Big day for vintage vehicles in Clonaslee

WITH more entries and bigger crowds this year proved to be Clonaslee Vintage Runs’ most successful ever.

WITH more entries and bigger crowds this year proved to be Clonaslee Vintage Runs’ most successful ever.

The fine display saw over one hundred vintage vehicles taking part.

From tractors and bikes to cars and trucks, there was something for all vintage enthusiasts.

The sun shone as drivers took to their vehicles at 11.20am on Sunday morning and set off through the Slieve Blooms.

When they reached the festival field at Rosenallis, it was time for a break and some refreshments.

Castlecuffe National School, one of the beneficiaries of the run, organised a Long Puck at the field.

Soon it was time to set off again and the vehicle convoy made its’ way back to Clonaslee arriving at 2pm.

But the fun was far from over.

Paddy ‘Rock On Paddy’ Keating played auctioneer at an auction in the Square. Items ranged from clocks and strimmers to silage and straw.

All the while, diners were treated to a tasty barbecue also in the Square.

Then at 3pm the crowd placed their bets for a duck race down the river.

After that it was time for the presentation of the Tommy O’Brien Perpetual Cup for the Best Turned Out Vehicle with the honour going to Cormac Plunkett for his John Deere tractor.

Next there was a display of strength which saw teams from local pubs Hickeys, Swans and Fallons along with Ger Kellys Butchers battling it out in the Tug-O-War.

Swans proved the victors with Hickeys as runners up.

Chairman of the Clonaslee Vintage Run Brendan Kelly said they were thrilled with the success of the run.

“It was to raise funds for the Niall Mellon Trust and Castlecuffe National School,” he said adding that although a finally tally was not yet complete, funds raised were well up on last year.

“It was a great success, the best to date. We will do it again next year to help more local charities,” he said.

Finally Mr Kelly thanked all those who sponsored, took part and attended the event., “without whose support it wouldn’t be a success.”

He also paid tribute to the hard working organising committee.