West Kerry Sport
Castlegregory GAA senior footballers have come up with an unique idea for fundraising which involves the senior players taking part in a “Cic Fada” competition along the back beach in Castle on bank holiday Saturday June 1. The ‘Cic Fada’ course will run from Fahamore to Stradbally over a distance of 7 kilometres; and the competition will be divided into teams of 7 from the different areas of the parish in what is a throwback to the parish leagues of the 1950’s and 60’s. Former club chairman Joe Wren remembers those far off days with fondness – ‘there was a very keen rivalry between the teams from the different townlands back then; and during the matches there was no quarter asked or given, but when the games would end we would all still be great friends’ he reminisced with a twinkle in his eye.
Our under 17’s team continued their good run at home against Asdee Rovers, winning a great victory 5-3. This was a great fight back, as they were slow to get started and were in fact 2-0 down at half-time. They got their act together though in the second half, and with the help of a hatrick by our top scorer Gareth Hickey-Brosnan and one each from Matthew Flaherty and Captain, Colm Begley they ran out the worthy winners in the end.
Every Milltown/Castlemaine supporter remembers the final whistle in Croke Park on 12th February 2012; an iconic moment in a journey that started years earlier in Paddy Burke Park, Milltown. A strong youth policy had created the perfect conditions for an odyssey like we had never before seen.
A strong panel of players, a ruthless management team, a new voice in the dressing room and history was in the making. John Fintan Daly from Knocknagree gave a sense of unity and self-belief. The players gave loyalty and commitment.
A determined and disciplined season saw Milltown/Castlemaine become Co Intermediate Champions, beating Waterville in November. As Winter drew in training continued at home and challenge matches around the county and beyond. The Burco boiler and boxes of sandwiches became standard gear.