Thursday, September 08, 2022

Grange GAA footballers John Doyle, Henry Hegarty, Aidan Burrows, John Murphy and Harry Nolan use the clubs new gym. Photo:

A UNITED community spirit has seen a Carlow village scoop a ‘Sound Town’ award.

The people of Grange were recognised for their efforts in improving their community with a Today FM ‘Sound Town’ award.

Home to only one local pub, school and GAA team, Grange is steeped in history and it’s a community that works together to make it a better place to live. Through the efforts of its GAA volunteers and a local man’s major fundraiser, the village of Grange now boasts a state-of-the-art gym for all the community to enjoy.

Local woman Liz Farrell nominated Grange for the Cadbury and Today FM Sound Town award: “Like most GAA clubs throughout the country, the game brings people together and it’s no different for Grange GAA. It’s an important part of our community for young and old. Players train every week and during the winter months my husband and cousin used a rundown shed on the GAA grounds. It was literally only a shed that housed an old 135 Massey Ferguson tractor, but every week they would take the tractor out and clean the inside so they could lay mats down so the teams could train. The boys didn’t mind – they loved that people would go as far as that to give them a place to train!”

John Doyle, a member of the club, decided to fundraise to improve facilities at the club. Liz added: “He undertook a marathon and the funds raised put in a new floor, state-of-the-art mats, insulation and new windows. The end product turned out to be a state-of-the-art gym, which is now utilised by players and the wider community. We now also have a new walking track and run, as well as yoga and pilates classes in the gym for all the community to access. If it wasn’t for the efforts of John and the entire community, this facility wouldn’t be there, so we can’t thank everyone enough for their hard work and generosity. It’s these things that make me proud of where I come from.”

Liz received the news live on the ***Alison Curtis Show*** and Grange is now in with a chance of winning €10,000, which could be used to further develop facilities.

Congratulating Grange for being selected as the August 2022 Sound Town winner, Cadbury Ireland’s senior brand manager Úna Morrison said: “On behalf of Cadbury, I’d like to congratulate Grange and its entire community for winning this month’s Sound Town title. Sound Town with Today FM is all about highlighting local towns, communities and villages, who go above and beyond for each other and it’s clear that the people of Grange are all about supporting one another to make it a better place to live. We love hearing stories about people rallying together and we’re thrilled that they are getting the recognition they deserve.”

Róisín Reilly, head of marketing with Today FM, said: “The lengths that people have gone to for their community, to help and support their neighbours in tough times, to bring a new lease of life to their surroundings, to put their best foot forward for the collective good is really quite something. We look forward to hearing more of these stories during this year’s Sound Town and wish all of our communities the very best of luck.”


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