Melleray Vintage Club to hold annual event at Lismore Castle

Sian Moloughney

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Sian Moloughney

Melleray Vintage Club to hold annual event at Lismore Castle

On Sunday, July 22, Melleray Vintage Club will hold it's annual event at Lismore Castlelands.

The club is back with a new event this year “Vintage Combine Exhibition 2018” and  a full Vintage Show by kind permission of Lord and Lady Burlington and the Murphy Family. 

Lismore Castle is set on the banks of the River Blackwater in the heritage town of Lismore.   Lismore Castle Estates is a working dairy, beef and tillage farm.    

Following the over whelming success of the 2016 and 2017 Silage Exhibitions, the club came up with the idea of doing something different for this year’s event.   They officially launched “Vintage Combine Exhibition 2018” on June 3 with club officers and members along with the assistance of Tommy Veale and his fantastic collection of vintage machinery.  

The site is accessible from all areas – 50 mins from Waterford and 45 mins from Cork.  All traffic will enter Lismore from the N72 and the entrance to the grounds will be signposted.

On the day itself they will have combine harvesters, binders, reapers and vintage balers in action.  You will see an array of machinery from the likes of a Claas Europa combine from the 1960s, an Aktiv Trailed Combine from the 1950s, a McCormick Binder from the 1940s and a John Deere Baler 1960s. 

They also plan to have some old style threshing and corn crushing demonstrations.   

Organisers are delighted to once again have entries from all over Ireland.   

Please note that all participants will need to have insurance cover and all guards and covers including PTO guards need to be in place or participation on the day will be prohibited. 

Southern Ireland Tractor Pulling Club will be in action on the day with displays of tractor pulling.  All exhibitors and combines are welcome to arrive onsite from Saturday afternoon to set up.   

There is an action packed program of events with entertainment and social dancing by Adrian Ryan, along with displays of stationary engines, bikes, cars and tractors. There will be farm safety demos, tractor and digger skills areas, children’s entertainment, an artisan food village and trade stalls so this promises to be a great day out for all the family. 

For further information contact Jimmy Power on 087-6386376 or Jean Cahill 087-6429404 or follow our Facebook page “Melleray  Vintage Club” to keep up to date with the latest news on the event of the year 2018!