45 DRIVE : The weekly 45 card drive in aid of the Ballybrown Community Resourse Centre has now ground to a halt for the Summer and it is hoped that it will be back again on Thursday September 22 and your support would be greatly appreciated.
The winners for Thursday April 28 were : 1/ €100, Peggy Cusack and Teresa Neville on 11 games with 2/ €60, going to Sean King and Brian Barrett with 9 games. The table prize went to Phil Ryan and Ann Davoren. Raffle prizes were 1/ €30, Bridget Lynch, 2/ €20, Ann O’Brien, 3/ €20, Sean King, 4/ €10, Marie Cregan, 5/ €10, Maura Byrnes, 6/ €10, Niall Doolan.
The winners for Thursday May 5 were : First and second prize €160 was equally shared by Anthony McGann with John Long and Malachy and Noreen Cusack who finished up with 10 games. The raffle prizes were as follows: 1/€30, Willie Gormam, 2/€20, Peggy Cusack, 3/ €20, Paddy McCarthy, 4/ €10, Anthony McGann, 5/ €10, Malachy Cusack, 6/ €10, Micheal O’Keeffe.
The league was a very hard fought affair and after a recount the winners were : Pauline Culhane and John Doolan who shared first and second prize of € 230 on 83 games while hot on their heels was Niall Doolan with third prize €50 on 82 games. The 45 drive is now a regular fixture on the local calendar and a big thank you to Joe Purcell, Peter O ‘Sullivan and Willie Ryan for organising the smooth running of it since its inception three years ago. There is a rumour going around that Joe Purcell is retiring but I feel that come September he will be back again to keep order and sure it wouldn’t be the same without him. Thanks also goes to Maura Byrnes and Helen Kennedy who looked after the catering over the past season. Thanks to everyone who helped out in any way and ensure the smooth running of the cards.
The cards is one of the biggest fund raising events in the Resource Centre and it also offers a social night out to many people in our parish during the winter months. So here’s hoping to see you all back again on Thursday September 22 and as always please bring a friend and tell your neighbours about the cards. Have a great Summer and thanks for your support to all our patrons.