A group of people in the picturesque little village of Clough, in the south of County Laois, have come together to raise money for the construction of a community center, by organizing a raffle with a John Deere tractor worth of €100,000, the coveted prize.

“The Clough Community Vision Committee was formed to develop and build a community center for our school and village,” said dairy farmer David Hyland of the organizing committee.

“Funds, of course, are always important and this year, in order to raise funds, we are running an online raffle for a John Deere tractor worth €100,000.”

Tickets are also available for purchase on site at €30 each. The draw will take place on March 17, 2023.

Clough, which is located in the historic parish of Aghaboe, has less than 100 inhabitants. It is one of two villages in the parish, the other being Ballacolla.

“We would like to build a community center in our village to improve school and community life. We will start our construction in the next 18 months to two years and we are looking forward to that,” said David.

“As we have not yet finalized our final design, the cost is not yet known, but in the current climate we are sure it will be high. We will access as many grants as possible and continue to raise funds. funds.

Tractor raffle

“We really need support to ensure our raffle reaches our goal of 8,000 tickets by March 17th. Our community is behind us, but we are reaching out to our county and beyond for this endeavour,” said said David.

Further information is available from Clough Community Vision committee members: Anne Peters, David Hyland, Ann Bergin, Joe Hyland, Theresa Ryan, John Finlay and Olga Hyland. Olga can be contacted on: 086 1730034 while David Hyland is on 087 9354441.