Castleisland Race Committee held onto its annual ritual of presenting cheques to local charities in the wake of its June meeting at Powell’s Road.Tom McCarthy’s Bar was the venue and a large gathering represented the committee and the beneficiaries.
Before the formalities, Charlie Farrelly informed the gathering that it’s because of the volunteering nature of the races committee that the means are available to their charity distribution fund. Castleisland Social Group and its representatives, Donal Nelligan and Betty Riordan received €500 from the fund. The management reps of senior citizens’ houses at Townbee, Miriam McElligott and Kate O’Mahony were presented with a cheque for €2,100.
A €1,000 cheque was presented to Glebe Lodge Lodge and this was the proceeds of the Humphrey Murphy Memorial 5K Road Race which was held on the Friday evening of the races weekend.
The cheque was presented by the late Humphrey’s widow, Catherine to representatives: Mary O’Sullivan, Kathleen O’Callaghan and Séamus O’Connor. Humphrey’s parents, Leo and Eileen Murphy, sister Mary and brother John were also present on the occasion.
Chairman Farrelly also revealed that a €1,000 donation would be presented to the Senior Citizens’ Houses Committee from the end-of-August tractor and vintage vehicle run in honour of the late Paudie Fitzmaurice.
Thanking the committee for its contribution to their committee Miriam McElligott explained that both Kate O’Mahony and herself had inherited the committee places and responsibilities from parents-in-law. In Miriam’s case from the late Mrs. Patricia McElligott and in Kate’s from the late Conor O’Mahony.
The races committee has raised and presented €117,600 to local charities from the proceeds of their meetings over the past decade and a half.