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Update on Fr Kingston’s mission in Mozambique.

Last year the club was delighted to be able to give funds from our Harvest Day to The West Cork Fundraising Community whom since 2018 have been working towards raising enough funds to buy a tractor and other farm machinery for Fr. John Kingston’s mission in Mozambique. Clonakilty native Fr. John Kingston has been working in Mozambique since 1990, focusing primarily on helping the local community to farm.

The mission has been granted a significant plot of land (approximately 100 hectares) in Chimolo, which, if it goes unused will be taken back by the state, this would result in the eviction and loss of livelihood of a number of locals. We were delighted to hear back in May that the mission has now taken possession of a new tractor and implements to enable them to properly farm the land. See pictures of tractor arriving.

Earlier in June, we received some more pictures of the tractor, this time actually at work on the mission farm. We wish Fr Kingston the very best in the work he is doing helping the farming community in Mozambique.

De Courcey Harvest Day 5th August 2019

John O’Donovans farm Sandycove, Ballinspittle, was the setting for the 9th annual DeCourcey Harvest Working Day held as usual on the August Bank Holiday Monday. The event was run to raise money for The Fr Kingston Mission in Mozambique, Ballinadee School, Ballinadee Hall and DeCourceys Boxing club.

This year Farmhand Ltd with local distributor Derry O’Donovan Ltd were partners with the Club in running the event. Farmhand brought a fresh modern element to the Harvest Day, the highlight of which was the impressive parade of farm machinery from their catalogue. Full credit must go to Derry and Moira O’Donovan for assembling the array of equipment in one place. On the grandstand was Farmhand sales director David Borland who gave a detailed commentary on the machines as they paraded past.

In amongst the modern gear, there were a few early machines as well, including an Amazone fertilizer spinner originally sold new in Bandon in 1970 and an old Krone muck spreader, both of which were on vintage Massey Fergusons from the same era. Marketing director Stephen Scrivener was also present and was kept busy for the afternoon meeting past and future customers in the Farmhand hospitality tent. The team had a constant stream of visitors looking to chat and to purchase merchandise from the machinery brands on display.  

This year the Harvest day also featured several working horses. They spent the day collecting sheaves from the binders and drawing them to the threshing machines. Well done to local Jack O’Reilly for the fine job in restoring the horse butt which he brought to the show. It was lovely to see the butt in use throughout the day.

Two threshers were in use during the event. Sullivan’s Clayton and Shuttleworth thresher was driven by Lordan’s Marshall traction engine and John O’Neill’s Ransomes was driven by Bart Desmond’s Crossley oil engine. The oil engine was driving several belts to also power a Claas trusser and a grinding mill. Murphys from Kinsale had their 1907 Fowler engine on display.

As usual, the event featured a variety of reaper and binders, trailed combines and vintage combines as well as landowner John O’Donovans 2012 Claas Lexion Montana. Away from the harvesting, the tilling area had a range of different vintage machines ploughing and harrowing. Keith Bryan from Waterfall had his wonderful Titan tractor pulling a trailed plough having earlier in the day had a reaper and binder in tow.

At the lower end of the field Gearoid Walsh was giving a demonstration with an Amazone Cayros plough and alongside Liam O’Driscoll was putting his Kirovets K-424 articulated tractor through its paces with a reversible plough belonging to Jim O’Regan.

Once again the weather was very kind to us as we had beautiful sunshine for the afternoon. We give a big thank you to the landowner, sponsors and everyone who worked so hard to make the event a success. Looking forward to our 10th Harvest day in 2020.

Simulated Farm Accident

Highlight of the 2018 Harvest day in Kilbrittain was the simulated farm accident. Spectators were horrified to see a man becoming trapped in the intake auger of a combine harvester when trying to clear a blockage in the header. Luckily Dr Jason van der Velde from West Cork Rapid Response was on site as were members of the H.S.E. ambulance service, and Coastguard.

Dr Jason explained the actions being performed to extract the victim from the machine. Using his DART philosophy( Disengage, Analgesia(Pain Relief), Reverse and Tourniquet) the casualty was safely removed from the combine treated and removed from the site. Jason then answered questions from the audience. Many thanks to everyone who participated in this excellent demonstration we hope it will raise safety awareness and also inform people of what to do in the event of an accident happening.

Harvest working Day 6th August 2018.

The De Courcey Harvest Working day will be held on Monday 6th August 2018. The site will once again be in Harbour View, Kilbrittain. It will take place on the farm of club member Derry Desmond. The club is most grateful to Derry for making the site available to us for a second time. Continuing our support of local charities, 2018 will see funds raised donated to The Margaret O’Dwyer fund, Carmelite friary Kinsale renovation fund, Ballinspittle De-Fib group and West Cork Rapid Response who do such vital life-saving work in our area.

On the evening of 11th July, Club members met with representatives of these groups at the event site to officially launch the Working Day. Also supporting us was champion ploughman Liam O’Driscoll recently returned from competing in Russia.

Dr Jason van der Velde of the Rapid Response attended with his specially equipped rescue jeep completely financed by fundraising in the West Cork area. Also on site were other rescue and emergency services vehicles which will be on show at the Harvest day. 

