Bingo – Part of our community

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by Dolores Bowman

Bingo is part of our community and participates in many local events and fundraisers in County Clare.

You might not realize that this is a game steeped in tradition, whose roots go back to Renaissance Italy, where it was called Il Gioco del Lotto d’Italia. From there it passed through France and eventually ended up in the UK and Ireland.

After World War II, it became very popular in halls across the country, as people gathered in community to enjoy their games. Gambling has also spread to the United States, where ThoughtCo has revealed that it is often used as a fundraiser for establishments, bypassing strict gambling laws in some states by being a nonprofit.

For those who don’t know, bingo is a game of chance, where players are given a card with a selection of numbers, usually between 1 and 75 or 1 and 90. The former is a popular game in the United States, while Cheeky Bingo’s Game Glossary states that the 90-ball version is one of the favorites in the UK and Ireland. However, as many balls you use, the numbers are then drawn at random by someone called the caller, and the first to score a line or complete their card wins a prize. Usually, multiple games take place in a single night, and in recent years, technology has even made it possible for different locations to stage the same game using digital technology.

A modern bingo hall is often a place of lavish furniture, bright lights, and lots of people. They are popular but lack the community feel of the early days of the bingo industry. Most towns and cities have a modern place for players to enjoy the game, while towns and cities have a more rustic approach to bingo.

Sadly, bingo was one of the hung hobbies during the recent pandemic, but as the world wakes up from the slumber of 2020, games are resurfacing in County Clare. These are games that take place in party halls and often for good causes, all of which retain the charm and appeal of post-war bingo, without the shiny razzmatazz of the modern bingo hall. If you want to get back to your bingo roots in 2021, here are some great community games you should check out.

Doonbeg Parish Bingo

Doonbeg Parish Bingo has yet to restart after the pandemic closed, but it’s an extremely popular local game when it does. Previously, it was held at Doonbeg Hall every Friday evening from 8:30 p.m. and was a busy local event that attracted a lot of people to the area. With prices of 40 € for the line and 100 € for a full house, it was also lucrative for the winners.

Bingo Cooraclare

Cooraclare Bingo moved online during the pandemic and is expected to resume normally after the summer. Once open, the games take place at the community center near Teernagloghane every Sunday evening at 8 p.m. Their website confirms that they are coming back in the fall and that one of their games has a guaranteed payout of $ 1,000.

Clarecastle Bingo

Abbey Hall in Clarecastle hosts a game every Friday at 8:30 p.m. when permitted and is another popular location for bingo in County Clare. It has a friendly, rustic vibe and is a great place not only to enjoy bingo, but also to meet lots of new friends.

These are not the only places in County Clare; three others offer games when licensed, including Ennis Bingo Club, Ennistymon Bingo, and Kilkee Bingo Club.

by Dolores Bowman


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