Split the Bucket Helping to Tackle Rugby Club Funding

Host at Kearney’s Bar, Betty O’Connell (right) pictured with Derek O’Connell, Castleisland Rugby Club and Marie Sheehan from Brosna who became the first Split the Bucket winner after her ticket was drawn by Betty on Friday night.
Photograph: Annette O’Donoghue.

In the run-up to last weekend, members of Castleisland Rugby Club put buckets and envelopes into a number of shops and pubs throughout the town.

They were launching, they said, their new fundraising idea Split the Bucket in the Castleisland area.

The idea was simplified to the last before its launch at the Shoemaker’s Bar at the end of August.

Envelopes and €2 Coins

All donors and supporters had to do was to pop a €2 coin in the envelope provided and write their phone numbers on the envelope and put it in the bucket.

Customers of shops and pubs did a week of Splitting the Bucket and rumours of the success of the venture began to get out.

Handles Under Pressure

The bucket at Kearney’s Bar was getting heavy early in the week and, later, the handle on the one in Tom McCarthy’s was coming under pressure.

Kearney’s Bar was chosen as the host for the grand bucket opening night.

Club members were delighted to find close on €1,200 when all the buckets were emptied and a big cardboard box was used as an improvised draw drum.

Lucky Marie Sheehan

Brosna lady Marie Sheehan’s envelope was drawn by host, Betty O’Connell and, as it happened, Marie was on the premises and the contents of the buckets was split between herself and the club and they got €592 apiece.

The buckets and the envelopes were back in the pubs and shops the following day and this Friday night’s split will take place at Browne’s Bar at 9:30pm.

You will also have the opportunity to enter the draw on the night before the buckets are emptied.

What to Expect

“We didn’t know what to expect on our first week out but we were hoping that it would be around what we got,” said Castleisland RFC Chairman Dan Casey.

“If we got that much every week it would make a big difference to the running of the club and to all the under-age teams we have in training at present. We’d like to thank everyone who contributed to last week’s collection and we’d also like to remind people that there is a nice sum of money up for grabs every Friday night in this draw. All you have to do is drop the €2 in the envelope and write your phone number on it and you’re in with a great chance,” said Dan.

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