With the cancellation of fundraisers due to Covid-19, one rural-based GAA club in Roscommon has acted creatively to ensure its survival.
The aim of ‘Molly Moo and a Break for Two’ is to raise much-needed funds for St Croans GAA club. It is situated in Ballintober, close to the Galway border and covers two parishes: Ballintober in Roscommon and Ballymoe in Galway.
Most players and supporters are from a farming background, with over 70% of the executive committee have an agricultural connection.
- First prize – A 5-year-old Simmental cow with a heifer calf at foot and due again in January 2021 to the same bull or €1,500;
- A holiday in the sun in 2021 or €1,500.
‘Dependent on goodwill of people’
Tommy Grogan, the club chairman said: “We decided to christen the cow Molly Moo and then it seemed natural that we would put up a second prize and a break for two was born, regardless of whether it rhymed or not.”
“In these times of pandemic, fundraising has become extremely difficult for clubs and charities who are dependent on the goodwill of the people to support them.”
“Gone are the days when we could run functions with people in attendance to raise fund.”
“With so much uncertainty in mind, who knows when those days will return? We needed to look at something different and being an area steeped in farming, it seemed the natural thing to do to put up a first-class prize with a farming connection that would generate interest.”
Vast improvements made
St Croans GAA club has always been progressive and looked to the future and they have made vast improvements to their grounds and premises over the past number of years.
This started a number of years ago with purchasing land and developing an all-weather pitch as well as building a new stand and club facilities.
Tom said that “all these things are fine, but pandemic or no pandemic, bills still need to be paid”.
“It’s not all about football or hurling or winning championships. In my view, what we try and do here is more important than that.”
‘If we cannot provide that, then they have nothing’
“I firmly believe in rural Ireland, our children and the next generation need to have somewhere to go and something to do. If we cannot provide that, then they have nothing.”
“We are involved in Scór we are also involved in healthy club initiatives and all other aspects of life in our community. Physical, social and mental health is at the forefront of everything we try and do here.”
“So, Molly Moo and the generosity of people from all corners of the world are the only way that we can keep this going, generation after generation,.”
“Who knows someone may win Molly Moo and her offspring and start a career for themselves in farming as well,” Tom concluded.
Click here to purchase a ticket to be in with a chance to win. The draw will take place on Sunday, October 26th, 2020.