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June 2019

 

Sat 15th June Kilbroney Show, Rostrevor

A great day out and an array of cars to see. TCNI members are welcome to join with the Stag Owners Club on their stand. Contact Brian Linden 07979 954381for further details or look for the leaping stag flag on the day.

Sun 24th June AOVC Summer Run

See Entry form includes. Still time to enter – phone Janet on 07519 651736 immediately if you would like to attend.

Sat 6th July TCNI Summer Picnic Run

A new event for us this year. A picnic, a chance to watch a stage rally, a drive through orchard country and an optional meal to finish the day, what more could you wish for. Full details are on the enclosed entry form.

Sun 7th July Terenure Show, Dublin

This is a great show down in Dublin that a few club members attend.

Thurs 18th July Drumbo Vintage Show & Run

An evening Car & Tractor show and short run at Drumbo Presbyterian Church. All welcome

Thurs 25th July Temple Vintage Show & Run

A popular evening event at Temple Golf & Country Club.

Sun 11th August Moynalty Steam Threshing Festival.

A number of our members are planning to attend this great event. Cars, Tractors, Steam Engines and much more. If you would like to travel with us contact either Brian Linden 07979 954381 or Desmond Shortt 07974 022628.

Sun 18th Aug TCNI Summer Run.

Our Club Summer Run on the 18th August starting at the Ballymac Hotel at 1:30pm. Full details are on the enclosed entry form.

Reports

The 2019 Ballyclare May Fair and classic cavalcade was held on Saturday 25″ May at the Sixmile Leisure Centre. We had no rain during the event but there had been some earlier in the morning which seemed to put some people off attending. However, the more hearty car and bike owners turned up. Interestingly the most numerous Triumph model present was the TR7 where three examples were on display. A rare TR7 Sprint with the 16valve engine more commonly seen in the Triumph Dolomite Sprint, a TR7 V8 with the 3.5 litre Rover engine and a standard 8 valve car. Both the 16 valve and the V8 engine were used the power the TR7 rally cars back in the day. All three cars were hardtops. Great to see new members bringing their cars out. The charity this year was Barnardo’s

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The four cylinder TR7s

TR7V8 Ballyclare_0002       The TR7 V8  in good company.

The Banardo’s team picked the car they would like to go home in.  Leslie Duffin was delighted to have his freshly restored TR250 chosen and was presented with a memento by the Mayor of Antrim & Newtownabbey.TR7V8 Ballyclare_0001

For Sale

Gearbox for a triumph TR2 and a set of wire wheels complete with tyres. The gear box has been completely rebuilt and the wire wheels are in pretty good condition too. Open to any sensible offers for either or both.

Contact Mervyn Mackey at mervynmackey@aol.com

 

Spring 2019

FORTHCOMING EVENTS

Sat 25th May Ballyclare May Fair

The Ballyclare May Fair Classic Cavalcade is jointly held between the TCNI and Ballyclare Lions. The charity to benefit this year is Barnardos. Please return your completed entry forms as soon as possible to help us make arrangements for the event.

Sat 15th June Kilbroney Show, Rostrevor A great day out and an array of cars to see.

Sat 6th July TCNI Summer Picnic Run

A new event for us this year. A picnic, a chance to watch a stage rally, a drive through orchard country and an optional meal to finish the day, what more could you wish for. Full details are on the enclosed entry form.

Sun 7th July Terenure Show, Dublin

This is a great show down in Dublin that a few club members attend.

Reports

The Easter Classic Weekend IMG_0001

After being subjected to the demands of certain young ladies at a club dinner in late January, when it was requested that I should arrange perhaps “a one nighter” of a get together in a hotel somewhere, somewhen, I thought, “well why not?” But after some consideration, what’s better than one night in good company, two nights, twice the fun!

When? Well probably best while folk are in a holiday mood and the next holiday time was Easter. Now find an accommodating venue,

not too expensive, I for one can’t really relax if I have to spend too much of the money I’ve saved for my later years (I’m a pensioner you know).

Got it! The Irish Riveria! A hotel by a sandy beach! The aroma of fresh cooked fish in the air! A mountain range as a back drop where those who dare can slip away for a leisurely drive and breathe the fresh air clearing that fishy smell out of their system. I only could think of one place, The Bay View Hotel in Killybegs, swap the sandy beach for a harbour IMG_0002 and three out of four ain’t bad. On the phone, plead a poor mouth, a bit of arm twisting, find a lunch stop for the next day, find a restaurant for our final meal on the third day and without too much hassle, bingo we have an event.

Now all that is needed is people to attend. Adapt a previous entry form, get the rest of the team on board. Desmond on printing and Laurence and Aileen to receive returned entries and deposits and of course buy the raffle prizes. Eventually give the fine detail to John Jnr. to produce the information brochure after Elaine and I had pre reccied the entire three days in ten hours, two weeks prior to the event. Of course by that time the entries had come flooding in.

The twenty pre-booked rooms plus another two, sold out in less than two weeks . A total of 45 people in 21 cars made their way to the Donegal Coastal Town of Killybegs on Easter Sunday.IMG_0003 Most via the planned rural mountain drive from Fivemiletown to Fintona and onward through Kesh, Pettigo and Laghey. Lovely to welcome James and Una out with us for the first time in their beautiful white Stag, On Sunday night after our evening meal in Luke’s Restaurant everyone relaxed and socialised together before retiring.
Monday after a hearty breakfast we all set out on our beautiful scenic drive through Kilcar, Carrick and Glencolmcille then over the mountains and down the Glengesh Pass to Ardara. Lunch was in the quaint old bar of Nancy’s and then, next door,  lifelong weaver Eddie Doherty gave  us a demonstration on a very old weaving loom still working to perfection as it did many many years ago.

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After all this came the highlight of the entire weekend when the ladies and some gents paraded in their Easter Bonnets in the
ideal setting of the back garden of Nancy’s with great camaraderie and without risk to life or limb, and was judged by Charles McHugh our host and publican, declaring June the worthy winner, IMG_0007

with a special award for Cara our youngest entrant.  We later gave an award to Elish and Alistair our only husband and wife contenders. A fantastic effort was made by all that took part, male and female!
Our Gala Dinner in the ballroom on Monday evening was enjoyed by all with everyone receiving a prize from the raffle (my thanks to all who donated many beautiful items) and John Jnr provided some onscreen entertainment.
Tuesday morning gave time to look around the local area before heading homeward with our farewell meal at the Village Inn in Killyclogher.
Was it all worthwhile. I think so! I enjoyed it! Did you? If you did tell others! If you didn’t tell us! Either way tell everyone the next weekend at the end of September is well underway in planning so get your entry in early to avoid disappointment. See you there.
JOHN SNR.

