Threshing display drew crowds to Loftus Hall

Published 10/09/2013 | 05:38

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OVER 1,000 people attended a threshing weekend at Loftus Hall in aid of Fethard on Sea RNLI.

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The oldest working engine in the world, a McClaren, was the star attraction.

The McClaren threshing machine was used on farmland across South West Wexford over one hundred years ago and was brought up from Cork for the event.

Loftus Hall owner and one of the organisers of the weekend, Aidan Quigley said: 'It worked out in Carrig on Bannow and did most of the work in the area over 100 years ago.'

The vehicles arrived on Saturday evening having driven in convoy from Fethard on Sea.

'We had a great turn out on the Sunday with over 1,000 people coming.'

On Sunday a working threshing day took place on the grounds of Loftus Hall.

'The threshing machines harvested crops here on site. Old combines and threshing machines were used and there was an old mobile forge also. People of all ages enjoyed the fine weather and the exhibition of threshing on show', Mr Quigley said.

He said the Fethard RNLI members were greatly supported by those in attendance. This year's event follows on from a successful threshing weekend at Loftus Hall last year.

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