IT was a day for the umbrellas, but no-one told that to supporters of the Amy Lawler truck run, who braved the elements recently.
The seventh annual truck run in memory of Amy took place on Sunday 30 April in a downpour, but such is the goodwill towards the event that it had little impact.
“It was amazing,” said Amy’s sister Tracey Tavolieri. “We had 137 entrants. Last year, it was 170 but, considering the rain − it never stopped raining − the turnout was fantastic! We were thrilled.”
Participants came from all over Carlow and Leinster for the event, which started from Tougher’s on the Castledermot Road.
Many tractors had no cabs for cover but it didn’t deter their drivers from taking part. There was also face-painting and a bouncy castle, which was held indoors this year.
An auction took place later in the day, which proved to be a great success as it raised more than €2,000. Appliances and garden tools were up for grabs, along with a Dublin jersey signed by the All-Ireland winning team of 2011.
The truck run is held in memory of Amy from Burton Hall, who passed away in 2011 from cystic fibrosis when she was just 17.
The proceeds will go to Carlow families affected by CF and the fund has already helped dozens of local people.
The vintage run is always an emotional day for the Lawler family and this year was no exception. Tracy said it was the first year the family had travelled together, when they were driven around the route in Barry Hayden’s vintage fire truck.
A massive amount of work goes into the event and Tracy thanked the 22-strong committee and countless others who helped out.