Jan/Feb 2019

FORTHCOMING EVENTS

Sun 7th April 2019 AOVC Spring Run Full details are in the enclosed entry form.

Sun 14th April 2019 TCNI Spring Run The club Spring Run will be held on Sunday afternoon 14th April. The assembly point will be Mc Donald’s Car Park Spruicefield at 1:30pm moving off at 2:00pm. Full details are in the enclosed form.

Sun 21″ to Tues 22nd April TCNI Easter Weekend.

There are still places available, if you would like to join us contact John ScottSnr (07818 077801) without delay. Full details are in the enclosed entry form.

Sat 25th May Ballyclare May Fair

The Ballyclare May Fair Classic Cavalcade is jointly held between the TCNI and Ballyclare Lions. The charity to benefit this year is Bamardos.

Reports

Chairman Report 25th AGM 30th January 2019

Another year over and another starting. With an aging committee, life does not get much easier to plan new events and find new venues; but as usual we will have the same small team of dedicated committee (I suppose at time of writing, at least) to carry out their chores as required. My thanks to all who stood up to the mark in 2018.

Our annual dinner, as usual was in the Ballymac on Saturday 26th January with a lesser number of participants, 27 in total. However, the food was excellent and was enjoyed by all present.

Our two Sunday runs were, as usual, organised by John Jnr and June, which on 15th April we left Sprucefield and went to Castlewellan Forest park for light refreshments and returned to Eight South at Carryduff for a meal and complimentary raffle. While on 12th August we left the Ballymac travelling through Broughshane to Glenarm for our tea and coffee stop, returning to the Ballymac for our meal.

The May Bank Holiday weekend was again organised by Brian and Desmond using the Enniskillen Hotel as our base and with great scenic drives to the caves for the adventurous; and visit to Florence Court for the more sublime travellers. Weather was fantastic in keeping with the food and accommodation all weekend, including our final farewell meal at Silver Birch Hotel, Omagh.

The usual Donegal weekend at the Mount Errigal Hotel in September was enjoyed by all 55 taking part and included a visit to Fanad Lighthouse with some outstanding scenery to and from. Having lunch at Fanad Lodge and an added pleasure of meeting with the legendary Irish country singing star of current and showband days, Brendan Quinn. A visit to the Foyle Railway Museum on the way to our farewell lunch at the Belfray Country Inn on Sunday brought another enjoyable weekend to a close.

The Ballyclare Classic Cavalcade had 65 vehicles taking part on another successful charity event (24th annual) with £1000 being handed over to the Hospice later in the year by our long-standing partners, The Ballyclare Lions.

Due to uncertainty and spiralling costs, we regretfully have decided to cancel the 2019 May Bank Holiday Weekend. But hope to possibly hold a shorter, one overnight event on a less costly Spring date.

Can I once again thank all the team and participants for their support throughout 2018 and hope for a successful 2019 calendar of events by all the usual, and hopefully new friends of the Triumph Club NI.

J.E. SCOTT SEN

Chairman

Desmond Shortt reports on a recent trip to New Zealand

New Zealand Classics ; we saw quite a few classics out and about. The weather was terrific and people were enjoying themselves.

NZ Packhard_0001Triumphs were widely sold in New Zealand in their day .This MkII 2000 was basking in the sun in Tuaranga on the North Island

NZ Packhard_0002A 2CV was out at our stop in The Bay of Islands. We only sae rain on one day and it didnt last too long.

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 Our stop at Napier wwas terrific. This town is noted for its Art Deco Style.

There were a range of cars out giving rides to visitors.  This Packhard was very majestic.

 

December 2018

How quickly 2018 has come and gone. The great summer and autumn was terrific for enjoying our cars this year.

Have you any jobs to do on your car this winter. My TR7 is stuck in gear, I believe it is a problem with the gearbox remote, we’ll see.

FORTHCOMING EVENTS

Sat 26th January TCNI Annual Club Dinner

Our Dinner this winter will be held on Saturday 26th January at 8:00 pm in the Ballymac Hotel, Lisburn. Please come and join with us you will be made very welcome the cost will be £20 per person. Contact Laurence Bell 028 3832 2865 or John Scott Snr 07818 077801 to make your reservation.

Wed 30th January 2019 TCNI AGM

The club Annual General Meeting will be held on 31st January 2018 in the Ballymac Hotel at 8:00pm. This is an important meeting where we elect club officials for the incoming year. We hope as many members as possible will attend. We are in need of more folk to help run the club and contribute to organising events. This is your opportunity to help your club.

Sat 2nd Mar 2019 AOVC Annual Dinner.

The AOVC Annual Dinner will be held in the Beechlawn Hotel, Dunmurry on Sat 2nd March. Everyone is welcome. Please contact John Scott for tickets, price £25 per person.

Reports

On Sunday the 12th of August we assembled at The Ballymac Hotel on the Rock Road. This was the starting point of our afternoon Club Run. It was organised by John Scott jnr and his wife June. They had put a lot of effort into the event.

We left on time with all the arrangements made for our Evening Meal; Menu’s given out and collected. As we travelled on pleasant roads we came to the village of Broughshane. It has been named Village of The Year 2018. With a population of 2500, it is known as the “Garden Village of Ulster”. We picked up an additional car. Brian in his Vauxhall Chevette, was waiting for us at this point.

Onwards we went to our stopping point Glenarm Castle.

The rain arrived as we were entering the castle Grounds and so Grumpy stopped under a big tree for shelter, to give out our tea coffee,cake, biscuits etc. This ancestral home of the Earls of Antrim did not stop the rain falling,so many umbrellas were produced from the cars. One of the Club Members produced a pavlova that was discarded from an event the previous day.

It did not last long and as it was being consumed, it was hoped that this may be done at all future Triumph Events as a Signature token, so that people would know they were at a Triumph outing. Rita I think 6 pavlovas would cover the year.

