Community the winner as €15,000 is raised

Kevin Hughes

DO you know who invented the lock? Well, if you do, you really should have been at a special 'Who Wants to be a Thousandaire' challenge held in The Malton Hotel in Killarney on Sunday night.

Hosted by Farranfore Development Association, the correct answer could have won a €500 cash prize but, ultimately, it proved the stumbling block for one contestant.

Based on the popular TV show 'Who Wants to be a Millionaire' - complete with 50/50, phone-a-friend and ask the audience options - over 200 attended on the night and approximately €2,000 in prize and draw money was handed out.

There was plenty of enthusiasm in the room too and so there were no refusals when members of the audience were selected to play for the big money.

"That definitely helped make it a better night, having a great crowd who wanted to get involved," Farranfore Development Association Chairman Dan Ahern said afterwards.

In the end it was Farranfore Development Association who ticked all the right boxes, raising an impressive €15,000 from the event.

The money will now be used to progress a project that is just over a year old but has already collected awards thanks to ambitious plans that will include community recreational space and parkland.

"The money raised from the night means we are now fairly confident that we can make serious progress with the project and develop an amenity area around Farranfore railway station's old water tower and a history walkway," Mr Ahern explained.

"It also means that, further down the line, we might be able to look into developing the area in front of the garda barracks too," he added.

Earlier this year Farranfore Development Association picked up a category win at the Kerry Community Awards and only last month, in conjunction with The Kerryman, the project received a merit at the nationwide Get Involved local newspaper initiative.

The project will require investment of time, money and expertise over the next couple of years.

However, when complete, it will be a long term asset to the local community, the county of Kerry and an added attraction to visitors to the Kingdom.

Meanwhile, as for 'that' question, the man who patented the safety lock was Joseph Bramah. Don't worry if you didn't know, it was in 1784 after all.


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