SHREWD management gave the Ballycallan tug of war team the winning advantage over more famed opposition at the annual family fun day in Ballykeeffe Amphitheatre on Sunday afternoon. Team manager Paddy Comerford, knew exactly when to get his charges to exert pressure on an 0ld Leighlin team that have already tasted success in England this year.
The Carlow challengers wore special belt-harnesses and were given some kind of secret grease from a saucepan, dispensed with a wodden spoon to help their grip on the rope. For all their preparation they were no match for the broad, Ballycallan backs of David Harrison, Pat Comerford, Michael Teehan, Des Hennessy Dermot Rice, Billy Fitzpatrick Tom Brennan, Des Long and Jimmy Lynch. They were in perfect unison during every one of the four pulls, waiting patiently in seemingly free-fall mode until getting the word from paddy Comerford to pull hard. It was an easy 4-0 win to the Ballycallan but they had a secret weapon. Special boots flown in from Switzerland were worn by one of the team giving him the traction of a John Deere tractor.
It was a fantastic day-out with the emphasis on fun for the children.
There was a lovely little map provided to all entrants to the former quarry and those with a head for heights tried their hand scaling the steep rock face. Below, Tommy Lanigan was busy giving tours of the site. Driving a ride-on lawnmower, the famous singer and bodhran player saluted everyone he met while ferrying the delighted children in a little carriage behind him.
Adrian Ronan was waiting patiently to be drafted in as a sub on the tug of war team but was rested for next year.
And the best fun of all was at the stall where people queued up to go behind a painted wooden panel to have sponges, full of water thrown at them. Many wives from the locality availed of the service.
Don’t forget to book your tickets for Pride and Prejudice at Ballykeeffe on Thursday, July 13 at 7.30pm.