Broadford will spin the roulette wheel at Casino Royale fundraiser

Norma Prendiville


Norma Prendiville

Tracey Reidy, Hannah McCarthy and Breda Boyce get into Casino Royale mood

Tracey Reidy, Hannah McCarthy and Breda Boyce get into the Casino Royale mood

THE thrilling allure of the roulette table and some of the glamour of the casino are on the way to West Limerick where a Casino Royale will be magicked into being by members of the Broadford Development Association.

The event is a fund-raiser for the association which has an ambitious plan to refurbish its community centre.

But, say the women on the sub-committee organising the event, the hope is that it will be a fun and enjoyable night also.

“We were looking to do something a bit different,” Breda Boyce explained. “We have done Strictly Come Dancing and the Lip Sync Battle and we thought this would be something novel.”

“We have  spoken to other communities up the country and it has worked very well for  them. But ultimately, our success depends on the support from our local community and from the wider community.”

“It will all be very professional,” Tracey Reidy, another member of the Casino committee explained. The ballroom at the Devon Inn Hotel has been selected as the venue for the event which takes place on Saturday, February 17. Black-jack and roulette tables will be set up and there will be professional croupiers in place.

The doors to Casino Royale will open at 8.15 and the evening will kick off with a prosecco reception, with gaming to begin at 9pm. Come midnight, there will be a DJ to get people out on to the dance floor.

“We are hoping it will be a bit of a glamorous affair,” Ms Boyce continued. “And we are encouraging people to pull out their party frocks and lounge suits to add to the atmosphere and fun. But it is not obligatory.”

A ticket for the event costs €30 and the Casino committee is hoping it will give them the kick-start to the funds needed to completely refurbish the community centre. The plan for the centre includes a new roof, new bathrooms and kitchen, as well as a new heating system and insulation.

“We have applied to West Limerick Resources for funding but we also need matching funds,” Ms Reidy pointed out.

The plan to upgrade the community centre comes in a long line of big projects undertaken by the Broadford Development Association including social housing, a community creche and a community day centre as well as business centre and a series of walking trails. Most recently, the old Carnegie library has been transformed into a meeting room and community office.