The Ballymacad Hunt will take in a large part of the Meath countryside.

Ballymacad’s cross-country fundraiser

On Sunday (17th October) Ballymacad Hunt are hosting a cross-country trek starting from Oldcastle at 1pm through some breathtaking countryside as part of a fundraiser for Meath and Cavan Pallative Care - and the organisers wish to point out that everyone is welcome.

This fundraiser is in memory of Tony Farrelly, Oldcastle. Tony was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer on 26th June 2018. After a brave battle he sadly passed away on 28th January 2021.

Meath and Cavan Pallative Care in general and Dr Wihelm Wilhelm Freiherr Von Hornstein in particular came into Tony's life soon after his diagnoses.

"Pallative care nurses were attending Tony for two-and-a-half years. They controlled Tony's pain with morphine pump, which was attended every 24 /48 hours," explained Tony's wife Pamela.

"Tony's family and friends wish to acknowledge the care the nurses gave him, which was incredible."

The help, advice and guidance they gave to Tony, Pamela and their two sons, Mark and Shane, was also greatly appreciated by the family. Tony's family and friends want to raise as much funds as they can for pallative care so they can help other families that have to go through a smilar experience.

"The trek will begin in Oldcastle at 1pm and will take approximately two-and-a-half to three hours taking in the breathtaking countryside of county Meath including the stunning hills of Loughcrew and Patrickstown which is the highest point of County Meath," added Rachel Gilsenan the secretary of Ballymacad Hunt.

"Loughcrew is home to a group of ancient megalithic tombs, some decorated with rare megalithic art, which sitting on top of a range of hills so why not take advantage of experience these views on horse back while contributing to a great cause!" she added.

For those who wish to make a donation can contact Rachel Gilsenan on (087) 2969137 or the link for the Trek is