Rugby Club to Split the Bucket with Hospice on Friday Night

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 in September. Photograph: Annette O’Donoghue.

The Palliative Care Unit of the Kerry Hospice Foundation will be the beneficiary of Castleisland Rugby Club’s half of the innovative ‘Split The Bucket Draw’ on its first event of 2019 which will take place on this Friday night, January 4th.

The draw will be held in The Half Way Bar in Ballymacelligott.

Pushing for a Big Bucket

“A lot of funds are needed to keep this unit going so it would be great if the prize was good this week to help them,” said Nóirín Uí Chathasaigh, honorary club secretary.

“This is our way of thanking everyone who has supported our fundraising efforts to date and to the pubs, retailers and restaurants who have facilitate us on an ongoing basis. It is also, of course, our way of showing support for a very worthy cause.

Very Beneficial Impact

The ongoing draw is also having a very beneficial impact on the facilities and day to day running of the club according to chairman, Dan Casey.

“Thanks to the overwhelming response from the communities around to the draw we are able to get things done and make improvements for all our players from juvenile to senior. Every bob we make goes into the development of club facilities.

“When we launched this idea at the end of August we thought we’d be doing great if we got in €200 every week.

Close to €1,300

“But we’re close to €1,300 and the public has really thrown its support in behind us.

“We had a couple of hugely popular winners as well along the way. There were great celebrations on the nights Timmy Murphy and Jerry Courtney won and the draw nights themselves are great fun and we look forward to them.

“We’ve had winners from Ballymac and Brosna and that’s great too as the club here caters for players from all the surrounding parishes and they’re great supporters of club activity,” said Chairman Casey.

€2 in an Envelope

The club buckets can be found in all the venues outlined above. You just put your €2 in the envelope with your name and telephone number and pop it into the bucket and wait for the call.

To date, close on €20,000 has been won by locals in the various public houses where the draws are held weekly.

The Winners Include:

Maria Sheehan won €592 at Kearney’s Bar on 07/09/2018; Oorla Casey won €499 at Browne’s Bar on 14/09/2018; Joe O’Callaghan won €713 at The Fountain Bar on 22/09/2018; Mike O’Halloran won €961 at Tom McCarthy’s Bar on 28/09/2018; Pat Jameson won €1,220 at Hughes’ Bar on 05/10/2018; Timmy Murphy won €1,213 at Fagin’s Bar on 12/10/2018; Denis Trant won €1,408 at The Half Barrel Bar on 20/10/2018; Louise Joyce won €1,335 at The Shoemaker’s Bar on 26/10/2018; Dave Geaney won €1,328 at The Halfway Bar on 02/11/2018; Paul McCarthy won €1,357 at Browne’s Bar on 09/11/2018; Jerry Courtney won €1,326 at Fleming’s Bar on 16/11/2018; Amy O’Sullivan won €1,437 at Kearney’s Bar on 23/11/2018; Sandra Young won €1,275 at The Fountain Bar on 30/11/2018; Anne Curtin won €1,291 at Tom McCarthy’s Bar on 07/12/2018; Paul Carroll won €1,284 at The Crown Bar on 14/12/2018.

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