67-year-old Austin A40 Somerset the star of Ballymac classic car run last Sunday

Tony Darmody of Faha had the honour of driving of the oldest car in the 11th annual Ballymac Classic car run on Sunday last.

Over 100 cars took part in the event to raise funds for ‘Help Rosie Bloom’ a local charity set up to help Rosie O’Flaherty who suffers from Type 1 Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA1) a severe genetic condition that weakens muscles and causes problems with movement.

The oldest car in the fleet was a 1953 Austin A40 Somerset owned by Tony Darmody who is better known for his role as Chairman of the Listry Community Council.

Tony has owned the car since 2015. He bought the car at the request of his daughter Aisling who decided this was the car she wanted to be driven to Fossa Church on the day of her wedding in August 2017.

Tony completed a full restoration on the car ahead of his daughter’s big day.

He has the full history of the car, kept in a neat folder in the glove box. He is ready to answer any question that enthusiasts might throw at him at events like the one held on Sunday.

“It was manufactured on December 18, 1953,” Tony said.

“Aisling picked out this car, including the colour, it was in a sorry state when I got it, but it was fully restored in time for her wedding to Daniel O’Sullivan. It was a ground-up restoration.”

After a ‘Cars and Coffee’ event at O’Riada’s Bar on Sunday, the 107 cars and 16 Honda 50s set off for a tour of West Kerry.


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