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Tractors urged to light up for charity


A TEAM of young East Clare men will hold a Christmas tractor run on Saturday, December 18, for those affected by the stress of cancer and mental health issues.
Tomás Meade from Quin has joined forces with seven friends aged 19 and 20, all past pupils of St Flannan’s, to get the Light The Way tractor run underway in aid of Milford Hospice and Pieta House.
Last January’s Level 5 lockdown put paid to plans for a live event, and the lads instead urged tractor and truck lovers around the county to light up and send them photos of decorated vehicles of all kinds.
Tomás, an automotive engineering student at Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT), seized the opportunity to hold the event next Saturday and the venue will be the Gurteen GAA Grounds in Doora.
For spectators, the event will be a colourful spectacle, lighting up the night.
“The run will be going around Quin and Newmarket and then return to Doora,” said Tomás.
“If people wish to spectate, the run will be able to be viewed passing through Newmarket village roughly between 7.15pm and 7.30.pm.
“It would be a great spectacle for children and adults of all ages. Santa may just make an appearance in Newmarket for the children.”
Registration, which costs €20, takes place at 5.30pm and the event gets underway at 6.30pm. A live draw will take place on the night with the ‘Lucky Day’ competitions online.
There will also be food available after the event.
More information is available from Tomás on 085-2809238.

About Fiona McGarry

Fiona McGarry joined The Clare Champion as a reporter after a four-year stint as producer of Morning Focus on Clare FM. Prior to that she worked for various radio, print and online titles, including Newstalk, Maximum Media and The Tuam Herald. Fiona’s media career began in her native Mayo when she joined Midwest Radio. She is the maker of a number of radio documentaries, funded by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI). She has also availed of the Simon Cumbers Media Fund to report on development issues supported by Irish Aid in Haiti. She won a Justice Media Award for a short radio series on the work of Bedford Row Project, which supports prisoners and families in the Mid-West. Fiona also teaches on the Journalism programmes at NUI Galway. If you have a story and would like to get in touch with Fiona you can email her at fmcgarry@clarechampion.ie or telephone 065 6864146.

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