Saturday 19 April 2014

Pub goes wild for charity auction

A PUB has seen its fixtures and fittings removed and replaced with bales of hay and straw.

And the locals have had to make way for some four-legged friends.

But it was all for a good cause – the seventh annual Ardara Poor Farmers' Association auction in Teague's Bar in the Co Donegal town, which was broadcast live online.

A total of 80 lots went under the hammer, which, as usual, were sold in the group's own unique way.

The stage was transformed into a bidding table with guest auctioneers Daniel Moy and Malachy Daniels taking charge of proceedings, as livestock, food produce and much more were auctioned off.

To date, the event has raised close to €200,000, which has been distributed among charities, including Donegal Hospice, the Killybegs Hospice Suite and Cancer Care and Research.

This year, the proceeds will benefit the Donegal Hospice Home Care efforts.

Lots included donkeys, sheep, heifers, bags of turf, chickens, gates, bags of nuts and bales of silage.

This year, 'Big Tom' agreed to donate spuds from his very own farm garden (€110); while four Black Faced Hoggets realised prices of between €400 and €510. A collie pup (€650), Zwarble ewe (€230) and one stone of haddock (€130) also generated excitement.

"We're always delighted with people's generosity every year," said organiser John Breslin.

"Times are tougher, but people keep on giving. Everyone knows the good work that home carers do. Each year, the Poor Farmers put on a unique night that will live long in the memory and this year was no different."

Irish Independent

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