Monday 22 September 2014

Coursing club raises €100k in just a week

Published 24/04/2013 | 05:36

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Glin Coursing Club members Joe Wallace (left) and John Barrett at their newly purchased club grounds at Ballinagoul. Photo by John Reidy

IF ever you doubted the incredible influence of people power then look no further than Glin, where a staggering €100,000 was raised in just over a week to help buy a new field for the local coursing club.

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The club has invested €375, 000 in a 30-acre site at Ballinagoul, west of the village, and will spend a further €25,000 developing it.

All the money will need to be raised purely through fundraising. The club, however, could not have asked for a better start to their campaign, with a quarter of the money already in the bank.

Club member, Michael Sweeney said the money was raised by offering shares at €1,000 each, which will be redeemable in full after five years. He said the support locally has been overwhelming.

"Michael O'Rourke, together with Mícheál Foley and Joby Wallace formed a finance committee and came up with the shares idea and people have been amazing and really rowed in behind us," he said.

Club Secretary John Barrett, said the club is relishing the thought of finally owning its own grounds for the first time in its 110-year history.

"We have been looking for a field all our lives so when I saw this I knew It would be the ideal location," he said. "Here in Glin, the soccer and football club have their own field, and now we can stand beside them."


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