Co-Op draw is ready to roll

The aim of the Hurlers Co-Op draw organised by Kilkenny County GAA Board is to assist every club in the county.

The aim of the Hurlers Co-Op draw organised by Kilkenny County GAA Board is to assist every club in the county.

The draw is now in its 32nd year The start is only two weeks away. The first draw is scheduled for Tuesday, June 10.

The draw offers over €110,000 in prizes. The top prize is a car valued at €12,500 or a cash prize of €10,000. Second prize is a holiday valued at €2,500, or cash of €2000. The third, fourth and fifth prizes are weekend breaks in hotels.

There will also be cash prizes for up to 30 lucky winners each fortnight. Following the initial draw on Tuesday, June 10 the remaining draws will be held on Tuesday, June 24, Tuesday, July 8, Tuesday, July 22 and Tuesday, August 5.

Speaking at the launch, County Board chairman, Ned Quinn, emphasised the benefits of what was essentially a fund-raiser for clubs and the county. The proceeds from the draw, which guarantees a minimum of €25 from every €50 ticket sold, are returned to the club of the purchaser.

This money makes a major contribution to the financing of the playing facilities each year and also assists with the funding of a variety of development initiatives.

In the past, the building of additional dressing room and pavilion facilities, floodlighting, walkways and other general ground improvements have been assisted with money generated through the Co-Op draw.

At County Board level the portion of the proceeds received is retained to offset the cost of redevelopment work that is carried out annually in Nowlan Park. As a result of this work, county headquarters is now capable of hosting major games and musical events such as those staged in 2013.

Mr Quinn appealed to GAA followers to again support the Hurlers Co-Op draw, thereby enabling the continuation of the great work that is being done for the promotion of Gaelic games in every parish of the county.