Ballycotton RNLI Gala Raises €11,560

By Claire O’Donoghue


The Ballycotton Lifeboat Gala raised an amazing €11,560 on Friday last, 1 February at Ballymaloe House. The Moulin Rouge themed Casino and Dinner Dance night was an absolute success. Speaking with The East Cork Journal, main organiser Helen Cuddigan said, “We had a ball. Our flamboyant Moulin Rouge themed night struck all the right notes, from musical entertainment in the form of The Runaway Retros to the decor of ostrich feathers and tulips that adorned the room, and from French-themed cuisine by the amazing staff at Ballymaloe to fashionably dressed attendees.”  Helen herself won the title of Best Dressed Lady on the night and was presented with champagne, chocolates and a voucher from Magnolia in Midleton. Padraig Hubble was titled Best Dressed man and received a bottle of Whiskey from IDL and an Ash Hoover from Chadwicks.  Finally, glamorous couple Betty and Nick Eagle won the coveted Best Dressed Couple and bagged themselves tickets to Cork Opera House.

All proceeds raised on the night will go directly to the local RNLI Station at Ballycotton, where every cent will go towards the training of crew and the purchase of equipment which helps the brave volunteers aboard the Lifeboat and at the Station. With no Government funding, all money donated through charitable fundraising goes directly to the RNLI for saving lives.

This Annual Gala has taken place at Ballymaloe every year since 1948. It was a cause very close to the hearts of Myrtle and Ivan Allen. “This was the first gala for 51 years that Myrtle did not attend,” said Helen, “she will always be greatly missed. We are ever grateful to the Allen family and all at Ballymaloe for their continuing support of the vital work of Ballycotton Lifeboat. The fundraising committee would also like to offer heartfelt thanks to all those who attended the event, donated prizes, sponsored decor and entertainment and contributed in any way to the wonderful event”.

Congratulations to Helen and Committee on a wonderful night for such a vital, local Charity. Our men and women in Lifeboat Stations around the country are absolute heroes who voluntarily risk their own lives to save others.