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Thursday 27 July 2017

Eighty tractors, 32 counties, 5,500 km - Tractor lovers raise staggering sum for charity

The Carlow to Cork tractor club supporters pictured setting off from Bagenalstown. To date the club has raised over €200,000 for Crumlin Children's Hospital. Photo: Roger Jones
The Carlow to Cork tractor club supporters pictured setting off from Bagenalstown. To date the club has raised over €200,000 for Crumlin Children's Hospital. Photo: Roger Jones

Eighty tractors, 32 counties. 5,500 km, no breakdowns, no fights, no accidents - the final report for this year’s Carlow to Cork tractor run.

The incredible tractor run, which hit the road last August, raised a staggering €31,250 in aid of The Children’s Medical and Research Foundation at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital in Dublin.

This brings total hospital funds raised by the small club, set up in 2005, to an amazing to €259,500 over the years.

The cheque and a selection of commemorative plaques were presented to Crumlin Hospital and all the tractor drivers at a special presentation last month.

Brendan Byrne, organiser, praised all those who played a part in their big success story.

“We set up 12 years ago to do a run to Cork, our priorities were to be safe, enjoy and if we could manage it raise some money for charity. By god we have achieved in bucket loads”.

“Thanks to all our club members this year for their attendance at meetings and paying membership fees and taking safety seriously. Thanks to our breakdown crews, hotels, inns, organisers and all those involved  for their support over the last 12 years.

"Already looking forward to heading back down in 196 days,” he said.


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