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Laois village to host New Year’s Day walk and tractor run in aid of local school and community centre

Ballacolla New Year's Day

A Laois village is gearing up to host its annual New Year’s Day walk and tractor run.

Ballacolla will be the place to be as the annual festivities will continue.

All funds raised on the day will go towards Ballacolla National School and Hawthorn Community Centre.

The last time the event took place in full, in 2020, almost €2,500 was raised.

Michael G Phelan, one of the chief organisers, says all Covid-19 guidelines will be adhered to.

He said: “New Years Day 2022 in Ballacolla will see the resumption of the annual Walk and Tractor Run.

“Traversing the usual route the event will start at 2pm in the Village with registration from 1pm.

“Refreshments and raffle will be held afterwards at the Hawthorn Community Centre.

“The event will support Ballacolla National School and the Hawthorn Community Building.

“All Covid-19 Government Guidelines will be adhered to.”

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.