Killorglin lawnmower run proves to be a cutting-edge fundraising initiative

Tadhg Evans

Recovery Haven Kerry gained over €6,000 from last year's Lawnmower Run and Family Fun Evening in Killorglin - and it proved to be so successful that the organisers, Kerry Lawnmower Club, have decided to do it all again.

This year's run gets underway from Boyles at 7.30pm on Friday, May 31, which is also the opening day of KFest, set to run over the Bank Holiday weekend. It is open to ride-on and push lawnmowers, as well as quads and garden tractors - indeed, anything garden-related, Brendan Ferris of the organising committee explained.

"I'd like to see all those with machines taking part in the run to be assembled at Boyles on the Iveragh road by 7pm," he told The Kerryman following the event's launch last Friday evening.

"We'll depart at 7.30pm and do two circuits through the town before returning to Boyles.

"There's a €20 registration fee for the run, or you can collect a sponsorship card off ourselves," he added. "There will also be donations made on the evening, I'm sure."

Again, the events will raise funds for Recovery Haven Kerry Cancer Support, and there will also be a range of exciting additions at Library Place accompanying the main event.

Children have been designing window boxes and floral displays, which will be on show at Library Place from 6.30pm, with a variety of prizes on offer for the winners of this competition and for winning the garden-themed best-dressed child contest.

There will also be a bouncy castle to accompany entertainment by DJ Donal, as well as information stands and demonstrations covering topics such as 'Grow Your Own' and designing your own window boxes and hanging baskets.

"We did a Family Fun event as well last year, but it was smaller than what's lined up this time," Brendan explained.

"It's all about getting as many people together as possible and doing as much as we can for Recovery Haven. Last year, we raised €6,000, which we were hugely surprised at. We thought beforehand that the figure might be in the hundreds.

"It does great work in the town and in the county, and it's very important that we support it."

The Killorglin Outreach programme runs at Killorglin Care Centre from 10am to 2pm on the second Thursday of every month, with free drop-in listening service, one-to-one counselling and therapies for those going through cancer, as well as for their families and carers.

For any further information on Friday evening's events, you can contact Brendan Ferris at (087) 260 4566. To find out more about Recovery Haven's services, visit or phone (066) 719 2122.