First Steam Queen for Stradbally

Stradbally will have its first ever ‘Steam Queen’ at this year’s Steam Rally.

Stradbally will have its first ever ‘Steam Queen’ at this year’s Steam Rally.

The inaugural ‘Steam Queen Festival’ was announced at the local launch of the National Steam Rally on Friday night last. The 47th National Steam Rally will be held in Stradbally, over the August Bank Holiday weekend from Sunday, July 31 until Monday, August 1.

Over 100 people attended the launch at the Steam Museum in Stradbally, including Brian Stanley, TD and Senator John Whelan. Ken Graham, President of the Irish Steam Preservation Society welcomed everyone and said that it is hoped the Mann engine on display in the museum will be restored over the coming years so that ‘we have a full working engine that could be used at various other events in Stradbally and Laois throughout the rest of the year,”

Dick Dunne, Chairman of the rally committee thanked the local community, sponsors and the gardai for all their help every year with the rally. He also thanked the committee that work voluntary on ensuring a great outing on the bank holiday August weekend.

The first ever Steam Queen festival was announced and already over 20 entries have been received by local businesses around Stradbally. A ‘Steam Queen Parade’ will be held in Stradbally on Friday July 29, where the entrants will meet with locals throughout the town. The ‘Steam Queen’ will be announced on the first day of the rally, on Sunday, July 31 at 2.30pm.

A free car park and picnic area available to all attendees over the two day steam rally. Admission: €10 adults; Students/OAP’s/teenagers: €5. Children under 13 are free.

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