Vintage tractor run for Temple Street hospital

Vintage Tractor Run on the Ring of Kerry last year.
Vintage Tractor Run on the Ring of Kerry last year.

THERE may be a few delays on the Ring of Kerry this Saturday, August 23, but it's all in aid of a good cause thanks to the fans of vintage machinery.

The fourth annual vintage tractor run organised by Nobber Vintage Club from County Meath will hit the Kerry roads early on Saturday morning - 8am from Killorglin - and the initiative has strong local support too as the Killarney Valley Vintage Club & Iveragh Vintage Club are on board.

Funds raised from the day will go to Temple Street Childrens Hospital.

It all began in 2011 when James Carolan of Carolan Coach Hire came up with the idea to complete the Ring of Kerry with vintage vehicles in one day. It just about sounds manageable but when one considers that the Meath based vehicles have to make the journey across country first, the full extent of the operation becomes apparent.

The midlanders leave Nobber at 5am and will direct to Killarney, arriving at approximately 7pm and they will be joined this year by 15 Honda 50/90 enthusiasts.

Almost €60,000 has been raised in the event's first three years with the Oncology Units at Beaumont Hospital and Crumlin Children's Hospital benefitting, as well as the Marie Keating Foundation. Last year 65 tractors, 20 vintage cars and motorbikes took part but with a bumper number of vehicles participating this year, the funds raised are expected to swell substantially.

Participants will be based in The Travel Inn in Fossa and expect some entertainment there too as a traditional group of musicians also made the journey from Meath last year, joined by their Kerry compatriots for plenty of song, dance and story telling until the early hours.

Local organisers include Mick Myers, Tony Wharton and others who will travel ahead of the convoy in a mobile cottage with musicians on board from the Shed Group Killarney. It all starts at 8am from the main car park in Killorglin.


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