At the end of April members of the committee had met with Dr Jason’s group to begin planning a farm safety exercise. The exercise will involve several different elements of the emergency services coordinating in respond to a serious accident where a person becomes trapped in a machine. The intention is to raise awareness of safety and also to educate people how to respond to such a serious accident. Preparation is well underway and will be very realistic. 

The 2018 harvest day will feature many new additions to the range of exhibits. De Courcey ‘s will be celebrating the 70th anniversary of the launch of the Landrover in 1948. We will be organising a gathering of all types of Landrover at the event in Kilbrittain. The Club recently took time out at the Innishannon Steam Rally to promote the event with some members and friends getting their landrovers together for a photo opportunity. 

The usual harvest day activities of reaper and binder, combine harvesting, tilling and a whole host of traditional farming activities will of course take centre stage. 

There are a number of restoration projects currently underway in the Club including some vintage combine harvesters that are being prepared for debuts at the show, one of which is Ronan Horgan’s 1971 Clayson 133. In addition, we are expecting a nice number of steam traction engines to also attend. As always the focus will be on activity, with a huge array of vintage machines of all sorts working at the event.

Keep an eye on our facebook page and website www.decourceyvintage.com for further details.

Harvest Day Launch

The August Bank Holiday Monday is almost upon us and excitement is growing in DeCourcey Country. We have a change of venue this year as the annual Harvest Working day moves to the farm of Derry Desmond in Harbour View, Kilbrittain.

On the evening of Tuesday 18th July, the De Courcey Vintage Club members, gathered with Friends of Bandon Community Hospital and the Ballinspittle Comhaltas group to attend the official launch of the Harvest day at the wonderful new site overlooking Courtmacsherry bay on the Wild Atlantic Way.

The large site will have plenty of space to accommodate the usual working areas with continuous displays of harvesting, tilling, and horse work throughout the day. Visitors to previous events will be aware of the range of machines from horse drawn reapers to trailer combines and early self-propelled models to modern giant harvesters that will be seen working on the day. Each year the number of machines grows and we are looking forward to seeing some recently restored vintage combines doing their thing at our event for the first time.

This year we will also have silage cutting which is a first for De Courcey’s and we are really excited about it. The emphasis will be on vintage and rare machines but Claas Farm Machinery will also be using the event to promote their latest silage harvesters. The Claas display will also be a must see for all tractor and machinery fans. We will be very fortunate to be able to display the latest Claas Jaguar 970 silage harvester working at the event. A big De Courcey thanks to Claas agent, Tim McCarthy of McCarthy plant and agri. sales Carriogtwohill for his support.

All working combines must register before the event. Silage cutting slots will be allocated before the event but anyone bringing equipment will be able to display in the static area.
For up to date Club News and entry forms, please check the facebook page or our website www.decourceyvintage.com.

Bill Chambers P.R.O. DeCourcey Classic and Vintage Club. 087 2844197.

Harvest Day 2017

John O’Neill, Derry Desmond and Simon Draper from DeCourcey Vintage Club inspect the crop at Harbour view, Kilbrittain, site of this year’s harvest day on the August Bank Holiday.

The De Courcey Harvest working day will take place on the August bank holiday Monday. This year the event will be held at a new site in Harbour View, Kilbrittain, Co Cork. It will take place on the farm of De Courcey Club member Derry Desmond. The club is most grateful to Derry for making the site available to us.

Ever since the hugely successful 2013 Harvest day celebrating the 100th anniversary of Claas farm machinery, the De Courcey Classic and Vintage Club has had close contact with the Claas company. We are delighted to announce that in 2017 we will once again be running the event in partnership with Claas. This year will feature many new additions to the range of exhibits and as always the focus will be on activity, with a huge array of vintage machines working at the event.

Claas are launching their latest silage harvester in the jaguar range the 970 in November 2017. Two of these machines have already been sold pre- launch in the West Cork region. It will be possible to see one these machines working at the De Courcey event. The 970 will be working alongside older harvesters to emphasise the vastly increased capacity of the new machine.

Some of the new activities at this year’s Harvest Day will include silage cutting with a selection of machines including single chop, double chop, precession cut up to self-propelled. Rare machines will be seen working, types like the Dania D5000 self- propelled and Hesston Field Queen self- propelled and star of the show will of course be the latest jaguar 970 .

Claas will have a significant presence at this event with sales stand, machinery displays, merchandising etc. Tim McCarthy from McCarthy plant and agri sales, Carrigtwohill will be on hand to answer any questions people may have about the Claas range of machines.

We look forward to fine weather and a great day out on Monday 7th August in Kilbrittain.

www.decourceyvintage.com and FB.com/decourceyvintageclub.

De Courcey Harvest Day 2016 – Event Report

The 6th Annual Harvest Day on Sunday 7th August, celebrated the 80th Anniversary of the Ferguson Brown tractor, the first of the Ferguson range, and there were many example of that line both working and displayed at the event which was held in glorious sunshine.

