Saturday 17 March 2018

Successful vintage run for St Brigid's school

Clare Ward at the St. Brigid’s School vintage run in Cooley.
Clare Ward at the St. Brigid’s School vintage run in Cooley.

THE recent vintage tractor run to raise funds for St. Brigid's Special School took place around the beautiful Cooley peninsula on a very pleasant April Sunday afternoon.

Forty tractors and ten cars assembled at Murphy's Garage, Bush, for registration for this the sixth annual run. Before take-off the presentation of commemorative plaques took place and at the appointed time the tractors, led by Gerard Keenan Jnr., headed towards Whitestown Shore via Rathcor. The cars, led by Brendan Sheelan in a 1970 Opel 1.9 Coupe, hit the higher ground heading for Carlingford via Glenmore, the Long Woman's Grave and Omeath.

The two cavalcades met at James' Well and drove in unison up the final stretch of the route to St. Mary's Hall where refreshments were available. A sponsored raffle also took place and the tremendous response to the run and the raffle ensured that St. Brigid's Special School would benefit greatly. Indeed Mrs. Patricia Ward of St. Brigids was present to greet everyone in St. Marys and to thank them for their great effort. She was thrilled to receive a cheque for €1,100 which she assured everyone would be most wisely used!

Enthusiasts travelled from all over the county and much further afield to take part. There were all makes and sizes of vehicles on show and these included Niall McCarragher's Harley Davison 'Fatboy' and Anthony McShane on his three wheeler 'tricycle'! The only lady participant was Heather Christmas and her vehicle was a Ferguson 35.

The event has been organised over the years by Gerry Keenan and Tony McCarragher and they would like to thank the following for the great effort they put in; the many vintage tractor and car enthusiasts who took part, the ladies for providing the refreshments, Byrne and Maguires for their sponsorship, Murphy's Garage for use of their forecourt, the stewards who controlled the traffic flow, the local Gardai who directed traffic at the main road junctions, members of the Carlingford / Omeath Red Cross, Sean and Niall Murphy, Cooley Distillery, Muriel Grills and indeed anyone who helped in any way towards the success of the event.

The Argus