Hundreds turn out for Truck Run 4 Katie event

Hundreds turn out for Truck Run 4 Katie event


Hundreds of trucks turned out in Ennis this afternoon for the 2nd annual Truck Run 4 Katie.

24-year-old Cystic Fibrosis (CF) sufferer Katie Drennan from Claureen, Ennis died in 2015. Katie had been a prominent campaigner for better services for CF sufferers.

In 2012, Katie was named as one of the Ennis People of the Year for her work in raising awareness about CF.

Katie’s father, well-known Ennis businessman Eugene Drennan, has continued her fight to raise both awareness of CF and funding to equip a new CF unit at University Hospital Limerick.

All proceeds from last years event, €120,000, have been used to purchase state-of-the-art equipment for the Adult Cystic Fibrosis Unit at UHL.

Todays Truck Run 4 Katie left Ennis shortly before 3.00pm and will travel through North and West Clare during the afternoon.

Local priest Fr Jerry Carey said a prayer as the convoy departed this afternoon after he had blessed the long line of over 300 vehicles as he passed on the back of a vintage truck.

The Garda Traffic Corps is coordinating a massive traffic plan for the event.

Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.