It was noted that the water was still falling but the umbrellas were down. Poor parking under the tree, water was now dripping from the branches.

The car was moved to another location and the use of the Cafe facilities was appreciated.

We moved off in convoy and went via the beautiful Antrim coast road, down through Larne and then made our way back to Templepatrick and on to The Ballymac.

A very good meal finished off a very enjoyable day.

Thanks again to John and June.

Grumpy.

The Donegal Classic Weekend 28th-30th September 2018

The weekend, for most people started early on the Friday afternoon when we gathered for tea, coffee and scones at the Ballymac Hotel and by 3:00pm we were on the familiar road to Letterkenny, picking up our friends from the Ballyronan Club at the Elk Inn. Roadworks and promised improvements to the A6 around Castledawson slowed us down considerably but by 6:00 we were all finding our rooms in the familiar surroundings of the Mount Errigal Hotel in Letterkenny and meeting up with those who had travelled there directly.

This was one of our biggest gatherings for some years. We filled our total complement of booked rooms and had 26 vehicles. We are a tolerant lot in Triumph Club NI and in addition to the five Triumphs, welcomed fifteen other marques, ranging in size from a Mini Cooper to a Rolls Royce.

Friday night, as usual,was for eating and talking, catching up on the summer and settling in. We were especially pleased that Laurence and Aileen Bell were able to join us again.

Saturday is Driving Day. John had previously said he was out of ideas for places to go in Donegal, but we soon Y discovered that he had kept one of the best drives till now. Fanad Head, at the westward entrance to Lough Swilley is on a wild windswept coast of cliffs and hidden beaches all topped off by the Fanad Lighthouse, which has been voted the second most scenic lighthouse in the world. Absolutely beautiful and the drive to it once, we passed Ramelton and Rathmullan was spectacular. Everyone was speaking of coming back to explore the route at leisure, enjoying the many viewpoints and the many small, beautiful beaches. There were others as well who wanted to drive the twisting demanding road in more sporting fashion, but we wouldn’t want to encourage that kind of behaviour.

Lunch at the Fanad Lodge Restaurant and then the short drive to the Lighthouse.

John doesn’t do things by half so by special permission we were parked on the helipad and after photographs had guided tours the lighthouse. Many climbed the 79 steep narrow steps to the top of the tower. Our guides were just great, and we learnt about colour codings for lighthouses, how the flashing of the light used to be regulated by clockwork, with weights like a grandfather clock which had to be wound to the top of the tower every two hours. Keepers were kept busy carrying drums of paraffin to the top of the steps to fuel the huge tilley lamp which before the coming of electricity, ensured the safety of seafarers in the area. And on top of all that they had to keep a record of passing vessels and watch for those in trouble.

Then it was time to explore further as we made our way back to Letterkenny for our Gala Dinner and traditional Raffle, where ‘everyone is a winner’. Special thanks again to John Jnr. for organising the music and videos.

After breakfast on Sunday morning we turned homewards, with our first stop at Bridgend, to visit a big permanent indoor boot sale, organised to raise funds for Foyle Search and Rescue. Some bought bargains, others contributed directly to this very worthy charity. Reality hit home as we heard that another person had been rescued after entering the Foyle in the early hours of that morning.

Our next stop was at the end of another Bridge, the Craigavon Bridge in Derry/Londonderry, where after crossing on the lower deck the GNR railway entered the City Station, which has been restored as The Foyle Valley Railway Museum.

It’s a wonderful little museum, but no ordinary museum. It’s run by ‘Destined’, a charity which has as its objective ‘Empowering People with Learning Disabilities in a Whole Life Experience’. Set up as a drop-in centre in 2002 it now provides for hundreds of young people. We heard how they had convinced the City Council to give them the property for a peppercorn rent, how they were running a car wash alongside, plans for riverside and boat tours, a taxi firm, and the railway museum.
The young people served us tea and scones and guided us round the exhibits on a memorable visit, whether we were remembering the penny chocolate dispensers, the carriages with no corridors, and so no toilets, or playing at being train drivers.

Then, mid afternoon, the last drive to The Belfray Country Inn for our four course carvery meal before dispersal for the homeward journey.

A last note to John: When you are organising the kind of good weather we had for the weekend, could you stretch it a bit till we get home?

Another great weekend, many people were involved, but in the end its all down to the effort John makes on our behalf.

Thanks again John

Brian

May – June 2018

FORTHCOMING EVENTS

Thurs 19th July Drumbo Vintage Evening

Drumbo Vintage evening will be held in the grounds of the Presbyterian Church on the evening of 19th July. All will be made very welcome.

Thurs 26th July Temple Vintage Show & Run

The Temple show & run will be held on the 26th July at Temple Golf Club. Always a good night.

Saturday 28th July Claragh Bridge Vintage Show 

This is an excellent country vintage show well worth a visit.

Sun 12th Aug TCNI Summer Run

Our Club Summer run will be held on the 12th August. Assembling at the Ballymac Hotel for a 1:00pm start and travelling through Co Antrim. Full details are on the enclosed entry form.

Fri 28th to Sun 30th Sept TCNI Autumn Donegal Weekend

We are holding our famous Donegal weekend at the end of September as usual. Full details are on the enclosed entry form.

Sat 1st Sept AOVC Autumn Run

The AOVC Autumn run will be visiting the Battle of the Boyne site this year. Full details are on the enclosed entry form.

GRPD

New data protection regulations come into force this year. They require us to have your explicit consent to store your contact details (both e-mail and address) so we can contact you with details of events in the future. Some of the details of how the regulations apply to car clubs is unclear at this time. Our entry forms enclosed have a box for you to tick to give your consent for this.

Reports

Spring Weekend:  Enniskillen

We had a good attendance for our Spring Weekend in Enniskillen at the beginning of May. It was good to have some new faces along but we did miss some of our regulars who were unable to be with us due to ill health. We met in Quinn’s Corner for a Saturday afternoon fry-up to kick things off. We travelled on to Enniskillen via Ballygawley,Fintona and Irvinstown avoiding the main A4 route. The weather was good with bright sunshine. After settling into our rooms in the Enniskillen Hotel we had a very pleasant meal in the function room.

Saturday morning we set off on a scenic drive through the Cuilceagh Mountains of south Fermanagh and north Cavan before splitting into two groups,  at Florencecourt for the first and the second travelling on to Marble Arch Caves. The weather was warm and sunny. The new boardwalk close to the entrance to Marble Arch Caves seemed to be a big attraction to the general public with cars parked everywhere.

