Big crowd at The Vale enjoy top night of soccer & fundraising!

Bailieborough, July 3, 2015:

The Bailieboro Soccer Sixes tournament reached its conclusion last Friday evening when a large crowd gathered at The Vale to enjoy the semifinals and final.

After a nine week league was completed the top four sides in the competition for local pubs advanced to a final evening where favourites The Square Bar played Fox’s Bar and The Castle Inn took on Crossans Ramblers.

The Square Bar were the deserved winners of the competition, beating Fox’s Bar in their semi-final before overwhelming The Castle Inn in the final itself, known as The Bailie Bowl. Square Bar captain Calvin Daly was presented on the pitch with The Paddy Bird Memorial Cup, named in honour of the local sportsman who tragically passed away in 2011, by Paddy’s parents Francis and Kathleen.

The fine weather helped bring a large crowd to The Vale, the home of Bailieboro Celtic, to witness all the action before everyone then headed to The Castle Inn for the presentations and after-party.

One of the main aims of the tournament is to raise money for local charities and good causes. This time it was the Hope For Cian fund that was the beneficiary as over €550 was raised through the sale of matchday programmes and raffle tickets, with a pair of tickets to see chart-topper Jason Derulo at the 3Arena in Dublin one of the prizes on offer.

“The tournament has been a huge success with almost every pub in town entering a team,” said organiser Karl Hofer. “The soccer has been of a very high standard and we’ve raised some good  money for a great cause. But none of this would have been possible without the support of the tournament sponsors, namely Bridie Rahill, Elite Betting & Kevin Argue.”

“There has been a really great buzz about the place since it kicked-off, so much so we plan to do it twice a year now. We’ll go again in October and hopefully get even more people involved.”

Visit the tournament website for more info: www.bailie6.leaguerepublic.com  – ENDS.

For more info & a selection of high-res images please contact Karl: info@aranireland.com or call 085 869 7078