The official opening was performed by Andrew Pollocks, editor of the Irish Vintage Scene magazine.

Following the opening Mick Forde from ‘The Farm’ Grenagh gave a fascinating presentation of the history of Harry Ferguson from the centre of the Ferguson display.

Then it was on to the action. Vintage combines, the oldest being a 1949 Massey Harris through to the trailed combines and on to the self propelled models took to the field.

For the next two hours the crowds soaked up the sights and sounds of the vintage harvesters moving through the corn. JJ Hayes was on the speaker describing each model as it carried out its task.

Throughout the day old time harvesting was displayed with binders, stooking and steam threshing. The catering side was busy with Barracuda, Clonakilty Blackpudding and the club hospitality tent busy all day satisfying the crowds.

As usual for the De Courcey event the days work finished with a grand finale of all Harvesters cutting in precise formation.

The event rounded off with refreshments, music and dance.

One of the final events was the Harvest Day raffle, with the winners being:

1st Michael O’Sullivan, Kilgobblin – Trip for two to London

2nd John O’Brien, Farrangalway, Kinsale – Two Nights Accommodation in Killarney

3rd Nattie Downing, Old Head – Golf 4-Ball at Kinsale Golf Club

4th Martin Miller, Bandon – Football signed by Roy Keane

5th Teddy McCarthy, Bantry – Meal for two at the Speckled Door, Old Head

This years event was in aid of the Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind and local groups.

De Courcey Classic & Vintage Club Classic and Vintage Club would like to thank Paddy and Ann McCarthy for the great site and everyone that supported the event.

Rescheduled Harvest Day

De Courcey Harvest Working Day 2016 in aid of the Irish Guide Dogs for the Bind and local groups. Originally advertised for August Bank Holiday Monday is now rescheduled for Sunday 7th of August in Ballinadee, Bandon, Co, Cork.

The event now in it’s 6th year will focus on the 80th Anniversary of the Ferguson tractor brand. We will have a large working display of Ferguson system implements as well as our usual display of Combine Harvesters, binders and horse drawn equipment.

For further info contact John O’Neill on 087 266 7296 or John Quinn on 086 8162 529. Check out our website www.decourceyvintage.com or find us on Facebook @decourceyvintage.

De Courcey Harvest Day 2016.


On Monday the 1st Aug 2016 the 6th Annual De Courcey Harvest working day takes place in Ballinadee, Bandon, Co Cork. This year the theme is “80 years of the Ferguson tractor” and will be officially opened by Mr Andrew Pollock editor of the Irish Vintage Scene magazine.

2016 may be the 100th anniversary of the Rising but it is also the 80th anniversary of the start of production of the Ferguson tractor line, with the Ferguson Brown being manufactured in 1936. One of these rare tractors will be on display in Ballinadee at the event curtesy of Mick Forde of “The Farm” Grenagh, Co Cork, see www.visitthefarm.ie . We will have a large number of Ferguson tractors and Ferguson system implements on show and being demonstrated by their owners in our special Ferguson tilling area.

A highlight of the event will be a presentation by Pat O’Donovan on Ferguson and the Ferguson system.

Star attractions of the Harvest Working Day will of course be the growing numbers of vintage combines from all over the country that attend this event each year. Mick Forde has promised to bring a Massey Harris 726 combine which he states is probably the oldest self-propelled combine in Ireland.

A highlight of the event will be the annual raffle. Top prize will be a trip to London with Barters travel of Bandon.

The De Courcey Harvest Day began in 2011 as an idea to put on a working demonstration using several restored vintage combine harvesters from the locality. The event was very successful and the following year increased in size with both participant and visitor numbers doubling.
Both 2013 and 2014 saw a radical change as sponsorship from first Claas and then New Holland allowed the De Courcey Vintage Club to organise an event of national significance on a thirty five acre site. These shows attracted several thousand visitors to Barrell’s Cross Kinsale. Both these events received much positive coverage in overseas publications as well as in Ireland.
The harvest working day now features working areas with continuous activity. Harvesters, reaper and binders and every sort of machinery associated with the harvest past and present can be seen working throughout the day.

Tilling is also represented with a ploughed field filled with vintage machinery turning the soil and planting crops.

Many horse operated machines will be operating on the day. Horses will be ploughing, harrowing, cutting corn, threshing and drawing cartloads of sheaves.
Also on site will be a picnic area surrounded by food outlets showcasing some of our unique West Cork products. Last year’s participants included Clonakilty black puddings, Barracuda BBQ and Clona Dairies.

Of course the event will also have a large static display of vintage commercial vehicles, cars and tractors. This section continues to grow each year.
Continuing with our commitment to supporting local causes, this year funds raised will once again go to several local groups in De Courcey’s parish but our main beneficiary will be the ‘Irish guide dogs for the blind ‘. The guide dogs will be attending to meet the public on the day.
The other groups are as follows; Ballinadee Development Assoc. The local Foroige group and Courcey Rovers Ladies football and Camogie Club, .

Bill Chambers P.R.O. De Courcey classic and Vintage club.

Chairman: John O Neill 087 266 7296
Secretary: John Quinn 086 8162529