Lunch was provided at both the venues. After our tours we were  free to return to Enniskillen or have a further drive before our evening meal.

Monday morning saw us driving along the north shore of Lough Erne through the most westerly part of Northern Ireland to Castlederg. From there we turned south east and picked up the South Sperrins Scenic Route, through the spectacular Gortin Glen and on to Omagh where we had a late lunch in the Silver Birch Hotel.

Ballyclare May Fair

The Show and Cavalcade at Ballyclare May Fair is one of the highlights of our year. It’s a charity event jointly organised with Ballyclare Lions. Our charity this year is The Northern Ireland Hospice.

Coming in the middle of a spell of excellent weather, conditions for the event were as good as any of us can remember. Cars and motor-bikes assembled at the Six Mile Leisure Centre from early morning and by mid-day, as the Cavalcade set off there were 65 entries.

John Sen. in the familiar red and black 2500 PI Mk1headed the parade for the 20 mile run through the town and the East Antrim countryside, returning to the leisure centre for a snack lunch and the presentation of awards.

Whilst every entrant received a memento there were special presentations to Stanley Magee for the oldest car, a 1930 Austin 6/16 and to Trevor Kirk, the owner of the oldest motorcycle, a 1948 BSA.

 

   Mar -Apr 2018

FORTHCOMING EVENTS        Sun 15th Apr TCNI Spring Run

We will assemble at McDonalds Car Park Sprucefield from 1:00pm moving off at 1:30pm for a scenic run to Castlewellan Forest Park and returning to Carryduff for an optional meal in Eight South. Full details are on the enclosed entry form.

Sat 5th to 7th May TCNI Spring Bank Holiday Weekend

Last chance to book please contact Laurence Bell 028 3832 2865 or Brian Linden 07979 954381immediately if you would like to join us

Sat 26 May TCNI Ballyclare May Festival and Cavalcade

Held in conjunction with Ballyclare Lions Club the event is supporting the NI Hospice this year.

GRPD

New data protection regulations come into force this year. They require us to have your explicit consent to store your contact details (both e-mail and address) so we can contact you with details of events in the future. Some of the details of how the regulations apply to car clubs is unclear at this time. Our entry forms enclosed have a box for you to tick to give your consent for this.

Reports

RIAC Classic Car Show, RDS, Dublin

The AOVC represented member clubs at this major show. The theme was Italian design and we displayed a wonderful Fiat 131 Super Mirafiori.

Aovc stand 2018

The AOVC Stand

Astom Martin 2018This Aston Martin DB3S from 1956 was one of only 30 produced. It was quite spectacular in both looks and the sound it made on the Friday arriving into the RDS.

TR2 2018This unrestored TR2 on the TR Register Ireland stand has a racing history. I was told that the car runs but doesn’t drive.

1912 sunbeam 2018This 1912 Sunbeam Model 16-20 was manufactured in Wolverhampton and is currently being restored by its owner. They were very robust and were used by the war office during WW1.It has a 4 cylinder engine with each cylinder having a capacity of 1 litre. It could cruise at 28 MPH with a fuel consumption of 12 MPG.

 

March 2017

Editor Desmond Shortt

SAD NEWS

It was with great sadness that we learned of the tragic death of Ryan Phillips last month. Ryan and his parents Rita & Adrian, were members of TCNI and regularly participated in our events. Our prayers and thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

The events for 2017 are rolling in. I hope your vehicles are all ready for the coming season. Looking forward to meeting many of our members on some of these days out.

FORTHCOMING EVENTS

Sun 9th March 2017 TCNI Spring Run.   Our first Club run for 2017 will be held on Sunday afternoon 91h April. We will meet at the Ballymac Hotel at 01:30 pin for a 02:00 pm departure. Full details are given in the enclosed entry form.

Sun 23rd April AOVC Spring Run.    The AOVC Spring Run will be held on Sunday 23rd April in the Co Armagh area. Full details are given in the enclosed entry form.

Sat 29th April to Sun 1st May TCNI May Bank Holiday Classic Weekend.    We are visiting the North Antrim Coast this year. Our base will be the Magherabuoy Hotel just outside Portrush. Full details are on the entry form. Please return as soon as possible.

Sat 27th May 2017 Annual May Fair Classic Cavalcade.    We are again joining with Ballyclare Lions Club to host the Annual May Fair Classic Cavalcade on Saturday 27th May. Please return the enclosed entry form to Laurence Bell.

Sun 11th June 2017 TCNI Run to Mosney Classic Car Show.   We are planning to attend the Classic Car Show at Mosney in June. Further details in the next edition of Laurel News.

Bleak Outlook

I notice every time I look at a Classic Car Magazine, that the movement is in crises.If is not the Insurance going up in cost, or VLA Email Scams, it is the theft of an old car from its winter slumbers.

Many owners just park their Treasures in a lockup premises and never look at them, until the next time they want to use the car for an event. Maybe the thieves will look at them more often.

I note now we have very few young people in the motor trade that can look after older cars. The Training in Education, looks like it is going back to what was done 50 years ago, with Technical Schools. Perhaps it is time for the Classic Car Movement, to get its act together and use the information that the older people have, to help young apprentices into the trade and keep them there.

Auction Houses look like they are the number one way of buying and selling Classic Cars. People are buying cars on line, that have not seen the car or the owner in person. This is quite a risky business. I would not do it.

If we believe in the Classic Car Movement having a future, then the Pollution Rules that London has started will do away with a lot of good cars. This will leave less going forward. When was the last time you saw a Renault 9 or I I at a club event? Tin wormhas got them, but nineties cars will not survive because of electrics and politicians. The scrappage schemes, that the government thinks up from time to time, do little to help.

With all the doom and gloom for the future. I cannot wait for each season to start, so that I can enjoy the old cars, while they are still here and able to be maintained.Meeting the people in the car movement is the most important part of the season and that
will keep me going, even if the cars don’t.

Grumpy Mechanic

International Classic Car Show NEC November 2016

I attended the International Classic Car Show in the NEC, Birmingham last November. I hadn’t been at this show for a few years. It was bigger than ever again and I met a number of enthusiasts from Northern Ireland while roaming the halls.

