The search for the quickest quacker in town

Hundreds of Rubber Ducks Race to Benefit Families of the North East

Easter Monday last week, the Family Addiction Support Network hosted the second annual Open Garden Day, Car Boot Sale & Rubber Duck Race at the beautiful gardens of Brendan & Jackie McKenna, Muff, Kingscourt, Co Cavan. A great crowd supported the event which was organized by the Family Addiction Support Network.

Festivities began at 2pm with a scenic stroll around the garden full of colour where new life and was guaranteed to lift the spirits! One could then meander through the bric o brac stalls in the hope of acquiring a satisfying bargain and quench their hunger pangs in Bella’s Kitchen with delicious homemade cakes, pastries, and exotic cheesecakes.

Dudley Farrell, MC for the Duck Race kept the crowd entertained with jokes, spot prizes and exciting commentary as hundreds of little plastic ducks were tumbled over the bridge into the river and jostled each other for the winning positions. 1st Prize “The Quickest Quacker Cup” and €40 voucher went to Roisin McKenna,  1st Prize in the Garden Quiz went to Audrey Frazer and the winner of the Easter Egg Count was Donna Kierans

The Family Addiction Support Network has been serving the people of the North East for more than 20 years, said Ceinwen Fergus, Chairperson for the Family Addiction Support Network. “The Open Garden Day & Duck Race celebrates the Network’s commitment to support families affected by addiction and it’s a way for the community to express its gratitude”

“It’s an exciting day here in Muff”, said coordinator Gwen McKenna “and we’d like to thank the volunteers who made this happen and the community for coming out to join us in the fun, in particular we’d like to thank our sponsors;

Amatino Partners Carickmacross, Co Monaghan

P&R Transport Kingscourt Co Cavan

Joseph McCabe Muff Kingscourt,Co Cavan

Garmanagh Garden Centre, Nobber Co Meath

Dun a Ri House Hotel, Kingscourt, Co Cavan

Meath GAA, Dudley Farrell, Nobbe Co Meath

Supervalu, Kingscourt Co Cavan

Denise Kierans, Kingscourt Co Cavan

Liz Farm Fresh Kingscourt, Co Cavan

Tracy Clarke Muff Kingscourt Co Cavan

Tanya Lay, Corkish Bailieborough Co Cavan

Marlene Thornton, Drogheda Co Louth


A total of €1,700 was raised on the day and this will go towards providing the much need services provided by the Family Addiction Support Network to families in the North East.

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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Gwen McKenna at 042 935 5251 or email at


The Family Addiction Support Network (FASN) is currently a network of four groups in the North East Region that supports family members who have been affected by addiction issues.

We provide support to families of those in addiction, including peer support, counselling, help in dealing with intimidation, and a 24 hour helpline. We cover the North East Region of Louth, Meath, Cavan and Monaghan. It’s the commitment of our fundraisers which allows us to provide these services and to continue to give support to families in times of crisis.

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