The annual Kilkenny College TY Tractor Run took place on Thursday 28th April, 2016 in very unseasonal weather conditions: the rain, sleet and biting cold temperatures did not deter the young drivers who had been planning the event for some time.
This hugely popular event, now in it’s fourth year, included 36 licensed female and male drivers, 2 members of staff and 2 past pupils, 1 of whom was on a 104-year-old steam engine
George Tyrell of Edenderry, who is Chair of the Organizing Committee, said “This event is growing year on year. We are very grateful to all the drivers who raised money for this year’s nominated charity which is The Jack and Jill Foundation. An amazing €3,683.21 has been raised providing over 280 hours from this fantastic event. We had no costs and all funds raised will be going to the charity. This is made possible thanks to a few people who kindly gave us some help.”
Many thanks to JVW Transport out in Gowran. Also, special mention to McCarthy Commercial Vehicles for sponsoring the High Vis Vests and providing the breakdown assist, which thankfully was not needed; Agco Finance who supplied hats for all the drivers, JSJ Harris Transport for sponsoring the window stickers, which were sold as part of the fundraising. Thanks to KCLR (Matt O’Keeffe and The Farm Program) for the opportunity to highlight the event. Last but not least, thanks to Sgt. Gary Gordon/Garda Aidan Fitzpatrick and the Kilkenny Community Policing Unit. They have helped with the Risk Assessment process and helped the organisers on the night, along with their colleagues in the Traffic Corps.