Paudie tractor run open to vintage vehicles

THE friends of the late Paudie Fitzmaurice gathered at Glebe Lodge on Saturday evening to announce that they will hold the second annual Paudie Fitzmaurice Memorial Tractor and Vintage Run on Sunday, October 13.

This year the event will be open to vintage motor-bikes, cars and of course, tractors.

There was such a turnout at last year's inaugural event that it left the ad-hoc committee delighted and overwhelmed by the response.

A total of 131 tractors, Honda 50s and a few vintage cars set out from Brosna GAA grounds on Sunday November 4th and headed in along the Black Banks. They did a lap of honour in Castleisland and headed over to Cordal Community Centre for refreshments.

Last year's event was held to remember a much loved, extremely popular ,local Taxi driver who died on May 27, 2012 in a tragic road accident.

Born and raised in Brosna and living in Castleisland with his wife and young family at the time of his sad passing, Paudie was well known far and wide and is sadly missed by his immediate family and many friends.

This year's tractor and vintage run will start at Castleisland Co-Op Mart yard at 1pm sharp and will travel to The Square in Brosna via the Black Banks. There will be refreshments at The Three Counties Bar on arrival in Brosna.

The committee along with Paudie's wife Mary have selected two very deserving charities to benefit from this wonderful event. Glebe Lodge, Castleisland is a purpose built, residential facility for persons with high dependency and elder-care needs. It operates under the auspices of Kerry Parents & Friends Association. The Irish Kidney Association /Donor Awareness programme is the second charity which will benefit from the event.

The committee extends a huge welcome to all tractor and vintage vehicle owners who participated last year. Anyone with a vintage vehicle of any kind will be welcomed at the starting line at the mart yard before the 1pm start.

"It will be a day of fun for a couple of very worthy causes," said a committee member.