World record in County Limerick as different Massey Ferguson models form its logo

Donal O’Regan

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Donal O’Regan

THOUSANDS gathered in Meanus to see over 100 different models of Massey Fergusons from all over the country.

THOUSANDS gathered in Meanus to see over 100 different models of Massey Fergusons from all over the country.

Greybridge Classic Club organised a world first by forming an inch perfect Massey Ferguson logo with 45 of the smaller tractors. They were surrounded by 80 more on Eric Bray’s land.

John Cusack, who thought up the original idea, said he saw tractors last Sunday that he has never seen before.

“And tractors I will probably never seen again! They came from as far away as County Tyrone. One man spent €500 in diesel bringing four. They were from the very start right up to the present day - from the 100 to the 8,000 series,” said John, who is from Fedamore.

Organisers have been working on the day for the last 10 months.

“As far as I know it hasn’t been done before. I can’t find it on record so it could be a world record. They might have 10, 20 or 30 of the same tractor but we had 45 different ones in the logo,” said John, who is joined on the committee by Kieran Lillis, John Sheehy, Fiachra Liston and James Bateman.

Colm McMahon sketched the logo for John Cusack who spent five hours on Saturday making sure the drivers would know exactly where to park.

“I marked it all out with pegs and one of the lads cut it out with a ride on lawnmower. I knew if I didn’t do that I would be in trouble on Sunday,” he said. The proof he got it spot on is thanks to Liam Burke of Press 22 who took this stunning photograph from a helicopter.

It was sponsored by Declan McMahon and piloted by Tom McNamara.

John plans to sell the picture to raise money for charity. The whole day was in aid of the Cliona Ring Foundation, TLC4CF and Brothers of Charity and St Joseph’s monthly social events. Formed in 2008 Greybridge has raised €40,000 for charities so far.

While the Massey Ferguson display was the highlight of the day it was accompanied by bouncy castles for children, face painting, fire brigade and ambulance services gave demonstrations, old and new silage cutting and more.

“We’ve been running this show for a few years but this has been a huge event compared to the previous years,” said John, who surprisingly is neither a farmer or a contractor.

“That’s what everybody kept asking me, I collect die-cast models. My father worked for Lord Harrington in Patrickswell for 30 years. We were taken down there as kids and it was all Massey Fergusons in Lord Harrington’s. The passion grew from there,” said John, who thanked everyone involved in making the day such a success.