Stradbally Steam Rally set for its 54th outing this August Bank Holiday weekend

Express Reporter


Express Reporter


Stradbally Steam Rally set for its 54th outing this August Bank Holiday weekend

The Irish Steam Preservation Society National Steam Rally is the oldest event in the Irish Steam and Vintage Calendar.

The August Bank Holiday Weekend sees over 20,000 people descend on Stradbally for a fun filled weekend of entertainment.

The event is held in the Cosby Estate, Stradbally Hall, also home to the Electric Picnic.

Exhibits travel from all over Ireland and many from Europe to showcase here for the weekend.

This year, the 54th year, the event runs from Sunday 5th and Monday 6th August.

There are a few changes being made to the event this year.

Alongside around 30 full size steam engines, there are now separate display arenas for the tractors, oil engines, vintage cars and commercials to name a few.

Come along and view these exhibits in all their glory.

There will also be the comeback of the Saturday evening celebrations through Stradbally town.

This year there are 3 fairground organs filling the streets with their music while the crowd can watch the heavy haulage display and the parade of engines, tractors and cars.

This brings a great atmosphere to the town and is the best way to kick off the weekend.

The working arena returns this year with a trashing display from the Deegan Family, the Stone Crusher from the Glynn Family and the Saw Bench from the Jenkinson Family.

This proves to be a treat for the young and old every year.

Following on from last year, the MGA ponies will return to their own arena and provide entertainment throughout both days of the rally.

Come along and marvel at the games these full-size steam engines can compete in under the instruction of the arena marshal. Musical chairs and the slow steam race to name a few.

There is something to suit all the family at the National Steam Rally in Stradbally.

There is a wide range of stalls selling everything from autojumble to fashion, jewellery and toys and everything in between.

There will also be demonstrations from the sheepdogs and agility dog displays or pop down to our narrow-gauge railway for a ride through the woods on the steam train.

The carnival and kiddies area is always a treat for the little ones.

And when you are in need of a rest and relax why not go to our food court and enjoy the live music and wide range of foods.

There are several trophies up for grabs at the National Steam Rally, including the ‘Best turned out’ in the categories of Steam Engine, Model Steam Engine, Vintage Car, Vintage Tractor, Oil Engine, Commercial, Motorbike and Model T Ford Cars, however all Vintage must be pre-1980.

Why not come along and experience this fantastic weekend for yourself and your family.

Entry is €10 and children under 12 go free.

There is also weekend camping available from Saturday.

For more information contact Kim on 086-3890184 or see Irish Steam Preservation Society on Facebook.