Community spirit alive in Danesfort

A VIBRANT team of volunteers are working tirelessly putting the finishing touches to preparations for the annual Danesfort Field Day, which will take place at Sevenhouses this Sunday.

A VIBRANT team of volunteers are working tirelessly putting the finishing touches to preparations for the annual Danesfort Field Day, which will take place at Sevenhouses this Sunday.

The field day, one of the oldest in the county, raises money for the parish and the local GAA club. The tireless work by the committee and volunteers is reflected in the three churches in the parish, which have all been renovated in recent times.

Chairman John Sullivan explained the origin of the event which is a popular social fixture in the locality. “It started forty years ago with the late Fr James Carey who wanted to raise funds for the church in Kells. It was in bad need of repair at the time and needed to be re roofed and the walls and windows needed to be done. On the success of that year it was decided to keep going with the field day and it has grown and gone from strength to strength over the years.

“It started out with the old threshing mill and things got added every year. It benefits the parish as well as the GAA club and in the past proceeds were also donated to the Danesfort Development Association. There is a huge team of volunteers involved and we need more especially to help set it up on the Saturday,” he said.

Events include tea rooms, which are famous around the county for their wonderful home-baked produce, bric and brac, a dog show, horse shoe throwing, a white elephant stall, a muose stall, Whell of Fortune, a golf stand, Tug of War, an auction, an underage hurling and camogie blits, a monster raffle, a bouncy castle, a Guess the Personality competition, a book stall and a barbecue.

Secretary Collen Hanrahan said that they were hoping for good weather. “In the past we have been blessed with it. People come from all over and it is a great social occasion. Hopefully the sun will shine down and there will be plenty of fun had by all,” she said.

“Often people wouldn’t see each other from one end of the year to the next and the only time they would have a proper chat is at the field day. It is a great way of keeping in touch,” added committee member Tom Shea.

Dozens of volunteers are needed to direct traffic and man stalls and the committee are looking for new volunteers. The committee consists of John Sullivan (chairman), Anna Corr (treasurer), Collen Hanrahan (secretary), Tom Shea, Ted Walsh, Fr Kieran Cantwell, Fr Denis Purcell and Brian Harris. The underage blitz will start at 12.30pm with the full event getting into swing at 2pm. For more information or to volunteer, contact John on 086 3964624 or Anna on 086 0744675.