Hooley warms the winter

SUCH was the success of Friday night's barn dance in aid of Knockanure Community Centre, that organisers are already planning another hooley to welcome the spring.

Despite the rain and cold that would have tempted many to stay by the fire, locals and visitors came out in force to support the fundraiser, which aimed to finance the extensive range of services offered at the centre.

With the venue suitably decked out for the occasion, complete with bales of straw and model horses, the guests got into the spirit of things with check shirts, stetsons and cowboy boots at every corner.

Eamon Quaid, who travelled all the way from Limerick city was deemed best dressed man on the night and took home a €100 hamper from Newtownsandes Creamery in Moyvane, Croom lady Mary Sexton came second and picked up a €50 voucher courtesy of local man Leo Finucane.

"It was an absolutely brilliant night," community centre manager, Nora Winters said. "Despite the weather, people came from all over north Kerry and even as far as Newmarket and Limerick city and they really got into the fun of it, dressing up in their cowboy shirts and hats."