Coolmoyne and Moyglass Vintage Club are thrilled with the attendance (estimated to be close to 7000 people on site) for their Silage Extravaganza 2015 and two new machinery record attempts were achieved.
The number of double chop harvesters working in a field was 62 and what a sight this was. The crowd were restrained with around 80 marshals holding a rope barrier to create a safe viewing area.
When the machines kicked into gear the buzz was so great that English Journalist Peter Love described the scene as Braveheart without the swords.
The committee are extremely grateful for all the help that was freely given to make this event a spectacular success, the host family Joe and Mary Trehy of Mobarnane, the neighbours who provided 70 acres for parking, Superintendent William Leahy and his team in executing the road traffic management plan, the team that set up the site and returned it back to a farm after the event, firms that made donations, exhibitors crafts people, those who provided goods and machinery free of charge and the 200 plus stewards on the day.
The biggest ever event in the history of Moyglass and raised funds for a great cause, ‘South Tipperary Hospice’.
Following the blessing of the event by Fr. Danny O’Gorman, curate in Moyglass, the event was officially opened by Paddy Lee of Lee Trailer fame in Waterford, Paddy made almost 4000 Lee trailers and each one was individually stamped by Paddy himself and he has a paper record of each sale. Around 50 lee trailers were on site to honour Paddy and create our second record attempt. A model Lee trailer was presented to Paddy by Jimmy Cotter and Kieran O’Donoghue who helped us organise the event.
There were 34 single chop harvesters working on site. Also working were 5 Precision Chop, one Wagon and Two mowers. This section was highlighted by Martin O’Sullivan’s Hesston Field Queen from the 1970s.
Along with all the harvesters there were around 180 vintage tractors working or in the static section.
The Garda mobile unit and dog-handling unit were a great attraction and the Garda in charge of the dogs was hoarse by the end of the evening, as so many kids were enquiring about the drugs dog (a Labrador) and the crime dog (a German Shepherd). Of course the kids were also entertained by the array of amusements and the dog show sponsored by Moyglass Kennels. Jed O’Brien from Mullinahone had a 60ft display of Vintage model machinery and this also attracted maximum attention. Larry Kenny took spectacular photos on behalf of the club and if anyone would like one please contact Larry or a club member. A video of the event will be available shortly.