Club news

Sunday August 12th 2018



16th May 2018.

Carlow vintage and classic motor club would like to thank everyone who came to there first show of 2018 at Duckett’s Grove castle Carlow on Sunday last May 13th.

We had 565 vintage and classic cars parked on the grounds of the castle and the sun was shining all day, the committee and all the members are very happy with the support from clubs across the country for taking the time to travel and showcase your cars.

Our second show will take place in Carlow town on Sunday August 12th and we are really looking forward to meeting you all again.

A sincere thank you to everyone involved in making the show a success.



CVCMC was delighted to present a mobility scooter to long time club member Joe Le Blanc. Joe has been unable to walk unassisted and the club were delighted to help him stay mobile.


According to the latest edition of Irish Vintage dated July 2017, it is now looking that 2020 will see the introduction of new NCT rules. Any car over 40 years old will be exempt while cars aged between 30-40 years will only have to take the test every two years. It will be a rolling rule so no cut off point. 


CVCMC are celebrating ten years a club and we would like to invite everybody to come along to the Woodford Dolmen Hotel Carlow for a super day out. Kids stuff, food, music and of course, vintage vehicles. For more information get in touch with us at 0876722972.

Hope to see you there.


CVCMC would like to announce the 2017 club Committee and Honorary President .







L-R standing Committee members Ian Donlon, Austin Clarke, Vice Chairman Frank Thompson, Honorary President Sean Fenlon, Committee member Tom Cosgrove.
L-R seated Committee member Jimmy Kavanagh, Club Secretary Eddie Hutton, Club Chairman PJ Lawlor, Treasurer Marie Cosgrove, Public Relations Officer Mick Cox.

Many thanks to all members who attended and we look forward to a busy 2017!


CVCMC are delighted to announce our forthcomming event in Duckett’s Grove this may the 14th. 2016 was an incredible event with over 400 vehicles on display, and the day turned out to be probably CVCMC’s most successful event to ever.


Visitors on the day were treated to spectacular scenery, great food, live music and of course, an amazing array of classic and vintage vehicles that travelled from as far as Belfast, Galway and Kerry to be with us. Sincere thanks to all the individuals, and clubs who brought their treasures.

So don’t forget to put the 14th in your diary and join us on the day.


Don’t forget that our annual general meeting is taking place on Tuesday the 31st of January. We will be discussing the year past , organising events for 2017 and of course, electing in our new committee. It’s vital that all memebsr attend so please keep the date free in your calender. Time is 8.30 and the venue as always, is the Lord Bagnal, Leighlinbridge.


CVCMC were proud to present a cheque for €500 to Vincent Welch on behalf of the Carlow Kilkenny Homecare team last week.

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Our Last Run of the year is being held this Sunday the 6th November. We are travelling to the Finnstown Castle Hotel, Lucan for lunch. We will be stopping on the way to visit Gintys Vintage Automobile Museum. Meeting point is Toughers Carlow at 10.45am leaving at 11am sharp. As it our last run of the year we would appreciate as many members of the club as possible to attend this event. Let’s make our last run of the year one to remember.



A big congratulations to our Chairman P.J. Lawlor, who once again won a prize with his eautiful car .He picked up First Prize in the Carnew Heritage show winning Best 60s Classic Car.Well done P.J.




This Sunday, the 11th of September, will see the club taking part in a run in aid of the Carlow Kilkenny Home Care Team. The meeting point will be the car park of Kearney’s Pub in Fenagh at 12.45pm.


For those C.V.C.M.C members who are wishing to join us on our Waterford weekend on Saturday the 22nd of October, please forward your name to James Lakes at 0878594550 or to Marie Cosgrove at 0877619492. Price for the weekend is €180 including hotel bed & breakfast plus entry to dog track and a four course meal. We will also need a deposit of €50 to secure a room.


CVCMC is attending the Tullow Show is on this Sunday 21st August at Coppenagh, Tullow.

Meeting points are the Lord Bagenal in Leighlinbridge at 10/30 am and the second meeting point is Tullow at Howard’s High Precision garage, next door to Flynns petrol station at 11/

Hope to see you all there.


CVCMC would like to announce the winner of our Ford Cortina as Tony O’Donoghue from Garryhundon, Milford, Carlow. Well done Tony!



What an incredible day yesterday was. Carlow Vintage and Classic Motor Club would like to thank all the Clubs, members of the public, sponsors, exhibitors and of course, all those who are friends of the club or members themselves who helped make it a brilliant event.

A special shout goes to Ian Donlan, who won the overall award for his beautiful 1969 Jaguar 240.

Well done Ian!

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CVCMC have organised a day out in Belfast on the 13th of August. The agenda for the day will include a visit to the Titanic museum with plenty of time for shopping and lunch. The price for the full visit is €25 Euro per person including bus transport. Anyone interested can contact Marie on 0877619492 or PJ on 0876722972.


