Hawley O’Sullivan To Be Remembered At Memorial Truck Run

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Karen Maher Hayles (centre) who is organising the Hawley O’Sullivan Memorial Truck Run, pictured with Emma Hayles, Michael Maher, Urney Maher (Hawley’s sister) and Ciara Hayles.

A TRALEE man who passed away 25 years ago in a road accident will be fondly remembered at a charity event later this month.

Hawley O’Sullivan, from O’Rahillys Villas, son of the late Tom ‘Lang’ and Kathleen O’Sullivan (nee Cregan), was just 28 when he died on June 15, 1996, just eight days before his son Tony was born.

He made such an impression in his short life that he will never be forgotten by family and friends.

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His niece, Karen Maher Hayles, is organising a truck run in his memory on Sunday, October 24, from the grounds of Fels Point (adjacent to The Rose Hotel) and truckers are encouraged to come along on the day to honour him and raise funds for the Kerry Hospice Foundation.

Karen was just 14 when her uncle passed away and said she still misses him. “I grew up near my mom’s family home, so I was practically reared in my grandparents house and I idolised Hawley,” she said.

Karen chose the Kerry Hospice Foundation after the amazing care her grandmother Kathleen received from palliative care staff before she passed away in 2004.

Hawley would have been well known in the trucking community having worked for O’Neill’s Transport and later Garyowen Transport, so a big turnout is expected. Karen said Hawley’s son Tony, who lives in Castleisland, will also take part on the day.

Registration takes place from 12noon and the trucks will leave Fels Point at 2pm. They will travel to Castleisland then over the Farranfore, on to Killarney and back to Fels Point.

There will be music from Manus Leen when they return, while a food truck will be there to feed the masses. Members of the public are encouraged to come down to see the trucks and perhaps leave a few euro in the donation buckets.

There’ll also be prizes on the day for Oldest Truck, Best 80s Truck, Best Fleet Turnout, Best Rigid and Best Tractor Unit.

Karen has also set up a donation page where people can contribute to the charity on line just click on the following link… https://www.idonate.ie/fundraiser/11411722_hawley-o-sullivan-memorial-truck-run.html

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