Inish Tractor Run for St Luke’s Hospital

Danny Doherty and his father Michael prepare for the tractor run.
Danny Doherty and his father Michael prepare for the tractor run.
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Over 60 tractors and their drivers will descend on the highways and byways of Inishowen next month for a major charity tractor run.

The Inish Tractor Run 2014 will take place across the peninsula on August 2nd, leaving Ireland’s most northerly point, at Banba’s Crown, at 11am that morning.

The event is being held to raise funds for St Luke’s Hospital in Dublin and is being organised by Danny Doherty from Malin Head and Shaun Monagle, from Malin Town.

The tractors, old, new and everything in between, will travel through and stop at villages throughout the peninsula on the day. They will travel from Banba’s Crown to Glengad, on to Culdaff, out to Moville and into Quigley’s Point. From Quigley’s Point, the drivers will then travel through the Illies, to Buncrana, on to Clonmany. They will then drive to Carndonagh, before going back to Malin.

Speaking to the ‘Journal,’ Danny said he and Shaun chose St Luke’s hospital as beneficiary as they had friends and family members attend there as patients.

Danny laughed as he told how “all type of tractors will be there, not just vintage.”

He said: “ We wanted as many people as possible to be able to take part.I had a man ring me the last day to tell me he had a fairly new tractor and asked if it would it be ok if he took it. I said that would be no bother and was telling him he might get a bit warm. But, he informed me that would be no bother as he had air conditioning. I told him there were plenty of tractors taking part that had that, but it would be a different kind of air conditioning to his.”

Danny said they were receiving “great support” from people across the peninsula, both with those taking part and also through sponsorship.

When they arrive back in Malin, a barbeque will be held for the participants, with food being provided by Ronald Boggs, Inishowen Frozen Foods and Liam McClean, who gifted them a pig in a spit.Before this, they are also stopping in St Eugene’s Hall in Moville for some tea and there will be a raffle and prizes given out at McClean’s Bar in Carndonagh.

Members of the public will be able to donate in the towns and villages throughout the day. See Inish Tractor Run 2014 on facebook for more.