Call for bikers to attend the fourth charity Poker Run

Published 09/04/2014 | 05:36

Principal Bridie Murphy and her passenger, Michelle Halpin at the annual Nano Nagle School Poker Run in Listowel last year.
Principal Bridie Murphy and her passenger, Michelle Halpin, at the annual Nano Nagle School Poker Run in Listowel last year.

IT'S the big fundraiser for the Nano Nagle that will see north Kerry rumble to the sound of motorbikes in a day of fantastic biker atmosphere and great craic.

Now in its fourth year, the North Kerry Nano Nagle Poker Run is once again calling on motorcycle enthusiasts to get in the saddle for a day of fun for a good cause.

Taking place on Saturday, April 12, organisers expect to see more than 100 bikes heading off at noon from the New Kingdom Bar, which will double as the Poker Run HQ for the day.

"It's going to be great and we urge everyone with a motorbike to come out in support of the school," Nano Nagle special needs assistant Michelle Halpin said.

"This is our big annual fundraiser and the difference the bikers' efforts make to the school each year is just incredible. One of the stipulations from the bikers is that at least half the proceeds raised on the day goes towards our annual trip with the other half going on vital equipment, which can cost a lot of money."

Last year, the school took nine of its senior students to Florida for a dream holiday that broadened their horizons no end and gave both students and carers a rare chance to unwind and simply enjoy the best things in life.

Parents paid the students' travel costs and staff paid their own way out there, but much of the holiday expenses were covered from the takings of last year's poker run.

As is the normal format for such events, the poker run will see the bikers selecting a card in each of the five towns they stop in and there are prizes for those who finish up with the best hands. However, the route is kept strictly hush-hush until the start of the run - it's a secretive approach that adds a touch of excitement. At day's end it is back to the Kingdom for a night of music with DJ Punk, refreshments and lashings of craic!

Registration takes place from 11am at the Kingdom Bar on the morning with check-in costing €10.


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