Hun­dreds of cars hit the road

Gorey Guardian - - NEWS - By PÁDRAIG BYRNE

THE rum­bling of en­gines could be heard all over the Old Dublin Road on Sun­day morn­ing as hun­dreds of cars ar­rived from across the coun­try to at­tend the an­nual Ger­ard Mur­phy Me­mo­rial Run. Wel­com­ing clas­sic cars and vin­tage ve­hi­cles from all four cor­ners of the coun­try, the event has be­come an ab­so­lute sta­ple of the an­nual cal­en­dar for mo­tor en­thu­si­asts from right across the coun­try and has grown mas­sively in stature over the past eight years and this year was said to have been one of the big­gest yet.

There were some real sights to be­hold at the mart, from fab­u­lous Fords, with more than a few fine ex­am­ples of clas­sics such as the Capri and MkI and II Es­corts, to the pure lux­ury and style of Mercedes, BMW and a par­tic­u­larly well main­tained E Type Jaguar which re­ally caught the eye. Some­thing which re­ally proved a hit were the Amer­i­can style Hot-Rod cars which ar­rived from Ark­low and cap­tured the imag­i­na­tion of young and old and to that end there was also plenty of en­ter­tain­ment with per­form­ers tak­ing to the main stage over the course of the day as well.

One thing that was ev­i­dent as you made your way through the packed mart was the ca­coph­ony of dif­fer­ent ac­cents from north to south as en­thu­si­asts re­newed old friend­ships formed over re­cent years.

‘We do have peo­ple from all four cor­ners of the coun­try and we get the same lads every year,’ said Brid. ‘Lads meet up down here that would only see each other at the run each year and it re­ally adds to the whole thing.’

While the fi­nal fig­ures were still be­ing tal­lied yes­ter­day (Mon­day) morn­ing, Brid be­lieved that at least five or six hun­dred cars rolled through the gates of the En­nis­cor­thy Mart and it is hoped a sig­nif­i­cant amount of money will once again have been raised for Slaney Search & Res­cue and The Lo­cal Hub in Glen­bro­hane, Co Lim­er­ick.

‘Ev­ery­thing re­ally ran smoothly and we had no prob­lems at all,’ she said.

‘We had fine-combed a lot of things from last year and my­self and Pat put a lot of work into get­ting things right. We had a lot of vol­un­teers help­ing out on the day - our ste­wards, the cater­ing women, the teams from Slaney Search & Res­cue & Glen­bro­hane. The sup­port is won­der­ful.’

Brid and Pat wished to thank ev­ery­one who has played a part in the event’s con­tin­ued suc­cess and it once again proved a fine trib­ute to their late son Ger­ard who would have turned 31 this year.

Co­lette, Catherine, Han­nah, Pa­trick and Con­all Leacy, Ballyan­drew, Ferns John and Caro­line Steacy. Ian Cum­mins.

To­mas, Michael and Cathal Mer­nagh, Mar­shal­stown. Ser­ena, Noel and Demelza House, Craan­ford. Mika Daly, Oyle­gate. Paula, To­mas and Grace Greene and Ed­ward Mur­phy, En­nis­cor­thy.

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