Wednesday 21 February 2018

Drivers rev up their vintage tractors for charity rally along Welsh coast

A convoy of 150 vintage tractors, drivers and fans boarded an Irish Ferries ship at Rosslare for Wales this St Patrick's weekend for a rally which includes a 26-mile drive along the coast from Pembroke to Tenby and back.

The Irish contingent is joined by 300 drivers from vintage tractor clubs in Wales. Loughlin Druhan, of Wexford's Bargy Vintage Club, organisers of the rally with Tony Doyle of Fota Vintage club, Glanmire, Co Cork, said the rally helps neighbours to come closer and raises money for charity.

Singer belts out Patsy Cline hits

Singer Sandy Kelly will perform her Patsy Cline 50th anniversary show tonight in the Helix Theatre, Dublin, and tomorrow in the Cork Opera House.

Sandy, who recorded with Johnny Cash and many of the greats, will perform hits like Crazy, I Fall To Pieces, Your Cheatin' Heart, Sweet Dreams and many more.

Calling all budding chess masters

MORE than 500 schoolchildren aged between seven and 12 will compete in a chess tournament in the Leopardstown Pavilion, Dublin, next Saturday. The tournament, run by Chess for All, will be opened by chess grand master and Sunday Independent chess columnist Alexander Baburin.

Contact, Michael Crowe, of Chess for All, on 086 3964558.

Tap your toes at classic film concert

Patricia Ward Kelly, widow of the screen legend Gene Kelly, will introduce the RTE Concert Orchestra's screenings of Singin' in the Rain with a live performance of the orchestral score.

This Irish premiere takes place on Saturday, April 27, at the National Concert Hall, with screenings at 3pm and 8pm. The remastered MGM classic is shown on a big screen above the stage while the orchestra, under conductor Neil Thomson, plays the orchestral score.

FR Higgins's 'Father and Son' poem

In our obituary of Dardis Clarke in last week's issue, the poem Father and Son was incorrectly attributed to Austin Clarke. It was, in fact, written by Fr Higgins.

Medic scoops award for cancer study

Dr Stephen Maher, from Celbridge, Co Kildare, is the Irish Cancer Society's Researcher of the Year.

A research fellow previously funded by the Irish Cancer Society, he scooped the top prize from the three shortlisted candidates for his oesophageal cancer research. His research was carried out at the Institute of Molecular Medicine at St James's Hospital, Dublin.

Irish Independent

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