Tractors and Vintage Vehicles Invited to Paudie’s Memorial Run

New Tractors and Old Cars at the launch of the 2019 Paudie Fitzmaurice Memorial Tractor and Vintage car and Motorbike Run on the yard of the Castleisland Co-Op Mart. Included are front from left: Danny Kelliher, Ava and Sharon Fitzmaurice, John Clifford, John Casey, Dararca O’Connor, Martina McCarthy and Joe O’Connor. Back from left: Martina O’Donoghue, Sheila Crowley, Cllr. Charlie Farrelly, Betty Walsh, Timmy and David Myers, Pádraig, Laura and Mary Fitzmaurice, Séamus McEllistrim and Martina Farrelly. ©Photograph: John Reidy

Tractors and vintage vehicles including cars and motorbikes and their drivers and riders are being invited to take part in the eighth annual Paudie Fitzmaurice Memorial Run.

The event will start and finish in the Castleisland Co-Op Mart yard on Sunday September 22nd, 2019.

After registration, at €20 per entry, the run will get underway at 1pm and travel through Fealesbridge, Brosna and The Black Banks and back to Castleisland and a social gathering with finger food and music afterwards at the Half Barrel Bar.

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

This year’s run will benefit two local and worthy charities. Glebe Lodge Residential Centre and Castleisland Day Care Centre are the nominated beneficiaries.

Glebe Lodge

Operating under the auspices of the Kerry Parents and Friends Association, Glebe Lodge is close to the hearts of fundraisers in the Castleisland area.

The town’s annual, autumn Indoor Market was founded back in 1973 as a fundraiser for the Kerry Parents and Friends.

The building and opening of the centre in the winter of 2002 proved a significant milestone for the fundraisers and a new focus for the still thriving indoor market.

The Castleisland Races and Humphrey Murphy Memorial Road Race Committee under the chairmanship of Cllr. Charlie Farrelly has maintained the supportive links the late Humphrey established with the facility from the time it opened to his untimely and accidental death on May 20th 2011.

Castleisland Day Care Centre

Castleisland Day Care Centre has a number of aims and objectives, which are all centred around the older person.

These aims and objectives include: To present a respectful approach to the older people. To support the older person in the community in partnership with carer, families and H.S.E. To provide a social outlet for older people in the community thus preventing loneliness .

To develop a forum to provide information for older people so that they can make informed decisions in respect of their lifestyles and entitlements. To promote the health and social gain of older people.

To promote, provide and encourage activities which improves the lives of older people.

To provide services such as mid-day meal, bathing, laundry, occupational therapy, physiotherapy nursing, and hairdressing Castleisland Day Care Centre provides elderly day care services Monday to Friday.

Traffic Delays Likely

As quite a number of vehicles, tractors, motorbikes and cars are expected to take part in this year’s run, the ad hoc committee wishes to apologise in advance for any delays that may occur along the route.

The event was first held in November 2012 to remember a much loved, extremely popular, local taxi-business operator. Paudie Fitzmaurice died in a tragic road accident in May of that year.

The organisers also wish to thank the Gardai and the community for their support and cooperation over the years.