Wednesday 24 September 2014

Vintage vehicles to roll out for Paudie's memorial run

Published 06/11/2013 | 05:36

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Friends of the late Paudie Fitzmaurice and representatives of Glebe Lodge Residential Facility and the Irish Kidney Association at a gathering to publicise the memorial tractor and vintage run in memory of their friend and neighbour. Included are: Evan and Alana Kelliher, DJ Fealey, Billy Conway, Nora Fealey, Mary O’Connor, Danny Kelliher, Timmy Myers, Josephine Ryan, Eamon O’Brien, Eamon Walsh, Tom Cahill, Pat Dee, Paul Knight, Meaghan and Paudie O’Connell, Jimmy, Michael and Katelyn Horan, Ava, Paudie, Laura, Mary and Sharon Fitzmaurice and Eileen Kelliher.

THIS year's Paudie Fitzmaurice Memorial Tractor and Vintage Run will start at Castleisland Co-Op Mart yard at 1 pm sharp on Sunday.

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After a slight, technical hiccup over permits for its intended date of October 13, the event is scheduled to hit the road on this Sunday, November 10 for certain and sure.

The committee extends a huge welcome to all tractor and vintage vehicle owners who participated last year.

Anyone with a vintage vehicle of any kind will be welcomed at the starting line at the mart yard well before the 1pm take off. The runt will travel to The Square in Brosna via the Black Banks and there will be refreshments at The Three Counties Bar on arrival in Brosna.

The friends of the late Mr. Fitzmaurice gathered at Glebe Lodge on a Saturday evening in early October to announce that they will hold the second annual Paudie Fitzmaurice Memorial Tractor and Vintage Run and that this year the event will be open to vintage motor-bikes, cars and of course, tractors.

There was such a turnout at last year's inaugural event that it left the ad-hoc committee delighted and overwhelmed by the response to the vintage run held to remember a much loved, extremely popular, local taxi driver who died on May 27 2012 in a tragic road accident.

Born and raised in Brosna and living in Castleisland with his wife and young family at the time of his sad passing, Paudie was well known far and wide and is sadly missed by his immediate family and many friends.

The committee along with Paudie's wife Mary have selected two very deserving charities to benefit from this wonderful event. Glebe Lodge, Castleisland is a purpose built, residential facility for persons with high dependency and elder-care needs. It operates under the auspices of Kerry Parents & Friends Association.

The Irish Kidney Association /Donor Awareness programme is the second charity which will benefit from the event.


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