Kilmuckridge event pulls in the money for RNLI
Despite a wet and miserable day, this year's Kilmuckridge to Morriscastle boat pull and benefit night in aid of Rosslare RNLI Lifeboat raised the largest amount in the history of the event.
Eddie Sinnott has organised the annual August bank holiday weekend fundraiser for the past 36 years, and he and his fellow volunteers were delighted to meet representatives of Rosslare Lifeboat in Hammel's lounge in Kilmuckridge to hand over a cheque for €14,235.
'We're delighted, over the moon, it's the best ever,' said Eddie. 'And it was a wet Sunday.'
Last year's event raised around €11,500, and Eddie believes that this year's total was boosted by the particularly busy benefit night held in Hammel's Lounge after the boat pull.
He said the annual fundraiser has amassed over €450,000 for Rosslare RNLI over the 36 years. The funds raised go towards general operating costs of the lifeboat. 'It costs a lot to run the lifeboat and to kit the crew out,' said Eddie. 'Anything we collect goes to Rosslare lifeboat.'
Among those present at the cheque handover were many of the volunteer boat pullers, ticket sellers and bucket collectors who helped on the day.
A massive thank you was sent to all who helped on the day and all who donated, as well as those who gave auction items, raffle prizes and door prizes. Thanks also went to Joe, Bridie, and Peter Hammel in Hammel's Lounge, and Nicky Hammel in the Crosses.