Trac­tors mo­tor through the dark­ness – and into the light

The Kerryman (South Kerry Edition) - - NEWS - By TADHG EVANS

NOW into its sec­ond year, the Dark­ness into Light Trac­tor Run, in­spired by the Pi­eta House fund-rais­ing walk of the same name, con­tin­ues to set a strong pace in the name of a bril­liant cause and in mem­ory of a man who had a great love of ma­chin­ery.

A to­tal of 227 trac­tors – re­mark­ably, an in­crease on last year’s as­ton­ish­ing turnout of 224 trac­tors – took part re­cently to raise funds for Pi­eta House and in mem­ory of con­trac­tor Richard Giles, who passed away some three years ago.

Hop­ping into their trac­tors from the very early hours of the morn­ing, driv­ers came from as far afield as the tip of west Kerry and be­yond the county bounds to be in Faha Court for the 7am start.

From there, they took on a two-hour loop around Kil­lar­ney and its sur­rounds be­fore re­turn­ing to Faha Court.

“We took off for Beau­fort Bridge, go­ing through Fossa and then mov­ing on to Madam’s Hill,” Richard’s nephew and the event’s chief or­gan­iser, Robert Giles, ex­plained. “It was on then to Agha­doe, we passed Killeen House to­wards Bar­ley­mount, and then we re­turned to Faha Court.”

The to­tal funds passed the €5,500 mark, and such suc­cess only comes with great sup­port.

“I’d like to thank the guards, Faha Court’s Seán Ma­hony, Char­lie Coak­ley for pro­vid­ing park­ing, the stew­ards, and who­ever helped,” Robert said.

“Not least, I must thank my fam­ily for all their sup­port in run­ning the event.”

Cour­tesy of Sammy’s Restau­rant, Inch.

Trac­tors from West Kerry make a stop at Inch Beach on the day of the trac­tor run.

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