Paudie Fitzmaurice Run Group in Bucket Collection for Comfort for Chemo Today

It’s all so different now: Event participants and representatives of the beneficiaries pictured 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 John Clifford, Cllr. Charlie Farrelly with Betty Walsh and Sheila Crowley representing Glebe Lodge Residential Centre. ©Photograph: John Reidy

It can be said by anyone and without fear or contradiction or both that the Covid-19 pandemic called the shots on all aspects of life and in every corner of the world in the course of 2020.

And its dark shadow will loom over us – whether we like it or not and whether we try to deny / ignore or brazen it out.

It can’t break us if we stick together and sticking together is doing the best we can to comply with guidelines.

Charity Fundraising

Fundraising for charities has been as badly hit this year as any other sector of society.

So many events that would have raised millions of badly needed Euros had to fall by the wayside due to the same guidelines – and it continues.

Today on the streets of Castleisland the ad-hoc group, which runs the annual Paudie Fitzmaurice Memorial Tractor Run, will hold a flag day at a distance.

Refused Permit This Year

They have been refused a permit by An Garda Síochána on three separate occasions on account of the restrictions this year and they have now abandoned any hope of running the event.

Today, they will position themselves at the pedestrian crossing on Main Street and offer buckets to passing motorists from 11am to 4pm.

They’re holding their bucket collection for Comfort for Chemo and if you see them you might consider making a donation.

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