Friends of Tipperary Football launch major fundraising drive

A major fundraising drive, commencing with another monster bingo on Sunday March 23rd next, has been lanched by the Friends of Tipperary Football.

A major fundraising drive, commencing with another monster bingo on Sunday March 23rd next, has been lanched by the Friends of Tipperary Football.

At a meeting of the ‘Friends’ in Hayes Hotel, Thurles, last week it was decided to stage a number of initiatives aimed at raising funds to support all county football teams now in the throes of championship preparation.

Given the outstanding success of monster bingo sessions hosted by the ‘Friends’ at the Dome in Semple Stadium in recent months, the committee unanimously opted to stage the fourth such event at the same venue on Sunday March 23rd.

The monster event which is set to attract another massive crowd to the spacious and comfortable Dome has a huge prize fund and gets underway at 3pm.

Vice Chairperson of ‘Friends’ Michael Power (Moycarkey-Borris) thanked the very many people who participated in the bingo sessions to date for their tremendous support, and he also expressed his gratitide to those who had helped to organise the event.

He looked forward, he said, to meeting everybody on what promises to be another enjoyable afternoon’s entertainment on Sunday week March 23rd.

The Friends have also launched a very attractive “Friends of Tipperary Membership Card” and have appealed for support from GAA clubs and supporters.

The membership cards are now on sale for a very modest 10 euro.

Each card holder will receive a 2014 car sticker and will be entered for a draw for two tickets for the 2014 All-Ireland minor and senior football finals.

Vice Chairperson Michael Power appealed to all units of the GAA in the Premier County to give the scheme as much support as possible.

“Tipperary football is making solid strides and is in a good place right now. People have been very supportive of our teams and we very much appreciate that support” he said.

In light of the huge success of previous golf classics, the ‘Friends’ are also planning to hold another event at Thurles Golf Club on Saturday July 19th next.

At last week’s meeting Mr Power led glowing tributes to the late John Costigan, former Treasurer of the ‘Friends’ and the late Tom Collum, for their sterling work for the committee down through the years. “ Both men were of the highest calibre, absolutley hard-working and sincere, and, their loss has left a huge void in Tipperary GAA” Michael said. He extended sympathy to the families and many friends of deceased.

Members also joined the Vice Chairperson in extending good wishes to ‘Friends’ Chairperson Pete Savage who is recovering from illness.