Locals dig deep for playground

THE Peninsula Playstation Committee has succeeded in raising e20,000 out of the e50,000 needed to build a proposed playground.

THE Peninsula Playstation Committee has succeeded in raising e20,000 out of the e50,000 needed to build a proposed playground.

According to Peninsula Playstation Committee Chairman, Derek Roddy, the fundraising success shows the generosity of the people of the Cooley Peninsula and further afield who have supported the venture to date.

“We also have to thank Louth Leader Partnership who have granted us 75 per cent of the funding required,” he said.

“We are now on the final push to complete the fundraising and get the project underway.

“We hope to begin work very soon to turn the sod and get the playground built before the better weather comes along so that all can enjoy this new facility.”

Mr Roddy added: “We would also like to take this opportunity to appeal to those families who haven’t yet supported us. We need your support.

“This playground is for the benefit of the whole Peninsula and will be an ideal facility for families to spend a couple of hours in the open air in pleasant landscaped surroundings.”

Anyone who would like to contribute financially towards the project can contact any member of the committee to arrange collection.

Alternatively, supporters can drop their donation into Sheelans or McCrystal’s post office.

“We would like also to appeal to the local winner of the Monday Millions lotto who may be able to give us a loan,” said Mr Roddy.

“We have a number of events coming up which we hope to see a large family attendance at to raise funds.”

On St Patrick’s Day, people can take part in a Leprechaun Walk or 5km Run / Cycle. It will begin at St Patrick’s GFC Community Centre and finish at Gyles Quay.

Sponsorship cards are available from Jerome Lambe on 086-8907743 or Niall Ferguson on 042-9376660.

Registration begins at 10.30am and the walk/run/cycle will commence at 11am. Participants are being asked to dress up as leprechauns.

Meanwhile, St Patrick’s GFC Bingo Committee has organised an ‘Afternoon Bingo Extravaganza’, which will take place on April 3, in aid of the playground fundraising campaign.

The event is due to start at 3pm in St Patrick’s GFC Community Centre and promises to be a fun day for all the family.

The Peninsula Playstation Committee is hoping to organise a talent show called “The Peninsula’s Got Talent”, which will feature all of the talented youth from the Peninsula next May.

If you think you have a talent or if you are part of a group that would like to take part, telephone Feargal on 086-3808672 or send an email to Feargal.malone@O2.ie.