Tuesday 17 September 2019

Lathering up for local camogie

Simon Bourke

Community spirit was alive and well in the Irishtown last weekend as members of New Ross Fire Brigade got out the suds and soap in support of Geraldine O'Hanrahan's Camogie Club.

Volunteering their time free of charge, the lads and lasses set up a mobile car washing service, with all proceeds going towards the upkeep of the club.

With no set fee in place, members of the public were invited to have their vehicles scrubbed down and then donate a sum of their choice.

Mary Gleeson, Chairperson of GOH Camogie Club, explained how the event came about: 'We'd been in contact with New Ross Fire Brigade to try and set it up and once they said they were happy to help everything just fell into place. They created a brilliant atmosphere on the day, and the local community really contributed to that. We're going to bring the Fire Brigade some cakes and biscuits by way of thanks for all their work. It was all voluntary on their part, they did it on their own time.'

This mutually beneficial relationship received a further boost when it emerged that one of the female members of the Fire Brigade had agreed to join the camogie team at their next training session with a view to togging out in a future game.

And, for Mary, this underlined the need for new players at GOH Camogie Club.

'We're always looking for new players, young or old, we have teams from aged ten upwards, an U-16, minor and junior, we're still quite small. We work alongside the main Geraldine O'Hanrahan's club and the Coiste na nÓg underage club, although we're a separate entity we all part of the same club,' she said.

Confirming that the event had raised a 'phenomenal amount' for the club, Mary said fundraising was an essential part of the running of the club.

'We rely solely on fundraising to keep us going, not just the camogie section but the entire Geraldine O'Hanrahan's club. We're a small club, we don't have huge membership numbers even though we're in town. Our Junior Ladies team are doing well in their championship and this money will help us get them new jerseys, new equipment, hurleys, sliotars. On average we'd break two or three hurleys a game and it's not fair to expect the players to buy their own each time that happens,' she said.

Thanking Barrow Office for producing flyers advertising the car wash, Four Star Pizza for providing complimentary pizzas for those washing the cars and main sponsor Paddy Breen Hardware for their continued support, Mary paid special tribute to the parents of all the club's players and to its President, Sister Elizabeth.

New Ross Standard