Posted 13th May
Yesterday, we held our annual show in Duckett’s Grove. We had many visitors from all around the country bringing vehicles spanning many decades. What is easy to forget is the amount of work that has to be put in over the preceding months to make the show such a huge success. It all starts when the date is set and the booking is made with Carlow County Council. Safety Management and Traffic Management are major considerations and a big thank you to Tim Madden for assisting with this. Networking with other clubs and shows is also vital to ensure such a large attendance at our shows. Full credit to the Chairman and committee members that put in the effort to go to these other shows around the country.
Advertising is what gets the word out and congratulations to our PRO for his work with social media and the press and indeed with other clubs around the country. It’s only after all this that the hard work starts! Preparation of signage, the grounds at Duckett’s Grove, catering, raffle and coordination of stall holders all need major attention and monitoring in the weeks running up to the event.
The hard work starting on Friday evening getting the venue ready is a credit to all members and friends that made the effort to help out. It was truly a smooth running event with many hundreds of people coming to see the show from all over the county and further afield. Our Duckett’s Grove show’s nominated charity is The Carlow branch of the Irish Wheelchair Association and a big thank you to Geraldine Byrne and her team who came and helped from early morning shaking buckets and selling raffle tickets.
Thanks again for all the hard work and looking forward to some great runs during the summer to include a trip to Kilbroney and Westport. Full details on the Website www.carlowvintageandclassicmotorclub.com .
Posted 28th/29th April
Today we supported the fundraising run for the Water Garden in Thomastown. We met at the Lord Bagnal for a quick coffee at 11am before we headed south. We arrived at the Water Garden at 12.30pm and had a lovely lunch with members of other supporting clubs including The Kilkenny Motor Club and the West Wicklow Club to name but two. We also enjoyed a stroll around the garden centre and craft shop. We then headed out to Jerpoint Park. This is an amazing historical site where the remains of St. Nicholas of Myra’s remains are interred. Yes, Santa believe it or not! Joe O’Connell our host gave the guided tour around the Church and Village covering a thousand years of history and Meadbh made scones and coffee for our return. We returned to Thomastown through Mount Juliet Estate. A big shout out to the members who helped our member in need just outside Thomastown. Oh the Joys of Motoring. No names no scandal as you know who you are. Well done to Michael Piert for organising a great fundraising run!
All the best to the club members heading to Wales next Friday. Safe journey and enjoy the festival. Check out today’s run photos in the Gallery section! Have a great week all!!!
P.S. The run next Sunday 5th May is to Clonmel for their Annual Show. We will meet at the Bagenal at 11am.
Posted 22nd April
A great day was has had at our Show season launch and Easter Parade run yesterday. There was great activity at the Woodford Dolmen Hotel from early morning moving cars in and setting up the club tent. Easy work when the weather is so good. We had great support from friends from other clubs and of course the hard work from our own members. We left the hotel at 2pm to support the Hacketstown Easter Parade where there was a great turn out with almost 50 cars. Afterwards we returned to the hotel where we met members existing and new and promoted Duckett’s Grove Show. Well done to the hotel and we all enjoyed having a look around the food and craft fair and Country Jive dancing with Declan.
Run next Sunday 28th April
We will be supporting our good friends in the Kilkenny Club next Sunday 28th April by joining them on their fundraiser for lunch at the Wintergarden in Thomastown and on to Jerpoint Gardens. We will meet at the Lord Bagenal from 11am departing at 11.30am.
Posted 16th April
Our Show season launch is on this Sunday the 21st April at the Woodford Dolmen Hotel in conjunction with the hotel’s food and craft fair. We will be showing our cars on the lawn at the front of the hotel arriving from 11.30am. Those supporting the Easter Parade at Hackettstown will depart from the hotel at 2pm returning afterwards. There will be plenty to see and do at the hotel and a great opportunity for the members to socialise! See you all there.
Posted 31st March
Those who are travelling to the Cork International Show next weekend will meet on Saturday morning @ 10.30am at the Lord Bagenal Hotel and meet up with the members from Kilkenny at Castleinch (Callan Car Boot Sale) at 11am. Some members will also be travelling early on Sunday morning. Final details will be texted during the week.
Posted 27th March
We are delighted to be supporting Wicklow Vintage Club this Sunday with their run in aid of South Wicklow Hospice Homecare. We are meeting at Killerig Cross at 11am this Sunday. Don’t forget that raffle tickets for Duckett’s grove in aid of the Irish Wheelchair Association are now on sale.
Posted 24th March
A great day was had today by our members who travelled to Clonmel to join the Clonmel Club on their run to Holycross and Lunch afterwards. Please follow this link to the gallery to see some photos;
Members meeting this Tuesday night at 8.30pm in the Lord Bagenal Hotel. All welcome!
