Electric Picnic Main Stage
Over 50 cheques will be presented to groups, schools and charities in Stradbally and across Laois this week, totalling over €30,000, thanks to local Electric Picnic ticket sales.
Every year the Electric Picnic Residents Committee in Stradbally is presented with tickets by organisers Festival Republic, in return for having their village taken over by 55,000 happy Picnic goers for a weekend of music, arts and general madness in the Cosby family's estate.
The residents get a huge discount on the tickets, paying a nominal €30, which goes into a fund to be distributed locally every December.
This year the committee were given 1,400 tickets, and now they have chosen what worthy causes they will donate the money to, with a big cheque presentation tomorrow night in St Mary's Hall in Stradbally.
Among those accepting cheques will be Stradbally St Vincent de Paul, Kolbe Special School in Portlaoise, Irish Guide Dogs and Laois Offaly Families for Autism.
Stradbally and local villages like Timahoe and Vicarstown get much of the funds.
Chairperson Noel Ryan said this year's picnic was fantastic.
"After the picnic we review the positives and negatives, and the only negatives this year were three letters, mostly about parking issues. We have a fantastic relationship with Festival Republic, and this money has done fantastic work locally over the years, on top of that, last year the CEO Melvyn Benn gave €65,000 to St Colman's NS last year," he said.
"Electric Picnic has really put Stradbally on the map. Before that people only thought of the steam rally," he said.
The €30 tickets are sold, a maximum of two per houshold, to people who apply to the committee for them and who live within a mile of Cosby Hall where the festival takes place. Applicants from a slightly wider catchment area can also apply for the discounted tickets but are not guaranteed tickets.
Next year's Electric Picnic takes place from August 31 to September 2. Weekend camping tickets are on sale from the official website here.
The full list to get donations via the Electric Picnic Committee this year is as follow:
Active Recreational Group Vicarstown
Cosby National School
Fr Sean Maher
Irish Guide Dogs
Kolbe Special School, Portlaoise
Laois Riding for the Disabled
Moyanna Cemetery Committee
Oakvale Cemetery Committee
Peoples Indoor Bowls
T&S United Soccer
Scoil Mhichil Naofa, Athy
St Colman's NS
St Vincent de Paul
Stradbally AFC Under 17's
Stradbally Active Retirement Group
Stradbally and District Angling Club
Stradbally Community Allotments
Stradbally Community Games
Stradbally Concern Group
Stradbally Development Association
Stradbally Flower & Garden
Stradbally GAA Club
Stradbally GAA Kids Club
Stradbally Game & Conservation Club
Stradbally Main Street Residents
Stradbally Market House Restoration Committee
Stradbally Neighbourhood Watch
Stradbally Playgroup Committee
Stradbally Residents of Brockley Park, Church Avenue, Kylebeg, Oakglen, The Glebe, The Mill and Woodview.
Stradbally Snooker Club
Stradbally Social Services
Stradbally Town AFC
Stradbally, Vicarstown, Timahoe Community Sports Hub
Timahoe Ladies GFC
Stradbally Christmas Tree Fund
Vicarstown Youth Club
Worster Drought Syndrome Foundation