Triumphs were well represented with numerous cars and special displays.

The 50th anniversary of the launch of the Triumph GT6 was celebrated with a display of three cars spanning the three models produced during its production.

GT6s

There was also a special feature on the Triumph Italia 2000 put on by the TR Register. A rare model even in its day with only 329 cars produced between 1959 and 1962. It was based on a TR3 chassis with a body designed by Giovanni Michelotti and built by
Vignale it had very good looks.

The record breaking TR2, MVC 575 which set a record of 124.889 MPH (a new top speed record for a two – litre production sports car) in 1953 during speed trials held on a highway near Jabbeke, in Belgium, was on display following a meticulous restoration.

MVC575

There was a great variety of vehicle on display. The Meguiar’s concourse winners stand had vehicles that had won concourse competitions around the country in 2016, and not just classic cars.

FordAngliaThis 1952 Ford Anglia Hot Rod had won top honours at the National Hot Rod & Custom Show at Peterborough.

Something much more modern was this Renault Sports Spider,

RenaultSportSpiderWinning Spirit of the Show at the Alpine & Renault Sport Track Day in 2016

More traditionally, this 1931 MG M Type Midget

MGMtype had won the MG Car Club’s Triple M Car Of The Year. It is an example of the “Le Man” cars run in the 1930 race. This carwas discovered in 2010 having been off the road for 25+ years. It was fully restored and run in the 2012 Classic Le Man event.

This was a Land Rover with a difference.

LandRoverFitted with agriculture tyres this Land Rover had been heavily modified to accommodate the large diameter wheels.

Fancy something different as a classic?XJ13shellNow you can have the ultimate Jaguar the TWRR XJ13 replica. TWRR have started to make replica XJ13s on a build to order basis

This BMW i8 was well protected by this Star Wars Storm Trooper.

BMWi8Thankfully, Darth Vader was nowhere to be seen!!

Finally, local Hillsborough man, David Seeds, had been invited to exhibit his rare Sunbeam Avenger GT.

DavidseedssmallLeft-hand drive and originally from Finland, this is a rare car indeed. David has just completed a magnificent restoration on it.

Membership Renewal 2017

Many thanks to all who have renewed their membership for 2017. The cost remains at £15, which we believe offers good value. It would be most helpful if you have not renewed yet to forward a completed form as soon as possible

December 2016

Welcome to the December edition of Laurel News of 2016.

TCNI wishes all members and friends a Merry Christmas and a peaceful New Year.

FORTHCOMING EVENTS

Wed 25th January 2017 TCNI Annual General Meeting
In the Ballymac Lisburn at 8:00pm

Sat 28th January 2017 AOVC Annual Dinner

The AOVC annual dinner will be held in the White River Hotel in Toombridge at 7:30 pm.

The cost is £23 per person.

Please contact John Scott if you would like to attend. Everyone will be welcome.

Sat 4th February 2017 TCNI Dinner

The Triumph club dinner will be held in the Ballymac outside Lisburn at 7:30.
Please contact Laurence Bell on 028 38322865 8322865 to book your place.

The cost will be £20 per person. Everyone will be welcome.

Sun 19th February 2017 MG & Triumph Spares Day.

This will be held at Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire.

Parts, autojumble and club displays will be present.  

REPORTS

LISBURN CLASSIC CAVALCADE

We had a fine sunny evening for our Lisburn Classic Cavalcade back in August.

It was good to see members and friends out enjoying the evening.

We had all makes attending, Triumph, Lotus, MG, BMW Morris Ford and a Maserati.

Donegal Classic Weekend 2016

Spirits were high as we gathered at the Ballymac for the journey to our annual Donegal weekend.

We began with a special treat when the Ballymac, instead of the usual tea and scones, provided much sweeter fare, as part of their ‘Big Breakfast’ in aid of McMillan Cancer, funds and additional contributions going to that worthwhile cause.

As usual we picked up a substantial grouping at the Elk Inn, and with others making their own way we had 22 Classic Cars by the time we reached the Mount Errigal Hotel in Letterkenny. Dinner was to the usual high standard and we had ample time afterwards to socialise and enjoy the amenities of the place.

Sunday morning and we were off. Climbing into the hills along the Finn River then through Glenties and Ardara to Killybegs. To the west of that lies the area that is known as ‘The Carraig’, or The Rocky Quarter, and a description like that in this county tells you something. Our journey took us to Glencolmcille, a little village in the remotest, most westerly part of Donegal.

Here we stepped back in time, and not much more than fifty years.. No farming community this. The still scattered bleached bones of whale and seal a reminder that these people lived by and from the sea, with emigration as the only way to escape the grinding poverty.

Now there is a museum, cottages and a little folk village, testament to Fr McDwyer who arrived in 1951 and motivated the community to raise and reinvigorate its-self through community projects, local industry and the developing tourist trade.

We took the mountain road back to Ardara. Twisting, turning narrow road. Stunningly beautiful.

Following the Gala Dinner John organised a very enjoyable quiz. John Jnr.  gave us pleasant background music during the meal and then came the highlight of the evening as couples competed in the Jiving Competition. The judges were suitably impressed. Everyone was a winner and the three competing couples were suitably rewarded.

All good things come to an end, but gradually, and so we made our way to Ashbrook House in the Faughan Valley. Home to the Ash family since 1530, it has seen that family play its part in the history of Derry/Londonderry; the Siege, the Breaking of the Boom, sacking by the retreating Jacobites, and in more modern times the arrival of the American Generals and their troops as USA entered the war in Europe. We toured the house with the daughter of the last Ashe to bear the name, saw its artefacts, and heard the story of its very own ghost.

A few short miles along the heavily wooded Ardmore Road, brought us to Burntollet and all too soon to our final meal at The Belfray Country Inn.

John, as usual, gave us a great weekend, so from all of us, A BIG THANK YOU.

How did he organise the beautiful weather?

 

Laurel News

June 2016

Welcome to the June edition of Laurel News of 2016. I hope you have been able to get out in your cars and enjoy the recent good weather.

FORTHCOMING EVENTS

Fri 17 to Sun 19 July

TR Register weekend incorporating Triumph Marque Day
Lincoln Showgrounds, Lincolnshire. This is sure to be a great gathering of Triumphs.

