Lively night on the town
TRADITIONAL music fans in Killorglin enjoyed a lively start to the weekend at a gala céilí night organised to raise funds for the 2014 All Ireland Coastal Rowing Championships which take place in Waterville from August 15 to 17.
The Killorglin céilí was held in the CYMS Hall on Friday night and according to organisers the tally for the evening currently stands at €940.
Locals danced the night away with the help of music by The Breens but the big winner on the night was the upcoming Championships.
Friday's big event was the second céilí organised in Killorglin ahead of the All Ireland competition in August. A similar night was held at the Manor Inn before Christmas and such was the success on that occasion that the decision was taken to move the next céilí to a bigger venue.
The fundraising efforts in Killorglin for the All Ireland Coastal Rowing Championships have been mirrored by events across Kerry in recent months with coastal rowing clubs in the county coming together to raise funds for the event.
The event in August will cost the Kerry Coastal Rowing Board in the region of €40,000 to host and they are hoping to raise in excess of €15,000 in small community events across the county.
"We have been receiving a lot of help in building the budget for this prestigious event and the money is still gathering away nicely," Mary B Teahan of the Kerry Coastal Rowing Board said. "We are incredibly grateful to people like Joys in Killorglin who organised Friday's event who have got involved in the fundraising."
While the All Ireland Coastal Rowing Championships were held in Waterville in 2009 this is the first time that an association of clubs, rather than just a single club, have taken on the hosting of the high profile event. Regular updates on fundraising and preparations ahead of the August Championships are available on the special Kerry Coastal Rowing Clubs Facebook page.