Patsy drives away in new car as Adare draw raises over €73k

Colm Ward

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Colm Ward

Patsy drives away in new car as Adare draw raises over €73k

Barry O'Halloran hands over the keys to the winner of the Hyundai i10 to Patsy Griffin

ADARE man Patsy Griffin was the winner of a Hyundai car worth €13,500 in the Manor Fields draw which took place on Sunday in the village hall.

The draw was described by James Collins, chairman of the Manor Fields committee, as a “resounding success”, raising over €73,000 for the latest phase of the Manor Fields complex, which includes a multi-purpose synthetic playing pitch.

And, according to the head of the fundraising committee, Barry O’Halloran, donations are still coming in. “People realised that The Manor Fields is an amenity that everyone can enjoy. They appreciate our ethos of being all-abilities and all-ages. It is a resource for everyone, young and old, the active and the less active. It is inclusive. 

“The potential of the project is being understood and since we launched the draw in December, the support from all over the region and not just the general public but from the business and corporate sector too, has been immense,” said Mr O’Halloran. He had a special word of thanks for the 30-plus volunteers who braved the dark, the rain, the cold and competition from political canvassers, to go door to door in the community.

A crowd of over 200 people turned up for the draw on Sunday evening. It was supervised by Declan Reidy of Tax Assist Adare, Siobhán Maddan of AIB Bank Adare and Áine Dundon of Rathkeale & District Credit Union. Mr Collins reminded them that while only one person would drive away with the car, the entire community were the winners as the synthetic pitch would be a real asset to West Limerick and the revenue it generated would be used to maintain and further develop the 25 acres that make up The Manor Fields.

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