PUSS Club marks 50 years

The PUSS club will mark its 50th anniversarynext week, with a special anniversary raffle draw.

The PUSS club will mark its 50th anniversarynext week, with a special anniversary raffle draw.

The social services PUSS Club was set up on December 8, 1963, when it had its first-ever weekly raffle draw. The prize that day was £100 – a lot of money at the time. And the man who made the draw that day, Seamus Cleere, will return this December 8 to draw the 50th anniversary winning ticket.

It was a huge event in Kilkenny at the time, and Sister Stanislaus Kennedy would later write that it caused as much excitement and attention in Kilkenny then as the National Lottery does today.

Seamus made that draw in 1963, having brought the Liam MacCarthy cup back to Kilkenny, captaining the Cats to All-Ireland glory in September.

The anniversary draw will take place on December 8 at 4pm in the social services centre on the Waterford Road. Frank Kavanagh will be the MC on the day. Tickets are available from the usual outlets around Kilkenny.