THE ‘Who Wants to be a Thousandaire’ fundraiser which took place in Mount Wolseley proved to be a huge success with over €23,000 raised for Carlow GAA.
The event was organised by Club Carlow with the Carlow senior football and hurling squads pitted against each other in an adaption of the popular TV programme.
Most of the squad members from each side were present with Conor Lawler, Darragh Foley, Darragh O’Brien and Ciaran Moran drawn to represent the footballers. They came up against Chris Nolan, John Michael Nolan, Diarmuid Byrne and Michael Doyle from the Carlow senior hurling squad. In a close contest it was the hurlers who edged out their footballing counterparts.
For members of the public who bought a ticket on the night they were represented by individual hurlers and footballers on stage. No-one took the top prize with one ticket holder winning €150.
In an action-packed and feisty auction for a Joe McDonagh-signed jersey which was framed by Fine Frames, over €800 was raised. Ber Horohan of Tile N Style went the distance to trump rival bidders.
John Brophy, Chairman of Club Carlow, thanked everyone for taking part and singled out sponsors AGK Limited, Swan’s Electrical, Woods Contract Cleaners, Tile N Style, Dooley Motors, Fairgreen Shopping Centre and O’Toole’s Skip Hire as well as a large number of secondary sponsors.
“It was a hugely enjoyable night. A fantastic success,” said Derek Conry of Club Carlow.
“It was a novel occasion and a big thanks to everyone who attended. The two squads put in a huge effort. It was a very competitive occasion and it all helped to make the night a hugely enjoyable one for all who attended,” he added.
As well as Derek Conry and John Brophy, the Club Carlow committee who helped organise the event included John Brophy, Keith Gavin, Jimmy O’Toole, Rowena Dooley, John Kelly, Patrick O’Gorman and Bernard Horohan.