Christmas tractor parade for Carrick-on-Suir

A fleet of 10 tractors festooned with 5200 Christmas fairy lights will parade through Carrick-on-Suir next Tuesday evening, December 23.

A fleet of 10 tractors festooned with 5200 Christmas fairy lights will parade through Carrick-on-Suir next Tuesday evening, December 23.

The dazzling convoy of tractors will leave from Carrickbeg at 5.450pm and will be a special festive spectacle to behold on Christmas week.

The Tractors of Carrick parade is being organised by Stuart Downie, who farms at Tybroughney, Carrick-on-Suir and a group of his friends.

He thought up the idea for the Christmas lights tractor convoy after hearing about people going to visit the famous lit up truck from Christmas Coca Cola adverts that is currently touring Ireland.

Stuart said he heard that people had to queue for hours to see this lorry and thought his tractor would be just as good an attraction if it was covered in fairy lights.

Some of his farmer friends joined in the scheme and others volunteered and Carrick Business Association rowed in with support when he advertised the idea on Facebook.

Stuart said they have decided to limit the tractor convoy to 10 vehicles.

Each tractor owner has spent about €80 covering their machines in Christmas lights for the occasion. Each tractor will be decorated with about 520 lights

The ten tractors taking part in the parade range from New Holland and John Deere to Case, Class, JCB Fast Track and Deutz models.

They will have a combined weight of nearly 70 tonnes.

Their owners hail from Ballyneale, Piltown, Rathgormack and Kells, Co. Kilkenny as well as Tyrbroughney.