By Noel O’Dwyer
It’s that time of year again, when lovingly restored old tractors, steam engines, cars, lorries, motorbikes and farm machinery of every make and model will be on display on the lands of Patrick and Lotty Russell at Corbally, Thurles, The venue is situated (on the Dublin Road) between Two-Mile-Borris and Thurles, and facilitates easy access from all directions.
The organising committee greatly appreciates the generosity of the Russels in providing them for the eight consecutive year with this perfect location for the event. Sunday 12th June will see The Thurles & District Vintage Club hold their 9th rally in aid of North Tipperary Hospice.
This year’s rally marks in particular the 50th anniversary of the “David Brown” 880 and 990 Implematic; last year’s featured tractor was the “Super Major.” Visitors to the rally can be assured that the usual impressive assortment of tractors of varying age and manufacture from virtually every county in Ireland will be on show. On display also will be many makes and models of cars, trucks and motorbikes from bygone days, together with a wide array of farm implements, stationary engines, and assorted memorabilia from every walk of life.
Gates open 10.30am.
In what promises to be a fantastic day for young and old alike there will be free car parking facilities, while for the small entrance fee of just €8 (Children will be admitted free) one can be entertained by visiting a pets’ corner, dog show, numerous side-shows and amusements.
A tractor balancing competition will also be held to test the skill of drivers. This year also sees the introduction of a Tug-O-War competition, a feature of festivals and rallies which was very popular back in the late sixties. There will also be a brick a brack stall, and a kind of card board-cut-out horse racing set up, on which no doubt, a few euro can be won or lost. A spit-roasted pig will be served up during the evening to sate the appetite of anyone feeling hungry.
The committee would like to thank all the businesses and volunteers for their continued help over the years; and particularly the general public for their generous and enthusiastic support of the rally each year, enabling the continuing support of the North Tipperary Hospice which does such laudable work for the wider community. To date the Hospice has been the recipient of in the region of €100,000 to help support the great work they do; while various other charities have been given €45,000