A most enjoyable day out was had at Goresbridge Field Day in Cois Bearbha.
The day was jointly organised by Cois Bearbha Co-Op and the St Patrick’s Day Parade Committee. It was a success - even though the rain came down after 41 days of drought!
The Gate Prize, sponsored by the Lord Bagenal Inn, was won by Deirdre Geoghegan and the Cabaret Door Prize of a Gourmet Grill voucher was won by Verena Perce.
First prize in the raffle of a beautiful hamper from Glasraí agus Goodies (Gowran) was won by Sarah Hynes while Fr Jimmy Kelly won a large bottle of Champagne with Bonnie Dunphy winning a lovely Galway Crystal vase for third prize. Jim O’Connell received a McConville voucher for fourth prize with Trish Fenlon getting a Glanbia voucher in fifth place. Pecker Murphy, Eoin Doyle and Esther Lennon also won raffle prizes.
Many people came out to help run the stalls and events on the day and without this help, the day would not have happened. Great credit is due to all the willing volunteers for their ongoing work.
The colouring competition prizes were sponsored by Mrs Kitty Donohoe. Prizewinners were Olivia McDermott, Dean Cummins, Eoghan Maher and Zoe Cummins. Many beautiful pictures were entered and the children did a great job on their entries.
Among the generous sponsors for this year’s events were Patroon Systems, Emily’s Preschool, Foley’s Solicitors (Bagenalstown), Ray Whelan Waste Management, John(Shark) Hanlon Racing, DK Auto Repairs, Gowran Pharmacy, Seven Oaks Hotel(Carlow), Tom Mullins Horse Trainer, Cassells Dalton Catering Ltd, Donohoe Properties, Gowran Filling Station and Frank Murphy Environmental Services.
Great fun was had at the various stalls and competitive events such as ball through the tyre, shuffleboard and cokey balls while the children and teenagers enjoyed the face painting, the hilarious sponge throwing, hook a duck and the races.
Guess the name of the rabbit was won by Katelyn Barcoe - the rabbit’s name was Kathleen. Loom band winner was Jessie King who also guessed the number of sweets in the jar.
Among the fun competitions, the washing line challenge was won by Gillian Barcoe with Niamh Lennon taking the junior prize.
In the shuffle board, Josh Barcoe won the senior section and Ellie Fenlon came out top in the junior section. In the cokey balls, Michael Barcoe won the senior prize with Dean Cummins taking the junior section.
The day finished with music in Maher’s of Main Street entertaining the crowds after a very successful event.
The Field Day in Goresbridge is the main fundraiser for Cois Bearbha Co-Op . The Field day is an important source of funding also for the St Patrick’s Day Parade in Goresbridge.
The main sponsors for Goresbridge Field Day 2018 were Décor Moulds. Great support was also received from many businesses and shops in the area including Goresbridge Horse Sales, Connolly’s Red Mills, Maher’s Spar, Kelly’s Hardware, McCullagh’s Trailers, Barry Moloney Transport, Keenan Alltech (Borris), Barrow Breeze, Foley Fuels, Greg Nolan Solicitors, Eddie Gavin Agricultural Contractors, Maher Car Sales, Willie Mullins Stables, GRT Hire, Mobility Vehicles, Michael O’Dowd Insurance, Goresbridge Pharmacy, Keating Agricultural Contractors, Skeough Preschool and Doyle’s Railway House (Bagenalstown).
Many local businesses who acted as sponsors for the day were John Fenlon Contractors, John Ireland Butchers, Emma’s Hair Salon, AB Woodfuels, Dr. Michael Helly, Byrne Agri, Davitt Transport, Supervalu (Bagenalstown), Maher’s Pub, MB Bookkeeping Services, Mrs. Maureen Mullins, Seamus and Jimmy Barcoe, Tony Power Plant Hire, Lennon Heating and Plumbing, Bob Lanigan and Son Truck and Trailer Repair Services.
Other businesses who generously supported Goresbridge Field Day this year were Jeutonic Bridal Wear, Goresbridge Credit Union, PSD Agri, Financial Clarity (Kilkenny) and Blake’s Bar and Lounge, Paulstown.