FOLLOWING in the tyre marks of last year’s procession which stretched four miles in length, over 200 tractors are expected to take part in this year’s Christmas on the Galtees Tractor Run.
Organised by Anglesboro Community Council, the event which also features a procession of vintage cars, takes place on Thursday, December 27.
“All models are welcome of any vintage. It’s a great craic,” explained Mike McGrath of the organising committee.
“Last year there were over 200 tractors. From the time the first of the tractors left the village to the time the last one left, the procession was nearly four miles long. We have as much work put in and we are hoping everything will run according to plan on the day,” he added.
There will be a special mass offering up prayers for the safety of the participants ahead of the tractor run in the local church at 10.30am to be celebrated by Fr Kelly.
Participants will be signing in for the tractor run at the village hall at 10.30am.
It is expected that the tractor run will depart at 11.30 sharp.
“There will be refreshments for the drivers prior to their departure and on return there will be a monster barbecue in the hall as well as soup and sandwiches,” continued Mike who will have three tractors in the procession - two Fords and a Massey Ferguson.
A crowd of locals is expected to gather at the village hall to wave off the participants and welcome them home again.
There will be music in the Galtee View Lounge from 6pm.
The route to be covered by the tractors stretches over 18 miles covering such areas as Knockadea, Ballylanders, Galbally and Lisvernane before returning via the Glen of Aherlow route.
A local man will lead the tractors in a jeep in the interest of safety.
They will be a separate route for the vintage cars which will cover 36 miles.
“They are going over as far as Cahir and coming back the other side of the Galtees – they are doing a ring of the Galtees,” Mike explained.
“In the region of 40 cars took part last year,” he added.
There will be a prize of €100 for a lucky driver on the day.
“As always there will be a draw of €100 where the names of the drivers will be entered into the drum and one lucky person will be drawn from within,” explained Dan Gallahue.
Funds raised from the event will go towards the local community council.
“We have done a lot of fundraising for charities this year and we have the hall to run in Anglesboro. It’s costing a lot to run it so we hope to fundraise for the hall this year,” Mike explained.
Ahead of the tractor run, locals are working hard on restoring an old tractor which they hope to have in tip-top condition for the tractor run.
“We have all age groups involved in trying to get this Major back for our run,” said Dan Gallahue.
“Anyone who could help were drafted in to ensure it makes that deadline,” he added.
For further details contact Dan Gallahue, Anglesboro, on 086 2549014, Tom McGrath, Ballyduff on 086 8186769 or Mike McGrath, Ballyfaskin on 086 3284033.