Order of Malta fundraiser a huge success

Evan Skully of Killoscully Newport aboard a Nuffield at the Tractor Challenge. Pic Eamonn McGee.

Evan Skully of Killoscully Newport aboard a Nuffield at the Tractor Challenge. Pic Eamonn McGee.

Thurles Order of Malta’s Tractor Challenge fundraiser in Thurles Racecourse on Sunday afternoon last proved an outstanding success with a huge attendance enjoying a great day out for all the family.

They came from all over the country to be part of this special event with country and western star Declan Nerney one of the big attractions. A vintage enthusiast himself, he mingled and mixed with those in attendance and marvelled at many of the fabulous machines on show throughout the Racecourse.

Stalls and stands selling everything you could possible want were established all over the course too and the whole event was organised brilliantly - a real tribute to the wonderful work of the Order of Malta and the Vintage clubs who put so much effort into the project.

Apart from the obvious aim of fundraising for new ambulance base at Bohervaroon, Thurles, the day was an outstanding community event with so many people attending, enjoying the entertainment and just meeting neighbours. You didn’t have to be a tractor or vintage enthusiast to enjoy the event and the local entertainment, food, stalls and kids activities, together with the Munster Tug-O-War championships provided pleanty for everyone to see and talk about.

The Gods smiled too and despite the presence of some clouds overhead, the rain generally stayed away and allowed for ease of movement throughout the Racecourse which was used by kind permission of the Molony family , three generations of whom were present on the day too and enjoyed the experience.

The Order of Malta received tremendous support for the event with many volunteers offering their services on the day. And, Thurles Farmers Market handed over a generous donataion too for the fund over the weekend which was very much appreciated by all involved with the project.

While the kids activities, the tug-o-war, the entertainment, the stalls and the food were attractions for people on the day, the stars of the show were the tractors and vintage machinery. From rust buckets to spanking new tractors worth more than 100,000 Euro , they were all viewed by keen observers and their owners were only too delighted to stand and chat about their prized possessions.

The vintage clubs and Order of Malta proved a match made in heaven. Congrats to both on a fabulous event.




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