Charles McCarthy and Tom Kelly checking the oats for this year’s Silage Extravaganza two-day event at Moyglass this coming weekend, Saturday, Ju;y 28 and Sunday, Juy 29.
This year’s two-day fundraiser for the South Tipperary Hospice, organised by Coolmoyne and Moyglass Vintage Club, will kick-off with a tractor run at 6pm on Saturday, July 28.
This event will be a road and farm run and will leave Joe Trehy’s farm, Mobarnane, at 6pm and travel via O’Dea’s Cross, Knockbrett, to Liam O’Connor’s farm for approx 2km and emerge at Joe Gleeson’s to travel via Farranaleen Cross, Moyglass, Hunt’s Cross, Silverfort Cross and back by Mobarnane to Joe’s farm. We ask all our participants to please come in time and be registered and ready to go by 6pm.
On return there will be a Barbecue followed by music by Ciara Tillyer and a live band with a disco to follow. This is a Barn Dance and will also have a platform for dancing. Wrist bands for this event will also gain entry to Sunday’s event.
Committee members and helpers of Coolmoyne & Moyglass Vintage Club event who are looking forward to this year’s Tractor Run, Barbecue and Barn Dance on Saturday, July 28, and ‘Static Vintage Show’ and family fun day on Sunday, July 29. All proceeds to South Tipperary Hospice.
Unfortunately, due to the recent drought conditions, there will not be enough grass for a full silage cutting event, so Sunday will now be mainly a ‘Static Vintage Show’ with lots of family entertainment. The show opens at 12pm and live music on stage at 1pm from Sabrina Fallon, followed by T.R. Dallas at 3pm. A platform will be on site to cater for dance enthusiasts.
The official opening by Michael Moroney will take place at 2.30pm followed by a Dog Show at 2.45pm, run by John Smullen and family, and sponsored by Michael Phillips and Gain Feed.
A demonstration silage cutting will take place at intervals as required. This demonstration is to honour the Godfrey Brothers – Dinny and Austy – both very well-known locals who cut silage in the sixties and seventies. A special thanks to Cecil Melbourne and the others who will be supplying machinery and implements.
Vintage threshing is also being introduced and we wish to thank all those involved. The oats and sheaves are being supplied by local man Tom Kelly, the Reaper and Binder and cutting of the oats is all being taken care of by the Leamy family from Dualla and the Threshing Mill is being very kindly supplied by Terry O’Brien and Sliabh-na-mBan vintage club.
We are extremely grateful for the huge effort by all to help us out to raise much need funds for South Tipperary Hospice. Families are in desperate need of the services that South Hospice provides, and the purpose of our event is to raise money and awareness to keep these services going. Up to four hundred people a month receive ‘face to face’ visits by South Tipp Hospice nurses.
The County Sea Horse will be making its first appearance on Irish soil and we are very grateful to Martin Fernihough who is also bringing a very rare 4WD Massey Ferguson 65 all the way from the UK to support our event. We also have a bunch of enthusiasts driving their tractors all the way from Co. Armagh to Moyglass, they are members of Belleek’s Vintage Club and deserve great credit.
There will be ample food and ice-cream to cater for our patrons and, as witnessed in 2015, access and egress is excellent and will be well controlled on the day. The Gardai will have a community stand on site and will also have Gardai on duty to control traffic. A full range of kids’ entertainment will be available to cater for all their needs. Machinery trade stands will cater for the machine enthusiasts and a host of other trade stands to cater for families. The art of butter-making is an interesting procedure that will be demonstrated, and something for everyone included in the variety of different stands. Tracy Hughes of Eva’s Adventures from Armagh will be present to sell her books and raise funds for those who suffer from Cancer, especially kids, as the books are based on her late niece Eva, who tragically died aged seven.
Appeal to create a new record
We appeal to all owners of County tractors and MF 65 tractors to bring them along so that we can create a new record for numbers of both on one site. We are getting huge support from The Irish County Tractor Club and hopefully, we can beat the current record which is held in the U.K. Please come and support this fundraiser.