Castledermot Vintage Club

Hosts of Castledermot Vintage Day, Sunday 25th September 2016

Castledermot Threshing & Vintage Working Day 2009

Castledermot Vintage Day:

24 steam engines and €24,000 raised for the Irish Haemophilia Society

in memory of David Sixsmith



Castledermot Vintage Club are delighted to report that €24,000 was raised for the Irish Haemophilia Society as a result of Castledermot Threshing & Vintage Working Day, held on Sunday, 27th September 2009 at Castledermot, Co. Kildare. 


We are delighted with the amount raised and we would like to thank everyone for their generosity.  In particular, the club would like to thank all its sponsors, exhibitors, steam engine owners, and volunteers for their ongoing support”.


Attendance this year exceeded 5,000 people, who enjoyed the sights of yesteryear, with traditional threshing, 24 steam engines, vintage farm machinery, tractors, trucks, cars and motorcycles.  There was a large working area, with a Doe Tractor ploughing, as well as the unusual site of ploughing with steam engines.  In addition, there was tractor pulling races with two sleighs, with some steam engines taking part in the pulling also. 


There truly was something for all tastes and interests with traditional crafts such as hand weaving, the making of copper tools, crafts demonstration by the ICA, a blacksmith making horse shoes, the dismantling and reassembly of a Ferguson tractor in under 19 minutes, and lots more, such as dancing, music, plant and flower stall, cake sales, book and bric and brac sales.  Children were entertained with a funfair, pony rides, pet farm, competitions to win a goldfish, face painting, sponge-throwing, a clown and more.


The Club chose the Irish Haemophilia Society as the 2009 beneficiary, in memory of David Sixsmith, Palatine, Carlow, who passed away in March 2009.  The event was a poignant tribute to David, and was attended by many of his friends and colleagues.  In particular, over 20 steam engines attended on the day, operated by those who knew David well as a fellow steam enthusiast.  The Club would like to especially thank David's wife, Marlene Sixsmith and David's father, Norman Sixsmith for their support and encouragement.


This year saw the biggest event yet for Castledermot, with 24 steam engines, over 400 vintage exhibitors, and attendance hard to gauge, but somewhere around the 5,000 mark.  Castledermot Vintage Day is going from strength to strength and a substantial €74,000 has been raised for charity since the club formed in July 2007.


Castledermot Vintage Club hopes to continue its success in the future.  Keep her lit, keep her country!!

Sponsors - A big "Thank You" to all our sponsors, including....

Andy Pender, Killerig Engineering
Behan's Esso Service Station, Castledermot
Bradshaws, Carlow
Brooks Café Bar, Dinn Ri Hotel
Charles R Wynne Ltd, Belan, Moone
David Walsh Civil Engineering, Castledermot
Des O'Connell, Castledermot
Donohoe Marquees, Milltown, Garryhill
EPT, Carlow
Eugene Byrne, Sheriffs Hill
Fitzpatrick Plant Sales Ltd
George Whelan Plant Sales
Harry Stanley, Harshar Ltd, Castledermot
Horans Mace & Maxol Service Station, Castledermot
Jim Davis
John Dallon, Kildare Agri Care Ltd
Kilcarrig Quarries, Bagenalstown
Killerig Resort Hotel
KPP Products, Hebron Ind. Estate, Kilkenny
Laois Hire Services Ltd
Liam Donohoe Haulage, Garyhill
Michael Mullins Plant Sales
Mick Sheehy, Old Leighlin
MW Kane & Sons Tiling Contractors
Padraig Hughes, Move More Plant, Courtown
Philip Byrne, Kilkea
Powertool & Plant Hire, Carlow
QDC Builders Ltd, Castledermot
Seven Oaks Hotel Carlow
Talbot Hotel Carlow
Tom Kearney Construction Ltd, Ballyvannon

Tom Kelly, Castledermot Commercial & Industrial Repairs

Vale Oil, Carlow

Tommy Fennelly, Mad for

O'Gormans Butchers, Castledermot

Thomas O'Connell Butchers, Castledermot


- Apologies to any sponsors not named above.