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Friday 19 January 2018

Biggest and best memorial run yet

Emily and Laura Gahan
Emily and Laura Gahan
Saoirse Furlong
Kayla Flood and Bronagh Treacy
Stephen Murphy performing on stage at the memorial run
John Flynn, Tom Foley and Adam Darcy
Jenni Delaney and Carl McClure
Pat and Cian Murphy
An aerial shot of the Gerard Murphy Memorial Run

Pádraig Byrne

From little acorns, mighty oaks grown. So goes the old saying. It's something that definitely rings true in the context of the Gerard Murphy Memorial Run. Started seven years ago by the Murphy family as a means of keeping the memory of their son Gerard alive, raising some funds for charity and raising the issue of mental health, it has gone on to become one of the biggest motoring events of its kind in the country.

From early on Sunday morning, hundreds of gleaming cars of all makes, models and eras began to roll into the Mart on the Old Dublin Road creating an unbelievable spectacle for petrol heads and the general public alike. At one stage, the site contained every type of car imaginable - restored runarounds from the 60s, drift cars, impeccably tuned Japanese imports, raw American muscle, the popular Escorts and Capris and some modern beauties as well - this show had it all.

While the weather probably ensured that there was a little more polishing and cleaning to be done on the cars, the rain held off on the day and there was a great atmosphere as people made their way around the vehicles to the tune of the music on the main stage and chatted underneath the bonnets of all kinds of cars.

At around 1.30 p.m. a balloon release took place before Gerard's beloved Nissan 200SX led the run to Bunclody, Kildavin, Myshall, Fenagh, Borris, Kiltealy, Ballycarney and back.

'We are absolutely delighted with the turnout,' said Bríd Murphy. 'A lot of work went in and now it's a matter of taking a breath, paying the bills and seeing how much we made for our charities (Slaney Search & Rescue & The Local Hub, Glenbrohane). The feedback has been great.'

The organisers wished to thank everyone who contributes to the ongoing success of the event, particularly those who travelled long distances.

Enniscorthy Guardian

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