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23 May 2022

Pictures: Wellie bonanza as Castlecomer hands proceeds to local groups and charities

From this week's Castlecomer Notes - click through for pics by Vicky Comerford

The Last Supper came to Castlecomer on Friday as the Wellie Race committee handed out over €13,000 to charities in Shortall’s Lounge on Friday.

Seamus Walsh, vice-chairman of the Wellie Race Committee, welcomed all to the Last Supper, the annual presentation event, for the 42nd annual Wellie Race.

“It’s been a tough couple of years due to the pandemic,” he said to the assembled guests and audience. “Last year we ran a Virtual Race which was very successful. People took part from as far away as Canada, Australia, New Zealand and several other countries.

“This year we decided to run the race as normal as possible in line with HSE guidelines,” he said. “Thanks to everybody’s co-operation it went very well.

“I would like to thank a few people,” the vice-chairman said. “Our sponsors, all who took part in the race, runners and walkers. Those who helped on the day, taking in money, doing the handicapping. Dick and Anna Mai Mullins for the use of the Post Office, Aishling and Niall Cullen for the finish of the race, all our stewards, Gardai, Eurospar who sponsored and supplied bottled water, our MC on the day Emmet Kennedy, the Barrett family and friends.

“I’d also like to thank photographer Brenda Murtagh, Michael Kealy Video, Red Cross, Order of Malta, the local County Council who supplied bollards. Damien Lennon of THM who supplied the barriers, TJ Dunne for the use of his trailer and last, but not least, our hard-working committee.

“Before I finish, I would like you all to take a minute to remember all those who passed away over the last two years,” he added. “During the pandemic we lost some great supporters of the race. On the night we also keep the people of Ukraine in our prayers.”

The silence in the crowded lounge was palpable and appropriate. Treasurer Enda Healy reported on two very successful years of the race.

“In 2021 we raised €12,000 from the Virtual Run, with a total of €10,000 distributed,” he said. “This year’s race generated €19,800. We are in a position to distribute €13,400.

“I want to thank all who participated,” the treasurer added. “We had 25 Adult Merit Awards and 23 Children Merit Awards which given the circumstances was highly commendable.”

MC Maurice Shortall then introduced the charities who were benefitting:

€300 Firoda NS; €100 Presentation Convent NS, Moneenroe NS; €200 Wandesforde NS; €300 Coon Community Council, Defibrillator Group, Ballyragget/Ballyouskill Lourdes Invalid Fund, Deerpark Shrine.
€500 Castlecomer Union of Parishes, Clogh Parish, Muckalee Parish, Castlecomer Parish, Conahy Parish.
€800 St Patrick’s Centre, Family Carers Ireland, North Kilkenny Wheelchair Association, Carlow-Kilkenny Home Care Team, School of the Holy Spirit.
€1,000 SOS Castlecomer; St Vincent de Paul, Castlecomer; Friends of Castlecomer District Hospital; Social Services, Castlecomer; Workhouse Graveyard, Castlecomer.

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