Sunday 21 October 2018

Butt Runs have now raised €50,000!

'Butt Run' charity vintage tractor run at Ballinaboola

David Looby

This year's Butt Run raised more than €14,000 for the Lourdes 129 Group which pays to bring people to the holy French town every year.

Now in its fifth year, the charity Butt Run took place on Sunday, October 29, when around 140 tractors took to the roads from the Horse & Hound Hotel in Ballinaboola on a beautiful autumn day.

Travelling through Old Ross, Palace and Ballywilliam, the convoy stopped off at the Ballyanne Bar for some refreshments and musical entertainment, before concluding the Butt Run in Ballinaboola.

Every year the organisers produce a booklet in which sponsors take out ads and people who have availed of the fundraising for the Lourdes 129 group.

More than €9,000 was raised through the booklet with several thousand coming in through donations. More than 200 people enjoyed a meal at the Horse & Hound and entertainment afterwards. Among the group were Fr Odhrán Furlong, Administrator of St Aidan's Cathedral and Cushinstown PP Fr Sean Devereux.

The Butt (Drag) Queen beauty competition was won by Billy Wall. One of the organisers Joe Delaney said the event was a great success, with more than €14,000 raised, which tops last year's sum.

This year a boy from the Ballykelly area benefited from the generosity of the Butt Run. Paul Tritschler went to Lourdes in April and writes in the booklet how Lourdes was a life changing experience for him.

Fr Furlong said: 'A core group put this all together. All money raised goes to pay for the guests and for guests from the north Wexford south Wicklow group. The Butt Run is the single largest individual fundraiser in the country out of 48 groups. It was started by Ned (The Butt) Whitty who originally did it as a Strictly Club Dancing fundraiser and it has taken off ever since.'

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