On Sunday last, members of the Group gathered at the Inishannon Steam and Vintage Rally, held in aid of The Irish Cancer Society.
We were very lucky with the weather, and some of us even got a bit sun burnt!
There was a huge array of steam engines, vintage cars, trucks, fire engines and many of the steam engines were powering other machines, stone crushing, wood cutting saws, grinding barley and milling wheat etc.
The site covers 40 acres and it was well able to cater for the 1,000 plus number of exhibits.
One novel event was ploughing a field using a steam engine parked at the top of the field, pulling a plough the length of the field by a steel cable, attached to a horizontal drum under the steam engine. Hard work ploughing in those days!
We found the engine operators very accommodating for us photographers and were only too willing to show off their well-polished machines.
More members intended to travel on bank holiday Monday, but the extremely bad weather put paid to that idea unfortunately.
- Kevin Day