Vandals destroy Limerick’s Loch Ness monster

Donal O’Regan


Donal O’Regan

What Loch Ness monster hunters have been searching for for decades   the great beast turned up in Doon to promote Sundays  Doon Vintage Show
VANDALS have attacked an original display promoting Doon Vintage Show for the third year in a row.

VANDALS have attacked an original display promoting Doon Vintage Show for the third year in a row.

Three years ago members of the Irish Rovers Vintage and Classic Car Club decided to come up with something unusual to advertise the event. It takes place this Sunday, September 28 in Moore’s field in Doon village.

Two years ago they made a tractor and trailer out of bales of straw and hay with a dummy in the driver’s seat at the Cross of Cluggin on the N24. He went missing the night before the show but was later found sitting on a ditch.

Last year, they had the dummy known as “the quiet man” piking hay with a fork in his hand. He disappeared before the vintage show but turned up again.

While that could be seen as mischief making what happened this year is on a new level. Members of the vintage club spent a lot of time and effort to make a land locked version of the Loch Ness monster complete with the dummy wearing a snorkel. The installation was destroyed.

“It took place on Friday night after some wasters could not find anything better to do after a night out. Nessy was made from straw by the members of the Irish Rovers Vintage and Classic car club who fundraise every September for local charities with a vintage show and field day in Doon. This year the proceeds go to Cappamore, Cappawhite and Kilteely Day Care Centres,” said Seamus O’Grady, one of the organisers.

Festivities kick off on Saturday, September 27 at 7.30am with Jon Blackmore’s Paddy Dakar motorcycle run. This is a day-long orienteering event featuring on and off road riding. There are over 150 bikes booked in for the Paddy Dakar.

In the afternoon Brian Berkery will host his annual Honda 50 run. Registration at 1pm and it will start in Doon village at 2pm. Sunday, September 28 dawns with a 75km cycle from the community hall and back to Moore’s field for Doon Vintage Show. The PJ Richardson memorial tournament is due to take place at 11am. The gates open at noon for the vintage rally and field day hosted by the Irish Rovers Vintage and Classic Club.

This is the sixth show and with the help of exhibitors and support of the public every year has got bigger and better. There will be vintage cars, trucks, motor cycles, stationary engines and tractors, stalls demonstrating old crafts, wood carving, dog show and if couples are feeling very energetic there is a husband and wife wheelbarrow race!