SOMEONE came up with a rough count of over 80 vehicles. They weren't far out as the official tally was later put at 83 as tractor and vintage machine enthusiasts gathered at the Castleisland Co-Op Mart yard on Sunday for the second Paudie Fitzmaurice Memorial Tractor and Vintage Run.
They needed every ounce of that enthusiasm as they braced themselves for the Black Banks route to Brosna under a sullen sky that rained relentlessly down on them as the run headed off in an impressive procession from the gathering point, through the town and on for the Black Banks.
The convoy travelled to The Square in Brosna where the participants enjoyed refreshments and a level of hospitality that many of them remarked on at The Three Counties Bar.
The event was first held in November 2012 to remember a much loved, extremely popular, local taxi-business operator, Paudie Fitzmaurice, who died in a tragic road accident on May 27 2012.
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 year's event. They are Glebe Lodge, Castleisland – a purpose built residential facility for persons with high dependency and elder-care needs, which 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.
The proceeds from the run are being counted and an announcement of the presentations will be made in due course.