Full house as Duagh's inaugural Tractor Poker Run sets out

It was a full house for a poker game with a big difference in Duagh on Sunday as nearly 40 tractors took part in the village's inaugural tractor poker run, setting out around North Kerry and West Limerick before returning in time for the hurling final.

Each driver selected a card at the outset in Duagh, as well as in the stops of Knockanure, Athea and Abbeyfeale before the last car in Duagh on their return.

And it was Duagh man Pádraig McNamara who won the game with three-of-a-kind in jacks - earning him the inaugural Duagh Tractor Poker Run prize of a special plaque.

"We were delighted with it really as you never know on the first event how it's going to go, but we had 39 tractors and a great turnout to see them all leave and return," Sandra Maher of the Duagh Development Association said.

It was organised as a fundraiser as part of a revamped Duagh Development Association push, with the proceeds set to help them re-establish a summer festival for the village next year.

"We're also definitely going to be holding the tractor run again next year as it was such a success and we're now looking at holding a vintage car and tractor rally in the village in a few weeks time also, possibly in the last week in September or first week of October," Sandra added.

The tractor poker run fun came to a great end in O'Brien's bar that evening amid the hurling final excitement, a raffle, disco and a whole host of spot prizes.

"It was everything we were hoping for and we're also pleased to be able to make a donation to Kerry Mental Health from the proceeds also, as soon as they are all in."


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