a poker night on Good Friday for the Portarlington Dirty Old Towns projects was a “tremendous success” according to the main organiser Matt Dunne.
“Over 120 people turned up on the night and the games went on until the wee hours of the morning. Approximately €3,250 was raised for the Dirty Old Town funds which is spent on the various improvements taking place around the town,” said Mr Dunne, who is on the Dirty Old Town Committee.
The poker tournament featured both Texas Hold’em and Five Card Poker games, with the top prize of over €3,000 for the Texas Hold’em being shared between winners Jay Feiney, Alan Mitchell and Kevin Kennedy. The winner of the poker classic was local man Liam Finlay.
“I would like to thank the organisers of the Texas Hold’em Elaine Kiernan, JJ Dolye and John Condron. Thanks also to Port GAA for the use of the hall and a special thanks goes to Cam McGettrick who printed the tickets free of charge and along with his daughter Susan rang the poker event on the night. Also thanks to the Committee, mostly ladies, who fed the multitude on the night with beautiful food,” Matt Dunne said.