Saturday 20 July 2019

Skittelton Cup a great hit with locals

Tony Kehoe Motors’ team: Sean Hobbs, captain, Tony Kehoe and Anthony Kavanagh
Tony Kehoe Motors’ team: Sean Hobbs, captain, Tony Kehoe and Anthony Kavanagh

Jimmy Kavanagh's Skittelton Memorial Cup took place over the June bank holiday weekend at Goslin's pub in Ballycanew, and Tony Keogh Motors' team were very happy to come out on top.

Ten teams took part in the Skittelton Memorial Cup and these teams came from all over the county, not just Ballycanew, as some arrived from Bunclody, Gorey, Killenagh and the surrounding areas.

The event aims to raise money for both Wexford Hospice Homecare and the palliative care unit.

Starting in 2017, the cup honours the memory of Jimmy Kavanagh. He passed away in October 2016 and was a well-known and loved member of the village community and is still sadly missed.

'Jimmy was a character and he had a huge personality, he would have been popular not just in Ballycanew but around Gorey and everywhere we went,' said James O'Brien, a friend of Jimmy's and organiser of the event.

Jimmy, known locally as 'Shakey', had cancer and died at the age of 56. During his last few months, he received palliative care from the North Wexford Hospice Nursing Trust.

'The homecare service providers did a superb job for Jimmy, and we are delighted to have raised more than €1,600 with the tournament this year,' said James.

He explained that holding this event keeps the memory of Jimmy alive, and again this year there was a great turnout from the locals in support.

Ballycanew played host to live music and a barbecue and there was a celebratory atmosphere all day.

Gorey Guardian