Longford public urged to line out for final Darren McGlynn Memorial Tractor Run

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Darren McGlynn Tractor Run

The organisers of the fourth annual Darren McGlynn Memorial Tractor Run are looking forward to the event, which takes place this Sunday.

Plans are well advanced for the 4th and final running of the Darren McGlynn Memorial Tractor Run, which takes place on Sunday, September 30 next.

The event takes place from the McGlynn home in Cloonfour, midway between Tarmonbarry and Rooskey, and is open to both vintage and new tractors.

The Run starts at 12 pm, and tractors will travel in convoy along a 35km route, starting and finishing at the McGlynn family farm in Clonfour, and passing through Tarmonbarry, Strokestown, Kilglass and Rooskey.

The Monster Prize Draw takes place after the Tractor Run, and tea and refreshments will also be served.

This is the fourth running of the Darren McGlynn Memorial Tractor Run.

The event was the brainchild of Claire McGlynn, and is named after her late brother Darren, who died in a traffic accident in 2014.

The Darren McGlynn Memorial Tractor Run has so far raised over $60k for various good causes, including the Mark’s Wish To Walk, Co Longford SCUBA Divers, Pieta House West, the Tarmonbarry DARA group, and the Sick Childrens Fund.

This year the event is being run in aid of The Hub Community, in Strokestown Co Roscommon, and the Co Longford SCUBA Divers/Search & Rescue.

"Every year, the Tractor Run has just gotten better and better," said Committee Secretary Claire McGlynn.

"While it’s hard work, we get great help from the whole community. We were going to finish after last year’s event, but so many people were asking about it we decided to give it one more go for 2018.

“We couldn’t do it without the great team of stewards, caterers, and helpers of all sorts, including Ventura Marquee Hire who kindly provides us with a marquee every year.”

Claire is especially excited about the prize draw, running in conjunction with the Tractor Run.
“We’ve had really great prizes sponsored this year, including a Trip for two to New York, a Charlois Heifer, a €500 voucher, and a Weekend Away. Tickets are selling well, so we hope to raise a lot of much needed funds for our charities this year.

“In addition to the draw, we have an auction in which the star lot will be a restored Ferguson Diesel 20 tractor, that was generously donated by our neighbour, Chrissie Cox.

“We auctioned the tractor in 2015, Chrissie’s son Dermot restored it, and now Chrissie has donated it back to us for auction.

“The Cox family, and the staff at Cox’s Steakhouse Dromod, have been among our biggest supporters since the Tractor Run began, and we are very grateful to them for their generosity.”

Admission to the Tractor Run is €20 per tractor.

All tractors are welcome on the Darrren McGlynn Tractor Run, new and Vintage.

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.