Wednesday 18 September 2019

Ballymon Bullfest a hit once again

Cathy Lee

Always a popular event, it was a busy night for the third annual Ballamon Bullfest barn dance and barbecue held once again at Harry and Amanda Murphy's farm.

Organised this year by the Kilrush/Askamore GAA Club, all money raised was collected for the two national schools - Ballyroebuck NS and Ballyellis NS - in the parish as well as the two local churches.

'Over 600 people came out and we want to thank them for their support. It was a great night. We are still counting up the money raised but we've no doubt that it'll be a good few thousand,' said Frank Doyle, chairperson of the Kilrush/Askamore GAA Club.

'The rain came down that day so that might have thinned the crowd a bit for the evening, but all who were there really enjoyed themselves,' he said.

Food was served and music from the popular band The Heartbeats began at 9 p.m. with dancing enjoyed by all.

Some barbecue favourites like burgers were up for grabs as well as special summer treats like strawberries and cream.

Amanda Murphy said that she was impressed by the dancing skills of the younger people who came out and she was delighted to have everybody back again on to her family farm.

The recently won Leinster hurling trophies also made an appearance on the night, much to the delight of all the GAA fans who came along on the night in support.

In 2018, €8,000 was raised for the Jack and Jill Foundation and in 2017 over €9,000 was raised for St Patrick's Special School.

Gorey Guardian