“A drop of diesel for the tractor - and away you go,” declares David O’Connell, Chairman of the Fisherstown Vintage Tractor Run committee.
In other words, all vintage enthusiasts, from no matter where, are welcome to participate in the event. This year’s Run takes place next Sunday, July 1, and will, it hoped. generate funds for the Friends of St Luke’s Cancer Care.
It’s the third annual Fisherstown Vintage Tractor Run. Initially, it attracted 25 vehicles. The figure rose to 35 in the second year. In 2011, this increased to 76.
The first two Runs were held in winter, either in late November or early December. David recalls ruefully: “The last time we had it in winter it was snowing but we had to go ahead because entries came from Naas and everywhere.”
Now he and his colleagues are praying that Sunday will be fine. Participants will gather at the Fisherstown Inn between 12 noon and 12. 30. Everything going according to plan, they will set off on the 18-mile run at 1.30 pm.
The route is: Fisherstown, Vicarstown, the Gandon Inn, Emo and Emo Court, the Lough, Ballybrittas and back to Fisherstown at any time between 3pm and 3.30pm.
The entry fee for tractors is 20 euros. Judging by previous years, vintage cars and lorries will also take part. Sponsorship cards are currently in circulation and more are available from Committee Secretary Willie Walsh.
David himself is the owner of an impressive tractor, a 1978 John Deere 31/30. As he notes, a good few people in the area are into vintage, including committee activists John Corcoran, Declan Walsh and Jimmy Flynn.
A 1946 Fordson Major, owned by Johnny Dunne of Rath and said to be in “prestige” condition, led off the previous Runs.
Following the Run, the fun will continue at the Fisherstown Inn with an old time threshing, barbecue and other refreshments. Supplying the threshing mill is Paddy Flynn.
An ideal venue is the thatched Fisherstown Inn, and the committee thank its proprietors, Sean and Liz Ward, for their cooperation.
They also thank Owen and Mary Boland for allowing tractors to park in their field, William and Geraldine Tynan for facilitating the threshing, Ned and Josie Donnelly for looking after the barbecue, Jimmy McLoughling for supplying food and all sponsors.
Joint Treasurers of the Vintage Run Committee are Barry Wilson and Peter Cunningham, and members are Liam Flynn, Johnny Corcoran, Joe Flynn, John Flynn, Declan Wilson and Tony Burke.
Interestingly, the committee comprises two sets of brothers, Peter and John Corcoran, and Barry and Declan Wilson, and three first cousins, David O’Connell and Liam and John Flynn. And Joe Flynn is their uncle!
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