A DRIVEN young Caherconlish man is holding Limerick’s third annual diecast model and diorama show featuring every miniature vehicle imaginable.
It takes place in the South Court Hotel this Sunday, September 15 from 10am to 6pm. To date Mark Tierney has raised almost €2,000 for Limerick Animal Welfare and again all proceeds will go to the charity.
First of all he turned he turned his hobby into a business when he formed M&M Diecast Models with Mark Downey, Oola, who shared his passion.
He found there were many model collectors like himself in Limerick so organised the county’s first diecast model and diorama show.
“We were amazed by the crowds that came in our first year as we didn’t know what to expect. It was even bigger last year with hundreds and hundreds of different models,” said Mark.
And now he is involved in Ireland’s first national diecast model hobby and diorama show in Punchestown on Saturday and Sunday, October 12 and 13.
“From a young age I started collecting scale 1:32 agricultural models because I am from a farming background.
“I started to attend model shows from 2006 and then turned my attention to collecting scale 1:50 truck models and this led to WSI brand model trucks,” explained the 23 year-old.
He would have loved to have had an event like the one he is running in Limerick when he was a child.
“The show is for collectors as well as being a day out for all the family. It will feature die cast model trucks, tractors and agriculture machinery, construction, cars ,trains plus lots more to see and buy.
“We will also have a lot of hand built dioramas showcasing models in real life situations only at a much smaller scale, for example silage making,” said Mark.
For those who may think these are toys, they are not. The collectors items are made from metal and the exact liveries of the real life models are intricately recreated. They can cost from €30 up to hundreds of euros.
People from all over the country come to the show to display their wares but the proceeds will go to a local charity - Limerick Animal Welfare.
“They do fantastic work and are badly in need of funds to start phase two of their building project,” says Mark.