Big-hearted Barney is all set to roll out another tractor run

by Sylvia Pownall

Trailblazer Barney Greene is gearing up for his infamous vintage tractor run on Sunday, January 5, when a convoy of vehicles will tour Fingal in aid of St Francis Hospice.

The thirteenth annual tractor run gets under way at 12 noon and will follow the usual two-hour route around Balbriggan, Naul, Ballyboughal, Blake’s Cross and Ballough from Barney’s local, the Man O’War pub.

The colourful event raises much needed funds for St Francis Hospice and community stalwart Barney has so far raised more than €90,000 – with hopes of topping the €100,000 mark high this year.

He told Dublin Gazette: “Last year, we had 106 tractors taking part and while I wouldn’t like to put a figure on it, I’d put it down at 100 or more again this time.

“I’ve no plans of stopping any time soon. I’m in great form and it gets great support. There’s a team of volunteers working away on it all the time in the background.”

He added that all are welcome to take part, once they have insurance – and there will be a hooley and auction back at the pub for both drivers and supporters afterwards.

Last year, Barney and his distinctive blue vintage tractor made an appearance at another tractor run in Tullyallen in County Louth, and his antics are known the length and breadth of the country.

St Francis Hospice, which has centres in Blanchardstown and Raheny, has just won a National Charity Impact Award for the specialist palliative care service it provides on a voluntary basis.

Last year it cared for more than 1,700 patients and their families – both in their own homes and at the two hospice facilities.

To find out more about Barney’s adventures, see the Barney Greene Tractor Run page on Facebook.

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