God and the government willing, the next Drive-in-Bingo in Castleisland will be held on the May bank holiday weekend.
There is lots of time to be thinking about starting times and jackpots in the meantime.
Often copied, never equalled was a well know advertising slogan a few years ago and it could well apply today to the drive and fundraising capabilities of the Castleisland Race Committee.
Mart Yard Bingo Extravaganza
It is under its direction that the mart yard bingo extravaganza has been held over the past few years.
Though last year and this one to date, have been uncertain at least and unpredictable for sure, the committee has managed to raise a total of €17,040 for a range of local charities.
It has also thrown its considerable weight and experience behind the Paudie Fitzmaurice Memorial Street Bucket Collection and achieved the remarkable total of €3,500 for the University Hospital Kerry based Comfort for Chemo a few days before last Christmas.
At Sunday’s cheque presentation in the safe distance affording yard of Walsh Bros Electrical, the committee presented a cheque for €1,100 to the Castleisland Fundraising branch of the Kerry Hospice Foundation.
The donation was gratefully accepted by Jack Shanahan, branch chairman and member, Mary Shanahan.
Paudie Fitzmaurice Collection
Up the yard a bit, another presentation went ahead as the family of the late Paudie Fitzmaurice presented the impressive proceeds of their street bucket collection to Cora Walsh – who accepted on behalf of Comfort for Chemo.
The donations, in this time and during the prevailing circumstances, are all the more remarkable because of the stop / start nature of the past year in terms of events being cancelled all over the place.
Purchase of Defibrillators
However, the May bank holiday weekend is now the great hope of the altruistic committee which organised Kerry’s and Munster’s first Drive-in-bingo in 2011.
It still tops its recently arrived competition in terms of prize-money and drawing power.
The committee has also backed the purchase of wall mounted defibrillators for strategic locations around the town in response to a request from the Castleisland First Responders.
Often copied – never equalled.
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