Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 21 October 2014

GAA: Castlewellan step up drive to raise funds

The Castlewellan club is launching a concerted drive to raise funds.

And with good reason, too.

Castlewellan boast no fewer than 21 teams spanning all codes and grades and efforts to further improve facilities are to be stepped up considerably.

The senior hurling squad have already set the ball in motion by running a very successful Night at the Races.

Club spokesman Ciaran Crilly says: "This venture raised £1,100 and this certainly proved a very welcome boost for our coffers. But a lot more is needed for what we have in mind."

Gary Cairns and Martin Keown were the key organisers of the event and the money raised will be used to help provide enhanced training facilities.

"Hopefully other club teams will now follow the hurlers' example and help raise a bit of much-needed cash for our club development programme and in particular floodlights at Dublin Road which is a club priority for winter training," states Ciaran Crilly.

A couple of years ago Castlewellan were voted Ulster's top club in a Croke Park survey and this accolade delighted everyone connected with the club.

"But we can't rest on our laurels. There is a lot of work to be done in relation to mapping out our future on and off the playing arena," adds Ciaran Crilly.

The Castlewellan club has provided a number of high-profile players for the Down senior football team down through the years and among them is Mickey McVeigh who has just announced his retirement from the inter-county sphere.

Gregory McCartan, too, has given superb service to his county.

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