In September 2017 a group of tractor enthusiasts decided to team up and turn their passion into a epic fundraising venture in the form of a tractor run from “Dublin2mayo“ in support of 2 special charities , our lady’s children’s Hospital Crumlin, Co. Dublin, and Castlebar Special Baby Care Pediatrics unit in Mayo university Hospital.
An official launch was organised for Febuary 24th & took place in Charlestown where a Massey Ferguson 35x was unveiled as the main raffle prize on the night.
The group took their ventures all over the west and midlands promoting the run, selling raffle tickets and supporting other tractor runs. Politicians, celebs and people from all walks of life came on board to support the Dublin2mayo tractor run in the form of messages of support, donations or otherwise
The group of 22 tractors began the epic 2 day run from the papal cross at the Phoenix Park Dublin on Good Friday 2018 March 30 @ 9am with Michael Fitzmaurice (TD) cutting the tape to see off the group
The initial 22 Tractors headed out the old road west taking in Lucan , Leixlip, Maynooth, Kilcock, Enfield, stopping at mother Hubbard’s for breakfast. After breakfast the now growing group of tractors continued on through Clonard , Kinnegad, Miltownpass , Mullingar, stopping at feericks of Rathowen for another feed before making the final leg of Day 1 through Edgeworthstown and finally finishing for the night in Longford town where Longford vintage club gave the ever growing group a escort into Connolly barracks.
Day 2 resumed early the following morning March 31st, taking in Ballyleague, crossing the shannon into Connaught at Lanesboro and on through Roscommon, Ballymoe, Castlerea and Ballinlough. From Ballinlough onwards the convoy began to grow at a substantial rate with 18 tractors joining there alone. Crossing the border into co mayo at Ballyhaunis the 22 tractor convoy had almost quadrupled in size by the time it reached claremorris. As the convoy rolled through knock , kiltimagh, & Bohola the convoy grew bigger and bigger. Finishing up the epic trip in castlebar driving through the centre of town with a 120 strong convoy of tractors passing by mayo university general hospital before completing the journey to the breaffy house hotel & spa
A special night of celebration was held to mark the epic journey in the Breaffy house hotel where over 600 people attended.
Among the headline acts were Marty Mone & Pamela Gilmartin
A massive & fantastic sum of €96,424 was raised by Dublin2mayo - divided equally between Crumlin Children’s Hospital & Castlebar Special Care Pediatrics Unit
each received a Cheque for €48,212 at a presentation night at the park hotel Kiltimagh on June 9th
A spokes person for Crumlin wrote “We’re just overwhelmed with the amazing support from the Dublin2Mayo tractor run.” Lisa-Nicole Dunne, CEO of CMRF Crumlin, said. “We have so many amazing supporters from the Mayo community. The positive contribution they make is life-saving. In 2017, 802 children from Mayo came through the doors of Our Lady’s. Thanks to our fundraisers, we were able to offer them and their families wraparound services and help deliver faster diagnosis, better care, gentler treatment and more positive outcomes. We believe that every sick child deserves every chance. The work that we do wouldn’t be possible without the support we receive from amazing donors and fundraisers, like the crew who arranged the Dublin2Mayo tractor run.”.
€48,212 was also raised for the Special Care Baby Unit in Castlebar. Professor Michael O’Neill and his staff was absolutely delighted with the donation . He said that it will make a great difference to the Unit.
The monies raised for both hospitals went to life-changing piece of equipment called The MasterscreenPFT. The Masterscreen PFT System (Pulmonary function testing) is a piece of equipment that tests lung functions for all respiratory and general patients in the hospital which will benefit over 2,500 sick children annually. The equipment will provide services to little patients being treated for Cystic Fibrosis, orthopaedics, generalrespiratory, oncology, immunology, rheumatology, neurology, allergies and cardiac problems.
the Extreme Tractor Runs Committee were awarded a People of the Year award in Mayo for the unbelievable success and effort put into the Dublin2Mayo event in 2018.