Paudie’s Tractor Run Yields €3,460 for St. Mary’s

Ger Murphy  (left) representing St. Mary of the Angels, Beaufort accepting the €3,460 proceeds of the annual Paudie Fitzmaurice Memorial Charity Tractor Run from Charlie Farrelly with members of the Fitzmaurice family from left: Ave, Mary, Laura and Sharon on Friday night.  ©Photograph: John Reidy

The 2018 and seventh annual Paudie Fitzmaurice Memorial Tractor, Vintage Car and Motorcycle Run was held on Sunday September 9th.

It has been six years since Paudie’s untimely passing and the run was founded in his memory in the winter of 2012.

Cheque Presentation

On Friday night in Tom McCarthy’s Bar many of the participants gathered to present a cheque for €3,460 to Ger Murphy and he accepted on behalf of the designated charity, the Beaufort based St. Mary of the Angels.

Tractor drivers, owners and stewards all declared themselves delighted with the turnout of just three short of 100 vehicles of all vintages.

2019 Date Decided

They also decided, there and then, that the date for the 2019 run would be Sunday, September 8th and they announced the possibility of a new route for the run.

While they were at it they gave a dash of praise to the 26 stewards who took up the various posts along the route and to Castleisland Co-Op Mart for the use of its hugely accommodating yard.

Benediction All Round

They saved some for the members of An Gárda Síochána who ensured the safety of man, woman and vehicle for the duration.

Tom McCarthy was included in the benediction also as his premises hosted the post run party and Friday night’s cheque presentation ceremony.

In Convoy

This year’s run departed from Castleisland Mart at 1pm and went in a convoy down around the Market House and up to the old Limerick Road.

From the Mick Galwey/Dooneen Roundabout on to Headley’s Bridge to Patsy’s Cross, Brosna, through the Black Banks and back to Castleisland. They finished, a bit like children coming home from school where you had the promptly home and the stragglers coming in at various times across the afternoon.

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