Caitlin Tractor Run

Fifth year student Caitlín McGonigle, supported by her dad Noel, recently took part in a 280km journey from Dublin to Mayo on her late grandfather Paddy’s vintage tractor, a Massey Ferguson 35x. Caitlin’s grandfather drove the same Massey last September from Mizen Head to Malin Head rasing €12,000 for Croí Heart and Stroke and Beaumont Hospital. After meeting the Dublin to Mayo committee on his journey, he agreed to come back to take part in Dublin to Mayo, this time sharing the drive with Caitlín. After Paddy’s very sudden passing in November, Caitlín decided to do the run on her own in his memory. Caitlín raised €5,500 which will be split between The National Rehabilitation Centre in Dublin and the Special Baby Care Units in Mullingar and Castlebar. Caitlín then raised a further €500 for Croí Heart and Stroke, her and her family benefitting from the facilities when her mum spent time in Galway Hospital last year. Caitlín was shocked when she realised how many local people needed to use these four facilities. Caitlín says this was an experience she will never forget, even though she wished her granda could have been here to do it with her. She also said she met loads of new people she hopes to stay in contact with and was overwhelmed with the support. Caitlín hopes to continue to do an event for charity annually and is in planning mode for her next adventure.