This weekend will see the 4th and final running of the Darren McGlynn Memorial Tractor Run. The wonderful event takes place on Sunday the 30th of September. The event begins at the McGlynn home in Cloonfour, midway between Tarmonbarry and Rooskey, and is open to both vintage and new tractors.
The run starts at 12 pm, and tractors will travel in convoy along a 35 km route. The run will pass through Tarmonbarry, Strokestown, Kilglass and Rooskey before returning to the McGlynn family farm. The monster prize draw takes place after the tractor run, and tea and refreshments will also be served.
"Every year, the tractor run has just gotten better and better," said committee secretary Claire McGlynn, "While it’s hard work, we get great help from the whole community. We were going to finish after last year’s event, but so many people were asking about it we decided to give it one more go for 2018. We couldn’t do it without the great team of stewards, caterers, and helpers of all sorts, including Ventura Marquee Hire who kindly provide us with a marquee every year.”
This is the fourth running of the Darren McGlynn Memorial Tractor Run. The event was conceived by Claire McGlynn and is named after her late brother Darren, who died in a traffic collision in 2014. So far the run has raised over €60,000 for various good causes, including the Mark’s Wish To Walk, Co Longford SCUBA Divers, Pieta House West, the Tarmonbarry DARA group, and the Sick Children Fund. This year the event is being run in aid of The Hub Community Cafe which is based in Strokestown Co Roscommon and the County Longford Scuba Divers / Search & Rescue.
Claire is especially excited about the prize drawing which forms part of the events overall fundraising efforts, explaining “We’ve had really great prizes sponsored this year, including a trip for 2 to New York, a Charlois heifer, a €500 voucher and a weekend away. Tickets are selling well, so we hope to raise a lot of the much-needed funds for our charities this year!”
“In addition to the draw, we have an auction, the star lot in which will be a restored Ferguson Diesel 20 tractor, that was generously donated by our neighbour, Chrissie Cox. We auctioned the tractor in 2015, Chrissie’s son Dermot restored it, and now Chrissie has donated it back to us for auction. The Cox family, and the staff at Cox’s Steakhouse Dromod, have been among our biggest supporters since the tractor run began, and we are very grateful to them for their generosity,” concluded Ms McGlynn.
Admission to this year’s tractor run is €20 per tractor. All tractors are welcome on the Darren McGlynn Tractor Run, both new and vintage tractors. As is usual for these events, the normal rules of the road will apply, and all tractors taking part will need to be roadworthy and insured. Donations can be made directly to Bank Account 20917721 Sort Code 90-53-36, and more information can be found on the Facebook page for The Darren McGlynn Memorial Tractor Run.
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