THE MAYORAL contest in Pallasgreen hots up this weekend with the three candidates all holding events - and they hope the public will vote with their pockets.
Political parties that are currently looking for women representatives should look no further than Pallas as all three are female. Laura Heelan is running for Pallasgreen GAA Club; Bernie O’Sullivan for the combined residents association and Eimear Laffan, Pallasgreen Sarsfield ladies Gaelic football club. All monies raised will help support their organisations.
Laura kicks it off this Friday with a table quiz in the Idler Bar, Knockane at 9pm. A clothes recycling drive is on in Pallasgreen GAA field on Saturday from 10am to 6pm. She concludes with a race night in O’Dwyer’s Bar on Saturday at 9pm.
Bernie is relying on The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll to help her mayoral campaign. The Elvis Experience featuring Caherconlish’s Tim Ryan is coming to Hayes’ Bar, Cappamore on Saturday from 10pm.
Then on Sunday it is Eimear’s turn in Pallasgreen’s GAA field from 12.30pm.
She has turned the national TV show - Ireland’s Fittest Family - into a local one in Pallasgreen.
All fitness levels will be catered for. The only stipulation is each team must be composed of five immediate family members - three on the team with two substitutes. One female must compete
Teams from outside the parish are welcome to compete and try and take the crown.
After all Eimear is from Dromkeen.
“There will be obstacle courses, climbing under wires, lifting bales - I am farmer so I have to get the bales in! There will be different obstacles to suit all ability levels,” said Eimear.
As well as watching the families compete there will be a fun day featuring bouncy castles, welly throwing and lots of other games.
The club is going from strength to strength and for the first time they have an U12s team this year. Funds collected will go towards buying them a set of jerseys.
“Before they were just playing with the boys. They never had their own matches.
“We did the Gaelic4Girls programme this year and it was brilliant - 45 girls turned up,” said Eimear.
Registration of teams is from noon on Sunday or by ringing 0851520031.