The 20th Noel Duggan Memorial Vintage & Classic vehicle show takes place in the picturesque village of Ballinakill on Sunday July 29.
What was first conceived as an opportunity to celebrate the village’s mart history (which dates from 1636) has evolved into a wonderful community event that attracts visitors and enthusiasts from all over Ireland and occasionally further afield.
This year’s show will be no different with numerous vintage and classic vehicles due to attend, some as old as 1910. Apart from vintage cars there will also be engines and motor bikes and all sorts of classic means of transportation.
In honour of one of the two original founders of the event, the show is now called the Noel Duggan Memorial Vintage & Classic vehicle show which just about sums up what it is all about.
Held in the centre of Ballinakill in the Town Square the show also features a wide variety of entertainment for families from live music courtesy of Na Fianna to bouncy castles, stalls, a mini train, a fancy dress competition, the High Nelly Club and a raffle for a live lamb!!
The other original founder Michael Parish is still an active member of the organizing committee. The vintage and classic car enthusiast is delighted at the ongoing popularity of the show. “We thought we might get 15 or 20 entries for the first year, instead there were 80.”
He recalls that the original inspiration for the show came in December 1992 when he and Noel Duggan were enjoying a drink in the local pub and their conversation turned to a photograph on the wall of the March Fair in Ballinakill in 1912, then one of Ireland’s most noted cattle fairs that attracted cattle dealers from all over the country.
According to reports that had been the scene in Ballinakill month after month from 1636 until 1963 when the modern methods of cattle sales were introduced through the marts. Both men were keen to encourage people to come to Ballinakill and since both were car enthusiasts they plotted and planned the first Vintage & Classic Car Show for Sunday August 15, 1993. Thousands of people turned up on the day packing the streets of the village where there was a wonderful carnival atmosphere.
That atmosphere will be in evidence again this Sunday when the town square will be full of all manner of engines, vehicles, bikes, stalls and entertainment guaranteeing a great day out for all the family.
This year’s organizing committee is led by chairman George Dalton; secretary Aidan Kennedy; treasurer Hugh Clifford and committee members Michael Parish, Margaret Keohane, Ray Phelan, Willie Stone, Ray Duggan, Dermot Duggan and Bernard Costigan.