The Ensign Bar, Monkstown, was the venue for last week’s Shamrock Lotto Draw.
There was great news for local man Mick Coakley as he scooped the Jackpot.
Congratulations to Mickey who is a regular and long time supporter of the draw.
Mickey has an old and long connection with the Club and he first featured with the Under 14 Hurling teams of 1959 and 1960.
The team trainer in those days was the legendary Jerh Coveney who trained and prepared the players at the Grounds near Ringaskiddy. In 1960 Shamrocks defeated Carrigaline in the semi-final and qualified for their first final ever against St. Patricks from Upton. Mickey was the goalkeeper and was at all times very dependable. Also on that team was Eddie Forde, Paddy Andrews, Tony McCarthy, John Twomey, John Collins, Flor O’Driscoll Denis Hurley and Mick Shanahan and Mickey’s cousin Joe Fitzgerald.
The final was played in Carrigaline with Eddie Cooney as Referee. The game ended in a draw. However, in the replay Upton were much stronger and took the title.
He often recalls those days of long ago and the great enjoyment he got from the games and the friends he made.
He may not have won in 1960 but he pulled off a much bigger win in 2013, fifty three years later. Well done to Mick.