Men invade all female Limerick tractor run

Donal O’Regan


Donal O’Regan

Drive on daddy! Andrew and Sharon Gow, Glenstal, with their family at the all-female charity tractor run in Murroe. Picture: Willie Carey
MOTORISTS in Murroe-Boher must have got a shock if they came across the second annual all-female tractor run in the parish.

MOTORISTS in Murroe-Boher must have got a shock if they came across the second annual all-female tractor run in the parish.

There is nothing strange about a lady behind the wheel of a tractor, but there is when it is a man in full make-up wearing women’s clothes!

Like last year there were a few gentleman interlopers but all are welcome in the fun charity event.

Tractor runs are very popular so last year the proprietor of Power’s Pub in Abington, Jodie Power, came up with the idea of having an all female one.

“The lads who dressed up as women were brilliant. They added even more fun to the event. They put a lot of effort and thought into their outfits. People were in stitches laughing at the lads driving a tractor in their get-up,” said Jodie, a former Irish Culchie Cailin.

The women weren’t outdone either as they came in fancy dress and decorated their tractors. The agricultural theme continued with Mary from Murroe, Megan Landers who is a veterinary student, attending the event.

The motorcade of tractors was a sight to behold as it left Power’s to go on a circle around Murroe village and back to Abington. Participants came from near and far. It left everybody who saw it smiling but there is also a serious side to the event.

Jodie started the tractor run last year in memory of a great local man, Herbert Gow. All the monies raised went to Limerick Marine Search and Rescue.

Sadly their volunteers were called out to Murroe in August 2012 to recover the body of Mr Gow, whose car had entered the river at Brittas bridge.

This year the chosen beneficiary is the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Dun Laoighire.

It provides complex specialist rehabilitation services to patients who, as a result of an accident, illness or Injury, have acquired a physical or cognitive disability and who require specialist medical rehabilitation.

Jodie says there are a number of people in the locality who unfortunately have had to attend the hospital and have received excellent care there.

When all the sponsorship cards come back the proceeds will be sent to the hospital.

Jodie wished to thank everyone who took part and generously donated money.

Meanwhile, she is getting ready for the Munster tug of war league coming to Abington on Sunday afternoon, May 11.

She is hoping for a big crowd there to cheer on the local Mulcair team.