OVER 40 years on and the Listowel Badminton Club's big weekend of the year is as popular as ever.
The club was once again delighted with the massive turnout for its annual Mixed Doubles weekend - the main event in the club's calendar which sees badminton players descending on Listowel from all over the county and beyond. It was held over Saturday and Sunday at the Listowel Community Centre.
Chairperson Betty Doolin said the club was extremely heartened by the continued support it receives for the weekend. "It went very well, we had a big crowd and everyone seemed very pleased with the whole weekend. It's been running for over 40 years now and is as big as ever. We had players with us from all over Kerry and from as far as Waterford, Clare, Tipperary and Cork."
One of the most important facets of the weekend, drawing the crowds back again and again, is the hospitality of Listowel, Betty said. "It's very important to feed them well too and to that end our catering staff Aine and Helen do a fantastic job. It keeps them coming back!"
Betty also thanked all the sponsors of the weekend from around town. "Without their help the weekend simply wouldn't be possible."
Club stalwart Junior Griffin said the weekend is now established as a great social occasion and a nice liitle boost for the town economy during an otherwise slow month.
"Not alone from a badminton perspective but the Saturday programme which is an open competition to all players beyond the Kerry boundaries has become a great social occasion," Junior said.
"Over the weekend over 130 players competed which in itself brought a bit of extra business to Listowel and the local club committee wish to sincerly thank their many sponsors for their contributions which without their valued help it would not be possible to run the events."
A particular element within the support said it all for Betty: "We had a lot of people with us who no longer play but still come down to Listowel to meet old friends and take in the whole atmosphere of the weekend, which says it all really."