The Castle Vintage Club completed a fantastic cross-country journey recently having made it all the way from Taghmon to Eyre Square in Galway.
Each year, the club undertakes a long run for charity and this year a total of 18 vintage tractors made the journey across to Galway along with a crew of some 40 collectors and helpers. The gang set off from Taghmon on the Friday of the bank holiday weekend, heading for Kilkenny to stop for the first night. An early morning followed as they set off for Ballinasloe and then the final leg of the journey saw them hit Salthill and Eyre Square to finish.
Showing that these machines were built to last, they all managed to make it to the finish.
'We had a few mishaps along the way, but we got there in the end,' laughed organiser Pat Monaghan. 'We also had two guys who did the whole thing with us on bikes. Paul Hanlon and John Whitney were there with us every step of the way. They'd leave a bit earlier in the mornings, but most of the time they'd be at the final stop each day before us!'
At each town along the way, the club had the donation buckets out and they are hopeful that a nice sum has been raised for the National Rehabilitation Centre in Dun Laoghaire.
'A good few local people have been up there so we decided it would be a good cause,' said Pat. 'We try to change the charity each year. We got a great reception along the way and we're confident we'll have a good few thousand to hand over to them when everything is counted.'