Vintage day in West Limerick

Norma Prendiville

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Norma Prendiville

A display of Ford Transit vans will form part of the West Limerick Vintage club's family fun day
FIVE years on and the West Limerick Vintage Club is still hoping to wow the crowds at its annual Vintage and Family Fun Day which takes place on Sunday.

FIVE years on and the West Limerick Vintage Club is still hoping to wow the crowds at its annual Vintage and Family Fun Day which takes place on Sunday.

This year, the club will host its first-ever display of Ford Transits through the decades. And the display will include a Mode T pick-up from 1924 to the latest model from the showroom.

And as a bonus, a Ford Cortina, owned by the late Monsignor Horan of Knock airport fame will also go on display.

It is the last car he bought in 1978, Liam Foley, chairman of West Limerick Vintage Club told the Limerick Leader.

“We expect to have around 300 exhibits, and hopefully more,” Mr Foley said.

And these will include vintage and classic cars, motorbikes, jeeps and commercial vehicles.

There will also be live demonstrations on vintage farm machinery, including square baling, threshing, stone crushing and block making.

But the day is not all about feeding the hunger of the vintage zealots and the event is very strongly aimed at fostering family fun.

“We have a lot of fun events including sheaf tossing, a tug-of-war, a wheel of fortune, bouncing castles and face painting,” Mr Foley explained.

And they hope that this year’s dog show, with judges from Limerick Animal Welfare, will prove to be a big attraction.

In addition, the committee has been extremely busy with enquiries about stalls and they expect to have up between 30 and 40 stalls in the field on Sunday, including food stalls, jewellery and home produce.

All proceeds from Sunday’s event will be donated to the Irish Kidney Association. “The club has donated over €15,000 to various good causes and charities over the past five years,” Mr Foley added.

Ground conditions for Sunday’s event could not be better, according to Mr Foley. And the club is grateful to the Cremin family who have made their fields available for the fun day yet again.

“Only for them we couldn’t have a show,” Mr Foley said.

A charge of €5 per individual or €10 per family will operate. And all roads lead to Cremin’s field, beside The Thatch Bar at Newbridge from mid-day until 5pm this Sunday.