Saturday, August 01, 2020

O’Rourke Park in Castlerea was the scene as Ireland’s towns and villages again showed their ability to adapt to the “new normal” that is a world with Covid-19. Friday night bingo has been a hugely popular activity in the town for a long time but due to restrictions on indoor gatherings, the drums have been silent and “legs 11” has been permanently laid up in crutches.

Yet the facility at Castlerea St. Kevin’s GAA club roared back to life last night as the club ran a hugely successful “drive-in” bingo night, drawing a substantial crowd.

Attendees simply had to drive up, collect their cards on the way in and tune in to the special radio frequency to hear the numbers called out. It’s not Bingo as your grandmother might have known it, but it was one feature of local life that people in the town were delighted to see come back!

So, everybody ready? That’s 88, two fat Lexus! Duck and Drive, 25! Motorway to Heaven, 67…..

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