Festival weekend a huge success
As this year’S Festival drew to a close, Eamonn McCarthy festival Secretary hailed it as a "huge success all round” given the nature of crucial decisions on what restrictions might be in place during this year’s event.
Eamonn said artists and performers had reported that audiences had been "welcoming, tolerant and supportive" because they were so desperate to see live entertainment back in the Village again.
Eamonn also hailed this year's festival as "a landmark moment" in the event’s 50-year history due to its historical significance, which allowed audiences to experience shows, live.
"Audience appetite has been incredible. We predicted ticket sales to be good but they were far in excess of expectations. We’re hugely grateful that we took the risk and made it happen when many didn’t.”
Eamonn said: “It’s been a real pleasure to welcome audiences through our doors and in our venues once again.
"We felt it was imperative that we put the festival on this year to keep the flag flying. The interest we’ve seen in response is proof of the importance of doing so. The general reaction from the audience has been delight in seeing live work again.”
"People have been incredibly supportive and delighted to have the festival back. From toddlers to older audiences, we have presented something for everyone.
“The main challenge is making the festival financially sustainable for both the Community and the GAA while encouraging that level of volunteerism also.
Eamonn went on to say "Planning for 2023 has started already and will take 12 months to put together.
The night opened with a tremendous ensemble of talent and volunteerism to host the Reeling in the Years show. Compered by the brilliant Willie Duggan the scene was set for what was to prove a great show and a fabulous weekend. He was ably assisted by narrator Mary Kelly. Well done to all who participated on the night, it was a great success. Eamonn concluded by saying ‘’Thanks to all the players, members and fellow officers who volunteered their time and effort. As this was the 50th anniversary of the festival Eamonn said that it was a testament to the longevity of the festival that it has lasted this amount of time’’ Eamonn said that the quality of the artists we had over the weekend also made it feasible to attract the crowd that was there. He also paid tribute to the acts like Abaesquq and Mike Denver who were tremendous. He thanked the local Gardai for being so supportive with the weekend.
North Cork are looking for a list of *Grab your Whistle referees* for the u6, u8 and u10 games. You will receive €20 per game. If you have completed the course in TYO, or with the LGFA Assoc and you are interested in going on the list as our Kildorrery young referee, please contact Maria Noonan on 087 6657163.
Our club referee Peter Watson is putting a panel together of Umpires who may be able to help from time to time. If you are interested in helping please leave Peter know. He can be contacted on 0863579886.
Congrats to all involved with Avondhu footballers on their win last night - they play Carbery next Thursday 7th Venue TBC.
Rebels Bounty Members Draw
Last week a draw was held for the 239 Rebels Bounty members of the club to thank everyone for their support. Prize winners as follows:
Weekend away: Paul and Bridie Walsh
€100 Mary Thornhill
€100 Martina Fitzgibbon
Thanks to Eamonn McCarthy and Tom Monaghan for sponsorship of the hotel break.
There are 6 more County Rebels Bounty draws to come in 2022 so hopefully a few winners to come yet. Thanks all.
- Intermediate hurling league v Blarney Killdorrery 0 - 19 v 1 - 19 Blackrock
Watch out for fixtures on the club social media over the next few days.
On our first anniversary of Kildorrery GAA lotto going online. It doesn't matter where you are in the world you can play and support your Club. Next Lotto Monday evening 11th.
Bingo continues in the hall on a Friday night at 8pm. The Jackpot is in excess of €2000. If anybody would like to volunteer to help at the Bingo on a rota basis please contact Kerena Gallagher or Marie Collins
Home bingo books are on sale in community office,Post office,Centra,&Maxol Mitchelstown This week's Snowball prize is €650 Many thanks for your support.
Coffee Committee wanted to organise a rota to assist with this new venture at the pitch. Thanks to Peter Watson for his hard work on this project and to all at the Community Development Association for their involvement also. If interested please contact us thanks.
The Cul camps are being run as we speak and we have lots of Kids that are being looked after every day by our crew of volunteers. Well done to all involved in supporting the Cul camp week.
Health and Safety Notice
Finally this week the club would like the public to know that dogs will not be allowed within the vicinity of the GAA grounds on the basis of health and safety. An illness pertaining to a child and dog faeces has been notified to the club. The club would ask all patrons to abide by this request.
Our next meeting will take place on Monday 11th July.