Ancient appeal for school hurleys at Prosperous

Farnan's fundraising launch at Larry's

Henry Bauress


Henry Bauress


Ancient appeal for school hurleys at Prosperous

Principal of St. Farnan’s, Eddie Collins, pictured with Pat Cosgrove of sponsors MDY Construction; Kevin Howard of sponsors, Naas Oil; and Mick O’Kelly of sponsors, Jacobus Coaches, at launch

“Our credit is not good with the county treasurer,” a former principal of St Farnan’s Post Primary school in Prosperous wrote to a hoped for sponsor in 1974.

Then principal, Ray O’Malley, was referring to the Kildare GAA County Board treasurer, when he wrote the letter seeking help to buy hurleys.

“We beg and beseech you,” the letter went.

On September 21 at Larry Dowling’s in Prosperous, St Farnan’s launched another major fundraising drive, “A €20k drop” being held at the Westgrove Hotel on October 21.

St Farnan’s now, in its 75th year, has 516 student and includes a staff of 45 teachers and nine special needs assistants.

This Sunday coming, September 25, it will run a Family Fun day.

Nine major sponsors are helping the school out and, thanking them, Eddie Collins, principal for the last four years, told the gathering at Larry’s that they were essential.

He recalled that when the school started, the principal, Sean Delaney, had 22 girls and ten boys in his charge at the school.

The €20 k drip game, demonstrated by Clem Ryan, Kfm’s CEO, last Wednesday, involves eight contestants gambling on questions.

Tickets for show cost €15 and can be bought from any committee member.There is a family discount with four tickets available for €50.