Milltown/Castlemaine GAA Club News

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Lotto Jackpot Winners on the double in Milltown

There was huge excitement last week as Milltown Castlemaine GAA announced a second lucky jackpot winner in the space of two months.

Mr. John Quirke of Gransha Lower, Castlemaine, was the lucky man on this occasion and was presented with a cheque for €6,200 to much delight. This brings to just over €30,000 paid out in lotto prize winnings since August 9th 2018.

Tickets for our lotto are available in all local shops, pubs and businesses for only €2 each or 3 tickets for €5 and you will be in with a chance of a winning or sharing a number of prizes –

€5,000 Lotto Jackpot,€700 Match 3 + 6 consolation prizes

We have received great support from those who have moved away from the Milltown Castlemaine and surrounding areas through our annual lotto ticket programme. For just €50, you are guaranteed to be entered into every draw for the year – please contact Lotto co- ordinator Eileen Spring on 086/ 3136001 for further information or any member of the executive.

The next draw is on this Friday 1st October in O’ Shea’s Bar, Milltown and as they say ‘good luck comes in threes’,  so make sure to buy your ticket to be in with a chance of being our next lucky Lotto Jackpot winner!


Scór na nÓg (Secondary School Students Under 17) & Scór Sinsir for Adults over the age of 18 are both coming up soon. We will hold a registration evening for those interested in participating next Wednesday evening the 3rd of October @ 8pm in our club rooms at the Milltown / Castlemaine GAA grounds.

There are eight events/disciplines:

1. Figure/Céilí Dancing

2. Solo Singing

3. Ballad Group

4. Recitation/Scéalaíocht

5. Léiriú Stáitse/Stage Presentation

6. Instrumental Music

7. Set Dancing

8. Table Quiz.

If you wish to register your interest in any of the above for Scór na nÓg or Scór Sinsir please come along next Wednesday at 8 pm.

We will run a club competition first at the start of November and then the Mid Kerry Finals would be on the end of that month for Scór na nÓG, Scór Sinsir is later in the year.

We would also be very happy if anyone was available to mentor our acts in any of the above disciplines.

Mid Kerry Championship:

Milltown/Castlemaine (M/C) 1-17 Cromane 0-13

Damien Murphy full back for Milltown Castlemaine stalling the path of Cromane’s No. 6, Seán Walsh in their Mid Kerry Championship encounter in Cromane on Saturday afternoon.

Report By Dara O’Connor

Milltown/Castlemaine(sponsored by Larkin’s Bar/Restaurant and Kelly’ Londis-Topshop) set up a Mid Kerry Semi-Final meeting with Glenbeigh/Glencar in the coming weeks after a comfortable seven point winning margin away to Cromane on Saturday afternoon.

In an encounter which ebbed and flowed and was played at a relatively fast pace in the first half, the game stagnated a bit and got sloppy following the dismissal of Donnachadh Walsh after the half time break where both sides found it hard to get into any sort of rhythm.

Cathal Moriarty would ultimately prove to be the difference between the two sides as his 0-8 contribution (0-5 from play) saw M/C safely navigate their way past a Cromane side who would have harboured ambitions of turning over the visitors and advancing themselves in the competition

It was the home side that enjoyed the brighter opening of the two sides with Sean O’Sullivan & Darran Houlihan leading the charge for the hosts with three points inside the opening 10 minutes with two pointed efforts from play and one from a 14 yard free.

Cathal Moriarty and Donal Dennehy who excelled at midfield, replied in kind for the travelling party both from play.

M/C tagged on the next four points with Jerome Flynn seeing a goal bound effort turned over by Cromane keeper Paudie McCarthy, he would later be rewarded for his efforts with a goal. Cathal Moriarty showed his class with three pointed efforts from play off both left and right from both sides of the field to open up a 0-6 to 0-3 lead after 16 mins.

Darran Houlihan, who was Cromane’s chief scoring threat all afternoon reduced their arrears to two with an effort off his reliable left peg.

Cromane’s indiscipline was costing them scores and no better man to take advantage of those mistakes than Moriarty who showed his skills from placed balls with a free from 45 yards and 21 yards making it 0-8 to 0-4 after 25 mins.

