LIONS CLUB CELEBRATES SUCCESS OF FAMILY DAY
The lions club motto is ‘We Serve’ and this was certainly made possible by the generosity of the people and businesses of Mitchelstown at the first ever Family Fun Day last Sunday.
The event, which enjoyed one of the best days of the year weather wise, opened on a high note with the brass band and cultural needs were taken care of by local musicians like Tim O’Shea, Dave Mulcahy, Aidan Ahern, Jimmy Donoghue, Oliver O Donnell and Jack Flynn.
Tim O’Shea provided amplification and all acts took place on a stage provided by The Festival of the Galtees committee. Paintings of the highest standard were shown by the local artists while a variety of crafts were displayed by the active retirement group.
There was face painting by the very talented Olga and her team while there was literature to suit all ages by Sheila, Delia and Alison. A test of skill in the ‘guess the weight of the cake’ took many attempts only to be successfully ascertained eventually by Nellie O’Brien.
Glamorous dogs aplenty came to town on Sunday and Isabel and Mary judged these. It was also walk the plank at the top of the Square with the treasure hunt and the organisers expressed thank yous to Liam Hickey and Mike Cullen-Ahern - all the activities were under the cover of marquees provided by the community council.
Mitchelstown Boxing Club provided an Olympics style display of skills by their members and this was followed by a local karate club presentation. T O and his team looked after the bingo as participants basked in the sun and waited for a full house.
Soon it was lunch time and appetites were satisfied at the barbecue where choices were many from Supermac’s burgers, Hodgins sausages, Finns burgers, Hanley’s puddings Aldi steaks and sausages, Centra burgers , salads by Reidy’s, condiments by Roche’s Spar and breads provided by Tesco, Chamberlains and SuperValu.
Palates were introduced to roast pork and pineapple all cooked and served by Rory O Brien and his crew.
While the adults relaxed in the sunshine the children bounced on the castle provided by Kieran Walsh, the more adventurous risked the greasy pole designed specially for the day by Samco Engineering.
Mitchelstown had its very own ‘Ascot’ in the form of pig racing - the first ever in the Square while Maurice Walsh providing an entertaining commentary over the O’Brien p.a. system.
As this was such a big project to transform the square in to a festive arena it would not have been possible without the help of James Keane and family, Curragalla Community for manpower and transport collecting tables and chairs provided by CBS, Town Hall and The Firgrove Hotel.
Padraig Russell re established power while security and safety was in the capable hands of An Garda Siochana and Fire Brigade.
Last but not least The Lions Club extends special thanks to the general public who came along in huge numbers to make the day such a success a success..
Thursday 4th September 6:46pm