John O’Donoghue’s Memory Honoured by Fair Day in Castlemaine Village

Castlemaine Events Committee will host the revival of Castlemaine Fair Day on Sunday October 10 th in memory of the late John O’Donoghue.

The location of the Sheep Fair will be in Griffin’s Car Park and it will get underway from 10am.

The event and its proceeds will be in aid of Kerry Hospice and there will also be an auction on the day for which the donation of animals is welcome.

Funds for Palliative Care Unit

Funds raised from the auction will go towards the Palliative Care Unit at University Hospital Kerry who provide exemplary care and attention to their patients.

A raffle with some wonderful spot prizes on offer courtesy of sponsorship and bucket collections will also be in operation throughout the event.

John O’Donoghue who was known all over resided in the heart of Castlemaine Village. He was born on January 21st. 1965 which happened to coincide with a staging of the old Castlemaine Fair Day.

Marking John’s Love of Fairs

It’s now felt to be appropriate to mark John’s lifetime love of attending fairs and being an integral part of the farming community by bringing back the old fair day in his honour and to celebrate traditions, customs and beliefs of the locality.

Speaking about the event, John’s daughter Cathy said that the fair day was an annual event in Castlemaine but it died out in the 90s.

John was known by many, particularly for his work ethic, humour and honesty.

Keeping up Traditions

When people mention any dealings they had with him, it is always with a smile on their face and they will all tell you that it was always a good deal they had with him.

John loved to attend the fair days throughout the county and was well known as the custom of attending the fairs was passed onto John from his father Denis. Attending the fairs was not only enjoyable but also important to my father as he liked to keep up traditions.

A Lovely Way to Celebrate

You would always be sure to get a bit of traditional luck back in the form of change from my father too with a deal.

I, along with his good friend Pat O’Keeffe, felt a fair day was a lovely way to celebrate John’s life whilst also raising money for Kerry Hospice due to his passion for farming and his love of a fair day whilst also bringing back an old tradition which can hopefully be renewed.

A Shock for Family and Friends

It was a huge shock to John, his family and friends when he was diagnosed with terminal bowel cancer in May 2019.

His life was cut short as seven months after that he died in the Palliative Care Unit on January13th. 2020.

Almost everyone has been affected by cancer in some way or another and are familiar with the Kerry Hospice in UHK.

The care and support provided by the palliative care team was so amazing that it feels very right to give something back.

A Wonderful Service

“I hope that we can raise as much money as possible on the day for such a wonderful service here in the heart of Kerry.

It is great to have the Castlemaine Events Committee on board to help with the planning of the event. We are very lucky to have such a team in a small village.

If this event runs successfully, we would love to see it as an annual event as not only does it help raise money for the wonderful service of the Kerry Hospice it will also help keep my father’s memory alive.” Cathy concluded.

All queries surrounding the Fair Day can be directed to Castlemaine Events Committee by contacting 087 2549116 and further information is also available on the committee’s Facebook page.

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