Pictorial of the Year 2021 – The Hills around Joyce Country come Alive with the Truck Run & Lights Show

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The West of Ireland was awakened from its Winter hibernation on Saturday evening last with the sights and sounds extending from the inaugural Joyce Country Truck Run & Lights Show. In all, 97 trucks produced a sensational seasonal spectacle on this truck fundraising run in aid of two charities, My Canine Companion & Galway Parkinson’s Association.

Click here to watch some of the action: https://fb.watch/9WTq919wFD/

All along the scenic route from Maam Cross to Clonbur, through Cornamona, lines and lines of spectator filled cars, reminiscent of the Tour de France, patiently waited for the convoy to pass by. After skirting around Lough Corrib and heading towards Lough Mask at Clonbur, the trucks did a loop around the village to give the street filled gathering another look at the wonderfully decorated tractor-units and rigid trucks. All were enthralled by the bright illuminations and the loud honking horns, heard for miles around the surrounding hills and valleys.

To add to the festive occasion, live music and entertainment was provided at Clonbur as the extravaganza came to an end.

Many of the attendees recalled when Clonbur hosted a unique truck related charity fundraiser, over 20 years ago. Back in June 1999, a truck and trailer reversing drive raised over £100,000 for worthy causes at the time.

On the evening of the 11th December, Truck drivers and hauliers travelled from all parts of Galway with some from Mayo, Sligo, Roscommon and Leitrim to participate, with a number of the transport firms bringing a number of trucks from their fleet.

Indeed, the whole event was an extraordinary display of sight and sound, credit must go to the organisers for putting on such an impressive and memorable show. Maybe the Saw Doctors will come up with another dedicated song for the area with this theme in mind! Roll on to 2022!