Sunday, July 29 - Be There!

Silage Extravaganza in Tipperary to go ahead despite grass shortage

Mobarnane, Moyglass event for South Tipp Hospice

Silage Extravaganza in Tipperary to go ahead despite grass shortage

Photographed at the 2012 Coolmoyne & Moyglass Vintage Club show were from left to right: Sean Cordial, Michael Kirwan, Jim Ryan and Richie Ryan.

The Coolmoyne and Moyglass Vintage Club wishes to state that when we set out to run our second Silage Extravaganza for July 29, 2018, we had two main ambitions, namely community comradery and to raise much-needed funds for South Tipperary Hospice.

We have been monitoring grass growth over several weeks as our area has had little or no rainfall since early May. As we have experienced a deficit of rainfall in the region of 70mm at present, we have reached a decision that adequate grass will not be available for a full proper working event.

Met Eireann has issued a status yellow weather warning for high temperatures for the entire country and the highest temperature recorded at Shannon since 1976, we felt that, in fairness to exhibitors and others, that we should give adequate notice to all that our event will still go ahead without the usual silage cutting. Our main ambition still remains and we are rearranging events to compensate for the change. We are holding a tractor run on Saturday evening which will consist of road and farm driving and a barbecue, music and craic on return to Joe Trehy’s farm. A marquee will be erected to cater for drivers and patrons. We will stage a vintage silage harvesting demonstration, a vintage hay making demonstration, and a harvest threshing, that will also be part of our new list of events for Sunday, July 29.

We have also discovered a rare round silage pit adjacent to us and the land-owner has kindly given permission to visit and view same. The silage for these pits would have been cut and drawn and compacted using horses. A most interesting discovery that had been overgrown for years. 

All other events including record attempts for the most County Tractors and most MF 65 tractors will go ahead as advertised. We would be delighted if entrants still brought along their Vintage Silage harvesters for the static display. The County Sea Horse will make its first visit to Ireland and all makes of vintage trucks, cars, and bikes are most welcome. 

T.R. Dallas, Sabrina Fallon and local artists will provide music and song. A platform for dancing will also be provided. A dog show will allow patrons to bring along their favourite pet. A full range of kids’ entertainment will be on site, including Bouncy Castles etc. 

We are also in the process of producing a novelty calendar which will be very interesting. These calendars will be on sale on the day and will also be available after the event.  The Gardai will also have a stand at the event with the possibility of the mounted unit and the Garda Command Vehicle being on site. 

Although we bow to ‘mother nature’, we are hoping that with these additions and your continued support we will have a mighty weekend that will bring enjoyment to both entrants and patrons.

Matty Tynan (Chairman)