ON arguably one of the most inclement Easter Sundays for some time, the rain and easterly chill wasn't going to upstage the Millstreet Vintage Rally.
Fate decreed the chosen day may be off putting yet many exhibitors and patrons steadfastly refused to be turned off by the conditions on coming from across the South West Region to support the fourth annual staging at the spacious K and L premises at Mountleader.
Each year, the hosting acts as a fundraiser, with Millstreet organisers doing all in their power to make it a fantastic occasion for a deserving cause.
Worthy of the honour for 2013, the main beneficiary was the Millstreet based "Reach Out Cancer Support group".
Bouncy castles and games , face painting,. children art competition, cookery and floral arrangement demonstration added to the variety of the programme as did a host of entertainers including Millstreet Pipe Band and Millstreet Set Dancers. The Broomhill Tractor Club from Coachford attended and assembled a tractor in just 6 minutes and 46 seconds.
Millstreet Vintage Club PRO John Sheehan expressed delight on the massive turn out and the facilities provided by the management of K and L along with the support of nearby outlets Alps Electric and Cloverhill.
"Given the weather, the crowd in attendance was excellent. Unfortunately, the conditions limited outdoor activity but some events moved indoors to an excellent venue provided kindly by Gordan O'Keeffe and staff," he said.
An air of nostalgia mixed with the smell of old engine and a clatter of historic vehicles added to the occasion around the spacious grounds.
Upwards of 80 stewards dotted inside and outside the grounds ensured the staging progressed without a hitch and traffic flowed smoothly. And a suitable monento presented to each exhibitor departing the venue is sure to weave memories of a brillant day at the Millstreet Vintage Day.
Millstreet Reach Out Cancer Support group spokesperson Mairéad Daly complimented the Millstreet Vintage Club for their extraordinary staging.
"Despite the weather conditions, a sincere thanks to the organisers, to those that bought tickets and those that came out to on displays and provided entertainment," she said.
Mairéad explained the Reach Out Cancer Support group formed last November meets on the first Thursday of each month in the Millstreet Adult Learning Centre at Bridge Street from 10.30am to 12.30pm.
"People affected directly or indirectly are welcome to come along. Its a warm relaxed setting with people whom have already travelled this road", said Mairéad.
Impressive turnout for Church ceremonies Large crowds attended the Holy Week and Easter Ceremonies hosted in Millstreet, Ballydaly and Cullen churches. Parishioners were out in force for the Mass of the Lord's Supper on Holy Thursday, the Celebration of the Lord's Passion on Good Friday, the Vigil Mass on Holy Saturday and the usual Masses on Easter Sunday.
At the conclusion of ceremonies, Parish Priest Canon John Fitzgerald thanked everybody for their contributions to the extensive schedule.