One of the highlights of the Portarlington Lions Club year is the annual Charity Hunt, and this year did not disappoint, raising a total of €4,000.
This year the sun was shining as an amazing 185 horses and riders, 50 of whom were children made their way from the starting point at The Railway Bar through the town centre to begin the 4th Annual Portarlington Lions Club Charity Hunt.
Club President, Gerry Dunne, thanked all the land owners who give permission to use their land each year.
After the Hunt, a charity auction and raffle took place in a packed Railway Bar, which helped to generate even more funds for the Lions Club. All auction and raffle items were kindly sponsored by local businesses and local farmers who were very generous.
Mr Dunne thanked all who turned out to support the event especially the members of North Kildare farmers hunt for their participation and generosity each year. The total funds raised reached €4,000.
This year’s course was reputed to be one of the best, with great gallops, ditches, and jumps to be negotiated.
Portarlington Lions club would also like to thank the local Super Valu who sponsored the food and refreshments and their own Lions club members and helpers who were so willing to help on the day. Thanks were also extended to Shay Gallagher, Christine and their staff in the Railway Bar.
This event would not take place without the chief organisers, the Portarlington Lions Club, who each deserve great credit.