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Thursday 22 August 2019

Ain't she a beautiful sight!

CONOR CULLEN

THE SPECTACULAR sight and sound of over sixty trucks snaking their way through Co. Wexford last Saturday, brought traffic to a standstill, and crowds out onto the streets.

The convoy, organised to raise funds to the Irish Cancer Society, left Breen's Yard in The Harrow, Ferns on Saturday morning, and made its way with horns blaring down to Wexford, where the trucks were well down the quays as the last one was crossing the bridge. Then it was up to Enniscorthy, Ferns and Gorey, and back to The Harrow for a barbeque.

There were a few stops along the way, as the trucks made way for a cycle race which was also passing through the area.

While the number of participating trucks was lower than expected, it still took quite a while for the trucks to pass through each town. One of the participants, Mark Mulhall, said that as the lead truck was passing The Coach House at the bottom of Gorey's Main Street, the last one was passing The Monument at the top of the town.

'People lined the streets, taking photographs and waving,' said Mark. 'In every town, people came out, had a look, and cheered us on.' Bucket collectors collected just over €1,000 on the day. Sponsorship cards brought in another €4,500 so far, with more coming in

Organiser Martin Doran thanked everyone who contributed or took part in any large or small way. Special thanks went to the stewards, marshals, the bucket collectors, and the Gardai in each of the towns.

The trucks went back to the Harrow at around 4.30 p.m. where a barbeque and music were enjoyed well into the evening. Thanks went to the businesses that contributed raffle prizes.

The final amount raised will be announced at a later date.

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