A GROUP of farmers in Bruff have teamed up with horse trainer Gerry O’Neill and butcher Joe O’Callaghan to sponsor an Angus heifer as first prize in a raffle this Saturday night in aid of a local playground.
The 15 month heifer weighing in the region of 370kg was born, bred and reared in the parish of Bruff and in the words of committee member, Ger Murnane, the winner can “breed her, freeze her, keep her or sell her - the choice is yours!”.
The raffle takes place at Limerick Greyhound Stadium this Saturday night at the Night at the Dogs event in aid of the Bruff community playground.
“Following the recent horsemeat scandal we were keen to promote 100% Irish beef from a farmer’s point of view and a butcher’s perspective so we feel we are doing that as well as providing a novel raffle prize,” said Ger.
An auction will take place after the sixth race for a sapling pup donated by Kilkenny greyhound trainer, Paul Hennessy.
All the funds raised will go towards the Bruff community playground which is expected to be built during the year.
There are many other prizes on the night with tickets on sale at the dogs costing €5.
Planning permission has been secured for the new Bruff community playground which is to be located off Bru na nDeise housing estate near the soccer field.
The playground is to cater for the parish of Bruff, Grange, Meanus, and Holycross and other local communities such as Lough Gur, Patrickswell, Knockainey, Athlacca, and Dromin.
The local community have organised a number of events to raise funds for the playground project, including a duck race on St Patrick’s Day and a fashion show.
Tickets for the dog night are available from any committee member or from Nagles Eurospar.