Maurice Collins' Vintage set for 10th staging in Ardfert

Launching 'Maurice Collins Memorial Vintage Day' that takes place on Easter Sunday, April 16, on the lands of Gerard McCarthy, Banna West Ardfert. Pictured are the committee Anthony Lynch sec; Joe McCarthy chairman; Breda Collins vice president; Kathleen McCarthy, treasurer; Mike Fitzgerald, vice chairman and Johnny Egan president, with Dan Galvin of the Kerry Hospice foundation and Conor Cusack, and for Down Syndrome Kerry, Enda O'Brien, and Rachel Fitzgerald. Photo:John Cleary.
Launching 'Maurice Collins Memorial Vintage Day' that takes place on Easter Sunday, April 16, on the lands of Gerard McCarthy, Banna West Ardfert. Pictured are the committee Anthony Lynch sec; Joe McCarthy chairman; Breda Collins vice president; Kathleen McCarthy, treasurer; Mike Fitzgerald, vice chairman and Johnny Egan president, with Dan Galvin of the Kerry Hospice foundation and Conor Cusack, and for Down Syndrome Kerry, Enda O'Brien, and Rachel Fitzgerald. Photo:John Cleary.

The 10th staging of the Maurice Collins' Memorial Vintage Day has been billed for Easter Sunday, April 16, and will raise funds for Downs Syndrome Kerry, and Kerry Hospice and the Palliative Care unit at University Hospital Kerry (UHK).

The event will take place in Banna West, Ardfert, and comes almost nine years after Maurice's passing in mid-April 2008, the year in which the first vintage day was staged in his honour.

Among the attractions to the events are the usual tractor run the day before the vintage show; the ever-popular dog show; live music from Mark Leen and Anne Dillane; a tractor and farm-skills competition; a fine display of vintage machinery; and a variety of stalls featuring bric-a-brac and much more besides.

The main event of the day however is the visit of Cork's Ladies Tractor Build, which organisers proudly state is a first for Banna, with an old-time saw and crusher will be displayed on the day.

There will also be plenty of free activities available for children, including an Easter egg hunt, face painting, puppet show, and bouncing castle.

Since its inauguration, the event has proven hugely successful, having raised €45,000 for local charities. Last year's beneficiaries, the Kerry Cork Health Link Bus, received €10,000 courtesy of the special event.

Kerryman

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