It has been confirmed that Jon Kenny of D’unbelievables and Brenda Donoghue of RTE Radio,will also, along with Ryan Tubridy, be in attendance at the Livestock Charity Auction for the Youghal Cancer Support Centre in Dungarvan on the 25th Feb. We are delighted by this news and are overwhelmed by the publicity and support we are getting for this great event!
In October last year, a group got together with the intention of raising money to help purchase a premises to house Youghal’s Cancer Support Group/Centre. At a meeting of farmers that followed, a map of East Cork and then West Waterford was produced and we struggled to comprehend the size of the area and the daunting task that we had taken on. You see – we wanted to call to ALL the farmers in this large area and encourage or facilitate them to donate an animal to be auctioned at Dungarvan Mart on Feb 25 with all monies going to Youghal Cancer Support Centre.
Our Motley crew have taken to the high roads and byroads of East Cork and West Waterford this week to begin this task. Not only is the area we have taken on – large, but the request is ambitious considering the challenging year 2012 has been for farming. The Group have headed out as individuals or/and in pairs with the task of soliciting the donation of an animal or the value of one from every call. We visited Tom Browne’s farm this week to see his newly arrived calves and went on from there. Driving into farmyards between Aglish and Cappoquin, Kieran Hallahan with Rich & Noreen Fitzgearld found that people are being most generous. John Landers with help from Kevin O Connor have visited many farmers and together with Matt Hurley called to holdings in Killeagh, Castlemartyr and Mogeely and got a great response. Nickie Flavin and Carmel Landers/Murphy were greeted with enthusiasm when calling to people in the local Youghal area because many already had experience of A.R.C. house in Cork and were thrilled at the idea of having such a centre in Youghal. Willie Keane in Ardmore is travelling night and day to meet people in the large area he has taken on being helped by Liam Curran and Peter Kiely. David Quinn in Dungarvan has offered to support in any way he can. Marie O Sullivan and Patsy Fleming Clashmore have reported that when farmers felt they couldn’t offer a calf, sizable donations were given instead. Ger Trihy is meeting farmers in Piltown, Kinsalebeg and Monatrea. Anthony O Driscoll and T.J Mc Sweeney – driving forces behind the group, are covering a huge territory from Knockanore to Lismore and Ballimacoda to Cloyne. Ger O Regan has started to call to farmers in the Dungourney, Clonmult area amongst others.
As publicity reaches further afield phone calls with pledges of animals are pouring in from as far away as Kill, Co. Waterford and Watergrasshill, Cork. Anthony and his wife Tina, together with Tony Coffey of “Bachelors in Trouble” fame are also actively canvassing a celebrity or two in the hope of getting them to attend the sale and perhaps even try their hand at auctioneering.
If anyone feels they can help we will be delighted with the support and please contact any of the people below.
Anthony O Driscoll 0861744771, T.J. Mc Sweeney 0862748380, John Landers 086 8123207, Willie Keane 0872612578, Kieran Hallahan 0872549759, Patsy Fleming 0879822950, Nickie Flavin 0872206992, Matt Hurley 0868346581.