Chairman TJ Donnelly
Secretary Mary Hennessy
Treasurer Tricia Mulhall
Vice Chairman TJ Donnelly
Assistant Secretary Joseph Kearney
Assistant Treasurer Padraig Kearney
PRO Billy Maher
PRO/Webmaster Sean Ryan
Committee members -
Donal Scanlon, Patrick Doyle, Seamus Hennessy
Bridget Mulhall, Aishling Mulhall, Liam O'Dwyer
Thomas Shelly, Seamus Barry, Michael Fahey
Tagh Ryan, Niall Taylor, Liam Morris, Fr Peter Brennan
Clonoulty Rossmore Vintage Club was formed in July 2001 by local vintage car and machinery enthusiasts who before then had to travel far and wide to display their exhibits. Our interest in the vintage scene started back in the mid eighties when exhibiting at Upton Steam Rally. Through the 90’s there were still no rally within Co.Tipperary so we had to travel to Ballyfin, Stradbally, Upton and Milford Harvest Fair.
In 1999 Liam O’Dwyer and Jim Mulhall put on a vintage display in Clonoulty Village in conjunction with the Connie Ryan Gathering dance festival. On display was the ‘Pride of Tipperary’, a showman’s traction engine restored by Ger and Alex Crosse of Donaskeigh. John Donoghue of Holycross exhibited a poteen still made by himself, now on display in Mulcahy’s Pub, Clonmel. Liam O’Dwyer displayed a stationery engine which drove a corn grinder, a collection of oil cans, cast seats and other tools.
In 2001 Liam O’Dwyer spoke to James O’Donoghue, the editor of the IVETA magazine, about starting a Vintage Club and holding a rally in Clonoulty. This was the year of the foot and mouth outbreaks; as a result a lot of rallies were cancelled so we were asked to host the National Vintage Rally, what a baptism of fire! We had just six weeks notice to organise the show and form a committee. Chairman Paddy Heffernan, Secretary Judy Hayes, Treasurer Tricia Mulhall, PRO Paddy Kelly, committee members Joe O’Keefe, Denis Ryan, Jim Mulhall, Richard Ryan, Liam O’Dwyer and John O’Connell pulled out all the stops and our first rally was successfully run. Three of these members are still with us today and we have run a rally every year since, never having to cancel or postpone due to weather.
When Judy Hayes was asked to be Club Secretary, she agreed on the condition that we would donate 80% of the money raised to South Tipperary Hospice Movement, which we have done ever since. Over the last 10 years we have donated €226,500, the best year was 2007 with €40,000 and we still donated €25,000 in 2010 despite the economic downturn and the weather.
Over the years we have also donated to International Red Cross appeals, Bòthar (including two heifers!) and a number of local charities. To date this has totalled €10,000.
The fundraising is split between a bucket collection, profits from the annual vintage rally and prize monies from St Patrick Day parades.
As well as the annual rally (see rally page), we organise a road run and barbeque for local members (date TBA) and the presentation of a cheque to South Tipperary Hospice Movement is a great social occasion held in Simon's Bar.