Brewery boys make last gesture to family centre

After many years of supporting the children’s activities at the Fr. McGrath Centre on St Joseph’s Road in the city, the employees and former employees of Smithwick’s Brewery made one final donation to the family centre before they finally close their doors at Christmas when centuries of brewing in Kilkenny comes to an end.

While a sad moment for many, the lads at the Brewery were determined to go out on a positive note and a donation of nearly 1,000 euro from their fundraising efforts through the year will now help pay for the biggest and best family fun day ever held at the Fr McGrath Centre.

On Saturday afternoon, children and families will have fun with the largest display of bouncing castles, and Bucking Bronto activities as well as stalls, music and activities for toddlers. Not to be missed is a special vintage model car display, a toddlers corner and a Mr and Mrs competition and a family pet show. The free event will be held at the public park at the rear of the Fr McGrath Centre on Saturday afternoon and children and families from across the city are invited to attend.

The brewery staff have been major supporters of the centre’s summer programme for more than 10 years and not only fund raised but were given time off by Diageo to help organise fishing trips and sports events for the hundreds of children involved.

Former Diageo employee, Eamon Corcoran said that over the long years many generations of Butts families were connected to the Brewery and the staff and former employees never forgot their roots.

“We are delighted that our last donation will see the community launch their biggest every family fun day in their park and we hope that families from across the City will turn up to support it,” Eamon said.