Revving-up for Limerick’s first female tractor run

Donal O’Regan


Donal O’Regan

Gearing up for Limerick's first all female charity tractor run: Jodie Power, Sharon Gow, Oonagh Hayes and Jennifer O'Malley. Picture: Mike Cowhey
THE FIRST all-female tractor run in County Limerick will be a big attraction in Murroe this Sunday.

THE FIRST all-female tractor run in County Limerick will be a big attraction in Murroe this Sunday.

Jodie Power, of Power’s Pub in Abington, came up with the idea to raise money for Limerick Marine Search and Rescue.

It starts from the pub at 2pm on Sunday, April 7. Ladies are welcome to take part and anyone can watch the spin into the village.

A marquee will be erected beside the pub from 2pm with music, entertainment, dancing, barbecue, old style games like ring toss and skittles, Marty Mannering will bring high nellys and there will be lots more for all the family during the afternoon and evening.

Every euro raised will go to Limerick Marine Search and Rescue. Sadly the volunteers were called out to Murroe last August to recover the body of Herbert Gow, whose car had entered the river at Brittas bridge.

A two day search was carried out in dangerous flood waters to find the car and return Mr Gow’s body to his family.

A legend in the locality and further afield, Mr Gow is sadly missed.

He was generous to a fault and that generosity has been replicated by his family and parish.

Already his two siblings, Anna and Willie, and Murroe Historical Society, of which he was a member, have made generous contributions to the rescue team

“Herbert was a very popular man, very knowledgeable and supportive of everything happening in the parish. The search and rescue were tremendous and we would like to acknowledge them.

They are completely voluntary,” said Mrs Power, who is the reigning Irish Culchie Cailin.

The event was inspired by Sean White, who runs a very successful tractor run in Murroe every year for the Daughters of Charity.

“That is mainly men so we decided to go with women power this time!” said Mrs Power.

Already she is closing in on 40 lady tractor drivers and more are welcome to take part by contacting Mrs Power on 087 2883684.

While Sunday will be a fun day for all the family it will also be tinged with sadness as one of those sure to be there was Mr Gow.

“He was involved with everything, a great historian and always had a smile on his face,” said Mrs Power.