CVCMC Members attending the show this sunday in Terenure, please take note of the designated area for CVCMC member’s cars. For those members travelling in convoy, please note the details of the group travel arrangements for this Sundays show in Terenure college. We will be meeting at Toughers at 9AM Sharp as we need to book into the show as early as possible to guarantee a place in the field.

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Please click on the image below for important news regarding the up and coming event in Terenure in which the club will be attending. If you require any further information please contact PJ Lawlor at 0876722972.



Duckett’s Grove report on Irish TV

Irish TV had a great feature on our recent event in Ducketts Grove in their magazine show, Carlow Matters. You can veiw the link here.


CVCMC member wins at Mosney

Congratulations to club member Tom Nevin for collecting a prize during our last weekend’s visit to the Mosney show.



Meeting with AXA

CVCMC invited Myles O’Reilly as guest speaker at last Tuesday’s monthly meeting. Myles is the AXA representative for its classic car department. We had a great turn out as many members were keen to get a good deal. Thanks to Myles and his associate, Eugene Lynch from the local AXA office in Carlow town, for attending our meeting.








Duckett’s Grove

CVCMC would ike to extend our thanks to all the clubs and individuals who attended our fantastic event in Duckett’s Grove on Sunday the 15th last. Without your support, we couldn’t have nade it the huge sucess that it was. Thank you.








Meeting with AXA

A representative from AXA insurance will be attending our monthly meeting on Tuesday the 31st of May. This is an opportunity for you to ask your questions to an industry member and obtain a decent deal on your vehicle insurance.

Due to the popularity of this issue, please note that this is strictly a members only event. For those non members who wish to attend, you need to contact our club treasurer, Marie Cosgrove at 0877619492 in order to obtain membership for the club prior to attending. We look forward to a full house.


Welsh Trip

***IMPORTANT ANNOUCMENT *** Anyone traveling to Wales this weekend for the annual CVCMC weekend, please note the travel arrangements. We are meeting at Lord Bagenal at 5.15am with departure at 5.30.Sharp.There will a stop at castledermot roundabout at 5.40 am. sharp. Hope you all enjoy the weekend.


Run in aid of Carlow Day Care Centre

CVCMC members are invited to take part in a run in aid of Carlow Day Care Centre on Sunday 24th April. The route will commence from the centre on Brownshill Road Askea at 1.30.Sharp. Refreshments & raffle at the centre following  the run. Anybody with sponsor cards are asked to bring them to the Centre on the day.


Run in aid of Templae Street Hospital

CVCMC members are invited to take part in a run in aid of Temple street Children’s Hospital on Sunday 17th April at 2pm. Starting point is from Palatine GAA Club. There will be refreshments & raffle afterwards.


Reminder for Kilbroney

C.V.&C.M.C members are invited to attend a trip to Kilbroney Vintage Show on June 18th . The club is organising a bus to travel to the show so any member interested in going will need to contact P.J.Lawlor @ 0876722972 or Marie @ 0877619492. Please note that there is a limited amount of spaces so those wishing to attend must make contact before Thursday the 14 April. Thanks.


Meeting with AXA

A representative from AXA insurance will be attending our monthly meeting on Tuesday the 31st of May. This is an opportunity for you to ask your questions to an an industry member and obtain a decent deal on your vehicle insurance.

Due to the popularity of this issue, please note that this is strictly a members only event. For those non members who wish to attend, you need to contact our club treasurer, Marire Cosgrove at 0877619492 in order to obtain membership for the club prior to attending We look forward to a full house.


Kilbroney Trip

CVCMC is organising a trip to Kilbroney Vintage show on June 18th. The club is organising a bus and members who wish to go can contact PJ Lawlor @ 0876722972. Please note that spaces are limited so get in touch early. For more information on the event, click on the link below.


Annual Car Raffle

Our annual raffle tickets are now on sale at €5 each. We kindly ask that all CVCMC members take at least one book of 10 tickets to sell on behalf of the club. Tickets and ticket books can be obtained from Marie Cosgrove @ 0877619492.


Easter Weekend

Our club will take part in the Easter Parade in Hackestown on Easter Sunday the 27th March.The parade is scheduled to start at 3pm.Could all members wishing to attend, please meet in Hackestown at 2pm .You will be directed to the meeting place by the organisers of the parade. CVCMC would also like to wish all our members and fellow enthusiasts, a happy Easter.


St. Patrick’s Day

CVCMC Members, we have a busy schedule as usual for St. Patricks Day. We will be meeting at McGrath Hall, Bagnelstown at 1pm sharp. Next up is Tullow at Fair Green, 2pm sharp followed by a 3.45pm meeting at the Land League Gates, Ballon. All members are welcome to attend any of the scheduled meetings. There is no obligation to attend all of course. Happy St. Patricks Day to all.

