The 8th Annual Poor Farmers Association (P.F.A) Charity Auction will be held in Teague’s Bar, Ardara, on Sunday the 29th December 2013 @ 9pm. To date the P.F.A has raised an astonishing €164,909.00 for the local Hospice homecare and Cancer Research.
This year the organisers will split the proceeds between the Hospice homecare and two local organisations the Woodhill Resource Centre and the Ardara community childcare centre.
The P.F.A. committee has bought another 4 Horned Blackfaced Ewe’s from Harkin Brothers Flock “Loughash Farm” Dunamanagh, Co. Tyrone, which raised a total of €1,750.00 last year.
Once again Big Tom is supporting their efforts by graciously donating a valuable farming appliance his “Grape”, which he has signed, a 25yr old microphone which he has sung many a tune on stage with, down through his long career and finally a signed €50 note to the P.F.A. This is the second year Big Tom has supported the P.F.A. Last year he kindly donated for auction signed merchandise, a bag of spuds from his farm which sold for an amazing €110.
While on our travels around Castleblaney we met Margo the Queen of Irish Country Music, who the organisers visited at her home. She delighted them with her plans for her celebrations to mark her 50th year in Irish country Show Business next year 2014.
The organisers are delighted to announce that she too supports the P.F.A and generously donated a Golden Disc (which she removed from her wall) which acknowledges her outstanding contribution to Irish Country Music.
This she signed for auction on the 29th December @ the P.F.A charity auction, along with her signed new CD and booklet. The organisers are thrilled with this valuable donation and are already taking bids, due to the huge interest in the Golden Disc.
In addition to these prized items from the King & Queen of Irish Country Music, the PFA will as usual, hosting the Livestock Auction. Furniture and fixtures are removed and replaced with bales of hay to sit on with saw-dust covering the floors. The stage is also transformed into a bidding table for the auctioneer taking charge of proceedings over the usual dance floor which also morphs, on the night, into ‘the mart ring’.
In the past, lots have included sheep, heifers, bags of turf, chickens, gates, bags of nuts and bales of silage to name but a few.
“We’ve lots flying in as we speak. And we’re expecting a wide and varied range of items to be in place by the time the night comes around. If you’ve never been to the event, then you should make the effort this year as it’s truly a unique night that will live long in your memory – it’s crazy – but it’s all for such a great cause,” said John Breslin, a member of the organising committee.
Anyone looking to donate items or place a reserve bid is asked to contact anyone of the organising committee, or Cathy Boyd, 087 613 3085; John Breslin, 087 826 5334; Gerard McHugh, 087 648 8628.