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Wednesday 1 October 2014

Carlow Rowing club's debut fundraiser an 'oaring success'

Published 12/11/2013 | 05:24

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A capacity crowd filled the Seven Oaks recently as a special fundraising concert took place for Carlow Rowing Club. The event is the first of its kind that the club have put on to date, and by all accounts it was a wonderful success.

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The evening saw some of the town's finest musicians take to the stage, including Eoin Coogan, Maeve Lyons, Eric Butler, Olive Delaney and, the main act, Piano Man, John Forde.

'It was an amazing night,' said President of the club Brian Lyons. 'We managed to sell about 400 tickets for it and I think everyone really enjoyed it.

'The feedback was overwhelmingly positive. A lot of people commented that they never realised the amount of talent that exists in the town and were asking when the next night would be. Paddy Carroll kind of organised the whole thing and put a lot of work into it, so a big thank you has to go to him.'

While the total amount raised has yet to be calculated, the club are hoping that it will be enough to purchase some much needed equipment.

'New oars are a big thing we're hoping to be able to get,' said Brian. 'Thankfully we've had a big intake of juniors into the club this year, which is great, but it also means we need more equipment. Also there are expenses that may not be attached to the likes of GAA clubs. We have one annual regatta here each year, but the rest of the time we're on the road travelling to events around the country, and all that adds up.'

The fundraiser was said to have been a huge success for the club however and they are hoping to go on and make it an annual event.

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