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Thursday 2 October 2014

Testing their knowledge and helping out school

Published 18/03/2014 | 05:34

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THE QUESTIONS seem easy until you're in the hot seat, and the eight contestants picked to play 'Who wants to be a Thousandaire?' were very careful not to risk their winnings.

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The fundraiser for Creagh College was hailed as a massive success by the Parents' Association which organised the event, and around 400 people gathered in The Amber Springs Hotel last Thursday night to watch quizmaster Paul Mescal put the contestants under pressure.

First up was a student at the school, Chelsea Ward, and she won €150. Rory O'Broinn was next, and he won €250. Johnny Power won €50, while Tara Clarke won €100.

Creagh College Principal Paul Glynn played for Jude Darcy and won €250. Vice Principal Declan O'Toole was picked to play next, and he also won €250. The final contestant was John Carter, playing for Sheila Conway, and he won €250 for her.

Denise Byrne, Chairperson of the Parents' Council said they were overwhelmed with the response to the event. 'It was absolutely fantastic,' she said. 'We had a full house.'

MC Tim Shannon also had lots of spot prizes to give away.

Approximately €26,000 was raised, and Creagh College Parents' Council has purchased 50 Apple TV's for the new school. They also paid for transport to the airport for the school trip to France.

An auction was also held on the night with silowrap fetching €2,000. Two Garth Brooks tickets and an overnight hotel stay fetched €480, while two Leinster rugby tickets raised €100. Another €100 was raised for a voucher for The Worx Gym in Gorey.

Sponsors of the eight rounds included: The Amber Springs and Ashdown Park Hotels; Casey Enterprises; Gorey Family Practice; Middletown House Nursing Home and Retirement Village; Cllr. Robert Ireton; Redmond Electric; Stafford's Bakery; and BAM.

A huge thank you was sent to all who supported the evening in any way. Excitement is building in the school as they prepare to move into their permanent home in the coming weeks.

Gorey Guardian

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