Limerick charity tractor run rounded off with auction of heifer

Donal O’Regan

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Donal O’Regan

Photographer Wille Carey certainly has a head for heights as his photo shows the range of tractors at the start of the Murroe vintage run
THIS FANTASTIC photograph taken by Wille Carey from a teleporter shows the Murroe vintage tractor run getting ready to roll.

THIS FANTASTIC photograph taken by Wille Carey from a teleporter shows the Murroe vintage tractor run getting ready to roll.

Now in it’s third year, it has raised around €30,000 for charities.

One of the organisers, Sean White, said tractors arrived from as far away as West Clare and North Kerry as well as all over County Limerick.

There were 143 to be exact for the run that took in Newport, Ballinahinch and back to Murroe. Over €10,000 was raised from the participants and the crowds who came to watch.

“There was a carnival atmosphere in Murroe that morning before we headed off. We couldn’t believe the crowds and the generosity of people in these recessionary times,” said Mr White.

This year’s chosen charity is Milford Care Centre and there is more money to come. Every year they hold a follow on social event where they present the cheque.

The agriculture theme continues in Crokers this Saturday night, October 5 with an auction of a Belgian Blue heifer. The top prize is kindly donated by the McGuire family and will be one of many lots.

Denis Holmes says there will a tractor balancing competition from 8.30pm; spot prizes and a great night’s entertainment.

Both men wish to thank all the tractor drivers who brought their vintage vehicles; everyone who came along to see the spectacle, local businesses and everyone who helped make it a third success in a row.

Charities to benefit in previous years were the Laura Lynn Foundation and St Vincent’s, Lisnagry.