Vintage rally raises money for hospice

The organisers of the 13th annual Clonoulty Rossmore Vintage Rally, and its supporters, have helped raise €12,000 for the South Tipperary Hospice Movement, along with a bucket collection and tractor run held earlier in the year.

The organisers of the 13th annual Clonoulty Rossmore Vintage Rally, and its supporters, have helped raise €12,000 for the South Tipperary Hospice Movement, along with a bucket collection and tractor run held earlier in the year.

This brings the total amount raised by this community to over 250,000 in 13 years.

The Clonoulty Rossmore Vintage Club will present the cheque to Brendan O’Keefe of South Tipperary Hospice Movement on Saturday September 14 in Simon’s Bar, Clonoulty. An auction will be held on the cheque presentation night with numerous items up for grabs varying from a golf four-ball for Dundruim, a load of sand or gravel from Barry’s Quarry, a load of slig from Donal O’Keefe.

The idyllic weather attracted a great crowd at the recent rally, with live music played by Tony O‘Dwyer, Paul McCarthy, Liam Meehan and Noel Taylor. The working exhibits such as the butter making display by Tipperary Vintage Club and the 1928 Hassia apple peeler displayed by Joe and Murt Ryan, Portlaoise, added to the already relaxed and merry atmosphere of the show. John Hayes, former Munster and Ireland prop was in attendance, his humble and approachable demeanour allowing for a great time to be had by all who met him. The threshing was a great favourite with the crowd; John Leamy’s of Dualla Allan Bros 1925 Threshing Mill was at full throttle powered by Alex Crosse of Donaskeagh 1908 Fowel Steam Traction Engine. This was overseen by renowned experts Mick Looby and John Heffernan also from Dualla who have been tremendous support over the past 13 years. Good old fashion fun was provided by the various side show: guess the weight of the bullocks provided for great debate among the stock judges amd throwing the sheaf was also a great spectacle.