The gods were on the side of Rosegreen again on Sunday when apart from a little drizzle around 3 o’clock the day remained dry for the Annual Field Day.
Once again patrons came in big numbers to support what has become a very popular August Bank Holiday event, indeed according to the organisers the gate receipts were up on previous years.
St Patricks Brass Band got the show on the road with a mix of favourite marches and medleys, the Tom Jones one proving popular judging by the reactions to Delilah and Green Green Grass of Home.
The U8’s hurling blitz alone was worth the admission charge. Teams from Clerihan, Golden and the home club battled it out for the Charlie Power Cup, with Golden overcoming Clerihan by a goal to lift the trophy. The skill and the competitiveness on display was of a standard that made it understandable why seasoned supporters of the game chose Rosegreen rather than Dundrum for their Sunday fix.
This was the third year of the guided bus tour of the Ballydoyle Stables just down the road. As in previous years there was huge interest and the bus was full for each trip. The well camouflaged display by the army at the far end of the field attracted great attention.
Eileen Darcy, from the City of the Kings won the Glamorous Granny Competition, looking every inch a winner on arrival, in racing terms a certainty.
The day proceeded with the wheel of fortune, the dog show, bottle stall, plant stall, athletics. There were draws for great prizes and competitions and games of all sorts were on going all day. Great bargains were had by all in the auction and there was something for everyone in the family to enjoy throughout the day. Aiden Downey of Ballycomisk won the main raffle for the weekend away. The winner of the penalty shoot out was Cathal “The Dasher” Ryan, who also captained the winning team for the Derek Egan Memorial Cup on Sunday evening.
QUEEN OF THE GREEN
The Community Hall was packed once again for the “Queen of the Green” Competition. All the girls were winners throughout the weekend but there was only one crowned, Siobhán Shelly of Boherlahan, only daughter of Tommy and Martha Shelly.
Siobhán has just completed her leaving cert and will be starting college in Waterford in September. We wish her the very best. Her sponsor was Noel Hadden’s Raceside Service Station which recently opened in Rosegreen.
On Saturday night the 7 pm mass was the festival mass where the 12 girls competing in the “Queen of the Green” took part in dressing the altar, readings and hymns.
Rosegreen Field Day 2011 proved to be another outstanding success for the hardworking organising committee who give tirelessly of their time and commitment for the good of their community.
The proceeds of the day will go towards the completion of the new kitchen in the Community Hall, the Senior Citizens Party and the Lourdes Fund.