Novel Cow Dung Festival!

posted 2 Sep 2011, 03:43 by Unknown user
Last weekend August 20/21 the Club hosted the inaugural novel Cow Dung Festival at the Community Centre and GAA Park. The unusual title and main theme of the weekend, namely the cow dung bingo captured the imagination of the people locally, and those who came from afar. Gerry Guthrie and his country band and Pats Country Road show opened the festival on Saturday night and a great crowd filled the main hall and dance floor for the night. It was a credit to all involved who had the main hall, and the newly made Bar looking splendid. The crowd danced the night away into the small hours and a great night was had by all.

There was no rest for the organising committee as the next morning wasn't long coming! First on the schedule for Sunday was the Castleconnor-Bonniconlon Honda Run. About 30 bikes departed from the community centre at 12.30pm. The sun began to shine and the families and kids enjoyed some fun and activities on the GAA pitch with plenty of events to keep them occupied. Pat Boyle provided music on the pitch and a good atmosphere was starting to build up. The Honda run returned at about 3.00pm and the hall was filling up rapidly to watch the Mayo v Kerry match on the big screens. There was a fantastic atmosphere in the place throughout the duration of the game and the packed house cheered on our neighbours for this contest.

After the match it was time to bring Betsy the cow onto the pitch. The crowd at the bar and in the hall flocked to the stand and pitch perimeters to see Betsy arrive onto the field. After about an hour and a half Betsy had done her bit!, and the laser measuring devices confirmed that Anthony Gallagher from Killala in Mayo had bought that lucky square, winning €2000.
Inside in the Community Centre Roisin Gordon was providing the entertainment, and after we held the Club Lotto Draw. €13,650 was the main prize, however there was no winning ticket and Jerome Clarke from Easkey matched 3 numbers winning €150. Tara Cawley and her band Retaken took to the stage shortly after and played in to the night. Another great night was had by all Sunday night as the weekend came to a close, with all the hard work evidently proving to be worthwhile. Other prizes for people who had squares close to the winning one were winners of €100. These were Kathleen Lynn, Geraldine Caden, Austin Tuffy, Peter Flynn, Paula Duggan, Wayne Ryan, John Hopkins and Nora McDonnell.€25 winners were David Fox, Sarah Gillard, Claire Byrne, Pascal Gillard, Patricia Greavey, Sharon Barrett, John Creegan and Eugene Sheridan.

The Club would like to thank all the people who supported the event, our community spirit showed as usual. The finance committee deserves great credit for their hard work and to all the volunteers who helped before, during and after the event with the clean up. There are far too many names to mention. Lets hope that this time next year, the Castleconnor GAA Club will be hosting another festival!