Saturday 19 January 2019

Barney leads out his 11th great tractor run

Barney Greene organised his 11th tractor run
Barney Greene organised his 11th tractor run

A line of vintage tractors winding its way around the rural roads of north Fingal, can only mean one thing - Barney Greene is out fundraising for St Francis Hospice again,

Barney and his famous tractor runs have become a feature of life in the north of the county for more than a decade now and this was his 11th, charity tractor run and saw a great turnout and another whopping wad of cash raised.

When all the money was counted, Barney was able to hand over some €8.240 to the hospice, bringing the total since he started the event close to €90,000.

Barney said of the latest event: 'I would like to thank all the tractor drivers and owners and also all the volunteers for all their help during the event. Thanks also to all the motorcycle marshals for their great guidance during the run.'

He added: 'Not forgetting John Moore and his wife, Bernice for allowing us their yard for preparing the run and also management and staff of the Man O'War pub for the tea and sandwiches before the run.'

Barney also thanked the Hughes Bros recovery truck that protected the drivers on the run as well as everyone that donated money and prizes for the auction and raffle that followed the tractor run.

The tractor run makes a colourful sight winding its way around the north county around this time every year.

The tractors normally take about a two-hour trip around north Fingal, beginning and ending at the Man O'War pub and take in Balbriggan, Naul, Ballyboughal, Blake's Cross, Corduff and Ballough along the way.

The tractor run raises much needed funds for St Francis Hospice each year and Barney's huge fundraising efforts over the years are

Well done to everyone who polished up their tractors and took part in the 11th anniversary Barney Greene Tractor Run which took the farm vehicles both new and vintage around the roads or north Fingal in aid of St Francis Hospice.

On the second Sunday of the new year, this very special 11th anniversary renewal of the Barney Greene Tractor Run from the Man O'War across much of north Fingal, took place and was a roaring success.

No doubt, Barney is already looking ahead to tractor run number 12, so if you missed it this time, there will be another opportunity to participate, next year.

It is a mammoth effort every year to put the event together and Barney and his merry band of volunteers deserve huge credit for mounting the colourful spectacle on the roads of north Fingal, every January.

Long may Barney and his little blue tractor reign and head up the ever-popular event which not only raises money for a great cause but also reminds us all of Fingal's rural and agricultural roots.

Some 94 tractors completed the massive convoy this year, and they all enjoyed plenty of banter and craic back at the Man O'War when it was all over.

Fingal Independent