The second annual Christmas Tractor display, organised by the Agriheadz team, took place on Sunday, December 16th, with the streets packed with thousands of attendees.
“We got a massive crowd in the car park before we even left and we got a massive crowd in Ken Black’s afterwards. There was a couple of thousand people easy.” said one of the organisers, Owen Byrne, to That'sFarming.
This year’s event took place at 6:30pm on the day, was postponed from the original date of December 15th due to weather concerns, instead kicking off from Cillín Hill in Kilkenny on Sunday, December 16th. The maiden year of the event was a fundraising initiative for charity, with the team raising in excess of €3,400 for the Irish Cancer Society and Breast Cancer Ireland.
“We were supposed to go on the Saturday, but we changed to Sunday due to the weather and we got a right crowd on Sunday.” Said Organiser Owen Byrne to That’sFarming.
“It went very well.”
This year’s event was aimed at supporting a range of new charities, such as Samaritans Ireland, The Irish Society for Colitis and Crohn’s and the Central Remedial Clinic.
“Our three charities this year are all voluntary run.” Organiser Owen Byrne explained to That’sFarming’s Kevin.
“We just said this year we would go with all voluntary run charities. Last year we were overwhelmed by all of the support we got.” He added.
The team had already collected a total of €1,000 prior to the event this year, thanks to the fundraising efforts of one of the organisers, Paschal Murphy.
“One of the group members, Pascal Murphy, dyed his hair already and he has €1,000 collected before we even hit the road.” Owen stated.
The display was sponsored by numerous local businesses this year, such as SAS Slievenamon Agri Services, Tennyson Grass Machinery, Kehoe Brothers of Wexford, Breens of Cashel, Celtic Hose, Brophy bros construction, M&S Machinery, Philip Ireland Tyres, Dunphy agricultural contractors, Darren Bailey Machinery Ltd, Tip Top Toes, Brophy Transport and The Cooney Furlong Machinery Company.
Owen said the success of this year’s run is not solely down to organisers, but also attendees and the drivers involved. Owen noted that run would not exist or be anywhere near as successful, were it not for the support given by the events many sponsors and drivers.
“I would like to thank a few of the sponsors…and thanks to every one of the drivers, because it wouldn’t go ahead without them,” said Owen.
“A big thanks to all of them. They come together every year, there is no fighting with anyone or anything, we are like a big family.” He added.
Although this year’s event was not yet finished, the team behind Agriheadz had already begun preparations for next year’s parade, which Owen says will be “bigger again”.
“We have it planned already.” Owen laughed.
“We made a plan the other night with the Gardaí and the council when we were in there. We just said we would get on top of it for next year, so we have it all planned out already,” he added.
Check out some of the video coverage from the tractor run, courtesy of Kilkenny on Ice, below!
Images sourced from SAS, Derek Murphy and Phillip Tyre's Ireland Ltd.