Tullamore Christmas Tractor Run celebrates 10th anniversary with gusto

Thursday, 4 January 2018

Tullamore Christmas Tractor Run celebrates 10th anniversary with gusto thumbnailOrganisers cutting the tape to officially launch the Tullamore Christmas Tractor Run in aid of Dochas on Thursday morning last.

TRACTORS, classic cars, lorries, assorted engines together with their owners from all over the region descended on Tullamore's Market Square last Thursday to mark the 10th anniversary of the annual Christmas Tractor Run.

This year's run was in aid of the Offaly Cancer Support Group, Dochas and organisers were overwhelmed with the capacity attendance.

The official launch had to be delayed due to the volume of entrants and it wasn't until almost midday before the convoy set out on its trek to Kilmurry and back.

Chairman of the event's organising committee, P.J. Lynam said the Tractor Run was now a key element of the Christmas season in Tullamore, looked forward to by town and country dwellers alike.

In his remarks at the opening ceremony, Mr Lynam thanks all those taking part in the Run and the generous sponsors of the event.

He also extended the organisers gratitude to the ladies tea committee, Leavy's Centra for sponsoring the breakfast rolls, the Gardai, Offaly Co. Council, participating local vintage clubs, Dochas, the Civil Defence, Noel Devery and the Cetlic Dancers and Sean O'Grady who filmed the DVD of the opening ceremony.

The command centre for last Thursday's event was the newly extended smoking area at the Old Harbour Bar, kindly donated by Mike Waters and family who have been supporters of the Run since its inception.

Among the eye-catching entries was a restored Ford Dexter built from a power unit by Cormac St enthusiast Joe Clancy and a commanding Lanz exhibited by Jackie Egan.

Since its inception the Tractor Run has raised a total of €200,000, €100,000 of which was donated for the provision of a new extension to the Oncology Day Ward at the Midland Regional Hospital in Tullamore. That facility was completed in 2012 at an overall cost of €300,000.

The remaining €100,000 raised from the Runs has benefitted Dochas and the St James' Hospital Foundation.

The Run has raised finance for Dochas since 2012.

As well as the Run a highly successful auction with celebrity auctioneer Michael Duignan took place in the Old Harbour Bar on Thursday night and a whopping €8,860 was garnered.

Full details of the overall sum raised for Dochas will be revealed in the coming weeks.

For more information on the Run contact P.J. Lynam at 086 2571254


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