THE county wide bucket collection which was undertaken by Kildare GAA members on the weekend of 2-3 March has proven to be an overwhelming success according to chief organiser and Kildare GAA Commercial Manager, Marty McEvoy.
Speaking at Tuesday evening’s Co. Board meeting the Athy man said that with still a few ‘buckets’ to come in the figure to date has just gone over e18,200.
Marty thanked each and every one who was involved, he thanked the local press, Kfm for all their support and said that considering that this was the Board’s first time to embark on this type of fund raising and taking into account that mistakes were made and lessons can be learned from this year’s experience, he was absolutely delighted with the response that Kildare GAA got from throughout the length and breadth of the count.
Martin Whyte, County Treasurer, was fulsome in his praise for Mr. McEvoy who has also been Kildare’s representative on Central Council for the past five years and who will be stepping down come congress in a few weeks. Marty, said Mr. Whyte has made an enormous contribution to Kildare Co. Board finances since his appointment as Commercial Manager, citing as an example Siopa Cill Dara in the Whitewater Shopping Centre in Newbridge (a huge success); the Thousandaire which brought in big money and now the bucket collection as examples of just what he has achieved.
The Athy man is very highly regarded by the powers that be in Croke Park apart from his work at Central Council level is also National Officer for Provincial, County and Club Development which advises board officials throughout the 32.