‘Bowling a maiden over’ for Galbally Garden Fete

Preparations are continuing for the 32nd annual Galbally Garden Fete which takes place on Sunday, August 28.

Preparations are continuing for the 32nd annual Galbally Garden Fete which takes place on Sunday, August 28.

Pat Cawley of Thurles Cricket Club visited the village last week to appraise the facilities there in advance of their exhibition at the event.

And, Pat also brought along some of the cricket ‘gear’ including bats and caps just to give locals a feel for the game.

This feature has already attracted much attention and it is believed that this will be the first time in well over a hundred years, if, indeed, ever that cricket will have been played in the region.

“Thurles is a fairly new cricket club and we’re delighted to be spreading the message to the surrounding counties, “Pat told The Nationalist.

“The Galballly Garden Fete, which is well established, presents an ideal platform for such an exhibition and we’re really looking forward to the day.”

Meanwhile, Carol O’Brien, who looks after sponsorship for the garden fete, confirmed that the response is already very good.

“People are being very generous despite the downturn as they always want to support local events like this. We really need to funds after spending so much on the village park so every bit helps, “Carol concluded.

John Joe Fahey was busy getting the signs ready for distribution while the ladies committee are formulating a catering plan for the day with committee member, Peggy Ryan at the helm.

Incidentally, John Joe will also be charge of the All Ireland wellington throwing championship at the fete!

Chairman, Jim Fitzgerald, said that things were ‘falling into place’ and, more than anything else, the organisers are hoping for a fine day for the Galbally Garden Fete.

“Hopefully, our former president, the late Canon Hennessy will be keeping a weather eye on us from above, “ Jim joked as be got in a bit of practice for the cricket on Sunday, August 28.

Galbally Garden Fete will also feature a visit from top entertainment star, Jimmy Buckley, helicopter pleasure trips, open air bingo, the Liam Lynch Pipe Band, Williams Carnival and much more. Tel. 087 – 6123334 for further details.