Duhal­low Vin­tage Club comes of age with a bash in Kan­turk

The Corkman - - FRONT PAGE - MICHAEL MCGRATH

BOB’S Bar in Kan­turk’s Per­ci­val Street was the venue for the 21st birthday party for the mem­bers of Duhal­low Vin­tage Club, who cel­e­brated their com­ing of age with style when up to 100 car en­thu­si­asts wined, dined and danced the night away.

The at­ten­dance was wel­comed, in turn, by club pres­i­dent Bill Neale and chair­man Wil­liam Ho­gan, who said he was de­lighted to see so many peo­ple present and that the club had a great year, in which they had again sup­ported many char­i­ties through their car runs. He thanked the mem­bers for their con­tri­bu­tion to its suc­cess.

“We also think of the mem­bers over the past years who have gone to their re­ward, they are also re­mem­bered and their mem­o­ries are cher­ished this evening,” said Mr. Ho­gan.

The first sec­re­tary of Duhal­low Vin­tage Club in 1996 was John Noel Cronin, who briefly out­lined its his­tory, and he thanked the found­ing mem­bers for their ini­tia­tive in estab­lish­ing the club. Mr. Cronin pre­sented a tro­phy to the club to be com­peted for on their spring run in the com­ing year.

A fea­ture of the Duhal­low group was that it was the first vin­tage club to utilise mo­tor­cy­cle mar­shals to reg­u­late and con­trol traffic flow, par­tic­u­larly at cross roads dur­ing their runs. This has now been em­u­lated by many other clubs in the coun­try.

Found­ing mem­ber Daithi Collins, in a brief ad­dress, said that he too was de­lighted to see so many peo­ple present as it was most im­por­tant to keep the club go­ing to pre­serve the his­tory of the car.

“We are now mov­ing into the era of the elec­tric car and the time will come when there will be no diesel or petrol driven cars on the road,” he said.

Five of the found­ing mem­bers from 1996 re­ceived cer­tifi­cates to mark the oc­ca­sion. They were Florence Mur­phy, Richie Cul­li­nane, Ritchie Walsh, Daithi Collins and John Noel Cronin.

Pa­trick O’Sul­li­van was also pre­sented with the Myr­tle Forde Tro­phy for his two door, 1.3 Ford Cortina, which he showed on the Rath­cor­mac Run ear­lier this year.

Evan Bur­ton, Bill Neale, Wil­liam Ho­gan, Charles Gillman and Jim O’Do­herty pic­tured at the 21st Duhal­low Vin­tage Club 21st Birthday cel­e­bra­tion at Bob’s Bar, Kan­turk.

The O’Sul­li­vans: Pat, Micky and Cian with Tadgh Fin­negan at the 21st birthday cel­e­bra­tion for Duhal­low Vin­tage Club at Bob’s Bar, Kan­turk.

The five found­ing mam­bers of Duhal­low Vin­tage Club qho re­ceived cer­tifi­cates to mark the 21st Birthday of the club. In­cluded are Florence Mur­phy, Richie Walsh, Richie Cul­li­nane, John Noel Cronin and Der­mot O’Dono­van.

John Noel Cronin pre­sent­ing a new tro­phy to Pres­i­dent Bille Neale.

De­nis Cor­bett with Noreen and Kate Shea­han at the Duhal­low Vin­tage Club’s 21st Birthday.

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