IT IS going to be a very happy Christmas in two households after neighbouring parish’s GAA lottos were won within weeks of each other.
Con McGrath collected a cheque for €20,000 after he won the Doon GAA lotto.
And Cappamore’s GAA was also collected with €12,000 going across the county border to Tipperary family – the Treacys. It was bought for young Grainne Treacy by her dad, Sean, so she is sure to have many presents under the Christmas tree.
As the Cappamore GAA lotto only started last January this is the first time it has been won. While Doon’s had not been won in over two years and stood at €20,000 for many, many months. It was perfect timing for the lucky winners in the run up to Christmas.
Cappamore GAA secretary, Liam Hammersley said they were delighted that their lottery kept on growing bigger and bigger and he congratulated the Treacys on their success.
“We got off to a great start with a €1,000 donation each from Michael Leonard, of Centra in Cappamore and Doug Howell, of Cullen Insurance, Newport.
“That was huge to have €2,000 before we even started and it took off from there. We have got great support locally and from surrounding parishes,” said Liam.
All the profits from the lotto go back into improving the club’s facilities.
Between the GAA and camogie club they are filling 23 teams a year from under sixes up to 40 year-olds.
It has been a busy few weeks for the East Limerick club - one of the oldest in the county founded in 1887 - as they marked the 50th anniversary of their last Limerick senior hurling championship victory. The 1964 team was managed by the late, great Jimmy “Butler” Coffey.
Over 200 attended the function in the Ballykisteen Hotel. Also being honoured on the night were the 1994-95 U21 football champions and the 1989 U12 hurling champions.
Of the 30 men involved in the squad between selectors and players, six are deceased. Those gone to their God were represented on the night.
“It was a wonderful occasion full of stories and it is nice to commemorate these achievements,” said Liam.
The special guest on the night was Bernie Hartigan. The 1973 All-Ireland winner coincidentally started hurling with Limerick in 1964 - the same year that Cappamore last lifted the Limerick senior hurling championship.
Of course both Doon and Cappamore’s GAA lottos are back up and running and as the National Lottery’s ad says “it could be you”.
See page 18 for photographs from the Cappamore GAA dinner dance