Full steam ahead at rally

Niamh Keegan

Published 23/08/2014 | 00:00

Tagoat Steam Rally and Field Day on Sunday afternoon. Cassie Bent, Kayleigh Aylward and Mark Aylward

The Tagoat Steam Rally drew huge crowds again this year with over 200 cars, tractors and bikes on parade attracting a crowd of over 3,500 people.

Aidan Browne, one of the organisers of the 29-year old event, said that while all the money had not been counted, he believed some €7,000 had been raised from the benefit rally.

'The money will be split between various local groups, incuding the youth club, the school and the church but the lions share of the money is ear marked for St Mary's Day Care Centre in Tagoat,' he said.

There were plenty of attractions on offer during the day, including a working forge and a farrier shoeing horses, courtesy of Seamus Keane from Whitechurch Vintage Club.

The Ballindaggin Pipe Band led the parade of engines around the field and the Drinagh Mummers also showcased their talents.

'There were three steam engines on parade: one from Glynn's of Carlow and two steam engines brought by the Rochford brothers from Murrintown, along with a threshing set,' he said.

Aidan added that the club has bid to host the National Steam Rally in Tagoat next year, to mark its 30th year of hosting a steam rally.

'The last time we held the National Steam Rally in Tagoat was in 1994,' he added.

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