The annual Innishannon steam and vintage rally took place on the June Bank holiday weekend at the 38 acre venue outside Innishannon village. This annual event has been built up over the last 45 years. The rally has been running successfully since 1998 with all proceeds from the event going to the Irish Cancer Society. The rally was originally created to promote heritage machinery of all classes at work and to provide a suitable venue for vintage enthusiasts to display their machines as well as allowing the general public to view. The exhibits included huge tractors, threshers, unique cars, oil and steam engines.
The event commenced with a parade of various vintage steam engines and old harvest machinery. At the end of the parade, 6 of the engines who participated in the event 46 years ago lined up for the public and photographers to take shots of these masterful machines from yesteryear. In addition to the various vintage club displays, there was also a slow Steam engine and slow tractor race as well as a motor cycle display.
With the weather staying dry and sunny, this was a fun event for collectors, enthusiasts, visitors and of course ECCG to view and photograph rare agricultural and mechanical treasures from the past.
- Noelle Lowney