THE adage goes ‘where there is muck there is money’ and on a GAA pitch in Bruff next week, it will certainly ring true.
On Sunday, August 28, Bonnie of Drumbar, a rare Scottish Highland cow - or ‘coo’ as they are referred to - will take centre stage as part of a novel ‘cow dung drop fundraiser’ in aid of the development of a floodlit, all-weather playing pitch at the GAA grounds.
“There has been huge interest, there is a festival on in Bruff the same weekend. People are inclined to support something when they see where the money is going,” said Ger Browne, chairman of Bruff GAA Club.
The event will see the famous field divided up into virtual squares to match the amount of tickets sold, with tickets then randomly allocated to squares throughout the field.
On the day of the ‘Cow Dung Drop’, Bonnie will be set loose on the hallowed turf.
When she has completed her business, the location of the ‘cow dung drop’ will be measured and the person with the winning square will win a whopping €1,000.
There will be a further €1,000 in other prizes. “There are so many deserving causes out there at the moment and every collection and raffle deserves support.
This has captured the imagination. It had got people talking which is always a plus if you are trying to raise a few quid for the club,” said Mark Nagle of Nagle’s Eurospar, Main Street, Bruff who are the main sponsors of the event.
It is envisaged that the development of the floodlit, all-weather pitch will cost in the region of €30,000 and it is hoped that the fundraiser will go a long way towards meeting this target.
The fundraiser will be part of an overall fun day at the club grounds with a host of other events planned.
“We are going to astro turf the area where the hurling wall is and install floodlights. We hadn’t the money two or three years ago to finish it off. We hope to get as much use out of it as possible. It’s a long term investment for everybody, not just the GAA. It will be available to everyone,” continued Ger Browne.
“The hurling wall is there at the moment but I think to have maximum usage they will have a floodlit all-weather pitch next to it.”
Tickets for the ‘Cow Dung Drop’ will cost €5 each or €20 for five and will be available from committee members and local businesses. “There are a few tickets still remaining,” said Ger.
Over the years, Bruff GAA field has seen many historic games played on its famed hallowed turf.