For over 30 years, the 25 Card Game was played at the Clogher Community Center as a fundraising event for community activities, but, more importantly, in subsequent years, as a commitment social for like-minded people who had learned the game from their parents. knees around an open fire.
Indeed, the game was played in the school before the hall was built and before that the many games that took place in private homes still live in the memory of many people.
This year, the Clogher community and particularly the card game committee have decided to celebrate the 25th by participating in Culture Night on Friday 23rd September.
The community hall will be transformed to replicate a pre-rural electrification of an Irish rural house. There will be an eclectic mix of peat fires, oil lamps, children’s cradles and a cat on the hob. The weather will be determined by whether or not he turns his back on the fire!
There will also be an exhibition of photographs, extracts of local interest from the Schools Folklore Collection from 1937-38 and extracts from the Clogher Down book Memory Lane, published in 2001. There will be a music playlist traditional of the time in the background.
The exhibition will be open to schoolchildren and interested parents from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. and will reopen at 7 p.m. for the interested public. The evening will end with a standard match of 25, during which it is hoped that the locals will see all their old friends again and make new ones.
The exhibit will also be on display on Wednesday, September 21 to benefit the working age group. Hopefully it will bring back many good memories.
Even if people don’t pay much attention to cards, there might be something that catches the eye. A word of thanks and appreciation to all those who helped to mount the exhibit, to the hall committee and to all those who lent artifacts for the exhibits.