By John A. Murphy
A unique fundraising project will be launched next Saturday night in the village of Touraneena which it is intended to become an annual one on the calendar of the local St. Mary’s/Sliabh gCua GAA Club.
In the augural year the funds raised will be utilised exclusively to fund the construction of a hurling wall development at the club grounds at Kirwan Park. Work on this development will commence next summer and will be completed within the calendar year.
The project will encompass a sports prediction challenge in which participants will have their sporting knowledge put to the acid test. No fewer than eight national and international sports will be involved with entrants having to predict the various outcomes of some of the most major fixtures throughout 2011.
As an example—who will be crowned All-Ireland senior hurling and football champions next year? Who will emerge victorious in the 2011 Rugby World Cup? Who will lift the Heineken Cup in Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium next May?
The challenge to one’s sporting knowledge continues in this all embracing questionnaire. Who, for instance, will be crowned golf’s British Open Champion, and who will be top of the pile at the Augusta Masters in April?
The Wimbledon Tennis Championships in July—to whom shall the silverware go? And if you fancy yourself as a knowledgeable soccer pundit then who becomes Premier League champions and the European Champions League winners?
Fancy your knowledge of those who ply their sporting trade on the green beize? If so who will lift the coveted World Snooker Championship in Sheffield next April?
Finally how deep does your knowledge of show jumping as a sport go?
Predicting the winners of the prestigious Aga Khan Trophy in Ballsbridge next August will tell us much in that regard.
In relation to the GAA All-Ireland posers, you will also be expected to correctly name the winners of four provincial champions—namely the Leinster senior hurling and football, the Ulster senior football, and that Munster minefield in which the Deise will be seeking to retain the title they so gloriously won this year.
The competition will have a total prize fund of €1,800 Euros with a hugely attractive “one grand’’ going to the winner. In total there will be ten cash prizes.
The St. Mary’s/Sliabh gCua club has been decidedly fortunate to have been able to bring on board four main sponsors, namely Dungarvan Precision Engineering headed up by Colin Gleeson and Eoin Sheehan; Repair IT whose base is at Lower Main Street, Dungarvan; Whelan Construction of Castlereagh, Ballymacarbry, and Lawlors Hotel, Dungarvan. In addition there have been four other sponsorships received to boost the overall the fund.
The entrance fee will be €20, and the closing date for acceptance of entries will be Wednesday December 8th. Shared entries will be more than welcome.
Entry forms, while available through a distribution committee set up by the club incorporating a total of fourteen teams of three members per team, can also be obtained and completed on line through the club’s website—-www.sliabhgcuastmarys.com.
Each entrant’s own individual predictions can be viewed on the website, together with their position on the overall league table. Those who wish to provide their own individual e-mail address will also be given specific monthly updates of their position on that table.
Saturday night’s launch, to which everyone is invited, and which will be presided over by club chairman Mike Murray, will commence at 10 o clock sharp, with a rather special guest to do the honours.
The club has been decidedly fortunate to be able to secure the services of former Wexford All-Ireland hurling winner and All Star Larry Murphy to do the honours, and the Cloughbawn clubman can be assured of the warmest of Sliabh gCua welcomes. We look forward to seeing you all there.