Huge boost for Mountain Rescue

Castleross golf event hits hole-in-one for Kerry Mountain Rescue

Tadhg Evans

The Castlerosse Charity Weekend and its 40-team fundraising golf scramble were wildly successful last month - and in recent days, the fruits of the organisers' work were handed over to the Kerry Mountain Rescue Team.

Participants in the classic played the nine-hole course twice on June 29 and 30 last, while a bumper raffle afterwards raised further funds for the rescue team. In total, those funds came to €4,000 - a vital support for Kerry Mountain Rescue Team (KMRT), a team that calls to emergency situations not only in Kerry but also further afield. 

The team consists of 35 volunteer members, who provide a 24-7-365 service covering Ireland's southwest. While a number of groups do provide funding to the team towards their sterling work, KMRT relies heavily on fund-raisers and private donations to meet its annual balance.

The golf club's Lady Captain, Sally Filby, explained that she approached the group in the lead up to the event to suggest them as the main beneficiaries of the fund-raiser's inaugural staging.

"If you play golf at Castlerosse, the mountains are all around you," she told The Kerryman, “and because the club and those mountains are so intrinsically linked, I felt Kerry Mountain Rescue Team, a great local charity, would be a good selection.

"We were very pleased with the number of participants we got, with 40 teams of three players each. I thought the event was very well supported by participants and sponsors alike.

"We had a huge raffle after the golf, and the prizes were very heavily sponsored by local supporters. We also had many, many local players taking part in the event itself.

"I'd like to thank all of the locality and everyone involved for playing their part and making this first-time running of the event a very worthwhile occasion. I know Kerry Mountain Rescue were delighted with what we managed to raise for them."