Good vintage

Dnal Nolan

EASTER Sunday and sun on the day combined to make the sixth year of the Maurice Collins Memorial Vintage Rally in Ardfert its best ever.

An estimated 2,500 people descended, over the course of Sunday afternoon, on Gerard McCarthy's lands in Banna West where they fond a fine array of vintage vehicles and agricultural machinery lined up for their inspection and appreciation.

This was the first time the vintage rally - in honour of the late Maurice Collins who was one of the area's greatest experts on vintage machinery until his death in 2008 - was held on Easter Sunday; the weather also made up for last year when the event was washed out by incessant rain.

Meanwhile, it made Easter Sunday all the more special for the children of the area who passed the afternoon happy as could be amid a mixed bag of entertainment from bouncy castles to easter egg hunts and go-karting.

"We were delighted with it in what was our biggest year ever," Maurice Collins Chairman JP Corridan said.

"We had never had it on an Easter Sunday before and with such good weather it exceeded all our expectations. People were coming in from 11am, with it at its busiest between 1 and 4pm. The amount of vintage cars and machinery was excellent, one of the best displays you would get anywhere and the response we got from the public was fantastic."

Two important charities will benefit from the proceeds of the day - Listowel's Nano Nagle school and the Recovery Haven for people living with and overcoming cancer in Killerisk in Tralee.

"This year's proceeds will certainly make up for last year as the rain made for a much quieter vintage day in 2013."


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