Saturday 20 July 2019

Huge turnout for Darragh's memorial drive as €3,600 is raised for charity

Twins Dylan and Adam Duffy
Twins Dylan and Adam Duffy

Cathy Lee

The annual Darragh D'Arcy Memorial Drive saw over €3,600 raised for Pieta House Wexford and CMRF Crumlin as motor enthusiasts both from Wexford and across the country turned out in support this year, the fourth annual drive.

'There was a great turn out this year with lots of variety from cars, lorries, bikes and vintage. There was something for people of all ages, and the drive has been growing in numbers over the years,' said organiser Michelle Cushe, who had been a close friend and school mate of Darragh's.

Hundreds gathered at the Naomh Eanna GAA Grounds in Gorey for a fun family day out, which saw music, food and a raffle.

The star of the show as always this year was Darragh Darcy's own modified car, a red '93 Nissan 200.

'Modified cars is what Darragh absolutely loved, and he had been working on that car at the time when he died. His friends finished off the car for him after he passed away, and they have been taking it to charity drives ever since,' said Darragh's mother Mary D'Arcy.

'At the beginning when this started, we wanted any money raised here in Wexford to stay here. Darragh died totally out of the blue, and we think it's right and proper that the money raised goes to providing a service like Pieta House Wexford. We found Console in Wexford fantastic when we were dealing with them,' said Mary.

Darragh was 20 when he died, and had grown up in Ballyfad with his parents Larry and Mary, being a brother to Brian, Aisling and Cathal, and he attended Gorey Community School.

Mary explained that Darragh had two families, his own and the one he made through his friends and their interest in cars.

'The memorial drive is a fun way of remembering him as people come from all over, Galway, Limerick and Wexford. These people who all love their cars, they were Darragh's other family, and when the D'Arcy's roll in and come out to join them, it's marrying both really and truly,' she said.

Michelle Cushe would like to kindly thank anyone who made donations and sponsored the event.

Gorey Guardian