Thursday 22 March 2018

Full house at Rangers bingo night fundraiser

Linda O’Melia and Donna Casey, Saltown.
Linda O’Melia and Donna Casey, Saltown.
Tony Brady, Chairman of Crossmaglen Rangers; Treasurer, Thomas McKenna; and executive member, Brendan McShane, at the fundraising bingo.
Aisling Casey, Castleross, and Catherine Casey, Hackballscross.
Majella McCann and Veronica McArdle.
Geraldine Rock and Martina Reel.
Margariette Markey, Market Street, and Teresa Rogers, Hackballscross.
Joe Kernan, Noel Luckie and John Donaldson.

On Friday night we headed for the Let's Bingo on the Racecourse Road at the old Sportsbowl where a special fundraising night was taking place for Crossmaglen Rangers GFC and the place was looking sensational with plenty of spaces to play, loads of screens and a lovely atmosphere.

 The place was packed with serious bingo players ready to do battle for some top prizes on the night.

After having a look round the place I decided to see who I could see who was up for a bit of craic and met up with sisters Donna Casey from Saltown and Ashling Casey from Castleross with their mum Catriona Casey from Hackballscross and their friend Linda O'Melia from Saltown who told me they were having a fantastic night and were all looking for Catriona to get the drinks in because the night had started very well and they were looking forward to a great night with everyone there.

I then made my way over to a table where I caught up with Aisling McDonnell, Christopher and Annemarie Cumiskey and Sinead Byrne all from Crossmaglen who told me the night had been going well but still no sign of a win yet!

Making my way through the crowds who were busily Xing off the numbers, I caught up with the main man from Manydown Close and his delightful wife – Barney and Breda Foley who had come within two numbers of a big win but were struggling with a burst pen which had got everywhere. He told me they had been given a ticket for the night and decided to come out and enjoy an evening's bingo.

Making my way over to another group I had the pleasure of talking to Siobhan Lynch from Fatima, Ann Hearty from Ballybinaby, and Cait Griffin and Mary Murphy from Crossmaglen who were thoroughly enjoying the evening and told me they had come close on a couple of occasions and were optimistic of a win in the near future.

After this I headed over for a chat with a group of ladies who were in great form, including Angela Conroy and Mary Corrigan both from Knockbridge, Caroline Conroy from Drogheda, Mary McGrath from Cooley, Trudy Durnin from Garrettstown, Joan Watters from Newry and her sister Ann Rafferty from Cooley who had already had the chance to shout 'House' and they were all in party mode and looking forward to getting a few more wins under their belts.

Not too long later I got talking to Joan Casey from Boyle O'Reilly Terrace who was with her daughter Amanda and Joan's son's girlfriend Tatjana Savkova from Newry Road who told me that they hadn't had a winner yet, but were feeling quietly confident of winning some major cash later on in the night.

After this I met Noel Marmion from Forkhill Road who told me he was there on the night with Jim Gallagher also from Forkhill Road who said they'd been waiting on a number a couple of times and were sure they were in line for a big pay out!

I then headed into Winner's Bar and Restaurant where I caught up with Tracey and Karen O'Hare from Castlebellingham who have links with the club and they were having a laugh with Leon Savage and Keith Johnston both from Newry who were lending their support to the night by supporting the bar, always a good move lads!

Making my way back in to the play area I caught up with Marian and Maeve Murphy, Oliver and Bernie Donaldson all from Crossmaglen who told me they were still waiting on the big one and said to come back after the final game because they were sure they were going to take the top prize for sure.

Finally before I departed I met up with Bernadette and Patrick Shevlin and Imelda Finnegan all from Inniskeen who told me they were really enjoying the night and were still on the look out for the illusive big one!

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