Firies GAA Club Launches Big Drop €25,000 Fundraiser

Kerry football star, David Clifford helping to launch the Big Drop fundraising draw at Firies GAA Club. Included are, front from left: Niall O’Donohue, Tom Kelliher, David Clifford, Jack Sherwood and Pádraig De Brún. Back from left: Jer Foley, James Daly, Tim Clifford and Brendan Spring.

Firies Football, Hurling and Ladies Football Club members have launched an innovative fundraising drive to develop their new playing facilities in Firies village.

The drive will also raise funds for the Irish Community Air Ambulance Service and the vital work it does throughout the country.

The club has grounds and facilities at Páirc Eamonn in Farranfore but, due to the substantial growth in the club over the past ten years, the grounds can very scarcely accommodate all juvenile football / ladies football teams as well as a vibrant hurling club serving the mid-Kerry hinterland.

Planning Permission Obtained

The club has planning permission obtained for a new training facility adjacent to Firies village which includes grass pitches and a community walking track.

In order to finance this development, the club is organising its ‘Firies Big Drop’ draw with prizes worth €25,000.

How Will it Work?

On Saturday, October 1st. the club grounds in Farranfore will be virtually divided into a grid with 4,000 squares. Taking advantage of the club’s proximity to Kerry Airport, a helicopter will fly

over Páirc Eamonn, dropping ten balls. Each ticket sold is allocated a random grid box and if the ball lands on your grid box, you could win a top prize of €10,000 euro. There will also be prizes of €5,000, €2,500, €1,500 and six €1,000 on the day.

From Spark to Flame in Firies

At the fundraiser launch, club Chairman Tom Kelliher said that the club is in a fortunate position of experiencing phenomenal growth.

“And and while we have secured land and planning permissions for the new pitch, substantial funds are now needed to ignite the spark in Firies.

We believe this fundraiser will help Firies secure the future for our players and community for years to come,” said Mr. Kelliher.

Support for Air Ambulance

Ladies football club finance committee member, Tim Clifford added said that 10% of all profits from the big drop will go to the Air Ambulance to acknowledge the phenomenal work that they are doing.

Tickets for Firies Big Drop are on sale now from at €50 per ticket with the added incentive of an early bird draw of two All-Ireland football tickets and overnight accommodation in Dublin when the ticket is purchased before July 16th.

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