Longford set for 11th Vintage Show

Top quality show in store for vintage enthusiasts on Sunday, June 5

By alan walsh

Vintage enthusiasts are set for a real treat on Sunday, June 5 as Longford Vintage Club Ltd hosts its eagerly anticipated, 11th annual vintage show and craft fair at Connolly Barracks.

Club Secretary Miceál Nolan explained that the show is still going strong and members are busy putting the final pieces of the organisational jigsaw in place.

The show was formally launched during a function in the Longford Arms Hotel last Saturday night and Mr Nolan said the show will feature many attractions, including a vast array of vintage and classic vehicles, along with stationary engines and an autojumble.

Michael Collins' armoured car Sliabh na mBán, along with the IX 280, Kitty Kiernan’s car, will be of significant interest to show visitors.

While another vehicle that is certain to gain much attention is ‘Kathleen’ - the 1914 Rochester built, Aveling + Porter Steamroller, which is owned and meticulously restored by local man, Gerry Bratten.

Herterich artisan butchers will be taking care of on site catering and Mr Nolan pointed out that entries were being accepted for the craft fair.

Mr Nolan expressed gratitude to the Vintage Club’s sponsors for their generosity and he thanked the following: Fenelon Group & Fenelon Precision Limited; Hanlon’s Gala / Applegreen, Longford; The Veterinary Clinic, Killoe; Spanfix Suspended Ceilings, Longford; Kiernan’s Olde Forge Bar, Killoe; Granard Farmers Mart; Nugent Electrical, Rooskey; Hannify Commercials, Longford; Michael Shaw Car Sales, Longford and FBD Insurance.

Executive Helicopters will be attending the show on June 5, and weather permitting, they will be flying over Longford town throughout the day.

Mr Nolan remarked, “This is a great opportunity to see your hometown from the sky and a great opportunity to get some aerial pictures of Longford and its environs.”

As this year marks the Centenary of the 1916 Rising, there will be a 1916 theme to the show and in addition to Sliabh na mBán and IX 280, there will be a display of artillery guns from that era and a North Longford Flying squad re-enactment.

And for the young at heart, Corvenieo's will have visitors enthralled with their stilt walking, unicycling, clowns, juggling, fire and hand balancing acts.

“There will be something for everyone at the show,” stressed Mr Nolan, and those requiring further information can telephone 087 116 7630 or email info@longfordvintageclub.com