THERE are great celebrations in the Dr Crokes GAA Club this week after a man with black and amber blood coursing through his veins hit the jackpot in the club’s lotto.
Jackie Looney, the current club president, scooped a cool €10,800 when his four chosen numbers – 3, 7, 9 and 15 – were plucked from the draw drum and there were whoops of delight when the popular Dalton’s Avenue man was declared a winner.
Jackie was one of the club’s great players and he won no less than 10 East Kerry Senior Football Championship (O’Donoghue Cup) medals during his playing days.
He went on to hold every position in the club, becoming an innovative and respected officer and a very progressive chairman and it was during his tenure as chairman that Dr Crokes purchased their first playing pitch.
In the Eamonn Fitzgerald edited book Decade of Glory, which charts a gloriously successful 10-year period in the club’s history from 1986 to 1998, a tribute to Jackie was penned by Pat O’Shea who later went on to train the senior team to All-Ireland Club Championship success as well as leading Kerry to All-Ireland glory.
He wrote: “When we reflect on the past, many great club members will stand out for the excellent work they did for our club but none will stand out more than Jackie Looney”.
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