All aboard for Longford Macra's charity tractor run

Longford Macra's annual tractor run takes place this weekend

Aisling Kiernan

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Longford Macra annual tractor run

Longford Macra will hold its annual charity tractor run on November 9 at 7:30pm. This year's run will be held at night and will promote Macra locally.

Longford Macra na Feirme is organising a very special tractor run - the proceeds of which will go to charity - on November 9 next at 7:30pm in Connolly Barracks.

This run will be held at night, which will add a twist to proceedings, and Macra will use the opportunity to encourage participants to have all lights and beacons working especially coming into the winter time.

On the night, a big crowd is expected and organisers say it is going to be a great event for participants and spectators alike.

“We would like to thank Longford Vintage Club for allowing us to use their premises as they are based at the army barracks,” Ciaran Campbell told the Leader.

“We decided to have a run more or less to get young people to join Longford Macra.”

At the moment there are four very active Macra clubs in the county,” says Mr Campbell.

“There are clubs in Longford town, Cairnhill Macra in Drumlish, Granard Macra, Lanesboro Macra and South Longford Macra in Legan,” he added.
“And so to keep Macra alive in the county we need young people both male and female between the ages of 17-35 to come on board.

“We want them to take up club officer roles and keep the organisation alive here.”

Meanwhile, on the night of the tractor run, the local Macra clubs will offer special discounts on membership for new members who sign up.

The proceeds from the event will be given to the Dublin2Mayo Charity Tractor run which is stopping off in Longford town - at the halfway point.

“On that night, Good Friday, they will be having a bit of a do in the Longford Arms Hotel with Johnny Brady and Rhythm and Sticks on hand to provide the musical entertainment,” said Mr Campbell.

“Last year Longford Macra donated €1,000 from their barndance night to the Dublin2Mayo Run.

“Dublin2Mayo raised a total of €96,000 for our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children in Crumlin and the special baby care unit in Castlebar General Hospital.

“This year, they are raising money for special baby care unit in Castlebar General Hospital; National Rehabilitation Unit in Dun Laoghaire and the Special Baby care unit and Paediatrics at the Midland Regional Hospital, Mullingar.

“Longford’s local children’s hospital is Mullingar and we never hear of much charity funding for there so this is one of the reasons why we went with this charity; also the lads from Dublin2Mayo are coming up with a few tractors including their own 135 which they will be raffling off next Easter Bank Holiday weekend in Kilkelly, Co Mayo.

“They will also take part in our run and will be selling tickets for the Massey 135.”

Also up for grabs in the raffle will be some very nice longford Macra merchandise.

To join Longford Macra you can contact newly elected County Chairperson Ciaran Campbell on (086) 3958458.  

You can also find Macra on Facebook at Longford Macra Na Feirme and the local organisation is on Instagram and Snapchat (longford-macra).