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Huge effort puts Club Development on sound footing

posted 7 May 2014, 12:43 by Weigle Ahn   [ updated 7 May 2014, 13:01 ]

After four months of hard work over 250 people gathered in Gowran Park on Saturday night April 12th to witness the Young Irelands GAA Club Monster Draw. Kilkenny County Board Chairman, Ned Quinn was guest of honour and kept the flag flying for the south when he picked the winning ticket, that of Mr Eamon Doherty, Slieverue,  who won a Ford Ka from Michael Lyng Motors.

It was a night of celebration as the volunteers and club members who worked tirelessly sat back and recounted their efforts. Over 10,000 tickets were sold for this development draw making it one of the most, if not the most, successful draw of its kind ever organised in the county.  #

Young Irelands GAA Club are embarking on a hugely significant development which will cost in excess of €750,000. The success of which is very much dependent on those within the local community getting behind and supporting this badly needed upgrade of facilities. As reflected in the effort and commitment to this fundraiser the community of Gowran and Dungarvan will not be found wanting in this regard.

Young Irelands GAA club would like to take this opportunity to publicly thank all those who volunteered in any way towards the organisation and selling of tickets for this draw. In was a hugely impressive effort and all involved can feel very much part of this development drive.

The Club would also like to thank all those who purchased tickets, the vast majority of whom were from outside the parish and had no links with the Club. The community spirit which emanated from this fundraiser was very gratifying and showed how important people across the country value the community and its voluntary effort. A special thanks to all the GAA Clubs across Kilkenny. Every Club is challenged with generating income year in year out. However the recognition of a one off development fundraiser of this nature was welcomed across the county and Young Irelands greatly appreciates and acknowledges the support it received from the members of every GAA Club in Kilkenny (and Mount Leinster Rangers in Carlow) when a knock came to their door.

We look forward with purpose to the day when Young Irelands GAA Club can welcome everyone to the Club's new facilities. Ní Neart Le Cur Le Chéile.

The lucky 10 winners were:  1st:  Ford Ka or €10,000: Eamon Doherty, Bellevue, Slieverue; 2nd: €2,000:  Ned Fitzpatrick, Knockmoylan, Mullinavat ; 3rd:  €1,000:  Thomas Hartley, Weatherstown, Glenmore;  4th:  42” LED TV:  Paddy Quinlan, Flagmount, Clifden;  5th:  Laptop:  Micheal O Caoimh, Dunnginstown, Kilkenny;  6th:  €500:  Pat Nolan, Cherrymount, Stoneyford; 7th:  €500:  Alice Blagriff, Athlone;  8th:  €500:  Jimmy Coogan, Lates, Tullaroan;  9th:  €300:  Ian Treacy, Frenystown, Clifden; 10th:  €300:  P J Cullen, Bennettsbridge;