Fri 5 August Lisburn Classic Cavalcade

TCNI is again organising this event. Entry form is included

Sat 3 September AOVC Autumn Run
Further details soon.

Fri 30 Sept to Sun 2 Oct TCNI Autumn weekend

We will be returning to the Mount Errigal Hotel in Letterkenny for our Autumn weekend. Full details soon.

Reports

TCNI May weekend

We had a new venue for the May weekend this year at the Holyrood Hotel in Bundoran. We assembled at the Ballymac Hotel on the Saturday morning, 30th April and after tea and scones made our way North of Lough Neagh for our lunch stop at An Cregan near Cookstown. As this was the same day as the Cookstown 100 motorbike road race we had to plan our route carefully to avoid road closures and spectators for the race. After a very enjoyable lunch we heads west once again stopping briefly in Kesh for a break and a photo opportunity

PHOTO Enjoying the sunshine alongside the Kesh River in Co Fermanagh

We then travelled on through Boa Island, Belleek, Ballyshannon to our destination of Bundoran. After settling into our rooms, we all had an enjoyable dinner together.

Saturday morning was a bit dull and misty. Our destination was the Arigna Mining Experience in Co Roscommon. Unfortunately the fantastic views that are available were somewhat restricted by the misty conditions. The party was split in two and while one group was taken into the mine the other had lunch.

The tour guide was a former miner and he was able to relate many stories about the mine and his experiences. If you are ever in the area it is well worth a visit. The coal seams are very narrow perhaps about 18 inches deep and this was all the room the miners had to work

PHOTO Some of the cars at the Arigna

PHOTO A typical coal seam in the mine

On the Monday we headed back east through Enniskillen where we had a guided tour of Castle Coole House. We were able to park at the front of the house which provided a great photo opportunity

The weekend concluded with a splendid late lunch at Corric House.

PHOTO

Ballyclare May Fair 28th May

We were fortunate with good weather for the Ballyclare May Fair on the 28the May. While a bit cloudy at first the sun came out and we had a great drive round the area and a pleasant afternoon.

PHOTO Bikes galore

PHOTO An unusual three wheeler

PHOTO Cars

Laurel News    March 2016

Welcome to the March edition of Laurel News of 2016. With events getting going this month I hope you have all got your cars ready.

FORTHCOMING EVENTS

Please note there are a couple of date changes from those previously given.

Sun 10 Apr 2016 TCNI Afternoon Spring Run

Sun 17 Apr 2016 AOVC Spring Run.

Sat 30 Apr 2016 TCNI Classic May Weekend

Our Spring weekend this year will be to Bundoran.

Sat 28 May 2016 TCNI Ballyclare Classic Cavalcade
Entry form from events page

Sat 11 June 2016 TCNI Annual Barbeque

Everyone welcome. Please contact Laurence Bell 028 3832 2865 if you plan to
attend.

Dublin Show March 2016

We met lots of people at the Classic Car Show in the RDS at the beginning of the month. I hope you enjoyed it if you were there. The theme of the show was ‘French ‘and the AOVC entered into the spirit displaying a Citroen Traction Avant Light 15, kindly brought to Dublin by Philip McKinistry, from Co Down.

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The Celtic Old Vehicle Club won Best Club Stand. The Centre-piece was the Arc De Triomphe with a 1933 Peugeot 301.

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Trophysmall

This 1928 Horche 315 Pullman was dazzling. You needed your sunglasses to look into the engine bay.

Shinersmall

It was bought by Charles Seezer, a Dublin Pork Butcher who visited the 1928 Berlin Show and bought the car. It has a 9380 cc straight 8 engine and is thought to be the only surviving right hand drive model.

In 1932 Horch, Audi, DKW and Wanderer merged to form Auto Union, the predecessor of the modern Audi Company.

This 1934 Mercedes Benz 130 H was picked as car of the show. It had four wheel
independent suspension and hydraulic drum brakes. Its 1300cc four cylinder
liquid cooled engine mounted behind the rear axle and the gearbox mounter in
front of it for balance. Unfortunately this did not provide good handling which
was notoriously poor due to the mechanical arrangement.

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The French theme continued with this 1943 Renault R 3046 tractor. It has a
30hp petrol engine, hydraulic lift and a four speed transmission. It is in original
un-restored condition and is still regularly used for competition ploughing.

Tractorsmall

While Renault is more associated with car production if produced agricultural
tractor from the early 1920’s. Their first designs were based on military tanks
from the First World War.

These were quickly improved and by 1932 produced a conventional diesel
powered machine. By the late 1930’s, Renault was the largest tractor
manufacturer in France. In 2003 however the agricultural division was sold to the
German Class company.

Audiamall

One of my all-time favourite rally cars the short wheelbase Audi Quattro Sport

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A 107 inch Land Rover from 1954 in super condition

Desmond Shortt

April 2016

WELCOME TO THE FIRST EDITION OF LAUREL NEWS 2016

It’s time to get the cars ready for the coming Welcome to the January edition of Laurel News of 2016.season. This is a quick list of events TCNI will be involved with.

FORTHCOMING EVENTS

Dublin Classic Car Show 5th & 6th March

This will be held in the RDS in Dublin. The AOVC will have a stand and you will be made most welcome

Sun 10th Apr 2016 TCNI Afternoon Spring Run
Sun 17th Apr 2016 AOVC Spring Run

Sat 30th Apr 2016 TCNI Classic May Weekend

Our Spring weekend this year will be to Bundoran. Full details are in the entry form. Please book as soon as possible as we will have to hand rooms back at the end of March

Sat 28th May 2016 TCNI Ballyclare Classic Cavalcade
Wed 1st Jun 2016 TCNI Annual Barbecue

Sat 25th Jun 2016 AOVC Picnic in the Park

Fri 5th Aug 2016 TCNI Lisburn Evening Show and Cavalcade
Sun 14th Aug 2016 TCNI Sunday Afternoon Run

Sat 3rd Sept 2016 AOVC Autumn Run

Fri 23rd Sept 2016 TCNI End of Season Weekend

CHAIRMAN’S REPORT to 22nd AGM held on 27th JAN 2016 in the Ballymac Hotel.

The last year’s activities are similar to previous recent years. The same group of trusty workers continue to get on with all the day by day running of the club duties and for this I would like to thank them for all their efforts and hope that this continues in the coming year.

