Spreading the love as Ballyouskill Vintage club supports local causes

Spreading the love as Ballyouskill Vintage club supports local causes
By Maurice Shortall

The funds generated from the proceeds of Ballyouskill Vintage 2016 were distributed at a function in the Wheel Inn on Wednesday night.

MC for the night Frank Brennan thanked all involved on the day and had a special word of appreciation for Billy McDonald who has made his field available for the past three years.

“This year we are delighted to be in a position to distribute a whopping €6K and once again we are indebted to all who have contributed to making the annual event both a social and a financial success. To the committee, stewards and volunteers on the day we say a big thank you” said Mr. Brennan.


€1,200 - Enable Ireland.

€1,200 - Beaumont Hospital, Dublin (Neurosurgical Unit)

€1,200 - Ballyouskill Community Hall.

€1,200 - Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association.

€1,200 - O’Gorman Home, Ballyragget.


Paula Rudkins, Service Manager at the facility on St. Joseph’s Road, Kilkenny said that the centre provides a Children’s Disability Service to over 120 kids throughout Kilkenny city and country. The comprehensive service which includes physio, OT, speech and language runs from Monday to Friday. “To enable our children to be the best they can be we have to raise some €100K every year and we are most grateful for the contribution tonight.” Said Ms. Rudkins.


Sheila Campbell. Fundraising & Communications Manager was very pleased to be in Ballyouskill after a three hour journey. “Our service is nationwide and thanks to generous donations such as what we are receiving tonight we can avail of the latest equipment in our continuous campaign to save lives. There has been a specific request that tonight’s donation will be ringfenced for the neurosurgical centre and we will honour that request.” Said Ms. Campbell.


Noel Cummins is Chairman of Ballyouskill Community Hall Committee who have been included as a new recipient. “We are at the early stages of re-developing the hall and our vision is to provide a hub for both young and not so young inclusively.

“We are busy fundraising to provide the necessary local contribution that will hopefully allow us to draw down Kilkenny Leader Partnership funding in the second quarter of 2017. We have been successful in obtaining planning permission and €45K funding from Kilkenny County Council so we look forward to real progress next year” said Mr. Cummins.


Anne McGrath was joined by fellow committee members Josephine Downey and Jim Mooney. “Our home continues to flourish and thank you so much for continuing to support us each year. We are full to capacity and strive to provide quality care in a homely fashion to all of our residents. We depend on donations to maintain the service once again thanks and continued success to Ballyouskill Vintage.” said Ms. McGrath.


Following the death of his sister Kathleen from the disease Tommy Walsh, Durrow has immersed himself into fundraising in a voluntary capacity for the organisation.

“I try at every opportunity to assist whether that involves church gate collections or general fundraising. There are ongoing financial needs and I wish to thank all involved in the community effort in Ballyouskill that has raised such an impressive amount of money for charity.” said Mr. Walsh.