Limerick farmers blow away the cobwebs by taking their tractors for a spin

Aine Fitzgerald

Reporter:

Aine Fitzgerald

FARMERS across South Limerick blew away the Christmas cobwebs by taking their tractor on a tour of the countryside.

FARMERS across South Limerick blew away the Christmas cobwebs by taking their tractor on a tour of the countryside.

Breaking last year’s record, a total of 245 tractors and vintage cars navigated the rural roads around Anglesboro for the annual Christmas on the Galtees Tractor Run.

“It went off very well – we actually had more tractors than last year which was surprising. Between tractors and cars we had 245 this year. There were between 25 and 30 vintage cars,” explained Pat English, chairman of the local community council.

Keen to start the day on the right note, the farmers and tractor enthusiasts along with their family and friends attended a special mass where prayers were offered up for the safety of all the participants ahead of the tractor run. Those taking part began signing in for the tractor run at 10.30am on December 27 at the village hall where a huge crowd had gathered to see them off. “There was a huge crowd – it was a great community effort. We were fierce lucky – it was the best day of the week,” Pat continued.

The route covered by the tractors stretched over 18 miles covering such areas as Knockadea, Ballylanders, Galbally and Lisvernane before returning via the Glen of Aherlow route.

They was a separate route for the vintage cars which covered 36 miles travelling as far as Cahir before returning via the other side of the Galtees.

One of the highlights of the day was the arrival of an old Major tractor which had been receiving intensive care in recent weeks in an effort to ensure that it was road worthy for the event.

Thanks to the work of locals including Dan Gallahue and Tom McGrath, the Major was in tip-top condition for the event.

“There are lucky because Dan Gallahue has a garage and Tom McGrath is a tractor mechanic so they would have a lot of experience,” Pat explained. Funds raised from the event are to go towards the local community council who organised the event.