AN Spud Off Mór 2012, which saw nine parishes compete for the honour of growing Iarthar Dhuibhneach's best tasting spud earlier this summer, reaped the fruits of its labour this week, as proceeds raised through the event were presented to Kerry Hospice.
Spud Off Mór organiser Aengus Murphy presented Ursula O'Connell of Kerry Hospice with over €800 which was raised at the various heats and the final which was held at Tigh TPs in Ballydavid on July 1.
Scoil Mhaolcheadair was deemed the winner of the 2012 An Spud Off Mór warding off competition from the eight other finalists: Hughie Flannery, representing Paróiste Mhórdhach; Seáinín Mac Eoin, Paróiste na Cille- Cois Farraige; Jimí De Faoite, Paróiste an Daingean; Colm Gromail, Paróiste na Cille- Cois Cnoc; Tomáisín Ó Luaing, Paróiste Dún Chaoin; Paddy Fenton, Paróiste Fionn Trá; Deaglán Ó Maoileaoin, Paróiste an Fheirteáraigh; and Jack Ó Gearbhai from Paróiste Mhárthain.
The Spud Off Mór competition, which had its third annual outing this year, has really caught the imagination of the public and is a great talking point locally, according to Aengus who said plans are afoot to expand and perhaps extend the event in 2013.
Ursula O'Connell thanked An Spud Off Mór organisers for their support of Kerry Hospice Foundation, which plans to develop the in-patient unit at the Palliative Care Centre in Tralee in the near future.. She also thanked the people of Corca Dhuibhne for their recent support of the church gate collection for KHF which raised over €3,005.