TCNI organized eight main and very successful events this year and additionally participated in events organized by AOVC and other clubs. I am not going to itemize these but am happy in the knowledge that each one was organized in great detail and in a way that all involved was treated equally and in the best interest of the club.

I believe we pleased most of the people most of the time, but it is not possible to please all of the people all of the time. Of course some people would do things differently but organizers usually have a good reason for arranging things the way they do and we should thank them and respect them for their efforts.

I have done my best over the past two decades to see that all members and friends who attend our events are treated well. Information, including the cost of each event is freely available. Menus are circulated and every effort is made to accommodate those who advise of particular requirements, whether of diet or access. The event organizer will always be happy to speak to the food outlet on anyone’s behalf if they have a request to replace an item on the prearranged menu.

We are fortunate to have a small group of members who have put in an excellent effort to organize a lot of successful events over many years. I wish to state that I am totally behind all those who have put so much effort to make these decisions in the way they see fit. These people give freely of their time to arrange excellent events down to the last detail. They are also clear in their view that when problems do arise, they as the organizers of a particular event are the ones who will deal with them.

New ideas are always welcome. If you know you could support, equal, or better these efforts then TCNI want you here on board and we will all benefit.

Once again may I offer my thanks to all who made 2015 an enjoyable and memorable one at Triumph Club N.I.

John E Scott Sen


EVENT REPORT

Annual Newcastle Charity Show. 2016

This charity show is held on the last weekend of January in the Ballroom of the Slieve Donard Hotel. Space is limited and vehicles are shown by invitation so the standard is always high.

My time was limited. The red E Type and the superb deep blue Aston Martin at the entrance proclaimed the standard of things to come. At the other end was a huge Rolls Royce running chassis from the 20s. In between a trio of sporting Escorts, (Mk II) with an earlier Mexico and a Cosworth completing that part of the Ford line-up and with a beautiful 60s Sunbeam Rapier, and a Beetle, filled the centre floor, whilst Minis small Fiats and the A30s and 35s had the raised window area.

Side aisles are for rarer stuff. Richard Bingham had his ultra rare Anglia Convertible and elsewhere there were other gems. The 60s Renault Dauphine Gordini and the beautiful fluted bonnet line
of David Kincaid’s pre-war Vauxhall come to mind. The right side aisle has the ‘Real’ stuff. A sporting Alfa , an early Morris Oxford and a beautiful 30s Rolls.

But then I’m a Triumph man and there it was, a white four seater convertible. No, not my Stag but the beautiful 1933 Triumph Southern Cross.

Yes, its a show to get to if you can, and when you have seen everything else there are usually some nice MGs there too.

Brian Linden

EARLY EASTER 2016 by GrumpyMechanic

As we start to get the cars ready for the new season, I was thinking of all the things that people carry with them in their cars.

The very good cutter thing that was bought in some obscure web page, or late night shopping channel on TV. It has never been used and a Stanley Knife will be taken as well, as it is the object that is known to work.

The boot in some cars, are set out in neat tidy areas. Picnic basket and other catering essentials. Mechanical area which includes cleaning and polishing materials. Other cars have a boot, that looks like a getaway car from an autojumble robbery. It will include all sorts of parts, that do not even belong to the type of car they are in.

It will not belong before we have a new regime up on the hill after the election and I doubt that they will do much for the car fraternity. Not to mention the In or Out, that is coming from the other lot. They will be of no help either.

It is funny how we managed to have cars that had seating for three people in the front, four or five in the back, capable of over 100mp and no seat belts, before the EU, MOT, H&S, and all the other things that have been added over the years.

We seem to be going backwards. 20MPH now in our major city. Stop Start through our villages. Maybe I should get ready early and buy a Red Flag. Looks like it may be needed soon.

Delorean cars, to be made again this time by, Mr Wynne in Texas. No relation to John Wayne the famous actor. The cost, $100,000! Is that what we call inflation the original was $12,000. By the way,this is why they were called DMC-12. Can one of these new cars be called a classic, or do we have to wait twenty or thirty more years. Perhaps production will come back here.

I was saddened to hear that a vehicle, I learned to drive in and go for my test, is in longer available. The production of the Land Rover Defender has stopped after 68 years and two million vehicles. The JLR Company says,” the Land Rover can no longer keep on the right side of Emissions and Safety Laws”. This will be of great news for rioters. The only problem is the old ones last a long time.

Easter is early this year, so we will have a long season. Let us hope that the fuel costs keep falling, that the rain stops falling, and for weather, favourable for our outings.

So if we stay out of our over crowded villages and our main city, that has bus lanes, that are for collecting cash from us. We should have a great year.

Grumpy

February 2016



 

Welcome to the last issue of Laurel News for 2015.

FORTHCOMING EVENTS

Triumph Club NI Annual Dinner Saturday 24th January 2016

The TCNI Annual Dinner will be held on Saturday 24th January at the Ballymac Hotel. Please contact Laurence Bell to book your place. All will be welcome.

AOVC ANNUAL DINNER Saturday 30th January 2016

The AOVC Annual Dinner will be held in the Whiteriver Hotel at Toomebridge. Please contact John Scott for tickets. All will be welcome.

REPORTS

Photographs: You can view photographs from our events in the Gallery section of our website http://triumphclubni.co.uk

TCNI Club Run May 17 2015 Crawfordsburn and The Ards.

Back in 1968, when our cars were still young and oh so modern, Dionne Warwick asked ‘Do you know the way to San Jose’ and you probably remember she wanted to get back as well.

We all set off on Sunday 17th, thinking we knew the way, but thanks to John and June we went by largely unfamiliar, but scenic, routes, to Crawfordsburn Country Park. No dash down the M2 or along the Sydenham Bypass. Instead we meandered through South Antrim, through Glenavy, Ballinderry and Lisburn, scouting south around Belfast and then over the Castlereagh Hills to Crawfordsburn Country Park. The weather till then was reasonable, but the rain arrived just as Laurence and Aileen set out the picnic and thoughts of a walkaround had to be left for another day.

The weather was mixed for the rest of our outing as we went off on an often forgotten part of our coastline and followed the signs for The Mourne Coastal Route. The seafront at Bangor, then Groomsport, Donaghadee, Millisle, Ballyw, alter and on to Ballyhalbert. Then it was time to head for the other side of the Ards and the coastline northwards, through Kircubbin, Greyabbey and on to Newtownards.

