Small screen de­but and big plans ahead for Listry

The Kerryman (North Kerry) - - NEWS - By SINEAD KELLE­HER

LISTRY GAA club mem­bers don’t do things by halves; first off they are ap­pear­ing on a na­tional TV ad­vert for Su­per­valu and now they have launched a very am­bi­tious fundrais­ing drive to build their very own sports hall.

Last Fri­day TV crews ar­rived at Listry GAA grounds to film the ad­vert at the same time that the East Kerry club launched a cam­paign to raise €250,000 – an am­bi­tious tar­get by any stan­dard.

The new sports hall will have a bas­ket­ball court, new dress­ing rooms and meet­ing rooms, while in­cor­po­rat­ing the ex­ist­ing gym and club rooms.

The en­tire project will cost up to €500,000 and fund­ing sources will have to be found for the de­vel­op­ment which would be a ma­jor boost to the club. In the in­terim, how­ever, the club is de­ter­mined to raise as much funds as pos­si­ble and has set a tar­get of €100,000 for the first fund-raiser – a grand raf­fle.

Each raf­fle ticket will cost €10 and with 10,000 tick­ets on sale this will even­tu­ally raise €100,000 for the club. The first prize is a week­end stay at the Bracken Court Ho­tel in Dublin with Tayto Park passes and €500 spend­ing money.

There is also a host of other prizes, in­clud­ing week­end breaks, res­tau­rant vouch­ers and golf prizes.

The raf­fle will take place in the Faha Court Ho­tel on Au­gust 17 as part of a mid­sum­mer cel­e­bra­tion for the club.

Chair­man of the fundrais­ing com­mit­tee De­nis Mur­phy said this week that the fundrais­ing cam­paign will take time but he ap­pealed for the lo­cal com­mu­nity to sup­port their ef­forts.

“It will take two to three years to raise the money. This is the start of our fundrais­ing drive. We have 16 weeks to sell as many tick­ets as pos­si­ble and we are ap­peal­ing to peo­ple to buy as many tick­ets as they can.”

The raf­fle was launched last Fri­day amid film­ing for the TV ad­vert, which will grace screens shortly.

300 at­tended the cel­e­bra­tion evening at the club where Peter and Siob­han Keane of Su­per­valu in Kil­lor­glin also handed out foot­balls to ju­ve­nile mem­bers.

(Back from left) Photo by Michelle Cooper Galvin

Listry GAA Club mem­bers Fer­gus Clif­ford, De­nis Mur­phy, Club Chair­man Jerome Kennedy. Pa Man­nix, Tim Scan­nell, Tim Fitzger­ald, Sean O’Sul­li­van, Billy O’Brien Mark Les­lie, Peadar Keane, Don­agh O’Re­gan and Joe Clif­ford at the launch of Listry GAA...

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