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Much-loved Christmas tractor run in aid of Laois school to return after two year absence

Clonenagh Tractor Run (1)

After a two year absence, Clonenagh National School in Mountrath has announced the return of their annual Tractor Run on Wednesday December 28.

The Tractor Run will take place along with the Family Fun Run/Walk and the Monster Auction in Coolrain village.

This fundraising event has proven to be a great day out for all the family and promises the usual excitement with the tractors, the Fun Run/Walk, the all-day long free refreshments, music and the Monster Auction.

The day starts with a 6km Family Fun Run/Walk around the beautiful countryside near Coolrain village at the foot of the Slieve Bloom mountains.

This is a great way to work off the excesses of Christmas and all ages are welcome to join the Run/Walk.

Registration for the Fun Run/Walk will take place at 11am in Hogan’s Pub, Coolrain (€10 for adults, €5 for teenagers and free for U-12s), and the Run will start at 11.30am.

Next up will be the Annual Tractor Run which is a sight to behold as the tractors and vintage cars work their way through the village and along the route.

Registration for the Tractor Run takes place at 1pm and the tractors and cars will set off at 2pm.

The now-famous tractor run stew will be served to the drivers after the run in Hogan’s pub, Coolrain and all drivers will receive a memento to remember the day.

The event will finish with the Monster Auction in Hogan’s Pub at 8.30pm with many impressive lots being auctioned on the night.

Resident Auctioneer, Joe Shirley, is often the highlight of the night and ensures that all those who come to support will enjoy the night.

A spokesperson said: “The annual fundraiser is a very enjoyable day for all ages so come along and join us for some exercise, some tractors and lots of fun!

“For any queries, contact Joe on 087-2664012.”

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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.