Braving the chilly waters of the Weir-pool, Saint Patrick and friends of the Thomastown Community River Trust wet the shamrock at the “Big Splash” sponsored swim in celebration of our national patron.
On what was a glorious spring day across the country, the floods had receded, the clouds had parted and the spirits were high. Determined to rise above the recent problems of severe flooding, the people of Thomastown were certainly up for a bit of craic and came out in great numbers to support this bit of March madness by the river Nore.
On behalf of TCRT, a delighted Peter Dempsey (St Patrick) expressed appreciation and gratitude to all who donated so generously on the day and in recent weeks.
“We will now put right any damage caused due to winter flooding and have everything by the weir in ship shape condition for the coming season,” he said.
“The people of Thomastown and Kilkenny can be rightly proud of their Weir Pool and we are now looking forward to a packed summer of sport and activities,” he added.
A special word of thanks went to Denis O’Rielly who provided his vintage car and chauffeured both St Patrick and his scantily clad entourage for the day.
Thanks also went to Irish Water Safety Lifeguards and to Dr. Achim Schlinke who were in attendance throughout.
Fundraisers are requested to please return any outstanding sponsor cards to Peter – 087 2622322 or any committee member as soon as possible.