Milltown/Castlemaine GAA Club News

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Lotto: Sponsored by Almas Takeaway, Milltown 

The fortnightly club lotto draw took place on Monday, October 2nd at the club grounds. There was no jackpot or Match 3 winner on this occasion. The numbers drawn were 4, 6, 32 and the bonus ball was 8.

Lucky Dip winners were as follows:
€50 – Dan Daly, Milltown
€50 – Daniel Heffernan, Callinafercy
€25 – Derek Twiss, Milltown
€25 – Clare Rochford, Castlemaine
€25 – Noah Russell, Killorglin
€25 – Kieran Glover, Milltown

Our next club lotto draw is scheduled to take place on Monday, October 16th 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.

MFC Delivery Cost Refund
For the recent County Intermediate Club Football Final Merchandise offering, a delivery charge of €5.49 was placed on each order. This is now being refunded, directly by MFC , to your card, as the orders will be bulk delivered to the club.
You should see the refund coming through in the next few days.
Should you have any questions or queries on your order or the refund process; please feel free to contact Liam Doherty on 086 041 3593
The order is due for delivery by Friday, November 3rd.

Kerry Petroleum Intermediate Club Football Championship: Final
Milltown/Castlemaine will take on Fossa in the 2023 Kerry Petroleum Intermediate Club Football Championship Final.

Date, time and venue have yet to be confirmed for the final. Stay tuned for further updates in the weeks ahead.

McElligott Cup: Final Result and Match Report
Milltown/Castlemaine ‘B’ 0-12
Currow ‘B’ 1-08

Venue: Paddy Burke Memorial Park, Milltown

Referee: Patrick Dowling (Ballyduff)

Congratulations to our Junior team and management who concluded their 2023 season on Saturday afternoon at the Paddy Burke Memorial Park in Milltown with a narrow victory against Currow in wet and windy conditions in the McElligott Cup Shield Final.

The encounter was due to be played in Ballymac and then in Farranfore but both pitches were deemed unplayable. The Paddy Burke Memorial Park was in splendid condition on Saturday it must be acknowledged which is a great credit to all involved in the upkeep of the facility given the recent inclement weather.

Currow won the toss and opted to play with a very strong breeze in the opening half. They opened the scoring almost immediately when John Buckley pointed from play on the turn in the first minute. Jonathan O’Sullivan with a close range free and Donal Kelliher with a peach of a score, curling a ball over the bar from the stand side had Milltown/Castlemaine leading 0-2 to 0-1 after 5 minutes.

The visitors had the lead back by the 10th minute thanks to a Darragh Kelly free and John McMahon point from play. Jonathan O’Sullivan and John Buckley then exchanged scores at either end to leave the away side in front 0-4 to 0-3 by the midway point of the half. Given the conditions the hosts would have been relatively pleased to be keeping in touch against the elements.

John McMahon and an in-form Jonathan O’Sullivan swapped frees again in the 20th and 23rd minutes of the first half just before the stalwart that is Donal Kelliher landed another simply incredible point, this time off his left to draw the two sides level at 0-5 to 0-5 by the 25th minute. There would only be one further score in the opening half and it came from the boot of Currow sharpshooter John McMahon on 27 minutes to leave the narrowest of margins between the teams at half time with Currow leading 0-6 to 0-5.

The second half was almost a carbon copy of the first as little separated the sides as the half wore on, although Currow did succeed in frustrating the hosts, keeping them scoreless for the opening thirteen minutes and raising a green flag at the opposite end when John McMahon buried to the back of Dara O’Connor’s net on 37 minutes opening up a four point lead in the process, the biggest gap all day at 1-6 to 0-5.

This was the second goal opportunity they created in a matter of minutes with O’Connor saving the first chance from a substitute on the away side but there was no stopping the second chance minutes later.

Milltown /Castlemaine’s metal was being well and truly tested from here on in and they showed tremendous character to respond with three points on the bounce between the 43rd and 46th minutes respectively with substitute Cian O’Connor leading the charge with a brilliant long range score before another substitute with no shortage of experience, Derek Twiss knocked two frees over to leave it 1-6 to 0-8 in favour of Currow.

Currow veteran John Buckley fisted over an important score for the visitors on the 49th minute to stretch their lead to two again at 1-7 to 0-8 leaving the hosts needing a big final quarter to turn the contest around and they duly obliged.

