Gymkhana gives help­ing hoof to a great cause!

Enniscorthy Guardian - - NEWS - By PÁDRAIG BYRNE

WHILE the Clon­roche Gymkhana was one of those events that had to be post­poned due to the heat­wave con­di­tions of the sum­mer this year, the de­ter­mi­na­tion of the com­mit­tee meant that it went ahead, al­beit a bit later than usual. Lo­cal cause Clon­roche Meals on Wheels was de­lighted it did as it col­lected a cheque for €1,500 at the Cloch Ban last week - the pro­ceeds of the event which took place in early Septem­ber.

‘Usu­ally we’d have a lit­tle bit more than that to hand over,’ said gymkhana or­gan­iser CJ Doyle. ‘But we had to change the date twice this year with the weather and put it back to Septem­ber and at that stage, it was a lit­tle bit out of sea­son. Some of the kids had gone back to school and lads had sold horses and that type of thing. But we strug­gled on and went ahead, be­cause if you take one year off, that could be the end of it.’

In its 81st year, the Clon­roche Gymkhana is one of the old­est events of its kind in the coun­try and the or­gan­is­ers are de­lighted to be able to help a lo­cal cause like Meals on Wheels.

‘It’s ter­ri­ble what’s hap­pened to them,’ CJ said. ‘ They used to get the gov­ern­ment fund­ing,

but now they get noth­ing at all. It was the ideal char­ity for us be­cause it’s lo­cal and peo­ple can see ex­actly where the money is

go­ing. They were de­lighted to get the money in and we were de­lighted to help.’

CJ wished to thank all the

spon­sors of this year’s gymkhana and all the vol­un­teers who helped to en­sure its con­tin­ued suc­cess.

Clon­roche Gymkhana pre­sen­ta­tion of a cheque for €1500 to Clon­roche Meals on Wheels in The Cloch Ban, Clon­roche. Back: Jimmy Mur­phy, Grace Fair­weather, Ja­son Ke­hoe, Theresa Kin­sella and Martin Mar­shal. Front: C.J. Doyle, Gretta Browne and Pat O’Neill, Meals on Wheels; and Mar­guerite Fur­long, chair­per­son Clon­roche Gymkhana.

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