Duhallow Vintage Club comes of age with a bash in Kanturk
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.