Ryan McEvoy, Stephen Geoghegan, John McEvoy, Joey Geoghegan with Oscar and Tony Flaherty at last year's Rock Inn Rally
The May Bank Holiday weekend heralds the start of the summer season and the festival to open this season is the Rock Inn Vintage Rally, which takes place on Saturday and Sunday, May 5 and 6.
Now in its 17th year, the Rally has become the traditional staple of the May bank holiday weekend, providing a great family day out, as well as being a date not to be missed on any vintage enthusiast's calendar.
As well as this, the two day event is also a fundraiser for Laois Hospice, which it has generously donated towards over the years.
This year sees a wide ranging variety of activities and entertainment, with something to please all tastes.
The weekend kicks off on Saturday, May 5 with the Vintage Tractor and Car Run from the Rock Inn, commencing at 2.30pm.
The Run is made up of two different routes, for cars and tractors. Up to 30 tractors will participate in the run, a spectacle to behold in the May sunshine.
There will be refreshments in the Rock Inn following the Run.
The flagship event of the Rock Inn Vintage Rally takes place on Sunday, May 6.
The grounds will open at 12pm and the day will feature numerous vintage steam vehicles on display, dozens of vintage cars, tractors, motor bikes and small machinery, all of which are in mint condition and will be lovingly displayed by their owners.
For the younger members of the family there will be extensive family entertainment, which will be enclosed for added safety.
Among the attractions will be a kiddies corner, featuring bouncing castles of varying sizes, and slides.
Admission is €5.
Returning this year is the competition to win a large garden shed. This year's shed is made by Brendan Conroy of Power Gates.
There will also be a selection of auto jumble, as well as antique stands.
A threshing demonstration is also sure to draw widespread interest.
Throughout the course of the two days, there will be refreshments available at the Rock Inn.
On Sunday night the ever popular Vintage Rally Cabaret will take place and the headline act this year is Seamus Moore. Tickets are €7.50.
The Rock Inn Vintage Rally was conceived in a conversation that took place in the Rock Inn many years ago, when a group of vintage car enthusiasts came up with the idea of a rally as a means to raise funds for Laois Hospice. It also presented them with the opportunity to indulge their love of vintage vehicles, so it was the perfect marriage of hobby and charity.
Following the success of the first few rallies, it was decided to broaden and expand the event into a Vintage Rally, which could raise even more funds, as well as providing a showcase for other vintage vehicles that might not be able to take to the roads for a rally.
The Rock Inn provides the perfect location for such an undertaking, conveniently located as it is to the Dublin-Cork/Limerick motorway, making it easily accessible for anyone travelling distances.
It is also a very welcoming venue with ample space surrounding it, making it ideal for the purposes of a rally.