Our Christmas social night and fundraising draw took place in Begleys bar on Saturday night last and a fabulous night was had by all in attendance. Music was provided into the early hours by the fabulous Paddy and Connie. The prize winners on the night were €500 Paul Victory, Ardagh, €250 Marion Morgan, Newtownbond, €100 Marion Prendergast, Annual subscription to Lotto Dylan Fitzpatrick, and Sean O Hara. Thanks again to all who bought and sold tickets. Tickets for the main car draw which is ran by the GAA nationally are still on sale at €10 each from any club member. Thanks to the Begley family for their hospitality on the night with the festive finger food thoroughly enjoyed by all.
Massive congratulations to Brìd McGoldrick and Gerard Hagan who were elected to the positions of Vice Chairman and Leinster Council delegate at the Longford GAA convention last week. It is fantastic for our club to be represented by these two energetic and forward thinking people on the executive committee of the county board. We wish you both well during your terms in office.
Well done to rising Killoe and Longford star Mìchael Hughes who was recently awarded a bursary from Longford Gaa as part of its 20/20 program to assist with his college education.
Our annual charity game Marrieds v Singles will take place on St Stephens day at 2pm in Emmet Park. All monies raised this year will be donated to local charity Good 2 Talk, with which local man Victor Connell is closely associated.
Our Christmas lotto draw took place on Sunday night in The Olde Forge and the numbers drawn were 1, 4, 6 and 18. There was no jackpot winner. €20 winners were Billy Bratten, Killoe, Cullyfad Community Centre, Mary Begley, Niamh Lee, Bridget Brady, Cartron, Connie Rowley, Aughaboy, John Clancey, Ballymulvey, Noel Devaney, Willie Browne, Esker and James Igoe, Crieve. Our Christmas double sellers prize went to Joe Leonard and Frank Toher. Thanks to all who support our lotto on an ongoing basis as funding raised through our lotto is crucial in keeping our club running on a day to day basis.
As 2016 comes to a close we look back on another successful year on the playing fields. Although the major prizes of senior championship and leader cup eluded us , we managed to capture the senior league, junior league and Gilmore cup as well as the intermediate B and under 21 championships. All in all not a bad return. Well done and thanks to players at all grades for your efforts throughout the year.
Our success on the field does not happen by accident and is testament to all the hard work put in by a wide array of people in the background, from team managers, selectors and trainers, our fabulous and hard working executive committee, our diligent ground staff and stewards, lotto teams, tea and sandwich makers and a large amount of others who assist us with various roles through out the year. We wish to thank all these people as well as our two fabulous local pubs Begleys and the Olde Forge for the use of their premises in promoting our lotto.
Finally we wish all our great supporters a very happy Christmas and best wishes for a successful 2017. Hopefully 2017 will see continued success for Killoe GAA.
Thomas Quinn – PRO