Tractors take over Ballymahon: The cavalcade of tractors as it progressed through the streets of Ballymahon. Ballymahon's first ever tractor run on Sunday, April 14 raised a magnificent €10,000
Ballymahon's first ever tractor run has raised a magnificent €10,000 which will go towards meeting the shortfall in funding to complete essential renovation works at the local day care centre.
“It was one of the best charity events I was ever involved in and I'm proud of our little town of Ballymahon. People from neighbouring parishes came together and rolled up their sleeves to support a great cause,” declared a delighted Darren Mulledy, one of the main organisers of the inaugural tractor run.
He added, “We are going to hit the €10,000 which is unreal. Donations are still coming in. So it's never too late if you want to donate and to be part of something positive.”
Darren explained, “Ballymahon Day Care Centre caters for people all over county Longford and parishes from neighbouring Westmeath.
“The centre provides a safe and caring environment for clients to socialise and enjoy good quality cooked food and an activity. The centre is a lifeline to so many people.
“Manager Breda Greaves and staff, the board of directors, clients and volunteers were overwhelmed by the huge support this fundraiser received.”
Unlike Easter Sunday, seven days earlier, Palm Sunday, April 14, was marred by inclement weather, however, this didn’t deter the enthusiasm of the owners and drivers of the 130 tractors that participated in the run.
Darren paid tribute to the business community of Ballymahon and surrounding areas who came on board to show their support for the valuable work of the day care centre.
He thanked Enda Connaughton and his team for overseeing the parking of tractors, and who alongside Ballymahon fire services, brushed and cleaned the road making it safe for other road users.
There was a great sense of community spirit evident, with Ballymahon tidy towns committee members helping out.
Darren continued, “To all the stewards from neighbouring parishes who helped man junctions and erect the marquee - a huge thank you.
“Thanks to all the people who recorded videos and captured photos on the day. It's great to be able to look back on such a successful event.
“Special thanks to the Gardaí who did a great job keeping us safe on the tractor run route. Sergeant David Bunn, Claire Hardiman, Emma Kiernan, David Conroy; Kenagh Garda Brian McManus and Lanesboro Garda Robert McCann.
“Thanks to Order of Malta Ireland and the Ambulance Corps Athlone for providing medical cover on the day. Thankfully, everyone got around the run safely.
“Thanks to Longford Vintage Club who brought their lovely restored Fielld Marshall Series II tractor for display and we were delighted to welcome the lovely Longford Rose, Marie Brady who cut the ribbon and set the tractors rolling.
“We would like to thank Mac’s Shack for the beautiful scones and Nally's Circle K / Spar for the beautiful food when people returned from the run. It all went down a treat.
“To all the ladies who took in registration, donations, sold lines, helped with the raffle, made tea and generally helped in anyway a huge thank you.
“Compliments to Toni Mulvihill and St Dominics GAA for providing us with refreshments in their fabulous facilities in Kenagh and for the use of their car park.
“Thanks also to Eoghan Jennings and Wayne Lacey and Whitten Haulage for supplying us with two safety vans free of charge for the first ever tractor run in Ballymahon.”