By Dan Walsh
Enniscorthy was pleasantly illuminated with flashing lights, musical horns and tons of horse-power as a convoy of about 300 tractors converged on the town this evening for the annual Oylegate Tractor Run which is organised to raise funds for Pieta House.
Participants gathered at Oylegate-Glenbrien GAA Grounds before making a return visit to Enniscorthy where they were given a warm welcome from a large turnout and large numbers lined the roadway between Oylegate and Enniscorthy. The tractors spent about an hour parking along The Promenade.
David Parker from Oylegate Vintage Club told WexfordLocal.com that due to Covid-19 last year’s run was a ‘virtual event’ but everybody was delighted to be able to take to the roads again and support for the event came from Ramsgrange, Wexford, Taghmon, Fethard, Wellingtonridge and Gorey. “We are delighted at the support in Oylegate and Enniscorthy,” added Mr Parker, who said that about 75 volunteers were required to make the event go off safely – marshals, stewards, bucket collectors etc. – and he thanked An Garda Siochána and Wexford County Council for traffic management and the granting of a permit to hold the event.
Mr Parker stated that to date the Oylegate Vintage Run has raised €28,000 for Pieta House. “We don’t know what is going to come in this time. We won’t know the total until the end of January, but the response looks good.”
It was a wonderful occasion and lifted community spirits for this evening. Huge numbers turned out to support the event and it was a truly family occasion. It was cold, but thankfully it stayed dry, and good humour was the order of the day. Traffic delays through the town were minimal, but roadusers were courteous and tolerant and many wound down their windows and generously made financial contributions.