DESPITE atrocious weather conditions, a spectacular cavalcade of tractors took part in the second annual Portlaoise Macra charity tractor run on Monday 2 April.
A last-minute idea to raise funds for Pieta House last year attracted so much interest that the organisers again decided to hold a similar event, which saw 78 hardy souls brave the incessant rain and make their way from The Rock Inn to Monerycross on then to Ratheniska, along to the Stradbally Road, down through Portlaoise and back again to the starting point.
Last year, the event raised €1,000. This year it brought in €1,800.
Portlaoise Macra chairperson James Luttrell, who is one of the organisers, said: “It was a fabulous day and we had a great turnout, despite the weather. It was great to see so many young people taking part also. They came from as far away as Fisherstown, Ballylinan and Nurney in Co Kildare and surrounding areas to take part. Not all those who took part were members of Macra clubs, but we’re hoping that some of those who took part will now join their local Macra Clubs.
“I would like to express thanks to all those who took part and to the owners of the Rock Inn, the Keyes family, for allowing us the use of the grounds and premises and to the members of Portlaoise Macra club for providing the refreshments after the event.”
Mr Luttrell said that the cheque for €1,800 will be presented to a representative from Pieta House in the coming weeks and that Macra members from the clubs around Laois will be taking part in the upcoming Darkness into Light Pieta House fundraiser on Saturday 12 May.