Weather has a frightfully cruel habit of interfering with the planning and following through with all kinds of events at its mercy.
It happened to the Members of the Kingdom Veteran Vintage & Classic Car Club and their guests and supporters recently as they were all set to head off on their eighth annual charity run from Ó Riada’s Bar and Restaurant on the Friday evening of July 21st.
A Beneficial Outcome
The plans held until the late morning of the very day. But that’s as far as they went.
However, the postponement of the event on that evening had a beneficial outcome for the club when it finally got going on Friday, August 11th from Ó Riada’s Bar and Restaurant at 7pm that evening.
A delighted George Glover and his fellow enthusiasts reported a healthy turnout of 90 cars and bikes and a charity fund of €2,065 for Downs Syndrome Kerry.
Travelled Long Distances
“I think the postponement a couple of weeks ago worked in our favour if anything,” said George.
“It might have been the publicity we got from it that attracted more than we had lined up for the July 21st run.
“We’re delighted with the turnout and several people travelled long distances to take part and we’re especially thankful to Michael Healy Rae, TD for attending.
“We’re very thankful to Mary and John and the staff at Ó Riada’s Bar and Restaurant and our own big gang of helpers who get stuck in with us every year.
Photographs Along the Route
“A big thank you too to Pat Hartnett who came along and took lots of photographs along the route during the event.
“We would like people to know that all the money we collect along the way goes to Downs Syndrome Kerry and is used in the county and for the good reasons we have for supporting this charity,” George concluded.
As planned, the run left Ó Riada’s for Farranfore, then to a food-stop in Currow Village. Then through Dromulton by Davy Roche’s Cross. Down to Castleisland, back by Garvey’s SuperValu and onto the bypass and back to Ó Riada’s in Ballymacelligott.
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