More than 200 vintage tractors, cars, bikes, lorries and trucks took part in the annual Eugene McLoughlin Charlestown Memorial Run in August this year. The event is etched into the calendar at Charlestown coming in as the second largest event of its kind in Ireland. The committee, made up of family and friends of the late Mr McLoughlin, have their eyes set on it becoming the largest event of its kind in Ireland in August 2017.
The event this year allowed the community to purchase a defibrillator and training in CPR as well as donating €4,000 to Croi the Heart and Stroke Charity in the west of Ireland. Croi, represented by Edwina Treacy, fundraising manager, stated: “It’s community events like this run that are at the heart of Croi, without them we would not be able to further improve the quality of life of those who come to us in Croi or offer emergency family accommodation so close to University College Hospital Galway for families at a time when they need it most. This year alone we have helped over 60 families with emergency accommodation – 15 of whom are from Mayo.”