The Paudie Fitzmaurice Memorial Tractor and Vehicle Run is Back

At the launch of the 10th Paudie Fitzmaurice Tractor and Vehicle Run were, front from left: Laura, Sharon and Ava Fitzmaurice. back from left: Joe and Derarca O’Connor, Mary and Pádraig Fitzmaurice, Shane Kelliher, John Clifford, Cllr. Charlie Farrelly, Martha O’Mahony, Muire Gan Smál; Danny Kelliher, Jack O’Connell and Adam Fallon. ©Photograph: John Reidy

As a curtain raiser to this Sunday’s 10th Paudie Fitzmaurice Memorial Tractor and Vehicle Run, a bucket collection will be held on the streets of Castleisland on the coming Saturday, September 4th between 11am and 4pm.

Details of the run and its associated events and timings were officially launched on Sunday afternoon at Muire gan Smál Primary School.

Vintage cars and motor-bikes and non-vintage vehicle welcome. ‘If it has wheels bring it along’ is the 2021 slogan for the run which will start at 12 noon on Sunday on the yard of the Castleisland Co-Op Mart.

Commemorative Tokens For All

The route is via Tralee Road the N21 onto the N22 Tralee to Farranfore Road and then onto the N23 Farranfore to Castleisland Road and fininsh. There’s an entry fee of €20 per vehicle.

There will be a commemorative token for all participants.

The proceeds will be presented to Muire Gan Smál National School for use in its ASD Unit and Sensory Garden.

All associated events will be held strictly in accordance with Covid-19 regulations.

No Knees Up this Year

The traditional post-run knees-up, sing-song and finger food session will not be happening this year because of Covid-19 regulations.

The route has also been chosen with this in mind and as one least likely to encounter or encourage members of the public to congregate.

Permission to hold this open-air event was denied several times last year and the organisers, while still operating under certain restrictions, are please to be able to get back on the road with the run which has been raising vital funds for local charities since it was founded in 2012.

Organised by Friends

The late Paudie Fitzmaurice was a well known and popular, local taxi operator and a native of Brosna.

He was taken tragically in a road traffic accident a couple of miles outside Castleisland on the Scartaglin Road in the early hours of Sunday morning of May 27-2012.

In October of that year, a group of his many friends got together under the chairmanship of Charlie Farrelly – who has since added the pre-fix Cllr. to his name  – and they organised the first of these runs.

Contacts for Participants

Charitable organisations and worthy causes have been the winners down through the years since with the exception of 2020 for obvious reasons.

For further information please contact Charlie on: 087 2056150 or Joe on: 087 9755766.

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