Castledermot Vintage Club

Hosts of Castledermot Vintage Day, Sunday 25th September 2016

A history of Castledermot Vintage Club

Castledermot Vintage Club is a club of 100-plus members,  formed in July 2007 to rekindle the threshing tradition of bygone days by having a threshing day in Castledermot, Co. Kildare.  The club is a gathering of people interested in all things vintage, and hosts regular vintage road runs, social nights, as well as Castledermot's Annual Vintage Day.

 

The Club held Castledermot’s 1st Vintage Day on the 23rd September 2007, in aid of cancer care.  The day was a huge success and €22,000 was raised for Cancer Care services in County Kildare, with €16,000 donated to the Oncology Unit in Naas General Hospital and €6,000 to Drogheda Memorial Hospital at the Curragh, Co Kildare.  These funds helped secure additional palliative care beds and chairs for cancer patients and the terminally ill.    

 

The success was repeated again on Sunday 7th September 2008 with Castledermot's 2nd Vintage Day.  An overwhelming €25,000 was raised for charity.  The focus of the event was Suicide Prevention, and the club’s main beneficiary was AWARE, who provide counselling and support services for those suffering from depression and mental health problems.  AWARE were presented with a cheque for €17,000.  A donation of €5,000 was also given to Carlow-based group, Talk-It-Over, who provide suicide bereavement counselling services for the people of Carlow and South Kildare.  Finally, to give something back to the people of Castledermot who so willingly support the event, €3,000 was presented to Castledermot Community Services.

 

In 2009, the day was dedicated to the memory of David Sixsmith, with record crowds and 24 steam engines, and an amazing €24,000 raised for the Irish Haemophila Society.

 

The 4th Castledermot Vintage Day was held on Sunday 26th September 2010, and €15,000 was raised for charity, bringing the charity donations to date to €89,000.  The 2010 benificiaries are the Irish Wheelchair Association, St Vincent de Paul and Castledermot Youth Cafe.

Castledermot's 5th Vintage Day was held at a new location on the Corcoran farm at Gorteengrone, Carlow Road (R448) on the 25th September 2011.  €12,000 was raised for charity - the Luke Renehan Trust, Kildare Homecare Team, St Vincent de Paul Castledermot, Castledermot Lourdes Fund and Castledermot Tidy Towns.

The club will once again host its annual vintage day in 2012 on 23rd September 2012 at the same location as the 2011 event at Gorteengrone on the Carlow Road.  Charities selected for 2012 are all focussed around sick children in need, with three children's charities selected: the "Sama's Second Skin" fund, the "Byrne Twins" fund and Heart Children Ireland, all supporting local children who suffer from serious illness.  A donation will also be made to Castledermot Commuity Services, supporting the elderly in the area also.

 

Castledermot Vintage Club has grown from strength to strength since its formation and welcome new members. 

You don't have to own a vintage machine to join, all you need is an appreciation of all things vintage!. 

 

The club’s existence is a great example of community involvement, and the club hope that it will continue for many years to come.