All roads will lead to Bunlahy, Granard on April 29 next when a vintage day will take place in an effort by the local community in the north Longford parishes to raise some much needed funds for the development of a new community centre in the area.
The Killeen/Bunlahy Vintage Working Day will take place on the lands of Gerard and Kay Belton which will be hosted by Séan Connefry and a very successful launch night for the event took place last Friday evening. Proceedings will kick off at 12:30pm and continue throughout the day until 5:30pm when spectators and participants alike will begin to retire following what is expected to be a busy, exciting and fun filled day out for all the family.
There is much planned for the event, so whether it’s an interest in participating in a bit of vintage ploughing with horses or tractors or even trying a hand at Loy digging, the Killeen/Bunlahy Vintage Working Day will provide an opportunity for everyone. There will be a vintage machinery display and plenty of competitions and entertainment for all the kids to enjoy. Local referee Derek Fahy has also volunteered to sit in the dunking chair for the day, as competitors battle it out to win lots of prizes and dunk Derek, if possible.
“This event aims to raise funds so that we can build a new community centre in the area and it guarantees to be a fun filled day out for all the family,” organiser Marie Monaghan told the Leader. “We have plenty in store, something for everyone to enjoy and this year we are having a crazy hats competition, so we would be encouraging all those who are feeling creative, to give it a go and come along on the day to show case your wares. There will also be vintage ploughing and loy digging; we have the All Ireland Loy champion Mattie Connell living close by, so were are hoping that he will drop in and demonstrate his loy digging skills on the day.”
Ms Monaghan went on to say that there would also be a dog show, an event which has proved hugely popular over the years as well as an array of home baking, arts and crafts and lots of musical entertainment. “There will also be free entry into the show and face painting and a bouncy castle for the under 12s,” the local organiser and committee members added.
“We will also have plenty of local cuisine and lots of delicious home produce to sample on the day. The Looney Hoppers will be on stage providing the musical entertainment and we will also hold a Scór display and Irish dancing demonstrations by the O’Reilly School of Dancing.”
Other fun events on the day include, Dig a Dung, Threshing Display, Welly Throwing and all the entries have now been received by national school children in the area who submitted poems in the poetry competition. “The winners will be announced in the programme of events and we received a great response to this,” Ms Monaghan explained. “There will be something for everyone on the day and there is still time to organise displays and stands if people are interested in doing so. We will also be selling tickets for some great prizes including a 32” flatscreen TV, a notepad laptop and €50. Tickets will cost €2. We also have a gate prize of €100 so there will be plenty of fun in store on the day and lots of opportunities to win great prizes.” So, why not come along a join the fun in north Longford on April 29?
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