The Christmas Tractors of Carrick on Suir was founded by Stuart Downie in December 2014. His aim was to light up the town of Carrick-on-Suir by enveloping his pride and joy with as many Christmas lights as he could find. The idea quickly developed and before he knew it, he had a crew behind him and the story spread worldwide. 2015 has seen an even bigger spectacular, with 13 fully illuminated tractors taking to the streets of Carrick-on-suir once again, and they were honoured to be asked to take part in Waterford Wintervals closing ceremony.
Stuart and the team were absolutely thrilled to learn that they now hold the new world record for the most lights in a convoy, surpassing that of the infamous Coca Cola Christmas Convoy, so well done to all the lads who worked tirelessly in the lead up to help achieve this great recognition.
Monies collected on the night were due to be donated to charity Embrace, however, on January 5th, In light of the recent flooding and loss of equipment in Carrick, "Embrace FARM" together with "The Christmas Tractors of Carrick on Suir" have decided to give the money raised on the night back to support the people of Carrick. We therefore will be handing all monies raised over to Carrick On Suir River Rescue.
This event is a reminder that community and festive cheer are still important and very much alive!
Each driver has given up his time to get involved. In the lead up to this years event, they were busy stock piling loads of fun festive lights to wrap their tractors up in. Below gives an overview of each driver that took part, including their current tractor and their dream tractor.
Tractor Driver: Andy Shea, Piltown, Current Tractor: John Deere 6930, Dream Tractor: Fendt 936 Black Beauty
Tractor Driver: Charlie Hanrahan, Current Tractor: Deutz Fahr 6160, Dream Tractor: Deutz Fahr 7250
Tractor Driver: Ciaran Kelly, Current Tractor: New Holland T6070, Dream Tractor: Big Bud
Tractor Driver: Corey Healey, Current Tractor: Fendt 716, Dream Tractor: Fendt 936 Black Beauty
Tractor Driver: David Nugent, Current Tractor: New Holland T7200, Dream Tractor: Ford 7810 Jubilee
Tractor Driver: Denis Fogarty, Current Tractor: Claas Arion, Dream Tractor: Ford TW25
Tractor Driver: John (Goose) Dee, Current Tractor: John Deere 6920, Dream Tractor: Fendt 936 Black Beauty
Tractor Driver: Leon Daly, Current Tractor: Zetor Forterra, Dream Tractor: Zetor Crystal
Tractor Driver: Michael Dunne, Current Tractor: John Deere 6830, Dream Tractor: John Deere 7810
Tractor Driver: Niall O'Connell, Current Tractor: Case Puma 160, Dream Tractor: Fendt 936 Black Beauty
Tractor Driver: Owen Byrne, Piltown, Current Tractor: New Holland TM140, Dream Tractor: Fendt 936 Black Beauty
Tractor Driver: Richie Brophy, Piltown, Current Tractor: JCB Fastrac 3220, Dream Tractor: JCB Fastrac 3230
Tractor Driver: Stuart Downie, Piltown, Current Tractor: Case Maxxum, Dream Tractor: Case Platinum Edition CVX 250