Monday 23 September 2019

Breaker one-nine, Millstreet truckers hit Duhallow roads

Bernie O’Connor from AOC Commercials enjoying the Millstreet Vintage Club Truck Run.
Photo by JohnTarrant
Bernie O’Connor from AOC Commercials enjoying the Millstreet Vintage Club Truck Run. Photo by JohnTarrant
Thady McSweeney, John Sheehan, Luke Hurley and Dan Barry at the Millstreet Vintage Truck Run

John Tarrant

Millstreet Vintage Club hailed their Truck Charity Run a resounding success on a trek through picturesque Duhallow last Sunday.

The event supported the Irish Community Rapid Response Air Ambulance and their new aeromedical service based at Rathcoole. 

Truckers descended on Millstreet from all parts of the South West Region and beyond to support such a worthy cause.

The Run operated from the K & L base in Millstreet and took in Rathmore, Knocknagree, Ballydesmond, Newmarket, Kanturk, Biddys Greens on the Mallow-Killarney road and returned to Millstreet via the Sandpit House and the Rathcoole Aerodrome for a finish at K & L where participants enjoyed a barbeque and entertainment.

Adding to the occasion was the AW109 Air Ambulance helicopter hovering overhead as the truck convoy made its way through the Duhallow Barony. 

Up and running this week, the air ambulance will be within 40 minutes' flying distance of a large swathe of the south of the country from Kerry to Wexford.

Before the Run commenced John Kearney of the ICRR Air Ambulance Group gave an insight into the service, outlining the benefits of the Air Ambulance and he also paid tribute to Millstreet Vintage Club for undertaking the event.

"The air ambulance will operate seven days a week and will be critical in getting emergency cases from inaccessible locations to hospitals.  "Time is the biggest priority when it comes to serious emergencies in the medical sphere," he said. 

Millstreet Vintage Club PRO Bernard Crowley congratulated all involved on the establishment of a charitably funded Helicopter Emergency Medical Service in the South and applauded the support of truckers.

"The service will complement the existing aeromedical services and improve aeromedical access to the South of Ireland. With the haulage industry being such a competitive and time consuming industry for all those involved, it's amazing how drivers and companies were willing to give up their own time to support, for this we would like to say a massive thank you," he said.

Given a flashing light escort, the impressive convoy of more than 140 trucks embarked on a picturesque jaunt across Duhallow.

Event Organiser Daniel Lucey expressed delight with the turnout, applauding all the team at Millstreet Vintage Club, the hauliers who took time out from their weekend to support the Run and to the general public for attending and their generosity to the fundraiser.

"Thanks are also extended to the excellent K and L facility and Cloverhill Foods in addition to the stewards, bike marshals and the many people that worked behind the scenes to make the event an outstanding memory," he said.