with all teams we need to recruit extra coaches

Our sessions are fun and easy to manage so no experience necessary however we have great news we will be organising training in the coming weeks in conjunction with other CARA sport inclusion. So all coaches will receive inclusion training this season in both theory and practical.

Please contact Danny on 0876536631 if you would like to get involved.

Irish Grand National: Golden Ticket
The 151st edition of the Irish Grand National took place at Fairyhouse on Bank Holiday Monday and two of our club members, Anthony Kelliher and John Dennehy enjoyed a very comfortable and luxurious journey indeed by helicopter to the Meath venue following on from Anthony’s success in the Golden Ticket Draw at the Milltown/Castlemaine GAA Night at the Races fundraiser back in December 2022. We hope you had a great day lads!

Milltown/Castlemaine – Gaelic 4 Mother’s and Others
Sample Training session 8PM Monday 17th April! ALL WELCOME –
Milltown/Castlemaine GAA field 8pm!
Come join our team for some fun, fitness and a little bit of football! Open to ladies over 25s and caters for all abilities.
Contact Maeve: 0877546571 or private message our Facebook page ‘Milltown/Castlemaine 4 Mother’s and Others’ for further details.
Please, spread the word to anyone from the area who wish to join our fantastic group! The more the merrier!!
Plenty of football & fun.
A great way to get out, exercise, learn new skills and meet like minded people in a fun and social environment
Look forward to seeing everyone.

Congratulations to Mike Murphy, Milltown/Castlemaine GAA Club’s Field Caretaker who celebrated a big birthday over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend! A lovely way to mark it surrounded by friends and family as well as Sam Maguire

Mike is a regular at the Paddy Burke Memorial Park and whether it is underage or senior level training/matches his dedication to the role is second to none and you are sure to meet him when you visit.

On behalf of the club, Chairperson John Foley presented Mike with a birthday gift to show our deep appreciation for the tremendous work he carries out at the club grounds on a daily basis. We hope you have a lovely weekend!

Milltown/Castlemaine GAA Club would like to sincerely thank Shayne Corkery of Corkery Carpentry and Joinery for constructing and donating a number of picnic benches for our social area which serves tea, coffee and other refreshments at the club shop.
You can check out the fantastic work that Shayne can do on his Facebook page or contact him on 087-7846587.
Thank you once again for all your hard work. Our club and community members were delighted to make use of them at our club Walkathon fundraiser at the weekend where participants were able to relax after their stroll with some well earned refreshments.

Milltown/Castlemaine GAA: 2023 Club Membership Information
Club membership is open to Adult Players, Adult Non-Players, Juvenile Players and Families and New Members are always welcome.
Membership fees for the 2023 season are now due and can be paid online by clicking the registration link below:

Milltown/Castlemaine Cul Camp 2023:
Save The Date – July 24th to July 28th, 2023
The dates for the Cúl Camp have been confirmed. However, the website is not open yet to register players for the camp, this will hopefully happen in a few weeks.
Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camps provide boys and girls – between the ages of 6 and 13 – with an action-packed and fun-filled week of activity during the summer holidays which revolves around maximising enjoyment and sustaining participant involvement in Gaelic Games.
The link below can be used to register when the portal opens:

Milltown Castlemaine GAA Clothes Recycling Collection:

Our clothing recycling collection is now happening so we urge you to clean out your wardrobes of all unwanted clothes, sheets, blankets, towels, curtains, shoes etc and drop them to the Paddy Burke Memorial Park in Milltown.
This is a wonderful way of doing your bit for the environment and raising much needed funds for our club at the same time.

Club Merchandise & Club Shop

Milltown/Castlemaine GAA club gear and merchandise is now available to buy online from both the Club Shop and direct from O’Neill’s.

The Club Shop contains details of the large amount of branded Milltown-Castlemaine & Kerry stock we have available within the club, for immediate delivery, please use the link to check stock levels and sizes.

If you cannot find what you are looking for in the club store, then club gear is also available to purchase online in our dedicated O’Neill’s club shop. This site has everything from jerseys to playing gear to wet gear for supporters.

Items for the Club Notes
If you have any items for inclusion in the weekly notes, then please contact the club’s PRO Dara O’Connor on 086 268 8674 before 20:00 on Sundays.

Team Updates
Our club teams are delighted to be back for the 2023 season. Most have already started and the remainder will commence shortly.

The following team have yet to start back training but will be in the coming weeks:

GAA 4 All: Starting back on Wednesday, April 26th at 6:00pm at the club grounds.

The following teams have commenced training:

MC Minis: Contact Colin McKenna (087 068 7653).
U7 Boys: Contact Jason Giles (087 237 6862)

U8 Girls: Contact Susan Sheehan (087 942 6553).
U9 Boys: Contact Trevor Dunlea (087 948 8650)
U10 Girls: Contact Deirdre O’Sullivan (086 170 3332).
U11 Boys: Contact Liam Doherty (086 041 3593).
U12 Girls: Contact Adele O’Dwyer (086 072 1847).
U13 Boys: Contact Haulie Clifford (087 693 2126).
U15 Boys: Contact Sean Hogan (087 721 7875)
Minors: Contact Garry Murphy (087 943 2746)

For anyone New to the Area, who would like to get involved with the club, please contact Ian Twiss on 087 252 1053.

Team Enquiries
If you want to join your local club, one of the fastest growing clubs in the county, please contact one of our members below:

For GAA-4-All 4 players; contact Gillian Twiss on 0877678108
For MC Mini players (U6); contact Colin McKenna on 087 068 7653.
For U7 to U11 players; contact Liam Doherty on 086 041 3593
For U-13 & Older players; contact Ian Twiss on 087 252 1053
For anyone New to the Area, who would like to get involved with the club, please contact Ian Twiss on 087 252 1053

General Enquiries
For any other queries, please send an email to our Secretary or Chairperson at the following addresses:
For emergencies, please call 087 409 3530 (Club Mobile Phone).

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