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Steam rally targets 15m for charity

May 28th, 2015 12:14 PM

By Southern Star Team

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IT’S all hands on deck once again for the 18th Innishannon Steam and Vintage Rally which will be held on the June Bank Holiday weekend.

This year the rally, which takes place on Sunday 31st May and Monday 1st June, will be officially opened by Innishannon’s own ‘singing barman’ – John Horgan from the Crossroads Bar in Knockavilla.

Set on a 40-acre site between the villages of Innishannon and Crossbarry, and well signposted from all directions, the rally field is well stewarded and made safe for the thousands of visitors who will arrive to view and enjoy the upwards of 1700 exhibits from a bygone age.

The rally has become the largest steam and vintage event in Ireland since it was founded in 1997.

Following last year’s event, a cheque for €85,000 was presented to the Irish Cancer Society. To date, the Innishannon Steam and Vintage Rally has raised over €1.2m for the ICS, and it is now aiming to break the €1.5m mark in the coming years.

Last year, over 50 steam engines from Ireland and the UK attended, along with 1600 vintage entries in the form of tractors, cars, bikes, lorries, military vehicles and stationary oil engines.

Musical entertainment will be provided by the well-known Patrick O’Sullivan on Sunday while the equally popular The Highland Paddies and The Breens will be on stage on Monday.

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