There was no winner of the lotto held on 11th December with the most unusual set of numbers 10 11 12 13.

The €40 lucky dip went to Ruairi O’Shaughnessy, Ballyroe Upper, Promotor Brendan O’Brien. The €20 lucky dips went to Patricia Ryan, St Ann’s Tce, Promotor McGraths Bar, Patrick O’Sullivan, Ballyroe, Promotor Donie O’Sullivan, Sean O’Riordan, St Ann’s Tce, Kilfinane, Promotor Centra, Darryl Crotty, Treada Na Ri, Promotor Brendan O’Brien.

On Wednesday 18th the last lotto of 2019 will take place in McCarthy’s Bar, for a jackpot of €9650. We also will have €10 extra lucky dips for our annual Christmas thank you to our patrons.

It has been a wonderful year for Blackrock GAA, winning the Premier Intermediate Championship, fielding teams at U21 and Minor hurling for the first time in several years as Blackrock. We also saw fine performances from our Jnr B hurlers. and we now look forward to Senior status for 2020 and the challenge of senior hurling. Best wishes to Jimmy Quilty and his management team.

We will start the playing year when our u21 hurlers will play championship in the February March months. Until then our hardworking players and management will be training and preparing for the playing year ahead, and we wish them all well.

Before the hard work starts we have Christmas to enjoy and a long puck to play. The long puck is on 1st January at 12md, €40 for a team of 4 and €20 for a juvenile team of 4, from Muirin’s Cross to Ardpatrick.

The victory dinner dance is on Friday 3rd January in the Woodlands, with dinner at 7pm, music with Footloose, followed by Neil Hennessy DJ. Tickets €35 are available from Brendan O’Brien, Fintan Leahy, John Walsh and Carmel Murphy.

As we look forward to next year we have an offer for adult membership and a years lotto for €120, the yearly adult membership is €40 for 2020, student and OAP is €20 for the year.

Richie McCarthy retired from intercounty hurling at the end of the 2019 season and we wish him well in his retirement. Thanks for the fabulous memories.

Congratulations to Hugh Murphy who has been elected PRO of the South and County board for 2020. Best wishes to the South and County bord committees for 2020.

As we look forward hopefully for Limerick success in 2020 we wish John Kiely and the managements and players in all Limerick hurling and football teams the very best of luck, especially Jimmy Quilty Jnr and all our players who will hopefully feature.

Best wishes to Blackrock Bord na nOg and Blackrock Effin Camogie teams for 2020.

Congratulations to Oisin O’Callaghan who competes at a high level of downhill racing who has secured a two year pro contract with YT Mob. Best wishes to all locals in their sporting endeavours in 2020.

We take a two week break from the lotto after the 18th December and the lotto will resume on Thursday 9th January in Healy’s bar.

We wish you all a very happy Christmas and a healthy New Year. Nollaig Shona Dhuit.