The recent sell-out fund-raiser The Kube raised €25,500 for the fund to rebuild Ballinrobe Town Hall – and the overall fund has now reached €230,000.

Thirty-six contestants from the south Mayo / north Galway region took part in the event at The Pavilion, Ballinrobe Racecourse, with Tesco’s Ray Kelly emerging as the overall winner.

“The night was a huge success, and we are delighted with the final figure of €25,500, which surpasses our initial target of €20,000” said the leader of

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the organising committee Pat McGovern. “We had a huge turn-out on the night, 36 committed and enthusiastic competitors, and a brilliant winner – Ray Kelly – who kindly donated his €750 prize to the Town Hall fund. It was a very encouraging response from the entire community and region and demonstrates the support there is for the Town Hall.”

Ballinrobe Musical Society, awarded €250 as the club that raised the greatest amount of money, have also donated their winnings to the fund. Each contestant raised at least €300. Veronica Sheridan, the individual competitor who raised the most amount of money, was given a cash prize of €250.

The organisers have thanked Ballinrobe Racecourse for hosting the event. A target of €400,000 in local fund-raising was set by the Town Hall committee last year, and this figure has now reached €230,000. “We are very happy with the support we are getting. As far as we are concerned, it is now ‘all systems go’ with this project – it all hinges now on Government funding,” said Michael Sweeney, chairperson of the committee.

“We have been lobbying hard to get the kind of support we need to make this project a reality.”

The full list of contestants who took part in The Kube is as follows:

Western Lakes Cycling Club: Michael Conroy, John Conroy, Paula O’Neill, Michelle Conroy, Padraig Marrey, Shane Gilligan.

Ballinrobe GAA Club: Donal McCormack, Tom Carney, Padraic Costello Snr.

Ballinrobe Tidy Towns: Peter Heaps, James Conway.

Robeen Rascals Playschool: Damian Crowe.

Kilmaine Ladies GAA Club: Veronica Sheridan.

Ballinrobe Musical Society: Elaine Treacy, Seamus Lally, Richard Hennelly, John O’Shea, Louis Brennan, Tommie McGovern.

Ashford Castle: David Gardiner.

Ballinrobe Community School: Michael Coen, Willie Culkeen, Mike Ansbro, Lisa Biggins, Derek Milton.

Ballinrobe Town Traders: John Wilson, Martin Murphy, Lisa Costello, Emma Gill, Hilda Hughes.

Tesco: Ray Kelly.

Ballinrobe Rugby Club: Trevor Watson, John Stagg (a late stand-in for Mathew Gill, who was unavailable due to a family bereavement).

Ballinrobe Town AFC: Declan Commons.

AIB Bank: Aonghus McGauley.

Bank of Ireland: Annette Canty.

Organising committee: Pat McGovern, Lisa Costello, Michael Sweeney, Monica Horan, Richard Burke, Liz Kelleher, Liam Horan.

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