This Sunday (June 3) the gates of Seán Connolly Barracks, Longford will re-open and inside its walls visitors will discover some of the finest vintage machinery ever displayed in the county. Now in its 5th year, the Longford Vintage Club’s Annual Show is set to be one of the biggest family-fun events on this year’s event calendar. Entry is free for children (accompanied by an adult) and exhibitors and adults are asked to pay €10.
The day will also feature a competition for the best dressed male and female, best vintage costume on the day, a competition for Little Mr and Miss Vintage. Younger visitors can also enjoy the free bouncy castles and complimentary face-painting.
A fantastic addition to this year’s line-up of activities is the helicopter ride. (Please note, there will be a charge for this activity.) Looking for something a little closer to land? Then why not try a short family spin in a beautiful vintage car? Funds raised from this activity will go to local charities.
Back at base, a craft fair and an outdoor market will be under way, all of which is vintage themed. Local businesses and crafts-people from all over the country will be displaying their wares. On the day an anticipated 17 craft stalls and 15 market stalls.
In keeping with the vintage theme, there will also be a display of threshing and bailing on site on the day and a diverse and interesting Autojumble section is promised once again this year.
Sliabh na mBan
This year marks the 5th Annual Vintage Show in Longford and to celebrate the occasion an extra special vehicle will take centre stage at Seán Connolly Barracks. Known as ‘Sliabh na mBan’, the guest vehicle is a Rolls Royce armoured car that formed part of the convoy which carried General Michael Collins to his death at Béal na mBláth in West Cork, on August 22, 1922.
This vehicle saw service through three wars. It is also one of thirteen 1920 pattern Armoured Rolls Royce cars which were acquired from the British by the Irish Free State after the Anglo-Irish Treaty of December 1921.
The Longford Vintage Club committee would like to thank Frank Sheridan and his staff at Longford County Council, Chamber of Commerce, and Longford Community Resources Ltd (LCRL). The club would also like to thank Maxi-Zoo at the N4 Axis Centre for sponsoring the dog show.
The gates of Seán Connolly Barracks will open at 12 noon and exhibitors can begin arriving from 10am. All funds raised go to local charities. For further information contact: 087-1167630 or 087-6337733 or click on www.longfordvintageclub.com. Or follow on facebook under ‘Longford Vintage Club’.