Tuesday 16 July 2019

Field Day fun revived in Rathgarogue

Kathleen Fortune, Roslare, Miriam Meyler, Kilrane, and Sadie and Joe Heffernan, Lacken
Kathleen Fortune, Roslare, Miriam Meyler, Kilrane, and Sadie and Joe Heffernan, Lacken

David Looby

The first field day in decades took place in Rathgarogue, attracting a huge crowd.

The sun shone and the crowds descended upon Scoil Naomh Aine during a fabulous day for the community. There was something for all the family at the field day which was months in the planning.

People enjoyed visiting the cake and bottle stalls, playing wheel of fortune, duck races, viewing bric-a-brac, trying out 'Hanging Tough', karting/tractor track, quad rides, face painting, bouncy castles, novelty athletics, including `partner carrying race', to name but a few. A tug-of-war competition was hugely popular and was judged by local strongman Paul Roberts.

The organising team of Rathgarogue Parents Association and Rathgarogue Community Development committee would like to thank the community of Rathgarogue and surrounding areas for their support in attending on the day.

Jean Maddock Brennan said: 'We received so much positive feedback, it's been unbelievable, but the most important one for us was people saying "it was lovely to sit and chat to neighbours that we only pass these days in cars". Fundraising aside, this is what a community field day is all about. The other important aspect for us is for families to enjoy an inexpensive, local day out with plenty of activities for the kids, in a safe environment. All the kids were delighted wandering around with their euros, enjoying the freedom of spending it wherever they chose. We look forward to seeing everyone next year!'

Jean thanked the board of management and staff of Scoil Naomh Aine for allowing them to take over the school for the weekend and also to the following local businesses who very generously sponsored this event: Anosonics Ltd, B&A Farms, Ballyanne Bar, Barrow Office Supplies, Bolger Automation, Byrne's Motors Ballywilliam, Carrig Castles, David Furlong Plumbing & Heating, David Quigley Car Sales, Forever Aloe, Glanbia Co-Op, Harte Outdoor Lighting, Husqvarna, Joyce's Home Centre, Kavanagh's Tyres, Maple Tree Nursery, Michael O'Farrell Building Contractor, Murtec Engineering, Noel Wall Engineering, O'Dwyers Daybreak, Phil Roche Carpentry & Kitchens, RBS Transport Ballinabanogue, Solar Electric Killanne, Terry Kennedy Plumbing & Heating, Crosbie Transport, Cakes by Lynn.

They also want to thank Ballyanne ICA for making copious amounts of tea and providing baked treats, to Cushinstown Parish Committee for donating equipment, and to Mena Scales for flipping 200 burgers and 100 sausages.

All proceeds will go towards the proposed all-weather pitch at Scoil Naomh Aine and a new community hall in Rathgarogue.

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