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Sunday 21 July 2019

From London to Lisbon for charity

Rosie and Elaine Furlong from the Ash Tree, Ballywilliam, presenting a cheque for €2,600 to Stephen Walsh of New Ross River Search and Rescue
Rosie and Elaine Furlong from the Ash Tree, Ballywilliam, presenting a cheque for €2,600 to Stephen Walsh of New Ross River Search and Rescue

David Looby

Ballywilliam sisters Rosie and Elaine Furlong took the mad decision to drive in a 'two-ball rally' from London to Lisbon, raising more than €2,600 for New Ross River Search & Rescue.

The sisters, who work in the Oak Tree bar and lounge, drove the 2,200 distance to Lisbon and held a raffle for a fabulous hamper for a fundraiser in the pub.

They got the idea to raise money for New Ross River Search & Rescue from Martin (Scratchy) Doyle who teaches dancing at the pub. Scratchy volunteers with the river rescue crew, who are funded through donations. They have no adequate facilities, operating out of a hut.

Scratchy said the crew often spend weeks searching the River Barrow for missing people.

They recently purchased a new boat, the Pioneer, which, along with three plastic boats (the unsinkables) which tilt down at the front to aid in the recovery of people's remains.

Scratchy thanked Rosie and Elaine for their huge gesture, saying: 'It was an absolutely brilliant thing to do. They said after it was the best thing they've ever done. They loved it and are planning on doing it again next year for charity.'

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