A vintage display!

Brendan Dennehy presenting the cheque for €1,000 to Marie O’Sullivan, Castlemaine Community Centre; Denis Tangney presenting the cheque for €2,000 to Sr Helen of St Joseph’s Home Killorglin; with Maureen O’Brien, Recovery Haven, and Mary Fitzgerald, Oncology Unit UHK, receiving €3,000 each from Michael McKenna, proceeds of the Mid Kerry Vintage Rally in Castlemaine. Second row from left: Helen Cronin, Eileen Flynn, Marie Crowe, John Griffin, Sr Elizabeth, Maureen Barnes, Stephen Bell, Michael O’Shea. Back: Maurice Daly, Noreen Baxter, Colman O’Sullivan, Michael O’Sullivan, Jerry Clifford and David Lovett. Photo by Michelle Cooper Galvin
Brendan Dennehy presenting the cheque for €1,000 to Marie O’Sullivan, Castlemaine Community Centre; Denis Tangney presenting the cheque for €2,000 to Sr Helen of St Joseph’s Home Killorglin; with Maureen O’Brien, Recovery Haven, and Mary Fitzgerald, Oncology Unit UHK, receiving €3,000 each from Michael McKenna, proceeds of the Mid Kerry Vintage Rally in Castlemaine. Second row from left: Helen Cronin, Eileen Flynn, Marie Crowe, John Griffin, Sr Elizabeth, Maureen Barnes, Stephen Bell, Michael O’Shea. Back: Maurice Daly, Noreen Baxter, Colman O’Sullivan, Michael O’Sullivan, Jerry Clifford and David Lovett. Photo by Michelle Cooper Galvin

The machinery may be old and has had its day, but by heavens has it done its fair share to raise thousands of Euro for vital cancer support services in Kerry.

The fruits of their labour were on show at a recent cheque presentation in Castlemaine when the Mid Kerry Vintage Rally committee distributed cheques totalling €9,000.

The Oncology Unit at UHK and Recovery Haven in Tralee received €3,000 each; St Joseph's Home in Killorglin €2,000; and Castlemaine Community Centre €1,000.

The men behind the Mid Kerry Vintage Rally are Mike McKenna and Denis Tangney, who both travel the country all year round attending vintage rallies. This support is then returned in spades every July when it is the turn of Brackhill, Castlemaine. The story of Mid Kerry Vintage Rally has been nothing short of amazing, and it's hard to imagine an event that is only a few years old has managed to raise over €100,000 for cancer support services in Kerry.

"It's been well worth it, and without events like this, many of these important services would not have the money," said Denis Tangney. "We're just delighted to be able to do our part, and a huge thanks is owed to all the volunteers who help make our day possible. The 2019 event takes place on July 7 and we're already looking forward to it."

Kerryman

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