Club notes for week commencing 23rd March 2020   23/03/2020

Covid -19 Virus

Due to the outbreak of the this virus the club has taken the following steps in line with guidelines and recommendations issued by Government, Department of Health HSE and Governing Bodies. All group training and coaching at adult and underage levels has been suspended until the 29th of March. Bingo is also suspended. Our Club Bar and Gym is closed. The club encourages members to adhere to the advice issued by Government and to implement the practice of social distancing at all times.


People in our Community

Club members continue to keep a watching brief in our community and we thank those who have provided assistance to those living alone.

We ask members to continue to keep in touch (safely) with the elderly and those living alone.

 If anyone in our community needs assistance during this health crisis please contact Tommy Kelly, club secretary on 087 2949714 or any member of the committee. Queries/requests will be treated in strict confidence.


Club Lotto Results 23/03/2020

Jackpot: €14,000

Numbers drawn: 1, 3, 27, 28 

Result: No Jackpot Winner

2 x €100 Winners: Noel Cleary, C&R Murtagh. 

Next week's jackpot will be €14,000.

The club has taken measures to minimise direct contact with people and arrangements have been made for the safe collection of books.

The Draw is held in a controlled environment observing HSE protocols, with only the minimum personnel attending.

We ask people to play Lotto online as much as possible rather than the conventional filling out of tickets. Please use the link below to play online

or log on to our website at

The Downs GAA Club wish to thank our supporters for their continued support of our Lotto during this very trying period.


50 Years Ago

With all the media attention primarily focused on The Covid -19 crisis and rightly so, we thought this look down memory lane of fifty years ago might lighten the mood, at least a little bit? The extract from the match report below was taken from the Westmeath Examiner of  September  1970 and was compiled by Gerry Buckley in the publication,  Celebrating 125 Years of The Downs GAA Club, which was published in 2018.

Hopefully we will be in a position to bring you further snippets next week of ‘Ag féachaint siar’

1970 THE DOWNS 0-9 MOATE 0-9 (draw) 

1970 THE DOWNS 1-15 MOATE 0-12 (replay)

It took two games to decide this final. When the sides met on August 30th, they finished level, 0-9 each. The drawn game was exciting, with The Downs snatching a last-minute equaliser from a Mick Carley free. Scorers for The Downs in the drawn game were: Larry O’Keeffe 0-2, Mick Carley 0-2, Liam Egerton 0-2, Jimmy Henry, 0-2, Tosh Cleary 0-1. Scorers for Moate were: Danny Regan 0-8, Denis Galvin 0-1.

The replay saw Moate battle gamely but they could not halt The Downs on their way to their third title in succession. Moate played against the wind from the start and were in trouble after five minutes when a Pat McManus shot left The Downs a goal up. Larry O’Keeffe and Mick Carley added points before Danny Regan had Moate’s first score. Carley and Regan exchanged points twice before Moate took the initiative and had points from John and Mick McKenna to leave only two points between them. The rain was falling as Mick Carley pointed two Downs’ frees. Jimmy Henry had two points. Carley and Regan exchanged points just before the break to leave The Downs leading 1-9 to 0-6 at half-time. Both sides added six points in the second half. Regan and Mick McKenna had the first two for Moate and then Regan added another, cutting The Downs’ lead to three points. A point from Andy Gillivan cut the lead further but Jimmy Henry hit back for The Downs with a point. Regan had a point for Moate to leave just two points between the sides going into the last quarter. A point by Pat McManus signalled the beginning of the end for Moate and Tosh Cleary put them further adrift with another Downs’ point. Dom Murtagh and Mick McKenna exchanged points but, by now, it was clear that The Downs would win. The game looked as if it might come to a premature end when a large crowd of spectators encroached onto the pitch. When order was restored, Tosh Cleary and Dessie Hamm had the last pair of points, resulting in The Downs becoming the first team to win the Flanagan Cup three times in-a-row.

THE DOWNS (draw): Olly Colgan, Brian Murtagh, Seamus Mulligan, Mick Sweeney, Liam Murtagh, Christy Corroon, Jimmy Corroon, Dom Murtagh [capt.], Liam Egerton (0-2), Jimmy Henry (0-2), Mick Carley (0-2), Tosh Cleary (0-1), Larry O’Keeffe (0-2), Pat McManus, Barney Corroon. Sub: Paddy Nolan for Cleary.

THE DOWNS (replay): Barney Corroon, Brian Murtagh, Seamus Mulligan, Mick Sweeney, Liam Mulligan, Christy Corroon, Jimmy Corroon, Liam Egerton, Dom Murtagh [capt.] (0-1), Jimmy Henry (0-4), Mick Carley (0-6), Tosh Cleary (0-2), Larry O’Keeffe (0-1), Pat McManus (1-1), Colm Maguire. Subs: Pat Duffy for Maguire, Paddy Nolan for Cleary.


As outlined above, bingo has been suspended.


Underage Registration/Coaching

As outlined above coaching and play has been suspended.

You can still register online at


Club Shop.

Our club shop will remains closed until further notice

Membership 2020

Membership can be purchased via anyone of our Committee or online at

We encourage people to use online where possible during the health crisis

Keep Fit Classes for Ladies and Gents

Suspended until further notice



The Downs GAA Club extends sincere sympathy to the family relatives and friends of; Larry O’ Rourke, Riverstown Killucan.

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