Plans are well advanced for the second running of the Darren McGlynn Memorial Tractor Run, which takes place next Sunday, September 25.
The event takes place from the McGlynn home in Cloonfour, midway between Tarmonbarry and Rooskey, and is open to both vintage and new tractors.
Tractors will travel in convoy along the following route: Cloonfour to Tarmonbarry, Strokestown via Scramogue, then to Rooskey, returning to Cloonfour where the monster prize draw and a tug-of-war competition involving local teams will take place. Tea and refreshments will also be served.
This is the second year of the Darren McGlynn Memorial Tractor Run.
Last year, the event was run in conjunction with the Mark’s Wish to Walk fund.
The event raised over €18,000 to help three year old Mark Dolan travel to the USA for surgery and treatment to help him to walk.
While originally planned as a once off event, last year was such a success that the committee and local community decided to run it again in 2016, with the proceeds of this year going to two charities working in the local area, Co Longford Scuba Divers Search and Rescue and Pieta House West.
"The Tractor Run was a really great day last year," explained Committee Secretary Claire McGlynn.
She added, "We had over 230 tractors on the run and were really overwhelmed with all of the help and support we got from the whole community. We're working hard now getting things organised, but we have a great team of stewards, caterers, and helpers of all sorts, so we are getting excited now as the Tractor Run gets close.”
Entry to the Tractor Run is €20 per tractor.
As is usual for these events, the normal rules of the road will apply, and all tractors taking part will need to be roadworthy and insured.
Donations can be made directly to Bank Account 20917721 Sort Code 90-53-36, and more information can be found on the Facebook page of The Darren McGlynn Memorial Tractor Run.