Ballinrostig Vintage Club Begin 10 Year Anniversary Celebrations with Table Quiz

By Alan Sheehan

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Ballinrostig Vintage Club kick off a year packed with events with their first fundraiser of 2017, a table quiz which will take place on Friday, 24 February.

The table quiz will be held at the Guileen Arms Bar in Whitegate and commences at 8.30pm. A table of four costs €20, with questions encompassing a variety of topics – not just vintage-related.

“It’s on the 24 February, in the Guileen Arms pub,” said Denis O’Driscoll, Public Relations Officer for the Ballinrostig Vintage Club. “It is an 8.30pm start. The money we raise will go towards the total that we donated to the charities the end of the year. The quiz itself will be nothing hard, and it’s not all going to be about vintage. Everyone is welcome. It will be a good night, and we are hoping to have a good crowd turn up.”

There will also be a raffle held on the night, with spot prizes donated by local business and sourced by club members.

The Ballinrostig Vintage Club, having been formed in 2007, celebrates its 10 year anniversary this year. The initial idea for the club came from Ballinrostig locals Mike Murphy and the late Pat Hickey, who were keen to raise money for local charities and hospitals.

“We have almost €50,000 raised over the past 9 years,” said Jim Wall, Chairman of the club. “Last year we gave €3,500 to Marymount Hospice, €1,000 to Midleton Hospital, and we split €1,000 then among four smaller charities: the Cope Foundation, Embrace Farm, Cobh Animation, and Broomhill Tractor Build, who come down and help us for our working days, and who themselves donate money to Marymount.”

Ballinrostig Vintage Club already have a number of other events scheduled for this year, with the club’s Spring Road Run set for Sunday, 23 April, the Annual Memorial run taking place on Sunday, 22 October, and the club’s annual Dinner dance to be held in Garryvoe on Saturday, 11 November.

“Our Field Day is on Sunday, 2 July in Ballinrostig,” said Mr Wall. “We are holding the Munster Sheepdog Trial the same day. The club would like to thank John Pope who’s been more than good to us over the years regarding giving us a field to host our working days. And I’d like to point out that everyone welcome to the table quiz in February. We’re looking for new members too; you don’t have to have a vintage car or tractor to join. If you come along to the table quiz, you can always enquire about the club with a member.”

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