28/02/2016 Rally to Johnny Fox’s

Our next run on this already busy season is to Johnny Fox’s Bar and Restaurant high above the Dublin mountains on March the 13th. We’ll be leaving from the Lord Bagnal in Leighlinbridge around 10.30. More details to follow.


Jim Boland’s

The club would like to thank Mr. Jim Boland for allowing us to to have the pleasure of viewing his amazing vehicle collection in Naas. The club would alos like to recomend the Crookstown Inn near Ballitore on the old N9 for a super meal. A wonderful day in all.


Dylans Monster Road Run Charity Drive 

CVCMC members are invited to come along on the 27th February, to Toughers Bar & Restaurant in Carlow to take part in a Monster Road Run Charity Drive for a brave young man. This fundraising event is being held especially for Dylan who has a rare life-threatening muscle wasting disease for which there is no cure. Please come along to support him on this day as he turns 11 years old! There will be Surprises on the Day and trade stands are welcome: €20 per vehicle. Registration is at 10am. The road run starts at 12 noon. Live Music with Trad Band/DJ  and Raffle. A great day and night are guaranteed. For more info contact Paula Burke Steele @ 085 8153442 or 059 8650442, or find us on Facebook to get all the latest news and updates on the event: Dylan’s Monster Road Run Charity Drive.


February members meeting

Our monthly members meeting will take place on Tuesday the 23rd in the Lord Bagnal Hotel, Leighlinbridge at 8.30 pm. We will have a guest on the night, Adam D’souza, who is a student in Carlow IT. Adam is completing a thesis entitled “Enhancement of Iconic design – Triumph GT6 MK3”. The thesis is based on the idea of designing a new dashboard for the GT6 and Spitfire car’s incorporating modern technology to keep up with today’s traffic. Adam will be giving us a short presentation and is looking to meet members who have experience with ownership of Triumph cars, in particular the GT6 and Spitfire models so if you have something to offer or just enjoy talking about the Triumph marque, come along. A short questionnaire will be handed out on the night. To coincide with Adam’s appearance, we wil also be showing a documentary on the British motor industry. Please note that this is a CVCMC members only meeting but new members looking to join the club are more than welcome to sign up on the night.


Members run to Jim Boland’s Musuem, Naas, Kildare 28th February 2016

CVCMC members are invited to take part in a run to the amazing Jim Boland’s musuem just outside Naas town. Departure is from the Lord Bagnal ,in Leighlinbridge, at 11am. We’ll be stopping for food in Shakelton’s Crookstown Inn at approximately 3pm. For more details contact PJ Lawlor at 0876722972.


Member’s run to Wallace’s Musuem, Crettyard, Carlow 14th February 2016

CVCMC members are invited to take part in a run to Wallace’s Museum Crettyard, Carlow on Sunday the 14th February. Departure from the Lord Bagnal in Leighlinbridge is at 11am. The second meeting point is at Newtown Cross at 11.30am. We will also be visiting a nearby agricultural museum on the day. Food will be available in a local restaurant with a smashing price of €10 Euro for three course meal. For more details contact PJ Mulhall at 0879736605.


Free UK return ferry crossing offer with Irish Ferries

This free trip is available to Irish Ferries customers who complete a return motorist trip to France between June 1st 2016 and August 31st 2016 on either Oscar Wilde from Rosslare or Epsilon from Dublin. The offer excludes mini-cruises and short break offers. The Free Trip to Britain is for a vehicle and up to 2 adults, on our cruise ferry services from either Dublin or Rosslare. Supplements apply for additional passengers, caravans or trailers and upgrades to Club Class. Additional passengers would be charged at €35 per adult each way and €18 per child each way. The supplement for upgrading to Swift sailings is €60 return and is subject to availability. All other supplements are charged the prevailing retail rate. The Free Trip to Britain can be taken on off-peak dates between 1 September 2016 and 31 August 2017. There is a €120 return supplement for travel on peak dates: June, July & August,  17 December – 4 January 2017, Easter 13 – 24 April 2017,  Special event dates or sporting occasions of high demand such as the Rugby Six Nations 9 – 12 March  2017  and Cheltenham Races 13  – 19 March 2017. All dates are subject to change For more information, contact Irish Ferries at 0818 300 400 or on their website at


Trip to the Arran Islands 13th May 2016

Brendan Gaynor from the Cill Dara classic car club is organising a run out to Inis Mor, Aran islands, staying in Aran Island hotel and would like to extend an invite to CVCMC members. Plans for this years run to Aran Islands are to head out on Friday, 13th may, returning Sunday, 15th May €400 for car and 2 passengers for 2 night B&B plus dinner both nights and lunch (soup & sandwiches). Price included return ferry transfer and €50 towards local RNLI lifeboat. If one has to travel as foot passenger on other ferry it’s extra.

A €50 non refundable deposit by 10th Feb is payable to hotel. Balance payable by end of April. For more details contact Brendan at 0872650400.