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Kilbride GAA Race night raises more than €10,000 for community playground

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Diarmuid Haughian, Noreen Coughlin and Hicham Elafghani.

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Diarmuid Haughian, Noreen Coughlin and Hicham Elafghani.

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The Kilbride GAA Club raised more than €10,000 for a community playground at their annual Race night, in Miley’s Pub in Blessington last week.

There was a huge turnout on the night as the broader Manor Kilbride community came together to raise funds for the playground, which is set to be installed next to the Kilbride GAA pitch early next year.

Kilbride GAA Club Chairman, Diarmuid Haughian, who was delighted with the generosity of his community, said: “Fair play to everyone and the community at large for their outstanding support. Well done to all on the night, especially Ethel Miley and Michael who manned the taps, Lorcan Clarke who managed the auction race and Norman from DB Entertainment who ran a great event.

“Thanks to all the sponsors, donors and horse buyers – the response has been incredible with almost €6000 in advertising, sponsorship and donations alone. With 307 horses sold, we easily cleared the €10,000 mark, which will go along way towards the target of €30,000 we have set to make the playground in Manor Kilbride a reality before Saint Patrick's day next year.”

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The highly anticipated community playground is a huge undertaking, with a total cost of €180,000 for the work on the playground, the installation of an accessible picnic bench and associated works on the nearby car park.

“With playgrounds nowadays, the finish really has to be high-end, with no expense spared,” Diarmuid said. “We got a LEADER grant of €136,000 and we have to raise the difference, so evenings like the Race Night are really vital to us hitting that target of next March.

“It is a big project, but Manor Kilbride deserves it. It's a small village, but this is going to be a huge deal for it. The playground is going to be fully accessible, so everyone can enjoy it, and there’s not too many like it around west Wicklow. We’ll keep chipping away at that total and hopefully we will all be able to enjoy the fruits of our labour sooner rather than later.


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