Wednesday 18 October 2017

Shot and caught night's €3K Hope boost

Danijela Stojanovic, Ger Holohan, Ann Stojanovic and Rita Holohan at the fundraiser in Conran's Rathnure
Danijela Stojanovic, Ger Holohan, Ann Stojanovic and Rita Holohan at the fundraiser in Conran's Rathnure

Food lovers in the Rathnure area were game for the Shot & Caught fundraising night for the Hope cancer care centre in Enniscorthy recently, raising almost €3,000 for the organisation.

The foodie night, featuring food 'shot and caught' in the region, attracted a crowd of around 150 people to Conran's pub in Rathnure. The event received great support from the local community, with people donating freshly baked bread and freshly shot game, while fishing and game companies also supplied fresh food.

This is the second year running that the Shot & Caught night has proven a hit, with last year's event raising €2,377 for the Hope Support Centre in Enniscorthy.

Those in attendance enjoyed rabbit stew, venison, duck, fish soup and other seafood creations, cooked by Monart chef Dave O'Neill and his team.

Denis Kirwan, who recently took over running the pub, facilitated the event.

The night was organised by cancer survivor Ger Holohan, who got great support from the Hope centre, Martin Ronan, Brian Binnions, his brother Derek and Denis Kirwan. Mr Holohan said: 'We organised the night based around game as we're coming to the end of the game season. Everyone got involved and local people made homemade bread and jams. There were so many things on that night and we still got a crowd.'

He thanked everyone for supporting the event and 'wild Mary', a forager from Tipperary, who brought her products to be sampled. There was no admission charge into the game feast, but attendees kindly donated to the cause.

Mr Holohan said the final sum raised will be around €3,000.

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