Soccer Lotto: The numbers drawn last weeks soccer lotto were, 11, 14, 22 and 26. There was no winner of the jackpot prize. The winners in the lucky dip draw were Geraldine Lenihan, Mountcollins, Dan Joe O Callaghan, Rockchapel, Mike Sheehan Tournafulla, M Keane, Knocknagoshel and Patsy O Connor, C/o Paddy Molly’s Bar, Rockchapel. The winner of the promoter’s prize was Ronan Lacy. This week’s jackpot will be 12,700.
Club Na Nog: All players from under 8 to under 16 who intend to play football with Mountcollins this year are asked to attend the registration night in the Community Centre on this Friday night, February 8th at 7.30pm. The membership fee for the year is €10 per player and the club policy this year is no pay no play. The club is also seeking trainers for the various teams. Please contact Joan O Grady at 087-9241256
GAA Lotto: The numbers drawn in last week’s Mountcollins/Tournafulla GAA lotto were, 4, 6, 11 and 32. There was no winner of the jackpot prize. Lucky dip prizes went to Carol Larkin, Templeglantine, Naomi O Connor, Killorglin, Mike Hurley, Castlemahon and Seamus O Connell, Mountcollins. The winner of the promoters prize was Joan O Grady. This weeks draw will be held in Danahers Bar, Mountcollins where the jackpot will be €2,100 and your continued support is appreciated.
Station Closures: Another Fabric of Rural Ireland was eroded on Thursday last as over 90 Garda stations closed their doors for the last time leaving the elderly and communities in fear of their security and safety in their own homes. These include stations in our neighboring parishes of Tournafulla and Brosna.
The parish of Mountcollins always had a great affinity with Brosna Garda Station as despite being in County Limerick we were always under the jurisdiction of the Listowel Garda division. In quieter times Brosna station always had a sergeant and two Gardaí living locally before being reduced to one non-resident Garda and part-time station opening hours. Mountcollins has now been transferred to the Abbeyfeale/Newcastlewest Garda division.
Country life is now disappearing before our eyes as we witness the closure of shops, post-offices, schools, pubs and now Garda stations. On a weekly basis we see rural parents saying goodbye to their sons and daughters who are forced to seek employment in distant lands despite being the best educated this country has ever produced.
Those left behind are wondering what the future holds as they face the prospect of more charges and fees to bail out the gamblers and profiteers. The policy of our government and their European masters is to close rural IRELAND.
Fishing News: The Annual General meeting of Mountcollins/Brosna Anglers Association will be held in the Devon Inn Hotel, Templeglantine on this Friday night, February 8th at 8pm and all are welcome.