Pope visits Caroriegh!
The organisers of this year's 50th anniversary field day in Caroreigh have expressed delight with the success of the event.
The added significance of the milestone anniversary wasn't lost on those within the community who came out in large numbers to support it.
The organising committee worked very hard over the last few months to ensure that everything was in place to make the day very enjoyable to visitors. There was a wide range of traditional attractions on-site including a fancy-dress event and members of the New Ross and District Pipe Band got things under way with a brilliant performance to lead out the parade.
Attractions like the Wheel of Fortune and Fishing for Bottles were very popular and a range of stalls offered visitors everything from cakes, refreshments and crafts to books and toys.
An on-site barbecue was particularly busy throughout the afternoon and the main event of the day, a commemorative Tug of War competition, was a great success. There was also a political aspect to the competition as it involved 'world leaders' deciding the outcome of Brexit.
There were also vintage tractors at the event and an appearance by 'the Pope' caused a lot of excitement - as did an acknowledgement to the recent wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
The organisers thanked everyone who helped especially those who volunteered as stewards and stall operators on the day.
The overall list of winners in the various competitions was composed of: Fancy Dress: Adults: 1st and Overall - Modja Airways flies Pope Francis (Modubeg group); 2nd - Royal Couple, Harry and Meghan arrive in horse drawn carriage (Alan Byrne and Robert O'Callaghan); 3rd - Pope Francis assisted by two nuns visit Caro (Phil Doyle and his daughters); Children's section: 1st and Overall - Surprise Papal Visit to Caro to pray for rain (Tom Foley's grandchildren); 2nd - De-stressing Unit for highly stressed farmers (The Young Modja group); 3rd - World leaders visit Caro field day (Barry's Cross group) and the Adjudicators Award - Surprise Papal visit to Caro to pray for rain.
There was a large number of entrants in the children's section and they were all acknowledged with prizes and refreshments.
A spokesperson for the field day committee expressed gratitude to the adjudicators: 'The field day committee thanked the judges, Eileen and Philip, on a job well done.'.
The results in other events included: Golf - Matt Banville and Emily Roche; Rings - Ruth Colfer and Tom Delaney; Darts - Chris Anglim; Skittles - Lorraine Murphy; Hurling Puck - Paddy Nolan Jnr.; Coins-in-Jar - John Kavanagh; Daisy the Cow - Gus Connick; Cake Raffle - Kay Nolan Doyle; Hang Tough: Junior winner - Aaron Monaghan and Senior winner - James O'Leary.
The Grand Raffle results were composed: First - Andrew O'Keeffe, Rochestown (€200); second - Paddy Finn, Cushinstown (Silver Fox voucher); third - Seán Loughman (c/o Mary Doyle, Modubeg) (Horse and Hound voucher); fourth - Eva McGrath, Ballyhurst (Whitford House Hotel voucher); fifth - Paddy Curran, Ballyhennigan (A & M Hardware voucher) and sixth - Kathleen Barron, Poulpeasty (whiskey).
Other winners at the event included: Seller of most tickets - Lar and Brigid Doyle; Guess the name of Dolls - (Incredible two) named by Robin and guessed by Anthony Hayes and Denis Banville; Dog Show results: Large Dog - won by the pet of Kathleen Banville and the small dog winner was Kathleen Murphy's pet.
The Tug o' War competition involved five teams representing Caroreigh, Shanoule, Bricketstown, Castlehayestown and Tomcoole - who were the eventual winners beating Bricketstown in the final.
The organisers thanked Jimmy Curtis for refereeing and World Champion Martin Kehoe, who ensured all the children had a Fun Pull to finish up the event.
'Sincere thanks from Fr Robert to those who gave sponsorship, vouchers and donations and thanks to all who helped before, during and after the event and finally thanks to Paddy O'Gorman and family for use of field once again,' said the committee spokesperson.