Vintage Weekend


Article Sourced -Limerick Leader-

By Gerard Fitzgibbon

Published on Friday 3 August 2012 14:00

TUCKED away at the foot of Ballinruane Wood, Kilmeedy village is normally an
idyllic and typically quiet place, however this weekend it will come alive to
the sound of roaring engines and pounding feet.

This Friday night, the West Limerick village will host a five-mile charity
fun run which is expected to draw a huge crowd, while on Sunday the annual
Kilmeedy vintage rally and family fun day will take place.

Joe Healy, a member of the run’s organising committee, said that while the
weather might be temperamental, fun will be guaranteed: “We’re having a walk and
a run, so it’ll suit everyone. The walkers are heading off from outside Geary’s
garage at 7.30pm, and the runners will be on afterwards at 8pm.

“A lot of people are worried that this is going to be a hilly course, because
Kilmeedy is known for its hills, but the route isn’t demanding”.

The five-mile course will see walkers and runners start in the village and
make for Castlemahon, before turning left at Mayne cross and left again at
Belville, before heading back into Kilmeedy and the finish line outside the Glen

Mr Healy said that the chosen charity for this year’s event is SOFT Ireland,
which provides support for families of babies born with the rare condition
Trisomy 13 or 18, known as Patau’s and Edward’s syndrome. Children afflicted by
this condition rarely live beyond a few hours after their birth, and SOFT is a
voluntary organisation which provides support for parents at diagnosis, during
the child’s life and after the child’s passing.

This Sunday, meanwhile, the village will host the fourth annual Kilmeedy
vintage rally, which will be held at a scenic location at the foot of
Ballinruane Wood.

A full repertoire of antique tractors, trucks, cars and farm machinery will
be on display for enthusiasts and novices alike.

The main sponsor for this year’s event is once again Geary’s garage, the
local John Deere dealer, and all proceeds from the event will go towards Aras
Ide, the local community centre, which provides invaluable training and
education services for the parish of Feenagh-Kilmeedy.

The event has become a keenly-awaited fixture in the local social calendar,
and will be headlined once again by the members of the popular West Limerick
Vintage Club. The all-day vintage rally will also feature an entertaining blend
of family attractions, music, food and refreshments.