THE 16th annual Rock Inn vintage rally, which took place on Sunday 30 April, was another huge success. The event raised about €2,500 which, once again, will be donated to Laois Hospice.
A stand that attracted great interest was the display of butcher’s implements that were used in bygone days. Another item that drew people’s attention was the Brophy hurley-making machine. Also on view were vintage tractors, cars and engines.
Later that evening, The Big Spoon provided the music for a cabaret in the Rock Inn.
Eamon Kelly, the rally committee’s long-serving chairperson, expressed his thanks to everyone for their continued support of the event, particularly the main sponsors, the caterers, those who exhibited their machines and his fellow committee members. He also thanked the volunteers on the day for roping off the area, providing railings and stewarding the exhibition and parking zones. He said that exhibitors had travelled from far and wide to take part in the event.
He singled out one person in particular, who attended the rally for the first time. He drove all the way from Sixmilebridge, Co Clare in a vintage jeep with four or five passengers on board.
Mr Kelly also thanked Park Engineering, which supplied the shed (valued at €1,200) that will be raffled in the coming weeks. He said that a small number of tickets for the draw are still available and they can be obtained by contacting James Conroy on 087 4145042 or Liam Delaney on 087 9611058.