Members of the Kingdom Veteran Vintage & Classic Car Club have just declared themselves delighted with their collected charity total of €1,301.60. They raised the amount through their Friday, July 17th sixth annual Ballymacelligott Vintage Car and Bike Run and are quite pleased with their evening’s work.
Vintage Car and Scene Photographs by Kieran Glover
A break with the traditional ‘vintage car only’ rule helped the club realise a greater total this year that any other.
For Friday night’s run they invitied Honda motorbike owners in the 50, 70 and 90 category to join in. The did, and crossed the borders from Cork and Tipperary to make a total of 60 vehicles of all shapes and sizes.
“The turnout went away beyond our expectations and we’re delighted at the massive crowd which showed up for the run.
Lucy Breen and myself wish to thank so many people for making all this possible: Mary Jones of O’Riada’s gave us every help and encouragement we could ask for and she fed us all as well,” said co-organiser, George Glover.
“Thanks to Peter O’Connor for his hand in organising the bikes and to the O’Connor and Pembroke families from Currow. We had Pat Ahern from Knocknagoshel and the O’Connell’s from Scartaglin and Mike Moriarty from Farranfore; John Casey and Seán Hickey from Castleisland; Tony Hehir from Ballyheigue and Patsy O’Connor from Ardfert and so many more,” said George.
The run started and finished at O’Riadas Bar and Restaurant in Ballymacelligott and set out from there at 7pm. They headed towards Castleisland and took a left at the Knocknagore roundabout and up the bypass for Fahadubh and Lyreacrompane and on to Knocknagoshel. They then hit on for Headley’s Bridge, into Castleisland and west the road again for O’Riada’s.
Along with the vehicle entry fees, the tourists for the evening conducted a bucket collection along the route and they wish to express their sincere thanks to all who donated one way or the other.
The funds raised will be presented to the Kerry branch of Downs Syndrome Ireland. The event was filmed by Irish TV and is expected to be screened sometime over the coming week.