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Thursday 28 August 2014

Battle of the barmen!

Published 10/09/2013 | 05:38

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The contestans head out on the barman’s race, which was won by Diarmuid Roche (second from right) of Ma Byrne’s pub.

PINTS WERE spilled and sweat was poured, but six New Ross barmen managed to complete this year's Barman's Race around the town in the name of charity.

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Diarmuid Roche of Ma Byrne's pub won the race for the second year running, followed in second place by his brother Pat of Richie's bar and David Saridakis of Bolg Bui in third place.

Organised by Tina Saridakis, the men set off with their drink trays and completed a lap of the town, travelling up Barrack Lane and down passed St Joseph's NS, before swinging around by the parish church and on to the Tholsel finish line.

Tina said: 'It went very well and there was a good turn out for it. The Barman's Race was an old tradition in the town every year and I'm trying to revive it.'

She said the competitors completed the race in around ten minutes, adding that Diarmuid Roche must have been training for the race this year, he was so fast.

The six barmen who competed enjoyed some refreshments afterwards at Bolg Bui where a traditional music session was held and raffle tickets were sold in aid of Crumlin Children's Hospital.

Tina said she hopes to run the barman's race as an annual event and is asking people to recommend local charities, to which money can be donated to. She said €655 was raised at a quiz night in aid of the hospital in early August.

Tina can be contacted at 087 2153744 with recommendations for a charity for next year's race.

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