Reward for stolen dummy’s return before Gathering festival in County Limerick

Donal O’Regan


Donal O’Regan

Where is he? Steve Thornton, Jack Leonard and Tom Richardson at the display to promote the Doon Vintage Gathering festival at the Cross of Cluggin outside Oola, but where is the missing dummy who was piking hay? Picture: Mike Cowhey
YOU WOULD have to be a dummy to miss out on the huge range of activities during the Doon Vintage Gathering festival, but that is exactly what is happening.

YOU WOULD have to be a dummy to miss out on the huge range of activities during the Doon Vintage Gathering festival, but that is exactly what is happening.

Last year, to promote the Doon vintage show a tractor and trailer was made out of bales of straw and hay with a dummy in the driver’s seat at the Cross of Cluggin. He went missing the night before the show but was later found sitting on a ditch.

This year organisers had the dummy known as “the quiet man” piking hay with a fork in his hand. He disappeared last Saturday night and there is a reward of €250 for his return as they don’t want him to miss any of the fun!

“We hope that once the joke is over that they’ll put him back where he belongs. His description is 6 feet 2 inches, pale plastic complexion, short dark hair, brown jeans, black boots, white grandfather shirt with red and blue stripes, blue braces and John Byrne’s straw hat,” said a spokesman.

The Doon Vintage Gathering festival is going to be like nothing ever seen before in the parish, say organisers. There are a huge range of events kicking off this Friday night in the bus park from 6.30pm. Former Rose of Tralee, Roisin Ryan Egenton who has strong Doon connections, will officially launch the festival and judge a piper led children’s vintage fancy dress parade.

There will be speeches from GAA greats, Jim O’Donnell, Willie Moore, Jim Allis and entertainment featuring dancing at the crossroads. A tea dance in the hall with Dermot Lyons from 9.30pm rounds off the night.

On Saturday, there are horse and trap sightseeing tours with Paddy Hanly; historical walks; family tree workshops in the pastoral centre on Saturday and Sunday afternoons; postcard display in the community centre; Paddy Dakar rally; Honda 50 run; sports events; soccer final; Galtee Challenge cheque presentation in The Local with the Munster minor and senior hurling cups on display. Coincidentally it is Doon GAA’s 125th anniversary this year as well.

On Sunday morning, the PJ Richardson memorial cup will be presented after an under 12 tournament between Limerick, Clare and Tipperary teams.

A High Nelly ride takes place prior to the annual vintage show and family fun day in Moore’s field organised by the Irish Rover Vintage and Classic Club. It begins at noon and the day celebrate old traditions and vehicles.

It will feature hundreds of vintage tractors, engines, displays; children’s entertainment and fun for all the family. Hopefully the dummy will be there too. Adult tickets are only €5, children go free and all proceeds to Cappamore Day-Care Centre and Oola senior citizens.

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