The final stage of the return again took us on unfamiliar roads, darting through Drumbo to the Lagan, and then finding our way uphill to the customary meal at The Ballymac. All in all about 100 miles of good driving and scenic roads.

We had a good turnout, John and June, John Sen., and Laurence and Aileen in the 2000s; Brian in his Stag; Joe and Roisin in their Civic; Wilson and Pearl in the TR6; Alan and Elizabeth in the BMW; Adrian and Rita in the big Volvo and last, but not least, Brian and Veronica in the Vauxhall.

Thanks again to John and June, and to Laurence and Aileen.

Ballyclare May Fair 23rd May. Bob Cupples was one of the founding members behind the May Fair Classic event and it was fitting to run this years event in his memory. Ballyclare Lions were on board again and McMillan Nurses were the chosen charity. The weather was excellent. Over 70 vehicles turned out for the show and 52 of those went on the road run. The special prize and trophy, for Car of the Show went to Desmond Shortt and his beautiful green Stag.

June and July are Showtime, and members attended the shows at Mosney, Kilbroney and Terenure, as well as further afield.

Lisburn Classic Show and Cavalcade 5th August A wet night and an even worse forecast limited the turnout for this year’s event. Never-the-less it was an enjoyable evening. The rain passed, so the run was pleasant, and there was plenty of time over tea and biscuits to catch up on conversation

Mournes Club Run 16th August. 12 cars left Sprucefield in brilliant weather for this run, over the high southern side of Slieve Croob to Tollymore Forest Park. Following a picnic there we set off again on the High Mournes Loop, climbing past Kilcoo on the way to Spelga, then round the reservoir and the fast downhill run to the coast via Silent Valley and the Head Road. With Dundrum Bay at its best it was back to Newcastle and our evening meal in Hugh McCanns. Great weather, great scenery, great cars, great people. It really was a Triumph Club NI Day.

Donegal Classic Weekend.:11th – 13th September

Its almost written in stone that TCNI will be in the Mount Errigal Hotel in Letterkenny for the last weekend in September. And so many of our members and friennds laid their plans to enable them to attend. Unfortunately the Mount Errigal discovered a bit late in the day that the booking they had from a young lady for the ‘whole hotel’, meant just that, so our event had to be moved. It proved imposible to find a new date to suit everyone, so a smaller cavalcade than usual made its way to the North-West on Friday 11th September, having picked up the usual suspects and a few others at the Elk. The format also changed and we had our main dinner on the Friday evening, with John Scott providing a table quiz to interrupt the conversations.

Saturday morning was showery and blustery as we set off for the thirty mile drive to a busy, congested Donegal Town. But this was TCNI and John had parking arranged for us. Not only that we were visiting the magnificent Castle. An O’Donnell Castle dating from 1474, it passed to the English Captain Basil Brooke (sounds familiar) with the Flight of the Earls, and after less than a century fell into ruin. Two hundred years later it passed to ownership of the Office of Public works. A hundred years later and thanks to the Celtic Tiger they found funds for the magnificent restoration we were able to visit.(Incidentally most of the oak for the restoration came from the Brookeborough estates in Fermanagh.)

Lunch was appropriately in the Old Castle Bar and the afternoon was free for shopping and a leisurely return to the Mount Errigal.

After dinner we had reserved seating at a very enjoyable Derek Ryan concert. Another good call John!

Noon on Sunday and time to head for the restored corn and flax mills at Newmill and a fascinating insight into how a small village industry served its community in the 19th and 20th centuries. We often don’t appreciate the importance of such sites and so were surprised to find three visitors from

Kazakhstan including Newmills in their tour of Ireland. From one of the worlds wealthiest countries, and the home of the Baikonur Cosmodrome they were quick to acknowledge the technical perfection of Joan and Edgar’s Herald, choosing it as the vehicle they would like to take home with them.

Then time to head homewards. A stop for a substantial meal at the Belfray Country Inn and suddenly our season was over. Time for goodbyes and the road home.

POSTSCRIPT

TCNI organised eight main events this year and additionally participated in events organised by AOVC and other clubs. Many people helped to make these a success, but it would be remiss of us if we did not draw attention to the time and effort our Chairman puts into every event.

Thank you, John Scott.

Photographs: You can view photographs from our events in the Gallery section of our website http://triumphclubni.co.uk

 



 

Welcome to a rather late first Laurel News of 2015.

I hope you have your vehicle ready for the 2015 season, fast approaching.

FORTHCOMING EVENTS

Please note that entry forms for all our events can be downloaded from the Events Page.

Triumph Club NI Spring Run to Eglinton Classic Car Show 12th April

We are planning to attend Eglinton Club’s Classic Car Show held in City of Derry Rugby Club grounds. You will need to forward the Eglinton Club entry form as well as our own TCNI form.

AOVC Spring Event 25th April.

The AOVC are planning an event in conjunction with Fleet Awards & Titanic Motor Show.

TCNI May Weekend 2nd to 4th May

Our May weekend is being held in the four star Pillo Hotel  Ashbourne, Co Meath

TCNI Afternoon Run 17th May

TCNI Ballyclare May Fair with Ballyclare Lions Club 23rd May

TCNI trip to Mosney Show 14th June


Kilbroney Show 20th June

Membership Renewal

Many thanks to all who have returned their membership renewal form for 2015. Your 2015 membership card has been mailed to you.

Would those still to renew for 2015 please return their renewal form as soon as possible

REPORTS

TCNI AGM

Our AGM normally held on the January club night had to be postponed due to snow and high winds, a bad combination in the Stoneyford hills. We met the following Wednesday evening under more pleasant weather conditions.

CHAIRMAN’S REPORT 21st AGM

Here we go again, it seems a short time since I prepared the 2014 Chairman’s report. The last year’s activities are similar to previous recent years. The same group of trusty workers continue to get on with all the day by day running of the club duties. I would like to thank them for all their efforts and hope that this continues in the coming year.

Our first run in 2014 was on 6th April and well organised by John Jnr and June starting at the Ballymac Hotel going up the Antrim Coast with a very good turnout of cars including a number of our friends from the Ballyronan Club etc, with lots of time to view the beauty of the area and the scenic drive back to the Ballymac for our customary optional meal. A very memorable day out.

The May Bank Holiday Weekend saw