Rebuilt tractor to be raffled at Ploughing

September 21st, 2016 11:50 AM

By Southern Star Team

The Massey Ferguson 135 before it was deconstructed and rebuilt on Union Hall Pier; Michael O'Sullivan and his team working on rebuilding the tractor; main organiser for the RNLI, Pamela Deasy of Union Hall; Martin Purcell of AGCO Ltd and Alex Sweetnam of Cork Farm Machinery; the tractor restored to

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A MASSEY Ferguson tractor which was dismantled, and then rebuilt in 24 hours, as an RNLI charity fundraiser, will be raffled at the National Ploughing Championships next week.

The tractor, which is raising funds for Union Hall’s RNLI station, was rebuilt by Michael O’Sullivan and his friends in July. Michael is a lecturer in Wiltshire College in England and has a home in Union Hall, where his father was born.  He approached Union Hall RNLI some months ago with his unique fundraising idea and asked them if they could source a dilapidated tractor for the 24-hour challenge.  On Wednesday  July 13th, the tractor was rebuilt on Keelbeg Pier in Union Hall.

Tickets are still available for the raffle for the tractor, and the draw will take place on Thursday September 22nd at the Massey Ferguson stand 343, row 15.

‘We are very grateful to AGCO for sponsoring all parts, Massey Ferguson for allowing us at their stall for the Irish Ploughing Championships and Mike O’Sullivan for undertaking this project on our behalf to raise funds for the RNLI, the charity that saves lives at sea,’ said Pamela Deasy of Union Hall RNLI.

Tickets can be purchased by Visa card holders directly from Pamela at 086 3202073, or at the stand at the Ploughing Championships, which takes place in Screggan, Tullamore, from September 20th – 22nd.

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