Thursday 18 September 2014

Quiz comes up trumps for cancer charities

Published 01/01/2014 | 05:36

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The Kilflynn Cancer Support Group Table Quiz winners pictured in Parker’s Pub on Friday night. Back, from left: Michael, Matthew and PJ Barry. Front, from left: Murt Murphy (co-quizmaster), Clara Ahern, John O’Flaherty (quizmaster) and Maura Barry.

THE horrendous weather on St Stephen's night appears to have paid dividends for the organisers of this year's Kilflynn Cancer Support Group quiz, with massive crowds making up for their missed night out on Thursday and descending on the village the following night instead.

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A record 40 plus teams took part in the annual fundraiser which was jointly hosted by Kilflynn's two pubs, Parker's and Herbert's, raising €4,500 on the night for cancer charities Recovery Haven, Kerry Hospice and Kerry Cancer Support.

Now in its 10th year, the fundraiser was the brainchild of cancer survivor and former Kilflynn PP, Fr Pat O'Donnell, who wanted to do his bit to help raise funds for cancer services in Kerry.

To date, the small community has raised almost €60,000 through the event.

Quizmaster John O'Flaherty described Friday night's event as a massive success and said he was thrilled to see so many locals - and new faces - showing their support. He praised the generosity of everyone who took part and bought raffle tickets, with amazing prizes being handed out on the night, including two Late Late show tickets, a signed copy of Ryan Tubridy's new book 'The Irish are Coming' and concert tickets.

Local publican, Mike Parker, was also the lucky winner of a signed Irish rugby jersey after out-bidding other interested parties in Friday night's auction, while co-quizmaster Murt Murphy went home without his shirt after two lads from Ballyduff offered him €40 for the garment!

"The terrible weather on Thursday night definitely helped us, as many came out on Friday night instead," John said.

"It was another great success and we'd just like to thank Marion Barnes from Recovery Haven and Sean Prendergast from Kerry Cancer Support from coming out and explaining to everyone where their money would go."


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