Gearing up for Grange GAA BBQ in aid of the Community Field

A day of fun, food and entertainment for all the family is kicking off at 1pm as part of the Grange GAA BBQ on Sunday, June 26.

In the Grange Community Field, there will be a host of games, live music, food, ice-cream, tea and coffee, sideshows, and a raffle all in aid of the Community Field.

“There’s going to be games for the whole family, tug of war, penalty shoot-out, milk the cow,” said Grange GAA secretary Diarmuid McSweeney, noting that games on the day will begin at about 2pm.

“We’ll have the Mayo match playing on a projector in one of the marquees in case there is anyone worried about missing the match,” he added.

Rathcormac’s The Chatter Box will be providing tea, coffee and ice cream on the day and food trailers serving fresh hot fish and chips will also be on site.

Speaking with The Avondhu, Mr McSweeney noted that a raffle will take place with some substantial prizes up for grabs, with all proceeds to the local community field.

“We’re fundraising for the community field. It’s used by the men’s and the ladies’ GAA, by the schools and by locals walking dogs.

“The funds are needed to keep the field cut and maintained. We’re constantly developing the field because it’s for the whole community and we want to keep it up to standard,” Diarmuid said.

Behind the scenes, a sub-committee was developed to get the Grange GAA vs BBQ event underway, with some fifteen to twenty locals involved in the fundraising endeavour.

Years ago, Diarmuid noted, a similar fundraising event used to go ahead in Grange, however, it went by the wayside. Now, locals are reviving the summer get-together in the hopes of keeping a key community facility in tip-top shape.

“This is only our second year running it. There’s a lot involved and we’d like to thank them for making this day possible, hopefully, it will be a success. We get a lot of support from the school but it’s mainly the men’s and ladies’ GAA behind this.

“We hope it will be well supported and anything to give extra help will be massively appreciated,” Diarmuid said.

Tickets for the event, designed in the style of a physical All-Ireland match ticket with dates, times, location, and barcode, come at a cost of €5 for the summer BBQ and can be purchased from any Grange GAA member.

It has been earmarked also that the tickets themselves are a ‘rare collectable’ that locals may want to get their hands on ahead of the event on Sunday, June 26.