Wing-Back Finbar Casey with the outside of his right boot landed a big point for Cromane to keep them in touch at 0-8 to 0-5 but M/C  hit an ultimately pivotal purple patch before the half time break as they hit 1-2 without response between the 28th and 31st minutes respectively with a Jerome Flynn goal after Jack McCarthy saw an effort drop short and the keeper didn’t deal with the dropping ball.

2 subsequent pointed efforts from Ciaran O’Connor and Donal Dennehy pushed Milltown/Castlemaine into a commanding 1-10 to 0-5 lead and it would be a big ask for Cromane to recover.

Paul Patrick O’Sullivan with a 14 yard free did tap over the final score of the half for Cromane to give them some hope heading in at the interval.

Half Time: M/C 1-10 Cromane 0-6

Cromane started the 2nd half similar to the opening with the first score, this time from a Paul Patrick O’Sullivan.

M/C responded immediately with a Moriarty 14 yard free after David Roche had been pulled back.

Soon after Donnchadh Walsh brought David Roche to the ground and received his marching orders from referee Donal Casey, who had little choice on the matter. Gavin Horan landed a monstrous score from way out the field to push Milltown/Castlemaine 1-12 to 0-7 in front with still over twenty minutes to play.

Jack McCarthy followed this up with a fisted point. Corner-Back for Cromane Liam Teahan kept Cromane heads up however with a beautiful point from 45 yards on 42 mins but this was once again followed by a prompt reply from the visitors as Craig Counihan (Making a Championship Debut) from a tight angle and David Roche knocked over two efforts from play to make it 1-15 to 0-8.

Mikey Houlihan and Sean Walsh kept the Cromane fight alive and to their eternal credit and despite the numerical disadvantage put over five of the games next six points between the 45th and 58th minutes respectively.

Milltown/Castlemaine brought in Jamie O’Shea for the impressive Flynn, who made a tremendous contribution in the 1st half and O’Shea showed his credentials with Milltown’s only score between the 45th and 59th minutes from play off his left side.

Gavin McKenna also came in for Ciarán O’Connor who appeared to suffered a bit of concussion following a collision with Darran Houlihan, Tadgh McCarthy came in for Kieran O’Carroll & Brendan Delaney came into the middle of the park for the closing stages.

Between the 52nd and 58th minutes Cromane through a Darran Houlihan point from an acute angle, Houlihan again through a 14 yard free & a point from substitute Danny O’Shea cut the gap back to six points at 1-16 to 0-13.

Cathal Moriarty probably fittingly would get the final score of the day with a lovely left legged effort stroked eloquently between the posts to see the visitors into a semi-final meeting with Glenbeigh/Glencar.

A huge well done to Killian Kerins and Craig Counihan for their gutsy performances in their championship debuts.

Final Score: Milltown/Castlemaine 1-17 Cromane 0-13

Milltown/Castlemaine Team & Scorers:
Cormac Leane, Damian Murphy, Ciaran O’Connor (0-1), Stephen Roche, Paul Carroll, Pa Wren (Capt), Kieran O’Carroll, Donal Dennehy (0-2), David Roche (0-1), Killian Kerins, Gavin Horan (0-1), Craig Counihan (0-1), Jack McCarthy (0-1), Cathal Moriarty (0-8), Jerome Flynn (1-1)
Subs Used: Gavin McKenna, Brendan Delaney, Jamie O’Shea (0-1) & Tadgh McCarthy

Cromane Team & Scorers:
Paudie McCarthy, Liam Teahan (0-1), John Michael Foley (Capt), Brendan Foley, Finbar Casey (0-1), Sean Walsh (0-1), Shane Ahern, Donnchadh Walsh, Darran Houlihan (0-5), Shane O’Neil, Paul Patrick O’Sullivan (0-2), Mikey Houlihan (0-1), Sean O’Sullivan (0-1), Danny O’Shea (0-1, Sub), Niall Dennehy

Gaelic 4 Mothers and Others:

Twenty five ladies from the above club will contest the All Ireland Blitz in Portmarnock on Saturday next, with over 100 teams participating. These ladies have been training for the past number of months and are eagerly looking forward to the event. Sincere thanks to Kieran Flynn (Bus Hire) who sponsored the ladies a new set of jerseys. Not alone will they play amazing football, they will look equally amazing on the field of play!

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