Our Minor footballers got their year off to a winning start on Sunday last against Killenaule. A strong second half showing by our boys meant we ran out easy winners on the day. Well done lads. Our minors are expected to play their next match, against Ballingarry, on the weekend of February 16th.

On the new field front, the last few weeks have been very busy behind-the-scenes with the club deciding on storage sheds, ball stop netting, dugouts, lawnmowers, spectator fences and goalposts. All will be installed in the coming weeks but first our new car park works get underway over the next couple of weeks.

The club are hoping to finalise Juvenile mentors this week. If you’d like to help out, please reach out to any mentor, committee member, or through our Facebook page. We cater for a large amount of kids each year, and mentors are always on the lookout for extra pairs of hands to help out with teams, at training sessions, or at matches. Many hands make light work.

Last week’s jackpot was €11,000 and there was no winner. Three people were just one number off winning or sharing the jackpot. Those three matched 3 and won €70 each. The numbers drawn were 08 – 16 – 22 – 23. This week’s jackpot is a whopping €11,250.

It costs just €2 to enter and you can play through any of our ticket sellers, or online, via our website. Your continued support is most welcome and greatly appreciated by all in the club.

All in the club are saddened to hear of the passing of Mattie Healy, Mattie was a loyal Swan man and an outstanding hurler, he played mainly in the half forward line, he was a member of a brilliant minor team in 1956 when Swan won the south championship.

Mattie had done enough at minor level to stake his claim for senior hurling and he went on to win back to back senior hurling medals with Swan in 1958 and 1959, in 1960 Mattie scored 5-2 in a game against Grange/Clogheen when Swan scored a total of 13-12 to 0-2.

Unfortunately at a time of deep recession in Ireland the boat to England was taken by a lot of young men and Mattie was no exception as he went to live and work in England but he never lost his grá for Carrick or the Swan and in later years had come home with his late wife to set up home here again in retirement.

A gifted hurler with great skill he was rightly honoured with a player of the past award in 2017, a real gentleman he will be missed by many especially his son Paul and brother William, sister Madeline and all his extended family and friends.

Carrick Swan would also like to pass on their condolences to the Foyle family, Piltown, Duggan family John St, and Waterford,  and the Foley family, Mill St, on their recent bereavements.