GAA-lovin' Galway farmers raise €200,000 for new floodlights with the help of a few bullocks
A group of Galway farmers have helped raise €200,000 to redevelop local GAA grounds by donating prize bullocks.
The sale of 30 bullocks, reared for free by farmers in Kilkerrin and surrounding areas, has gone a long way towards the building of new dressing rooms and floodlights at the local Fr Lynch Community Pitch.
Stevie Lee, a member of the fundraising committee, says local farmers have been involved in the project for the last two years.
“Work on the dressing rooms has been progressing very well and while they are needed first, the floodlights will be next,” said Stevie, thanking all who have worked voluntarily to contribute to the project.
Farmers took it upon themselves to rear the cattle and then donated the difference between the cost of the animal and its selling price to the fund.
The final 10 animals were sold yesterday at Tuam Mart. Organisers say total sales have raised around €30,000, with an additional €7,000 also generated from tractor runs and sports days.
“We have an account in Kilkerrin Credit Union where all funds have been lodged and anyone who wishes can contribute,” he added.