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68 tractors took part in a fundraising tractor run in Ballylongford at the start of this month in memory of the late John Hanrahan who passed away in June of this year.

68 tractors took part in a fundraising tractor run in Ballylongford at the start of this month in memory of the late John Hanrahan who passed away in June of this year.

Supporters pictured taking part in the John Hanrahan memorial tractor run in Ballylongford earlier this month.

Supporters pictured taking part in the John Hanrahan memorial tractor run in Ballylongford earlier this month.

The fundraising tractor run in memory of the late John Hanrahan raised over €1700 for the Palliative Care Unit and saw 68 tractors taking place.

The fundraising tractor run in memory of the late John Hanrahan raised over €1700 for the Palliative Care Unit and saw 68 tractors taking place.

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68 tractors took part in a fundraising tractor run in Ballylongford at the start of this month in memory of the late John Hanrahan who passed away in June of this year.

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The memory of the late John Hanrahan was honoured in Ballylongford in recent weeks when a tractor run was held in his name, with all funds raised from the run on the day going toward the Palliative Care Unit in University Hospital Kerry (UHK).

John passed away from cancer in June, but he was fondly remembered in Ballylongford at the start of this month as a convoy of 68 tractors made their way through the village, raising an impressive €1,700 in the process for the chosen charity.

The tractor run was organised in less than a week by Paul Mulvihill, and John’s daughter, Sadie, when speaking to The Kerryman this week, said that Paul bent over backwards to get everything sorted and deserves huge credit for organising such a successful day out.

“The day went way better than how we thought it would,” she said. “We had 68 tractors in total when we thought we’d only have 20 or 30, so we were very pleasantly surprised. We had all types of tractors on the day. We had youngsters there with big tractors...and then we had the smaller, older tractors as well.

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“They [the organisers] actually sourced one of dad’s old tractors from 52 years ago that we used to call Johanna but, of course, that broke down in the middle of the procession, so we had to end up getting it towed,” she laughed.

“She broke down on the run, and Pa, one of dad’s workers, was in the tractor behind her, and he ended up towing her back to Ballylongford, something which he had done for dad many a day over the years when Pa and dad used to work together.

“It was great fun, so we had a bit of a laugh at that, and it will make for a better memory of the day,” Sadie continued.

Sadie added that the staff at the Palliative Care Unit are “absolute angels” and said that they hope to make the tractor run an annual occurrence going forward.

And, if they do, they will aim to raise funds for both Palliative Care and the Community Air Ambulance as well next year, she said.


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