Cian O’Connor with another superb effort from play reduced the gap to one before Derek Twiss levelled the sides on 55 minutes after Oisin Spring was fouled close in. Jonathan O’Sullivan who went off early in the second half re-entered the fray late on and it proved to be a masterstroke as he pushed Milltown/Castlemaine into the lead almost instantly with a fine point from play to make it 0-11 to 1-07.

Currow weren’t done however as a late foray up the field yielded dividends when John Buckley put over a close range free to tie the sides once more at 0-11 to 1-08.

As we went deep into injury time and extra time loomed large on the horizon, that man again Jonathan O’Sullivan showed nerves of steel to first win the ball, then win a free about 30 metres out and most importantly convert the opportunity to give Milltown/Castlemaine a hard fought victory on a final score of 0-12 to 1-08 in favour of the home side.

After the match, Milltown/Castlemaine captain Adam Scanlon was presented with the winning plaque for winning the 2023 McElligott Cup Shield and he thanked the management team of Colin McKenna and Henry Scanlon for their Trojan work and commitment with the Junior team all year.

The team played around 20 games between County League, Mid Kerry and the McElligott Cup and Shield which is a great achievement. Adam thanked the match officials for doing a great job, Currow for being such sporting opponents and to all the Junior players for their fantastic effort over the course of the season which started over 6 months ago.

Milltown/Castlemaine Scorers:
Jonathan O’Sullivan (0-5)
Derek Twiss (0-3)
Donal Kelliher (0-2)
Cian O’Connor (0-2)

Well done lads, a great end to an enjoyable season. Thanks to everyone who supported the team in any way throughout the year. We’ll do it all again in 2024! 🇳🇬🇳🇬🇳🇬

U7 Boys: Blitz
The Paddy Burke Memorial Park in Milltown was the scene on Sunday morning for a fun-filled U7 Boys blitz played out between ourselves, Keel and Beaufort in lovely sunshine. Thanks to both clubs for travelling and taking part.

Some great football was played and it was hugely enjoyable. A special mention is due to Eileen and Susan for providing the refreshments and to Mike Murphy and Ian Twiss for having the playing surface in pristine condition and ready for the blitz. Well done to the coaches also who organised the blitz and for ensuring it ran smoothly.

U13 Boys: Mid Kerry Championship
Congratulations to the Milltown/Castlemaine U13 White team and their management who advanced to the Mid Kerry Championship Final on Monday evening after a very impressive 5-16 to 2-06 victory over near neighbours Keel/Listry. They will now wait to find out their final opponents in the coming weeks!

Well done also to the Milltown/Castlemaine U13 Green side and their management who travelled to take on Beaufort last week in the Mid Kerry Championship and came away with a very well deserved victory after a superb team performance. A fantastic display of football with no fewer than 26 scores in total. Keep up the great work lads!

U15 Boys: Kellihers Toyota Central Region Division 2 Final: Result
Churchill 5-07 (22)
Milltown/Castlemaine 1-12 (15)

Venue: Connolly Park, Tralee

Hard luck to our U15 team and management who fell to a defeat in the Central Region Division 2 Final last Sunday evening against Churchill.

Milltown Town Centre First Masterplan: Public Consultation
Kerry County Council is commencing the preparation of a Town Centre First Masterplan for Milltown.
As part of the process they want to hear from you: Your valuable ideas will help shape this Masterplan.
🛑This will assist the local community of Milltown to secure funding and attract investment into the town🛑
Have your say! Tell us what you think 🗣️ follow the link below to complete the online survey. ⬇️

Milltown Town Centre First Masterplan

Milltown Tidy Towns: Volunteers Needed

Join Milltown Tidy Towns – We need your help. Meeting every Thursday at 6.30pm at The Old Milltown Community Hall. This is an opportunity for local businesses, families and anyone with an interest in creating ” a sense of place” in Milltown.  All welcome, no experience required.  Please call Therese on 089-4767279 for further information or log onto Milltown Tidy Towns Facebook page.

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:

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.

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. All club teams are now back on the field training and playing matches.

Contacts for the various teams are as follows:

MC Minis: Contact Colin McKenna (087 068 7653)
GAA 4 All: Contact Danny McClure (087 653 6631)

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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