Kenagh is the place to be this weekend for the Midland Draught Horse Society Carriage Run and All Horse Haymaking Day.
The Carriage Run takes place on Saturday, July 27 and people can enjoy a leisurely drive through the local countryside. Appropriate carriage and attire are required and for more information on this contact Joseph Egan at 087 6248545.
The main event of the weekend is the Haymaking Day on Sunday, July 28. See work horses save a field of hay using old restored horse drawn machinery from mowing with side and horse to making a cock of hay.
Side events include a dog show, horse obstacle course demonstration, horse shoe throwing (qualify to represent Longford at All-Ireland Ploughing), wheel wright demonstration, traditional day of music and dance, best dressed lady and gent in vintage style, children’s entertainment, cookery demonstration and much more.
Admission will be €10 and children U-12 are free. For general enquiries, contact Eamon Egan 087 2157608 and on trade stands contact John Flynn 089 4277806.
At last Wednesday’s festival launch in Cooney’s Hotel, Ballymahon it was revealed that the Midland Draught Horse Society was set up in 2011 by Eamon Egan with the aim of saving the draught horse for its traditional uses.
Secretary Pauline Egan added, “It started off on a very small scale, but this year, with more men and horses on board and a hardworking committee & members we are planning a packed full day of haymaking and side events making it a great day out for all the family.”
The festival is also part of The Gathering with guests travelling from the UK, Isle of Man and USA.
The carriage run on Saturday at 1.30pm will see a cartage of horses and carriages depart from O’Boyle’s yard in Kenagh and continue along the banks of the royal canal to Ballinamore bridge for 2pm, on to Longford Show for 3pm via Moydow, then returning to O’Boyle’s yard. Refreshments breaks are being sponsored by Paddy Egan and The Foigha/Kenagh Royal Canal Group and Rosettes by Joseph & Helena Egan.
The Haymaking Day on Sunday takes place on land kindly given by Paddy Egan. It will feature the following side events;
Wheel Wright Demonstration
Gordan Couholonn from Northern Ireland will give demonstrations on putting the outer iron on horses cart wheel. This is a very skillfull and now rare trade and is a delight to watch the process from start to finish.
A demonstration of shoeing horses by a leading farrier will also take place.
Loy Digging Demonstration
A Demonstration of Loy digging will also take place. This is a demonstration of how the land was tilled by hand using an old Irish spade like tool.
Horse Shoe Throwing
Again this year there will be the opportunity for a Longford competitor to qualify and represent Longford in horse shoe throwing at the All Ireland Ploughing Championships in September. The horse shoe pitchers association of Ireland are also sending a team to our haymaking day so you will see champion horse shoe throwers compete against each other. This event is being sponsored by Egan Tyres and Service Station Terlicken, Ballymahon.
Best Dressed Lady & Gent in Vintage style
We are delighted to have Longford Town Macra na Feirme on board for this event. They have organised a secret judge who will wander around the field picking out the best dressed at the show and the winners will receive prizes sponsored by M J Keogh. Antiques and J & M Twaddle Agricultural Contractors. On the day they will also be raffling an amazing hamper in aid of Longford Townmacra Training and Developing fund.
Horse Obstacle Course Demonstration
Paddy Hanley carriage driving supremo will be travelling from Limerick with his team of horses and giving a demonstration of carriage racing through an obstacle course.
We have a fantastic line up of traditional Musicians and old time all round entertainer Noel Cuniffe will be there to tell stories, play a few tricks and dance a few jigs. We are also delighted to have Declan Nerney pay us a special visit and I’m sure he will sing a song or two also while he is there.
Traditional Cookery Demonstration
You will be able to see how butter was made in times gone by, and see how corn was ground to make flour. Plus a demonstration on the cooking and baking of traditional foods.
Sister Olive Eirwin will be there with her horse and carriage and will be giving free rides around the field.
A dog show, which is being organised by Donna Andrews, will take place on the day with 14 classes for all breeds of dogs. Entry Fee will be €4.
There will be a bouncing castle and slide on the day at a charge of just €2 with no time restriction so children can have hours of fun. There will also be a pet’s corner for the kids and we would be delighted to see family’s come with a picnic.
Top class catering will be provided on the day by Paddy Casey.
Demonstration of basket making by Padraig Larkin from Co Offaly.
For further information on the Haymaking day please contact 087 2157608 or 087 7740861