Record Bazaar delivers for charity!
The Listowel Parish Bazaar broke the €20,000 mark for the first time ever in its 65-year-long history.
In a wonderful moment for the organising committee, the proceeds were handed over to nine local charities and eight overseas missions with strong links to North Kerry through its wild geese religious.
How did they manage the record-smashing performance?
"We're putting the success down to our fantastic prices!" Bazaar committee chairperson Bill Moloney told The Kerryman.
"Of course, I would say that, wouldn't I?" he laughed.
It's hard to argue with Bill's logic. With the support of Listowel and north Kerry business, the Bazaar was choc-full of seriously attractive lots, from hampers to electronics and so much more - all of it more fiercely contested in Christmas 2016 as the bidding got underway.
"The bidding was fierce alright. Especially when it came to the drink! That's where the craic is - you'd have two fellows after a couple of pints bidding against each other for the bottle of whiskey," Bill joked.
"We're just over the moon with how successful it was, with €20,300 raised so far in the first time ever that the Bazaar exceeded the €20,000-mark."
"Of course, none of it would be possible without the fantastic support of the businesses and the people of Listowel and North Kerry.
"We had wonderful items to auction and the support we got was incredible with people coming in from all over North Kerry and as far as Limerick and even Kanturk and Mallow."
The money now goes to nine local charities and a number of overseas missions.
"For instance we've been supporting the education of an Indian student, S Elizabeth Mary, for the past eight years.
"She's an exceptional girl and we send her a donation each year, and receive updates on how she's getting on. Thankfully she's doing excellent!" Bill explained, highlighting just how important the Bazaar is.