It was a highly entertaining night at the Gaelscoil’s fundraiser Beat the Banker in the Redcastle Hotel last night.

Not only was it entertaining but it was highly profitable raising €12,000 for school funds.

The main organiser was Annemarie Doherty but she stresses that she was only one member of the organising committee and she got a lot of help.

Fun Night

Five people were drawn to go up and play Beat the Banker. Unfortunately only one of them were actually there so people had to go up and play for them.

However, it didn’t spoil the fun.

Paddy Kearney went all the way and won €500 for the person he was representing. Those who played were:-

– Catriona Reynolds went up and got the person she represented, John Keys, €250.

– Mary Porter was playing for Mark Daly and she won him €300
– Fr Pat was playing for Hannah Doherty and he won her €150
– Paddy Kearney was playing for Paddy Doherty and he won him €500
– Leoni Furlong was the last player and her two little sisters attended the school.

In the real Deal or No Deal, the banker almost always offers less than the average of the sums left on the board. However, the banker last night was more generous and almost always offered a sum in excess of the average left on the board.

Tickets Sold

It seems that between 700 and 800 tickets were sold in total for €10 each.

Considering that the population of Moville is less than 1,500 and the population of Greencastle is less than a thousand , that’s a lot of tickets to sell.

People are very generous in this area and even, in the teeth of the worst downturn in the area’s history, they stumped up to help out the Gaelscoil raise money.

There was also a whole load of sponsorship. I counted 128 sponsors altogether with a number of major sponsors.

All in all it was a great night and well worthwhile too.

Gaelscoil beat the banker

Annmarie Doherty, Organising Committee, Grainne McGroarty, Principal, Gaelscoil Cois Feabhail, Mairead Cunningham, School Secretary and Lee Gooch, Lee Gooch Productions.