HUNDREDS of people who had paid €100 to enter the fund raising draw for the Tullamore Community Arts Centre gathered in the Tullamore Court Hotel last Friday night for the prize draw which offered a car and numerous cash prizes. Apart from the draw itself the evening was a celebration of the arts in the county and a successful fund raising campaign.
Chairman of the draw fund raising committee Paddy Fenning was beaming all night, relieved that the lengthy campaign was now over. Earlier the Chairman of the Arts Centre Committee Des Doyle described Paddy Fenning as a sargeant major who had a wonderful team of privates.
The fund raising project would not have been possible without “Paddy’s Angels”, a committed band of volunteers who met twice a week for months to collect the tickets and co-ordinate all the details. Paddy Fenning said the project was very much “ladies driven” in particular Sheila McDermott, Alice Farrell, Mary Roche and Fionnula Corrigan. He joked that at times he felt like a Tibetan monk going around with a begging bowl, but that it had all been worth it in the end.
“Tullamore bought into this and they made this happen. Five years ago the people of the town signed a petition calling for an Arts Centre. The 2,000 tickets sold for this draw represent over 4,000 people who have given this campaign their support. This project could not have happened without local support,” added Paddy.
Winners - Nissan Quashquai: Mrs. Ester Lawless, Arden Vale, Tullamore; €7,500: Ms. Maura Sheridan, Chiropractic Clinic, Arden Road; €5,000: Tullamore St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee; €2,500: Ms. Margaret Duffy, Molesworth St. Daingean; €1,500: Mr. Vincent Conlon, Kildangan, Tullamore; €1,000: Offaly Association New York; €500: Mr. John O’Donovan, 9 Spollenstown Wood, Tullamore.