Monaghan Veteran and Vintage Club organised their annual Vintage Rally on the first
Sunday of July every year and this fell on July 1st 2018. A huge amount of work has
to be done and preparations made for this event which just grows and grows. The Field
in Clontibret is an ideal location and expansive but 2018 showed that more space
will be needed very soon. Of course the excellent weather on the day brought out
the exhibitors and the spectators, but it was one of the best days of the Rally in
my memory, and I have been at most of them. To give a run down on all that happened
and all the types of exhibits would take up the rest of this page but suffice it
to say that no matter what your preferences are there was something there for you.
Every year there are additions and new exhibitors and increasing numbers in existing
exhibitions with the result that it would take you all day and more just calling
at every stall. The members of the Club know what people like and what people need
for a successful Rally and when God gives them good weather it is a wonderful spectacle
and a very interesting day for all ages. Murphy Videos were there making a Video
record of the day and when the Club launches it I will be recommending that you get
a copy and enjoy seeing most of what happened on the day. Just to pick out a couple
of things - There was a big turnout of threshing machines and balers but an added
piece of fun this year was the 'all female threshing team', when a group of ladies
took over all the duties at the Thresher and baler and proved that they could handle
it just as well as the men. Another item which attracted much attention was the man
from Antrim who had his trained dogs with him and displayed how to train and make
dogs obey commands - wonderful to see his dogs respond to his orders. Watching the
Fire Brigade demonstrate how they extract injured patients from a car smash in record
time was impressive and showed a high level of expertise and training. There were
many vintage cars, vans, motorbikes and lorries, and in some cases amalgamations
of more than one of these. It is a thing of beauty to see these 'old bangers' spotlessly
clean and gleaming like new and indeed working perfectly due to the care, attention,
time and attachment of their now owners. One such attracted special attention and
more so because many would have known its previous owner and that was a lorry, which
was the pride, joy and great work-horse of the late Mr. Wallace of New Mills, Kilcran.
Brendan Leddy, Dirella, purchased it some years ago when it was decommissioned and
spent time, skill and care in restoring it to its original condition. He got help
from some friends and neighbours and the fruits of his labour were on display at
the Rally. What a beautiful specimen of a Bedford lorry, looking as if it were just
coming out of the showroom. Well done to Brendan and his helpers on a great job.
You can see some photos of it below. There were many other vehicles, instruments
and implements which have been restored to pristine condition and preserved for the
next generation. And that is the importance of what the Vintage Club is doing - encouraging
men and women to preserve our past so that future generations can have some idea
of what life was like for our forefathers and what they invented, developed and achieved.
It is all part of our history and what we are at present as we, like the implements,
have been moulded by those who came before us.
The Plaques above show some of the Vintage activity of Sean McArdle down through
the years. Sean was a founder member of the Monaghan Club. He had his beautiful Vintage
Car and Stationary Engine on display this year.