Sunday 16 June 2019

Barney to lead out his tractor run once again

This Sunday will see a very special 12th anniversary renewal of the Barney Greene Tractor Run from Country Crest in Lusk across much of north Fingal and ending up in Barney's home patch at Man O'War.

Fundraising stalwart, Barney Green is at it again on Sunday, January 6 when he calls together tractors vintage and new to join in a convoy leaving from Country Crest in Lusk to the Man O'War pub, as they traverse much of north Fingal in between.

The gathering will begin at noon to take a two hour trip around north Fingal, taking 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 greatly appreciated by the hospice.

The tractor run has so far raised a whopping €84,000 and aims to top the €90,000 mark when the 1wth running of the event is done and dusted on Sunday.

For everyone who shows up on the day, be they drivers or supporters, there is entertainment laid on back at the Man O'War Pub where the tractors will return after the run.

Balladeers, Morning Dew will provide the musical entertainment and there will be a giant raffle as well as an auction with great prizes to raise further funds for the hospice.

Barney says there's a raffle prize or an auction item to suit every taste and he promises a great old day out for everyone who comes along, whether they are driving in the convoy or just supporting the event as it makes its way across the county.

Barney had an important note for participating drivers to make sure they have their own insurance up to date for the event.

The annual tractor run brings great colour and excitement to the highways and bye-ways of Fingal and this year will be no different in that respect.

Barney made a guest appearance in his own vintage tractor at another tractor run in Tullyallen in County Louth recently where his distinctive blue vintage vehicle took pride of place in the charity run.

Now he is looking forward once again to leading his own convoy of vintage and new tractors and raising more cash for his favourite charity who are no doubt, endlessly grateful for the local man's huge efforts every year.

Well done Barney and keep on trucking... or should that be 'keep on tractoring?'

Fingal Independent