Tagoat Steam Rally celebrates 30 years with huge crowds

Published 18/08/2015 | 00:00

Sunday's Tagoat Steam Rally sped ahead of the rest with larger crowds at the event than ever before.

This year marked 30 years of the event, which has become one of the largest and most popular rallies in the South-East. Visitors arrived from all over the world for the rally, which was opened Cllr. Ger Carthy, Mayor of Wexford and Father Glynn, Parish Priest of Tagoat.

'There were even some people from Canada,' said Aidan Browne, one of the event's head organisers. 'They were over for a tour of Ireland and decided to begin their trip at the rally.'

Over 250 exhibitors came to the event to showcase a wide selection of vintage machinery. These included Tipperary and Limerick Vintage Club, who brought a large collection of old tractors and vehicles on the day.

Visitors also had the chance to explore many age-old traditions at the thatch, forge and farrier demonstrations which, according to Aidan, were very well-received. Bands and singers took to the stage throughout the day, with Tom Murphy and the Highwaymen proving to be a musical highlight.

'From the start until the end of their performance, there were big crowds watching them from the hay bales,' said Aidan.

The Drinagh Mummers added something unique to the day with their traditional performance stirring up much curiosity amongst visitors, while the dog show proved as popular as ever.

A crushed up car was the object of much attention, as visitors tried to guess the car model for a cash prize. The winner, who made the correct guess of Vaulkshall Astra, will be announced soon.

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