May Bank holiday fund raising events in aid of Laois Hospice
FOLLOWING on from the success of last year’s two day event, the 11th annual Rock Inn Vintage Run & Rally in aid of Laois Hospice takes place this bank holiday weekend May 6 and May 7 with an impressive variety of activities and entertainment and all for a great cause.
The action starts on Saturday afternoon at 3pm with a Vintage Tractor and Car run from the Rock Inn on two separate scenic routes. The cars will wend their way towards Monasterevin and then back again while the tractors will head into Portlaoise town. It is expected that between 25 and 30 tractors will take part in this colourful parade.
The community event is organised every year as a fund-raiser for Laois Hospice. The background is that a group of vintage motor enthusiasts were having a sociable drink in the Rock Inn when they came up with the idea of the rally as a means of raising funds for Laois Hospice and also as an opportunity for them to indulge their love of vintage vehicles.
After 11 years the Rock Inn Vintage Rally has become one of the most popular social and charitable events in the Laois calendar. The organisers are hoping that the recent inclement weather will give way to blue skies, but come hail or shine the vintage enthusiasts from all over the country will be out in force this weekend.
The convenient location of the Rock Inn close to the Dublin-Cork/Limerick motorway and proximity to all the main towns in the area makes it ideal for such gatherings. Following the Vintage Run on Saturday the grounds of the Rock Inn will be transformed on Sunday for the Vintage Rally itself at 12 noon which will have something of interest for every member of the family.
There will be familiar faces from previous years such as hurley maker Leo Brophy and Ned McEvoy with his vintage stone crusher which is pretty spectacular. There will also be numerous vintage steam vehicles on display along with dozens of vintage cars, tractors, motorbikes and small machinery - all in beautiful condition.
Then there is the Family Entertainment section which is enclosed for added safety and will feature bouncy castles (of different sizes for younger and older children), face painting and a puppet show.
All through the day there will be refreshments available at the Rock Inn while that night at 9pm there will be the very popular annual Vintage Rally Cabaret with the Knight Showband for a very reasonable admission fee of €5. All proceeds from the Vintage Run on Saturday, the Rally on Sunday and the Cabaret will go to Laois Hospice. Long time Chairman of the organising committee Eamon Kelly this week thanked the hard-working committee (Treasurer James Conroy and Secretary Liam Delaney), the new proprietor of the Rock Inn Philip Lewis and local gardai for their efforts.