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Tuesday 24 October 2017

What a day!

Conor CULLEN

OVER €15,000 was raised for Wexford Hospice Homecare and the Irish Cancer Society at a hugely successful Charity Day in Barntown last Sunday.

This annual event, organised by a hard-working five person committee, featured a huge array of events over the space of 14 hours, from 10 a.m. in the morning to midnight.

The weather couldn't have been any nicer for the Charity Day and it all started with an underage game on the pitch at Barntown N.S. It was followed by the more senior members of the community donning their boots and doing their bit for charity.

It was back to Mary Jo's then where over 100 motorbikes had assembled to participate in a 'Poker Run', which consisted of the bikes travelling to five predetermined locations and collecting a playing card at each stop. The winner was the biker who had the best poker hand at the end.

All the bikes assembled on the qua front after the run to allow pillion passengers collect money, before heading back out to Barntown.

In the road skittles event in the car park of Mary Jo's the local Mary Jo's team went head to head with 'Jacksies Pub' from Taghmon and it was the 'away' team who were victorious. At the same time a 'cards in the bar' event was going on in the front bar.

One of the most popular events on the day was karting. Ten lucky people whose names were drawn from over fifty hopefuls got the chance to do a five lap event, timed and compered by Barntown's very own 'Stig' (of Top Gear fame).

Two very popular kart enthusiasts then went 'head to head', with Brian Croke beating Eoin Donegan by a hair's breath.

Then it was time for the head shaves and leg waxing where five brave people lost their locks for charity. Aoife Duggan was the only lady to brave it and must be commended for having her head shaved.

Music was provided throughout the day by a number of excellent musicians and bands, including Innuendo, Wayne Hogan and Paul Kavanagh, and DJ Dave.

A charity auction also took place and among the items sold were an Irish rugby jersey signed by Paul O'Connell, a rugby ball signed by Gordan D'arcy, a Kilkenny Jersey signed by Henry Shefflin and various other items donated by businesses and local people, with over €4,000 raised through the auction alone.

Last year's Charity Day raised €14,500 but although at the time of going to press the final figure for Charity Day 2010 was not available, all signs are that this year's total will be substantially larger – with well in excess of €15,000 raised.

DVDs of all the day's events are now on sale with the proceeds going to charity. Copies can be bought from Mary Jo's pub or by contacting any of the committee members.

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