57 groups and charities in Laois have benefited to the tune of €31,000 thanks to the Electric Picnic Residents Committee.
Every year the Electric Picnic Residents Committee in Stradbally is presented with tickets by organisers of the three day event – Festival Republic.
Each household within a certain distance of the Electric Picnic is entitled to apply for two ‘one-day’ tickets and if successful, they make a donation of €60 in order to collect their tickets.
This money is then collected and re-distributed in full to the community of Stradbally, Vicarstown and Timahoe – as well as the surrounding areas.
Chairman of the Residents Association Noel Ryan revealed to LaoisToday that this year money has also been allocated for a defibrillator in Stradbally – a life saving device.
He said: “Last Thursday was a great night for all the clubs and organisations in Stradbally, Timahoe, Vicarstown and the surrounding areas.
“57 cheques were handed out from the proceeds of the donations for resident’s Electric Picnic tickets from the festival a couple of months ago.
“This funding that we give out every year means a lot to the small clubs and organisations.
“Among the successful applicants were the Stradbally Defibrillator Group and they will place the device in the town in a prominent place. This saves lives and it is so important that we have one.”
Noel explained how he is looking for people to come forward to be trained how to use the defibrillator.
He said: “Training is free of charge and anyone interested can contact me on 087-6577188.”
Noel thanked his committee for all their hard work during the past year as this was their final task for 2018.
The full list of the lucky organisations is as follows:
Oakglen Resident’s Association, Church Avenue Resident’s Association, The Glebe Resident’s Association, Kylebeg Resident’s Association, Drominin Resident’s Association, Woodview Resident’s Association, Brockley Park Resident’s Association, The Mill Resident’s Association, Main Street Resident’s Association, Cill Beg Resident’s Association, Parochial House Lourdes Fund, Parochial House Parish Fund, Stradbally Playground, Stradbally Snooker Club, Vicarstown Recreational Group, Stradbally Defibrillator Group, Park Ratheniska Ladies Group, St Colman’s School ASD Unit, St Colman’s Parent’s Council, Cuisle Centre, Ratheniska Ceoltas, Cosby National School, Stradbally Active Retirement Group, Fund 17 The Orchard, Stradbally Social Services, Stradbally Concern Group, Stradbally Town AFC, Kolbe Centre, Market House Restoration Committee, Stradbally Flower and Garden Club, Timahoe Ladies GAA, Scoil Mhuire Fatima Timahoe, St Patrick’s Hall Stradbally, Oakvale Cemetery Committee, Stradbally ICA, Stradbally Kids Club, Stradbally Youth Club, Stradbally Town Christmas Tree Fund, T&S United, Stradbally Neighbourhood Watch, SVT Activity and Wellness Hub, Stradbally Community Development Association, Stradbally Community Games, Laochra Special Olympics, Moyanna Cemetery Committee, Stradbally Community Allotments, St Vincent de Paul Stradbally, People’s Indoor Bowls, Stradbally Game and Conservation Club, Stradbally Lake, Stradbally GAA, Stradbally District Anglers, Stradbally Parish Gaels, Round Tower Rovers AFC, Oakvale Athletic Club, Portlaoise PATH for the Homeless, Disabled Horse Riding Association.