This was held at Gorteengrone, Carlow Road, Castledermot, Co. Kildare.
Castledermot Vintage Club is proud to announce that it raised €12,000 for charity as a result of its 5th Castledermot Vintage Day, which was held on Sunday, 25th September 2011.
The club has now raised an amazing €101,000 for charities in the five years of its existence. This is a great achievement for a club that was formed in the summer of 2007 to host a small threshing for charity, and now five years later, has an annual vintage day attended by people from far and near, and has given €101,000 to numerous local and national charities.
Castledermot Vintage Club would like to sincerely thank all those who supported the day, particularly those who volunteered, made donations, and those who attended. It is with the support of the local community that the club and the vintage day have gone from strength to strength.
Castledermot Vintage Day kicked off on Saturday night, 24th September, when there was a great turn-out in the Castle Inn with a “Parade of Steam” through Castledermot. Over twenty steam engines and several vintage tractors took park in the parade, which was followed by a night of music and fun in The Castle Inn.
Despite the wet start to the day on Sunday, Castledermot Vintage Day was another success for the club, and an enjoyable day for all who attended. It was a pleasure to see the air thick with coal smoke and the site echoing with the sounds of steam whistles with engine owners proudly showing off their machines. There were threshing mills, steam engines, tractor pulling, a large display of all sorts of vintage tractors, trucks, fire engines, and cars.
The rain cleared up in the afternoon, and the crowds arrived to enjoy the parade of vintage vehicles, the Dog Show, tractor building, and the Queen of the Steam race, which was won by Castledermot’s own Donna Doyle. Well done to Donna for bringing the cup back to Castledermot.
Castledermot Vintage Club would like to thank all who helped organise the event and all the stewards and volunteers on the day. The club also wishes to thank its sponsors, including Horans Maxol & Mace Service Station Castledermot, David Walsh Civil Engineering Ltd, Donohoe Marquees, QDC Builders Ltd, Joe Fennelly, Andy Pender (Killerig Engineering Ltd), Tom Kelly (TK Commercials), Laois Hire Services Ltd, the Dales Pub, the Castle Inn, Powertool & Plant Hire Carlow, Recharge Ink Cartridges Carlow, Bradshaws Carlow, Quinns of Baltinglass Ltd, O’Gormans Butchers Castledermot, O’Neill Family Butchers Graiguecullen (Terry & Ken O’Neill), The Grid Carlow, Teddy’s Restaurant (Fairgreen), Toughers Restaurant, A-wear Carlow, Sam McCauleys Carlow, and so many more who gave donations and prizes.
Mags Horan, who runs the Bric ‘n Brac stall for the chosen charities at the vintage day every year, would like to thank everybody who so generously donated items to the stall. The stall is increasingly successful each year, raising more and more money for charity, and its success is down to generosity of the local community and the tremendous effort put in by Mags and her team.
The club would like to sincerely thank all those involved for their hard work and contribution to the day, to all the sponsors and donors, and to all those who attended.
Roll on next year, and hopefully we'll have a sunnier day!
This year’s proceeds of €12,000 were presented to our chosen charities in the Dales Pub on Saturday, 5th November from 9pm. A cheque for €7,000 was presented to the Luke Renehan Fund to go towards sending young Luke Renehan from Ballylinan abroad for much needed Stem Cell Treatment.
A presentation of €2,500 was made to the Kildare Cancer Homecare Service team run by St.
The club also made donations to local community charities as follows: €1,000 was presented to St Vincent de Paul Castledermot, €1,000 was donated to the Castledermot Lourdes Fund, and Castledermot Tidy Towns received a donation of €500.
Once again, Castledermot Vintage Club would like to extend their gratitude to the community for all their support, and looks forward to seeing you all again in 2012.