Tractor run volunteers battle elements to help Hope Centre
A group of 22 men from Taghmon set off last week for a wet and windy tractor run in aid of the Hope Cancer Support Centre.
Pat Monaghan said 22 members of the Taghmon Tractor Vintage Club joined by a group of around 15 volunteers and stewarts travelled the 320km journey in atrocious conditions.
'It was very wet, very wet, particularly on Saturday', said Pat. 'But we still got a few bob so that's the main thing. We set off from Taghmon on Friday and got to Portlaoise that evening.
'On Saturday then we travelled from Portlaoise to Roscrea and then onto to Kilkenny on Sunday before heading back to Taghmon.'
All the tractors on the run were vintage tractors meaning there were no cabs to protect the drivers from the elements making it a very difficult journey for the drivers.
Pat said so far a total of €3,000 has been raised for the Hope Cancer Support Centre. 'It's not a bad amount really considering the weather. You could have all the people in the world shaking buckets but if there's no one around because of the rain there's not much point.
'Sunday morning was very wet too.'
Next year the group plans to travel to Killarney to mark the 10th anniversary of the run. 'We travelled to Killarney the first year and the plan is to head back there next year too', said Pat. 'We've also gone to Donegal and Galway over the years.'
The drivers on the run ranged in age from 20 years to 70 years.