I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here came to Killeshin at the weekend and it was a night of serious entertainment.
Killeshin FC hosted the event at the Dolmen Hotel in front of a crowd of in excess 650 people.
Killeshin and Laois footballer Eoin Lowry was among the contestants on the night as 16 of them went head-to-head to be crowned King or Queen of the jungle.
The contestants took on nine trials and were tested to the last with snakes, scorpions and various vermin all involved.
There were also your standard eating and drinking tasks which had to be completed.
In the end, Sarah Kelly was crowned Queen of the Jungle.
Treasurer Ian McDonald: “The Club would like to thank everyone who helped to make our 2018 fundraiser “I’m a celeb, get me out of here” such a huge success.
“Thank you to Netwatch for once again being our main sponsor. Thanks to Keith, Ross, Michaella & all the staff at Empower & Fundraising Events, Woodford Dolmen Hotel and staff, all the local businesses who sponsored our event, Michael Brennan Homes, Kehoe Auctioneers, Avoca Bathrooms, Craigaaron, 12 Acres, Tile & Style, Farrell McElwee Solicitors, Adrenaline Gym, Scats.
“Thank you to Breda & Siobhan McDonald for such huge enthusiastic commitment. Thanks to Ray Purcell, Brownshill Press, The Glenside, The Mall, Laoistoday.ie, The Nationalist, and all who supported our fundraisers, bought tickets for the night, sponsored spot prizes or bought adds in our programme.
“Your generosity has brought us so much closer to our goal of a new Clubhouse for soccer in our community and is gratefully appreciated.
“Finally thanks to all the contestants for their tireless work in fundraising and wholeheartedly giving up so much of their time.”
The club, which play in the Carlow league, have 14 affiliated teams with over 240 registerd players. The club bought their own pitches in 2008 and developed two sand-carpet pitches and a training pitch as Phase 1 of their development plan.
They have been playing on those pitches for the last three seasons and are now keen to push on with Phase 2.
“In February 2017 we were granted full planning permission for a Dormer 4 dressing room club house, club lounge and first floor gym, kitchen etc,” added McDonald.
They were awarded €78,000 in the recent 2017 Government Sports Capital Scheme (which was more than any other sports club in the county) towards the construction cost and to fund the balance they have run a series of fundraisers, including a Lip Sync last year which drew a crowd of 650 to the Woodford Dolmen.