The hotly-contested race has involved three of the major sporting clubs of the town, with each club putting forward a candidate – Paddy McTigue (Ballinrobe Town AFC), and Peter McHugh (Ballinrobe RFC) and Adrian Flannery (Ballinrobe GAA Club).
Supporters of all three clubs will assemble to discover the winner of the contest. All three of the candidates hope to have raised enough money to be crowned Mayor of Ballinrobe, along with raising much-needed funds for their respective clubs.
The treasurer of each club will bring the club’s lodgement book to the Valkenburg, where the final tally will take place – thus revealing the successor to the present Mayor, Johnny Buckley. The votes will be tallied according to how much money each club has raised. Every vote costs €5.
The competition has been fierce and has featured a host of novelty events.
“A lot of effort was put into each campaign by the candidates, and also by members of each club. It has been great to see the community coming out and supporting something that is beneficial to people of all ages in the town,” said a spokesperson for the Mayor of Ballinrobe steering committee.
During the five-month campaign, the town was treated to an array of events by each club, including a truck-pull challenge, a bog and beach party, a waxathon, table quizzes, and even a wake.
“The support by volunteers and members has been amazing, and hopefully it will all pay off,” added the spokesperson.