Innishannon Steam and Vintage Rally celebrates its 21st birthday this year. Over two decades it has become the largest steam and vintage rally in Ireland and the organisers continue to make this event the ideal venue for vintage enthusiasts, and their followers, while at the same time ensuring a great family day out.
The rally, which is held over two days, is a unique experience where visitors get to see machinery, traditions, demonstrations and items from the past. During a stroll around the event field you will come across many great treasures, and many a willing exhibitor only too happy to share their knowledge. The mix of entries over the years has been so great that there is always something for everyone, young and old.
As always, one of the steam rally’s main objectives is fundraising for the Irish Cancer Society; a cheque for €30,000 was presented to the ICS in October from last year’s proceeds. A major aspect of the fund-raising is the raffle organised in advance of the rally by a dedicated team who can be seen throughout the shopping centres of the county in advance of the rally.
Over the past 20 years, the rally has raised over €1,340,000 for the ICS. It is now aiming to break the €1.5 million mark in coming years as the rally, and the fundraising effort, gets bigger.
The rally this year will be officially opened by Seán Óg Ó hAilpín. New additions to the 2018 rally include Trial Star Motorcycle Action by Trials Champion Andy Perry. Andy will be performing two shows each day. There will be an extended Working Area including a plough engine demonstration with grubber, thrashing and stone crushing. There will also be a dedicated Tractor Arena with working demonstrations and new steam engines to view from the UK and Northern Ireland – over 50 engines have been entered.
Music is always a highly anticpated part of the Steam Rally. This year Nealy O’Connor will perform on Sunday from 3pm to 5.30pm, whilst Monday sees Highland Paddies entertaining the crowd from 1pm to 2.30pm and Declan Nerney following from 3pm to 5pm.
For an actionpacked weekend this June just follow the crowds to Innishannon Steam Rally.