The annual Kilkenny College Transition Year Tractor Run rolled back into Kilkenny College last Thursday evening. This yearly fundraiser was organised by a small but hard working TY group headed up by Rebecca Sherwood and Nathan Tomb. The nominated charity was The Carlow Kilkenny Homecare Team.
On hand to meet the drivers were Mr Ian Wilson and Mrs Mary Pender of the well respected and highly valued charity.
Speaking at the conclusion of the run TY’s Rebecca Sherwood said; “This would not have been possible without help from many people. JVW Transport have been very good to us for the last 7 years allowing us to gather safely and depart from their yard. Kilkenny Gardaí Community Policing Unit have again supported us. I like to thank Garda Aidan Fitzpatrick and Garda Andrew Neill for their help”
The 58 tractors included a Marshall Steam Engine from 1912 as well as a variety of tractors of varying age. The convoy travelled the 16km in the Carlow Road along the hard shoulder before turning down the Ring Road. It was a short run along the Castlecomer Road before a noisy reception awaited the drivers in Kilkenny College. As well as the 435 boarders who were on hand, a large number of day pupils and members of the school community turned out to welcome the drivers back to school.
The Hegarty Transition Year Tractor Run Cup was awarded to Luke Kerr of Form 6. Luke was joined on the evening by his dad (David) and grandad (George), along with their Massey Ferguson 135 which dates from 1974. The judges were William Hutchinson, Bryan Harris Robin Wallace and Bryan Daniels who all have extensive agricultural experience and are past pupils of the College. The sub Committee would like to thank the judges, JVW Transport, Kilkenny Community Policing Unit ,McCarthy Commercials as well as Eamon O’Connor of Bank of Ireland for all their support.
The girls and boys raised €6,603.29 for The Carlow Kilkenny Home Car Team. Further pictures are available in the picture gallery.