An inspirational Ennis mother-daughter duo will be remembered in style this weekend, with more than 600 trucks taking to the roads to raise money in their memory.
The Truck Run 4 Katie has been run for three years now in memory of 24-year-old Katie Drennan, who died in 2015 after a lifelong battle with cystic fibrosis.
Her mother Linda, who worked tirelessly to raise money for CF services through the Truck Run events, passed away earlier this year.
Today, the third annual run has begun in Ennis and runs through Inagh, Miltown Malbay, Lahinch, Liscannor, the Cliffs of Moher, Doolin, Lisdoonvarna, Kilshanny, and Ennistymon before returning to the county town.
Katie’s dad Eugene says history shows how important fundraisers like this can be:
Truck Run 4 Katie is running this weekend the 21st of September 2019.
Up to 600 Truck units are expected. The Truck Run is based at the Auburn Lodge Hotel on the R458 (Gort Road, Ennis)
Significant delays expected along Ennis By Pass (N85) from Exit 12, coming off the M18 from 12 midday to 3pm.
*There will be Gardai and Marshals in attendance at various points.
*Trucks advised to use Exit 14 Barefield.
*Advise to avoid Bypass between 12md and 3pm as convoys assemble.
*Lidl will be open as normal with marshals to ensure access.
* Delays from Auburn Lodge (Gort Road) to Sheils and Maid of Erin roundabouts and out the Lehinch Road.
*Advise anyone wishing to access Ennis town from motorway to use – Exit 13 off motorway. (Avoid 12 and 14).
*Motorists travelling to Clarecastle or West Clare from motorway should use – Exit 11.
*Motorists wishing to access North Clare/Cliffs of Moher may find less disruption/delays if they use – Exit 17 to Kinvara.
*Other alternative routes to North Clare or the Coast can be via the R474 or R476.
Check out this route on Strava: https://strava.app.link/ND4Ji8lz1Z — TR4K Route 2
There will be 2 Truck Runs each monitored by a lead car, bike marshals, Blood bikes and static marshals.
A. Departing Ennis Bypass between 1pm and 1.30pm. Max speed 40mph / 64kph.
B. Departing Ennis Bypass between 3pm and 3.30pm. Max speed 40 mph / 64kph.
Pinch points : Miltown Malbay
Pedestrian X @ Cliffs
Ambulance cover provided by Clare Civil Defence.
Private ambulance also to be based in Lehinch for any public medical emergency.
Breakdown assist and repair vehicle in place.
AA roadwatch and various Tour bus companies informed.
Trucks returning to Ennis will filter back to Auburn via Maid of Erin and Motorway (Exit 12 to 14).