A LARGE crowd attended the traditional “Last Supper” at Shortall’s Lounge on Friday night for the distribution of funds to the various charities. Castlecomer Wellington Race 2012 generated a whopping €31,000 and after expenses €21,500 was gratefully received by local, national and international charities.
Funds generated were comparable to last year and great credit must go to all concerned, especially meticulous treasurer Chris Grammer. MC for the occasion was Ger Brennan, who articulated how the Wellie Race had developed from humble beginnings in 1981 to the major event it is in the South East on New Year’s Day. The Wellie Race concept has spread its wings to Toronto, Canada, the US, Australia and this year Penvenan, Brittany hosts its first ever Wellie Race on St Patrick’s Day.
Chairman John Brennan welcomed all and paid tribute to everyone who contributed towards making the 32nd annual Wellie Race both a social and a financial success. Paul Brophy had a couple of positive news stories with the achievement of charitable status for the race and also the development of a brand-new logo. Wellie Queen Cathriona Treacy was also in attendance.
The beneficiaries for 2012 included: Castlecomer Church of the Immaculate Conception Renovation Funds €1,500, Friends of Castlecomer District Hospital €1,500, St Vincent DePaul Society, Castlecomer €1,500, Castlecomer Social Services €1,000, Carlow/Kilkenny Homecare Team €600, Deenview Centre (SOS) €600, St Patrick’s School, Kilkenny €600, Clogh Parish Funds €600, St Patrick’s Centre, Kilkenny €600, Enable Ireland €600, School of the Holy Spirit, Kilkenny €600, Sapling School, Goresbridge €600, Vita €600, Aislinn Centre, Ballyragget €600, North Kilkenny Wheelchair Association €600, Cystinosis Foundation Ireland €400, Radio Therapy Trust €400, The Samaritans €400, Ballyragget Lourdes Invalid Fund €400, Amber €200, Deerpark Shrine €200, Grow €200, GFS €200, Sister Mary Hughes €200, Hillside View Residents Association €200, Susie Long Hospice Foundation €200, Peace In Christ €200, Judo Group (Moneenroe) €200, Aware €200, Jimmy O’Reilly Africa €200, Castlecomer Defibrillator €200, Castlecomer Library €200, Coon Community Club €200, Fr Raymond McQuarrie €200, Boy’s Brigade €200, Carlow Red Cross €200, Order of Malta €200, Rehab €200, Hope Foundation €200, Ceart €200, Firoda School €1000, Foroige, Conahy €400, Presentation Convent Castlecomer €350, Castlecomer Community School €300, Wandersford NS €100.
Adult Merit Awards went to Kathleen Boran, Yvonne Boran, Michael Bourke, Keith Brennan, Jamie Brennan, John Brennan, Thomas Brennan, Keith Brennan, Dylan Brennan, Michael Brennan, John Brennan, Margaret Brophy, Richard Brophy, Christy Cody, Marie Therese Comerford, Julia Connolly, Seamus Coogan, Teresa Dollard, Philip Doyle, Peter Doyle, Ailis Doyle, Terry Dunne, John Dunne, John Feehan, Paddy Fitzpatrick, Bridget Forristal, Enda Glennon, Chris Grammer, Ned Healy, Enda Healy, Shem Kavanagh, Toddy Lacey, Tom Lawlor, Joe Maher, Mary Mealey, John Moore, Breda Mulcahy, Anna Mullins, John O’Donoghue, Peggy Power, Grace Rothwell, Christy Ryan, Maurice Shortall, Dermot Wallace, Louise Walsh, Sheila Walsh, Seamus Walsh, June Wilson and Jamie Wilson.
Children’s Merit Awards went to Roisin Allen, Ellie Boland, Molly Boland, Ava Brennan, Megan Brennan, Vanessa Brennan, Aoibhlain Brennan, Miriam Brennan, Sean Brennan, Orfhlaith Brennan, Claire Brennan, Kevin Brennan, Hollie Brennan, Aaron Brennan, Roisin Brophy, Michael Brophy, Aisling Byrne, Aoife Cahalan, Eoin Cahill, Aideen Carmody, Barry Carmody, Conor Clarke, Ciara Cody, Emma Coogan, Ross Connolly, Nicky Connolly, Aine Curry, Aisling Delaney, Niamh Delaney, Kieran Delaney, Conor Delaney, Meabh Delaney, Aimee Dowd, Luca Downey, Liam Doyle, Cara Doyle, Hannah Fenlon, Kevin Holland, Cathal Holland, Katie Holohan, Ian Holohan, Liam Kenny, Katie Kennedy, Jamie Kerr,
Shayna Kerr, Katelyn Leahy, James Love, Alice MacCauley, Zara McCarney, Cian McDonald, Aine McDonald, Niamh McDonald, Laura Mooney, Danielle Morrissey, Amy Morrissey, Niamh Murphy, Bill Murphy, Edward Neale, Daniel Neale, Marie O’Carroll, Sarah O’Neill, Pamela O’Neill, Caoimhe O’Reilly, Cathal O’Reilly, Daragh O’Rourke, Aoife O’Sullivan, Roisin Phelan, Tom Phelan, Catherine Quirke, Gillian Rowe, Cathal Ryan, Sarah Smith, Kevin and Alan Smyth, Adam Stone, Eimear Stone, Ella Tynan, Niamh Walsh, Meabh Walsh, Timothy Ward and Conor Watters.