Posted 21st March
We have availability for our Annual August Bank Holiday Weekend trip leaving Carlow on Friday 2nd Aug returning Monday 5th August. This year, we are heading for the wild and wonderful west where we will be staying at the Westport Woods Hotel. Pack your togs and swimsuits as there is a leisure centre and pool. The Hotel is managed by a native Carlow man from Tullow, Michael Lennon. There will be a couple of runs including a run to Achill Island. Please contact PJ for further details.
Posted 18th March
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We had a great day at the local parades yesterday and the weather really held up for us. The sun was splitting the stones by mid afternoon. There were so many floats and displays at the Carlow town parade and thousands lined the route. Well done to the parades committees all around the county. Some members cars made the evening news. We then headed for the Woodford Dolmen Hotel for our tea! A great day had by all.
Bagenalstown parade at 1pm, members cars assembling on Station Road from 12.15pm https://www.facebook.com/bagenalstownstpatricksdayparade/
Carlow Parade at 4pm, members cars assembling at Burren St./Pembroke from 3pm https://www.facebook.com/stpatricksdayparadecarlow/
Tullow Parade at 2pm https://www.facebook.com/tullowstpatricksdayparade/
Goresbridge at 3.30pm https://www.facebook.com/Goresbridgeparade/
Lá Fhéile Pádraig sona
Click here to see Nationwide on RTE showing the Vintage Car restoration course in Waterford.
We held our second members meeting of the year last night in the Lord Bagenal Hotel. There was a great turn out and lots discussed including planning for our upcoming shows, runs and events. Our chosen charity to be supported by our Duckett’s Grove show on the 12th May is the Irish Wheelchair Association. We will be running a great raffle with prizes galore and tickets will go on sale shortly.
The March 2019 issue of Irish Vintage
The March 2019 issue of Irish Vintage Scene is now on sale. On this month’s cover we feature a very special, original Irish Rover 3500S that holds an irreplaceable position in the Cullen family, while our second feature showcases two brothers from Co. Tyrone with identical Vauxhall Wyverns, both of which have been through in-depth restorations. Our main tractor feature this month tells the story of an ex-ESB County 774 that was the very first restoration of its new owner, while for our second tractor story we delve into the history of ZTS tractors by looking at one preserved 8211 model. Our motorcycle feature this month outlines the restoration of an evergreen Honda Super Cub 50, and our featured commercial vehicle is a very rare 1974 Shelvoke & Drewry tanker. And, as an added bonus this month, we meet up with legendary Irish motor racer Tommy Reid to look back on his storied career. Event reports in this issue include the Portlaoise Indoor Classic Show 2018, the Gerard Murphy Memorial Run, the IVVMCC Leopardstown Motorcycle Show and more besides, and all of the usual favourites are in there too, so don’t miss out – get your March 2019 issue of Irish Vintage Scene today at any good newsagent, or order here online!
We had a great run to Dunadee in Kildare today! Our hosts Jim and Josie Ginty were very generous to show us around their collection of vehicles, bygones and antiques. Plenty of chat and reminiscences! Weather was mild although we got some rain. We stopped in the Hideout for lunch and excellent it was too! PJ managed to squeeze a dessert in (Surprise Surprise). 🙂
Check out the photos here. http://www.carlowvintageandclassicmotorclub.com/gallery/nggallery/album-2019/Gintys-Feb-19
We had a great turn up for our monthly meeting last night in the Lord Bagenal where we discussed our shows and trips planned for this year. Of course, we went to the bar afterwards for tea and refreshments. We have provisionally planned a run to Kildare for Sunday which will be confirmed by text on Saturday. The code yellow weather warning is with us until Saturday, so in the meantime stay safe on the roads.
We are delighted to announce that we have been invited to join the Cork International Hotel Charity Car Show on 7th April. Please see poster and web link. More details to follow at the next meeting! Bedroom rates are
Twin room = €115
Single room = €105
You will need to phone individually to book the room and mention the agreed rate.
Tel: 021 4549800
January 25th 2019
Hi all, please note that there is limited availability for our Trip to Llandudno on the 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th of May. If you are interested, contact P.J. Lawlor or Brian Redmond ASAP. Go to the ‘Llandudno 2019’ menu on the home page to see the poster and application form to exhibit.
January 23rd 2019
It’s the start of the new year and we’re off to a flying start! The new committee is well and truly bedded in and there is a great line up for the year between our own shows, our trips to other shows and our runs. The web site is going to become more active with regular news updates, lots of photos in the gallery and we are going to work on getting as much video up also. We are looking for any volunteers for our Members Cars section and if anyone has any old photos we will create a separate gallery for these.
If anyone has any ideas for the website, please e-mail us or give us a quick call or bring it up at the next meeting which is next Tuesday 29th January in the Lord Bagenal. All are welcome.
PS Check out the ‘club events’ page for a full update.
Have a great week!