Last May the new Kilmacsimon Community centre, Bandon, Co Cork was the venue for a very well attended slideshow and talk about the West Cork and South Coast railway organized by the De Courcey Vintage Club and presented by Mr Chris Larkin. The evening was a huge success being both informative and also a great social occasion with a chance for a cup of tea and a chat during the interval.
Another historic talk is planned for the evening of Monday 4th May next at 8 P.M. in the same venue. This year’s talk will be presented by Mr Tim Crowley of the Michael Collins centre, Timoleague and will cover the history of Henry Ford from his family’s origins in Ballinscarthy to his great industrial success story with the famous Ford model T motor car. It is sure to be a most enjoyable night for anyone interested in either the history of West Cork or the history of the automobile.
Below are some pictures from the Irish Model T Club Ballinadee Run last October
The De Courcey Classic and Vintage Club held a meeting on 1st Oct last to discuss the venue for our 2015 harvest day on the August bank Holiday Monday. The last four years has seen this event grow and grow in size.
The sponsor for 2014 was New Holland Agriculture and was once again a very successful day thanks in no small part to excellent weather with an attendance of over six thousand spectators.
In previous years the Harvest day has been hosted by Jim and Eileen O’Regan at Barrels Cross near Kinsale. Jim was the person who came up with the original idea for the unique vintage event and his family have pulled out all the stops to make sure the events ran flawlessly.
De Courcey Vintage Club is most grateful to the O’Regan family for the last four years and look forward to returning to Barrels Cross in the future.
2015 however will be different as a new site has been identified adjacent to Ballinadee village on land belonging to Paddy and Ann McCarthy. The new site will be an exciting challenge for the Club members with a new layout to be planned. The preparation for Monday 3rd Aug 2015 is already under way.
De Courcey Classic and Vintage club will present a talk on the West Cork railway 1845 to 1961 by Mr Chris Larkin of the Irish Railway Record Society on Monday May 5th at 7:30 P.M.
The event will take place at new Kilmacsimon Community Centre, Bandon (The centre is located between Innishannon and Ballinadee).
The talk which will include a slide and film show will cover the planning, construction, history and eventual closing of the line in controversial circumstances.
The club are delighted to have Mr Larkin for the evening as he has in the past joined members for a highly enjoyable walk through Kilpatrick railway tunnel and his knowledge of the railway is second to none. (See Video of walk below). His talk on the 5th of May is certain to be both informative and entertaining.
The DVD of the De Courcey Classic and Vintage club Harvest day 2013 “100 Years of Claas” is now available. This DVD costs €15 and is available from Corcorans Bar, Ballinadee, The Blue Horizon, Garrettstown or direct from Kevin O’Neill, Ballinadee. Contact Kevin on 021 4778176, 087 7752059 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also have the DVD posted to you for an additional €2.
As well as the 60 minutes of the main feature there is also 30 minutes of extra footage including the build up to the day.
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This year’s De Courcey Vintage Club Harvest Working Day at Barrels Cross in Co Cork on 5 August is to be the focal point of Class’ centenary celebrations in Ireland.
The event, which will supported by Claas, will celebrate the German manufacturer’s 100th anniversary with a large display of vintage, classic and modern Claas equipment, including combines, both trailed and self-propelled, balers and other harvesting equipment.
A copy of Class’ new centenary book, 100 years of harvesting excellence, signed by no less than Helmut Claas, will be auctioned for charity.