All club members enthusiastically supported the effort but the following were to the forefront with their assistance, Patrick Mc Govern who organised a motley gang of workers, who built a chariot, and bases for the roman columns. Denis Wright and Stephen Brunton worked wonders on the ice cream van. Garry Mc Guigan made “Gold” instead of money for a change which drew many comments, the ambassador wanted it returned to Italy. Norman Whyte proved a “dab” hand at the painting. Rob Steinke wowed everybody with his artwork and portrayal of a mafia man on the stand. Alan D’Arcy managed to make air con pipes look like Roman columns. Richard Mee ploughed his way through snow drifts to make sure our Centurion arrived for the event.
The now annual new years day motor cycle run organised by Denis and Anne Wright was organised with the usual efficiency that we have come to expect from them. Denis had a new menu this year which even included boxty so everybody was well fortified for the trip and the weather was passable.
Around eighteen vehicles took part on the usual circuit taking in Killeshandra, Crossdoney, Ballinagh and Cavan. Heads were quickly cleared after the new year celebrations.
A get together at a filling station in Cavan gave a great chance for everybody to have a “natter and a cupa ” Well done to every body concerned as it gets the new year off to a great start.
On Sunday 22nd Nov. 2017 the Breffni vintage club held their final run of the season. Noel Grainger and Raymond Mc Dermot were the organisers for the day and what a successful job they made of it, everything was run to perfection.
Over fifty cars assembled at Derrylin Hall for 10.30 where a wonderful reception awaited them. The hall was heated and a mouth watering array of cakes and breads and biscuits was on display and all home made. The members were very reluctant to leave this cosy atmosphere. Our gratitude to the ladies and the organisers for their hospitality.
We eventually took to the bye roads of Fermanagh taking in Kinawley and Killesher enroute to the museum in Enniskillen. Here the organisers had arranged for the museum to be opened specially for us and a guided tour was provided as well. The recently refurbished museum was enthralling with many wonderful artefacts, I think the staff thought we might never leave.
On the return journey the motorcade diverted via Knockninny before returning to the Seven Horseshoes in Belturbet where Francie Cahill and staff provided the usual customary hospitality and a fine meal was enjoyed by all before setting out for home and so another year of outings drew to a close with everybody looking forward to next year.
This year for our weekend away we headed for the hills of Donegal or more precisely the Innishowen peninsula. So a motorcade of fourteen cars and two motorcycles set off on Friday morning 6th October for the Innishowen Gateway Hotel in Buncrana. First port of call was a coffee break at ‘Biddy’s O’Barnes’ at the Barnsmore gap.
Saturday morning dawned a little misty but nothing that could be called rain in Donegal. Leading the cavalcade was George and Myra and boy were we glad they were there with their local knowledge. First stop was the Gap of Mamore, which everybody reached despite a hard climb then it was all downhill to the Donagh Famine village where a full day could easily be spent but time and tide wait for no man and so it was onto Malin Head the most northernly point in Ireland. Some of our intrepid members relived their experience of this place from their exploits on the ‘Honda 50’ run. Then it was back to the hotel in Buncrana for an evening meal.
On Sunday morning it was back to Cavan with everybody full of praise for the organisers namely John Hayes and Norman Whyte who left nothing to chance and covered every detail of this trip. Donegal was just magic. Some members have already started working on next years outing with plans for heading west this time so watch this space