TULLA Vintage Organisation (T.V.O.) will hold the second Pat O’Halloran Memorial this Sunday September 7 giving the East Clare community an opportunity to check out the best vintage models around.
The event is once again being staged in O’Halloran’s Field, Church Road, Tulla, from 12 noon and this year’s main beneficiary is Sláinte an Chláir, which will see funds donated staying in the East Clare area.
A display of vintage tractors, classic cars, motorbikes will parade through the town led by the Tulla Pipe Band from 1pm, while a host of stationary engines will be on display throughout the day at O’Halloran’s field.
Due to the success of the Vintage Day last year and to the generous support of you the people; Tulla Vintage Organisation was in a position to donate €4,290 to the Jack and Jill Foundation and €4,290 to the Tulla Tidy Towns Committee.
Tulla Vintage Organisation also held a fundraiser through the sale of their DVD on the Vintage Day last year and donated the proceeds, €1,700 to Tulla Pipe Band for their trip to U.S.A. in March ’13. A few of the DVD’s are still available and will be on sale on the day.
This year Sláinte an Chláir, Clare Cancer Support will be the primary beneficiary and it provides access to information about diagnosis, treatment and care. It can also put people in touch with practical, emotional and social support.
East Clare volunteer Anne Murphy speaks about what the organisation does and who stands to benefit.
“Sláinte an Chláir was founded up in Kilnamona, which is the main centre for psychological support for cancer patients and their families. Last year one of the key projects was the launch of a Clare Cancer Support booklet to support people with cancer in Clare with information and resources for people who are going through cancer treatment. This year the aim is to extend the services to more rural communities because access to Kilnamona isn’t easy for all. The ambition was to provide resources in more rural communities, so that all people in Clare would have access to some cancer support while they are going through this in their lives,” she explained.
Earlier this year Sláinte an Chláir was kindly facilitated by Teagasc who offered the service use a room in Scariff which was used a treatment room for reflexology, meditation and counselling for the people of East Clare.
Further developments have been made since then and now Sláinte an Chláir are expected to move to a house within the community in Tuamgraney by the end of October. From this location they will offer a drop-in centre one day a week.
Ms Murphy said this will be a similar set up to what is in Kilnamona.
“We will have it set it up like Kilnamona where we will have the kitchen, a couple of treatment rooms, a communal area and a drop-in centre. It will be promoting a home to home support centre style. It will be open one day a week to the people of East Clare, which would include the catchment of Tulla, Kilkishen, Bodyke, Scariff and Feakle. The Tulla Vintage Organisation were very happy to support us this year because that money will go towards the services in East Clare. These would include counselling, complimentary therapies, psychological support, a drop in centre and access to information,” Ms Murphy explained.
Also benefiting from the vintage day are Tulla Tidy Towns, Tulla Senior Citizens Association, and Tulla St Patrick’s Day Parade Fund.
Other events taking place at the Tulla Vintage day include a sheaf throwing contest with local hero Michael O’Brien who holds the Guinness Book of Records for sheaf throwing.
An under eight mixed hurling tournament will take place in Tulla be held attracting children from surrounding parishes. The newly crowned Rose of Clare Colette Donnellon will also be in attendance.
Other activities to look forward to include a barbeque, bottle stall, bouncing castle, cake sale, face painting, milk the cow, sponge ball, butter churning, horse drawn machinery, monster raffle and much more.
Entertainment will be provided by local musicians and dancers and Sláinte an Chláir and local organisations will benefit from the event.