Past Times Revisited
To celebrate the millennium vintage came to the fore in Louth when a number of enthusiasts got together to arrange the inaugural show. The day coincided with the visit of +Bishop John Gerry of Brisbane to his Titular See at Louth. The show was held at Nugent’s farm, Mullavalley and the video made became a focal part of the celebrations in Birsbane marking the golden jubilee of +Bishop Gerry’s ordination. The thresher was supplied and operated by Pat Kerr Muff and the steam tractor by Gerard Doherty of Artoney. All who attended were treated to irish stew, numerous side shows and local girls in native costume gave a display of Irish dancing of riverdance standard. All money raised on the day was donated to the North Louth Hospice Homecare Foundation.
Vintage was held at Coolcreedan, Louth for a number of years thereafter culminating in a major show in September 2003 in aid of the Louth Church Restoration Fund, raising almost E30, 000. Much credit for its success was due to many locals including the late Paddy Callan and Hugh Hernon RIP.
In October 2006 a successful vintage day was held at Summerhill to raise funds for the purchase of a scanner for the Louth County Hospital.
Following the formation of the Knockbridge Vintage Club in 2007 the show moved to that area. Under the chairmanship of Tom McGeeney, it has gone from strength to strength. It has now become a major event in the vintage calendar year