September was the month of our 10th Annual Garden of Ireland Run incorporating The 5th Liam Kelly Memorial Run.
What a superb turn out for the run & the weather to go with it. The weekend was a phenomenal success all round . Our sincere thanks to all of Liam’s old friends who came from all corners of Ireland to honour his memory, we are deeply grateful to all of you. Our sincere thanks also to all of our members & and indeed non members who joined us over the weekend. We had people from America, England, and Denmark.
There was a fantastic array of magnificent vintage cars. Thanks also to Pat Moran, Noel Donnelly & their team of outriders who guided us safely throughout the day. Thanks to Brian Nolan for providing the music and Dinny Doyle from The Grove Bar for the use of his premises who opened up Early on Saturday morning to enable us to do registrations for the run.
We set off from The Grove Bar on a scenic route to Glendalough taking in the The Glendalough Visitor Centre then back to Lynams for a fabulous lunch. After lunch we set off on another scenic route back to Plucks in Kilmacanogue where the finishing awards were presented.
We finished off the day with our Dinner Dance in The Parkview Hotel in Newtownmountkennedy, where awards were presented. Congratulations to Pat Carey who was presented with a Lifetime Membership Award from The Garden of Ireland Club. Gary King won The Liam Kelly Memorial Perpetual Cup with his 1958 Bogward Isabella, Ray Smith won Best Post War Car with his Silver Raith Convertible Rolls Royce and Mick Nolan won best Pre War Car with his 1914 Ford Model T.
The proceeds of the raffle went to Lakers in Bray.
Finally a very big thank you to Eamon Kelly who sponsored the event in its entirety, it was a very big factor in the making. Thanks also to my fellow committee members who were also a pivotal part in the making.
On Sunday we had our poker run with Charlotte Carolan, Eileen Kennedy and Willy Carrick picking up Prizes.
Some of our members attended The Kilbroney Show at the weekend. Our Chairperson won a prize for the Oldest Car with his 1927 20HP Rolls Royce. Congratulations!