TUCKED away at the foot of Ballinruane Wood, Kilmeedy village is normally an idyllic and typically quiet place, however this weekend it will come alive to the sound of roaring engines and pounding feet.
This Friday night, the West Limerick village will host a five-mile charity fun run which is expected to draw a huge crowd, while on Sunday the annual Kilmeedy vintage rally and family fun day will take place.
Joe Healy, a member of the run’s organising committee, said that while the weather might be temperamental, fun will be guaranteed: “We’re having a walk and a run, so it’ll suit everyone. The walkers are heading off from outside Geary’s garage at 7.30pm, and the runners will be on afterwards at 8pm.
“A lot of people are worried that this is going to be a hilly course, because Kilmeedy is known for its hills, but the route isn’t demanding”.
The five-mile course will see walkers and runners start in the village and make for Castlemahon, before turning left at Mayne cross and left again at Belville, before heading back into Kilmeedy and the finish line outside the Glen Bar.
Mr Healy said that the chosen charity for this year’s event is SOFT Ireland, which provides support for families of babies born with the rare condition Trisomy 13 or 18, known as Patau’s and Edward’s syndrome. Children afflicted by this condition rarely live beyond a few hours after their birth, and SOFT is a voluntary organisation which provides support for parents at diagnosis, during the child’s life and after the child’s passing.
This Sunday, meanwhile, the village will host the fourth annual Kilmeedy vintage rally, which will be held at a scenic location at the foot of Ballinruane Wood.
A full repertoire of antique tractors, trucks, cars and farm machinery will be on display for enthusiasts and novices alike.
The main sponsor for this year’s event is once again Geary’s garage, the local John Deere dealer, and all proceeds from the event will go towards Aras Ide, the local community centre, which provides invaluable training and education services for the parish of Feenagh-Kilmeedy.
The event has become a keenly-awaited fixture in the local social calendar, and will be headlined once again by the members of the popular West Limerick Vintage Club. The all-day vintage rally will also feature an entertaining blend of family attractions, music, food and refreshments.
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