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Wheelbarrow Walk 2017

The 2017 Wheelbarrow Walk, organised by Donagh Development Association, took place on Sunday, October 8th. Sign on and Start was at the GAA HQ Tully and there the barrows and walkers gathered. Then, led by O'Neill Pipe Band, the procession set off on the route.  Prior to that O'Neill Pipe Band gave a tremendous recital of music including the Ed Sheerin number, with which they are connected. The route then took all to the Village and up the Main Street. It reminded me of the Parades we used have as part of the Fair of Emyvale festival in the early '80's. Anyhow it was down the Casey then and round towards the Lake and out to the Glaslough Road and back to base at Tully. Refreshments were served and plenty of chatting and comparing before the prizewinners were announced. First Prize went to Eugene O'Brien with his terrific OBRYANAIR (great thinking!!!, Michael would be jealous of your idea.) In 2nd Place was Paula McNally, Glaslough, for a fantastic flower and greenery display in her barrow. In 3rd Place was Barry Kerr for a wonderful display of Emy Lake with Joggers running and it was so real, Great imagination and artistic work. All in all a great occasion and very successful event. On Sunday night, in the Redboys, presentations were made to the two charities - Patient Care at St. Mary's Castleblayney ( accepted by Margaret McNally and Eileen Cadden) and Monaghan Cancer Treatment Support (accepted by Maeve Hackett, Mary Jo Earley and Mary McGrane). John Sherry and Pat McKenna thanked all those involved as participants and supporters and a special word for three Main Sponsors - Seamus Duffy (SDG); Emyvale Credit Union and Gabriel McAree. He also thanked those who worked on the day and helped to arrange the event and to Emyvale GAA for the use of the facilities. He thanked all the businesses who had sponsored a Barrow and congratulated those who decorated their barrows which added to the enjoyment of the day. He also included Mary McMahon and Peter for their constant assistance and support.




Some Barrows like the one above had to pass scrutiny for roadworthiness and also to record damage already present in case there would be  a claim as a result of a barrow crash.

As it turned out there was a falling out between two barrows enroute and the drivers had quite a job separating them and calming things down. No damage was reported,.

On behalf of the Donagh Development Association Barry Kerr thanked John Sherry for the major work he did in organising and running the event. It was his idea and he made a great success of it.

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