Drive on to Castleisland’s Drive In Bingo on Sunday

Enjoying their Drive-In Bingo session from a gazebo at the Mart Yard on its first trial in the area in 2011 were from left: Phylis Mitchell, Margaret Nolan, Margaret McSweeney, Maureen Sugrue and Mary O’Sullivan. ©Photograph: John Reidy

The conclusion of the Castleisland Summer Festival 2018 will be marked on the coming Sunday afternoon at the huge yard of the local co-op mart.

There, at 2:30pm Drive-In Bingo makes its welcome comeback for its legion of addicts in the area. If you’re going bongo for bingo then, Castleisland Co-Op Mart yard is the place for you and you felt tip pens on Sunday.

€3,000 Prize-Fund

It’s being billed as Munster’s only Drive-in Bingo session and it’s carrying a prize-fund of €3,000 in prize-money.

You can play from the comfort of your car anywhere in the massive yard and simply blow your horn when you check and the runners will deliver your winnings.

If you don’t have a car you can avail of a covered-in seating area so weather doesn’t have any great say in the matter.

The proceed of the day will go to Muire Gan Smál Presentation Primary School.

Favourable Conditions

The other events which made up the week of activity, the Humphrey Murphy Memorial 5K and 10K Road Race and the 158th. running of the Castleisland Races were, in spite of a squib of rain on the road race, blessed with favourable conditions.

A charity cheque presentation night will be announced as soon as all the activities are wound up with the drive-in bingo on Sunday evening.

 €133,875 Paid to Charities 

The races and its associated fundraising events have raised a total of €133,875 for various charities over the past 13 years.

Charities are invited to tender by letter for the proceeds – or part of – the meeting and events each year and the successful beneficiaries are chosen at a committee meeting well in advance of the annual June festival.


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