Breffni Vintage Club would like to wish all their members and friends a very happy and healthy new year and safe motoring throughout the year.
The club had their first run of the year on the first day of the year, how much more efficient than that can you get!
With ideal weather conditions a larger than usual group of motor bikes and cars assembled at Trisha’s Mini Market in Milltown Co. Cavan, where everyone was treated to scones and tea or coffee all under the watchful eye of Denis Wright. It was great to see Denis back in full flight after his recent surgery.
At the appointed hour of twelve midday Peter Reilly led the convoy off to Killeshandra, Crossdoney and Ballinagh before returning to Cavan town for more refreshments.
The club is indebted to Trisha’s mini market and Denis Wright for their efforts on our behalf.
This outing was originally for motorbikes but over the years has morphed into a very popular outing open to all vehicles. Congratulations to everybody involved.
This year the Weekend away was located in Claremorris Co Mayo. After last years tremendous visit to Co. Donegal nobody expected it to be surpassed but no need to worry, we were in for a treat beyond our wildest dreams. The assembly point was the Meadow View car park in Cavan Town. Fourteen cars assembled there plus a motorbike to await our vice chair Peter Lynch who duly arrived with flashing amber lights on the roof of his Audi. This proved to be a master stroke as we all could easily spot him at all the turns, towns & crossroad.
Our first stop was for lunch in Roscommon town, then well fed it was onto Claremorris and the Mc Williams hotel. We even had reserved parking, as we were later to discover Peter had left nothing to chance and had arranged every last detail. The hotel was alive with music. We were greeted by a pianist playing tunes on a grand piano, well maybe that was not for the Breffni Brigade but we claimed it anyway. Food and dancing seemed to be the order of the evening’s enjoyment.
Next morning saw us head for Cong. At Lisloughrey pier we boarded the cruise boat “Isle of Innishfree” for a trip on Lough Corrib to Inchagoill Island with it’s remains of the first Irish Christian church and the Romanesque (late 12th century) stone church. The nearby pillar maybe the oldest (6th century) Irish inscription in Roman letters in Ireland & in Europe. As we cruised along Ashford castle came into view. Those of us who were at Farmleigh House a few weeks ago, had a sense of De Ja Vieu because all this area was once the holiday home for the Guinness family. On the cruise we were entertained by an octogenarian who played the accordion, sang and told yarns. Not to be outdone Norman Whyte gave a beautiful renditioning of the “Fields of Athenry.”
Then a leisurely drive to Claremorris for a group meal where it was revealed that Catherine & Peter Lynch were celebrating their wedding anniversary and of course we had to toast the happy couple. Not to be outdone our treasurer Patrick Mc Govern was also celebrating a significant birthday and lo and behold a beautifully decorated birthday cake adorned with a master builder was produced, so more celebrations followed and then more music and entertainment.
On Sunday we traveled to Knock for a short visit to find the place thronged. I didn’t think there were so many coaches in the country. Then on the road home with a stop at the “Old Stone House” in Ballinlough which has Cavan connections, of course we were well looked after.
A fabulous weekend with great credit due to Peter Lynch for reorganizing the the event with such care and attention to detail that made all the more relaxed and enjoyable.
On Sunday 16th September the club held a coach outing to Dublin, visiting Farmleigh House in the Phoenix Park. Farmleigh house was once the home of the Guinness family but is now owned by the state and is used among other things as a residence for visiting heads of state. In recent times Queen Elizabeth, the Japanese Emperor and the Canadian premier have all stayed there.
The group enjoyed a conducted tour of the house and its contents and the history of its famous residents was thoroughly enjoyed by all. The group then walked around the gardens in beautiful Autumn sunshine before heading for the vintage show in Swords.
Doreen and Victor Bryson enjoying the gardens at Farmleigh House
The coach returned loaded down with much booty from the auto jumble. I would like to thank everyone who helped with the organisation but special thanks is due to Denis Wright and Richard Mee who undertook the bulk of the organising.
The club was delighted to receive the award for best club stand at the recent R.I.A.C. classic car show in the R.D.S. in Dublin.
Great credit is due to Patrick Mc Govern and his hard-working crew who spent many cold nights working on the planned themes for the show.
Not content with a single theme they devised a number of themes which included “ancient Rome” complete with columns and a charioteer being drawn by a suitably harnessed Vespa scooter.
The famous film “The Italian Job” also featured with fantastic art work by Rob. Steinke who also assisted with transport and manning of the stand. Modern day Italy also got a look in with Francie Mac’s little Vespa truck dressed as an ice cream van. What the Italian ambassador and his entourage thought of it all when he visited our stand one can only guess at.
The Italian ambassador and his entourage visit our stand
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.
Many thanks to all who helped or contributed either to the work or manning the stand for a great club effort. Well done to everybody.
Breffni Vintage club organised an outing on Sat 3rd February to the Ulster Transport museum.
On the day forty members turned out for the memorable outing. The group got off to a great start with a hearty breakfast at QUINN’S CORNER which stood to the group with all the walking and talking which occurred during the rest of the day. The Ulster transport museum is truly spectacular with trains, trams cars and horses. It was especially interesting to see trains and carriages from the Cavan Leitrim narrow gauge on display. The only complaint that I heard was “not enough time”. Many were disappointed that they did not have the time to visit the Folk village. Its always best to leave something for the next time.
From there it was on to Motoring Memories heritage museum in Ballygowan Co. Down where we got a right royal welcome from the owner Raymond Walls. It was like stepping back in time with the massive display of motoring memorabilia but especially his collection of petrol pump globes. Raymond then gave the group a talk on his collection and how it all started and how he travelled all over Ireland and England to amass his wonderful collection. His life story and wonderful hospitality was much appreciated and especially the tea and biscuits and it was all tea as nobody partook of coffee and Raymond says this was a first for any visiting group so the B.V.C. makes history again. Our grateful thanks to Raymond and may we suggest to anybody who has not had the pleasure to visit this treasure trove of a collection to do so in the future.Then it was on the coach and back home and everyone talking about the “next time”.
Our thanks to Denis Wright and Norman Whyte for organising the whole affair and not forgetting Noel Grainger and Richard Mee for the sweets.