Two of the oldest and best preserved ladies of steam will come together in Spink, Abbeyleix on the 15th September, to work and support Knock National School’s “Threshing day”.
They will be joined by a number of local vintage clubs and associations with classic cars, High Nelly bikes and working machinery to display.
The Colleen Bawn a 113 year old, fully restored Marshall general purpose steam engine and the Foyle family’s 105 year old, unrestored Aveling and Porter Steam Engine will come together for the first time in many years. While the Aveling and Porter has been resting in a hay barn for 40 years, the Colleen Bawn originally owned by the Keating family of Knockbaun, then the Fleming family of The Swan spent some years in the UK and is now in Wexford.
The Colleen Bawn will drive the restored mill for some of the thrashing followed by various vintage tractors, the traditional farming and working methods being used will give an insight into past farm practises. The oats being threshed on the day will be used to re thatch the roof of the nearby Old House, Aughnacross.
Brian Brennan is Chairman of the parents association. “It will be a day of steam, steel, corn and hay and history lesson for all, a snapshot of times passed,” he said
The Threshing day is part of Knock NS’s fundraising project “Renovation for Education” to raise funds for the building of new classroom at the school. Further information and directions: Renovation for Education Knock NS, Facebook page and website, www.knocknslaois.ie. Entrance €5 for adults, children free. Gates open at 12noon.