Closing Run 2018

On the 21st of October 2018 Breffni Vintage Club held our closing run for the 2018 vintage season. The damp start to the morning didn’t deter anyone and a large number of cars assembled at MacSeains Pub for the beginning of the run.The cars departed for the first half of the run which brought them to their mid way stopping point at Glenview House and Folk Museum in Ballinamore, Co. Leitrim where they were treated to some very welcome refreshments and snacks by the Kennedy family followed by a guided tour of the Folk Museum.

Teresa Kennedy ensured nobody went thirsty or hungry

Glenview Folk Museum is home to over 7,000 unique artefacts carefully collected and preserved by the Kennedy family ensuring that old traditions are never forgotten. Brian’s guided tour went down a treat and gave everyone an appreciation for the importance of preserving these artefacts for future generations.

The museum contains a number of static shop displays which help to convey how life was like in the past.

The collection is constantly expanding and the museum is well worth a visit as it’s guaranteed to delight both young and old.

The latest addition to the museum is Ann O’Hara’s extensive and unique egg cup collection.

The cars reluctantly departed for the final part of the run after a very enjoyable visit to Glenview House and Folk Museum.

The run finished where it began with an excellent meal at MacSeains Pub in Cornafean, Co. Cavan.

Our chairman Liam D’Arcy gives the closing run a thumbs up!

We’d like to say a special thank you to the Breffni Vintage Club members who organised the run, MacSeains Pub for hosting us and the Kennedy family at Glenview House and Folk Museum for their kind hospitality and opportunity to tour the museum.

As the 2018 season comes to an end we’d be remiss to not mention the tireless work of the Breffni Vintage Club committee who are constantly working behind the scenes ensuring the club’s success and making it an enjoyable experience for all it’s members. The club continues to grow year on year and it’s the hard work of the committee, sub committees and volunteers that is directly responsible for it’s continued success.

Coach Tour 2018

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.

Closing Run 2017

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.

Closing Run 2015

Breffni Vintage Club held their closing run for 2015 on Sunday the 4th of October 2015.
The run began with refreshments at Belturbet Marina and then departed for the first stop of the day at the workhouse in Bawnboy, Co. Cavan.
Everyone was treated to a number of guided tours around the various buildings of the workhouse which highlighted the work being done to preserve and protect the historical site.
A special thanks to the committee of the Templeport Development Association and the tour guides who made the visit very enjoyable. More information on the Bawnboy Workhouse and the ongoing efforts to preserve and protect it is available at
The next stop brought the run to Ballinamore, Co. Leitrim to visit the newly extended Glenview Folk Museum where refreshments were kindly provided. Everyone got the opportunity to view the large collection of exhibits in the newly extended museum which included a unique street display, restored farm machinery, a garage display and many more preserved and restored items.
A special thanks to Brian, Teresa and Alan and everyone at Glenview Folk Museum for their kind hospitality on the day. More information on Glenview Folk Museum is available at
The run finished in Belturbet, Co. Cavan at the Seven Horseshoes Hotel for a sit down meal. Breffni Vintage Club would like to thank all those who helped out on the day including the various stewards who kept everything running smoothly and those who helped to plan and organise the enjoyable run.