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‘Vintage & Classic Car Show’ Thurles – Sun Next May 8th

Thurles Lions Club 1st Annual Vintage and Classic Car Show Moves To St. Patrick’s College

Lions-ClubNext Sunday’s event will be the first year that Thurles Lions Club will host a ‘Vintage and Classic Car Show’, with the intention of developing the event into an annual festive date in the town; attracting visitors into the area, while also raising funds for many needy causes.

Thurles Lions Club in association with Supermacs, (Thurles) are being supported by the Clonoulty-Rossmore Vintage Club, Clonmel Transport Museum, North Tipp Vintage Club and the Thurles War Museum, in hosting this event.

Please Note Change To Originally Advertised Location.
The Thurles Lions Club Vintage and Classic Car Show is now being held in St Patrick’s College Thurles and NOT Thurles Greyhound Stadium, as was previously advertised, due to match traffic congestion expected around Semple Stadium and in the interests of health & safety.

Organising Committee & Sub-Committee
The organising committee of this event is composed of Thurles Lions Club members together with volunteer experts, who each bring a specialised knowledge and experience to this event.

A Sub-Committee of approximately 60 extra volunteers will be offering support on the day which will include allocated Thurles Lions Club members, the Thurles-Syrian Community, Phoenix Productions and Clonoulty-Rossmore Vintage Club.

Opening Hours
The show will be open to visitors from 12:00 noon to 5.00pm. Exhibitors will however have access from 8.30am sharp on the morning of the show until 7.00pm that evening, to facilitate the setting up, dismantling and eventual removal of exhibits.

A Day Out for all the Family
Lions Clubs International is based solely on volunteer-ism, with 100% of funds, raised on the day, going directly to the cause for which it is intended.
Admission for adults will be €5.00 per adult, with admission for children under 12 totally free. [Note: Exhibitors of extra vintage and classic cars who turn up will also be granted free admission.]

Of course the main attraction of this show will be the selection of vintage and classic cars that will attend and Thurles Lions Club can, to date, confirm the presence of some 70 cars being in attendance, including the genuine 1916 Ford Model T, once belonging to Larry Kiernan, brother of Kitty Kiernan and used often by both Kitty and Michael Collins. Many other cars are also expected to show up on the day, with between 100 and 150 cars expected to be in attendance at any one time. The Irish Defence Forces will also have on exhibition a rarely seen 19141 Ford Armoured Car. Local motorcycle clubs have also been invited to attend and it is expected that some 20 bikes will also go on display.

The Purpose Of This Exciting Event
The refugee crisis, created by the Middle East war; Syria in particular, has created an enormous humanitarian aid problem. Since the outbreak of civil war in Syria in 2011, over 250,000 people have lost their lives and almost half the population of 20 million have been forced into exile from their homes, their villages and cities, turning into the largest body of refugees on the edge of Europe since World War II. Approximately 5 million, half of them children, are in camps, in appalling conditions, in Jordan, the Lebanon and Turkey and they desperately need humanitarian aid.

The Lions organisation in Ireland has been, over the past number of months, communicating with other Lions Clubs across Europe, evaluating essential needs and endeavouring to find supportive solutions to this desperate humanitarian crisis. In particular, the Irish Lions organisation has been in contact with the Scandinavian Lions organisation, who are operating on the ground in Lebanon and are planning to site a ‘Care Centre’ serving several Refugee Camps there, with basic Health and Education facilities. Funds raised from this year’s ‘Thurles Lions Club Vintage and Classic Car Show’ will go, 100%, directly this cause.

Special Attractions At this Event
As already stated: Numerous restored vintage and classic cars, motorcycles and tractors; Auto-Jumblers (Vintage Car Accessory Parts) from all over the country, including Northern Ireland; Artists Fare – More than 15 local artist exhibitions; Artisan Foods; Bouncy Castle (9m x 4m); An Inflatable Obstacle Course (9m x 4m); Carousel Roundabout for Children; “Hook a Duck”; Fun Train Rides around the wonderful grounds of St. Patrick’s College; Face Painting; “Wanderly Wagon”; Fortune Teller; “Mo Chara” Dog Show; An 1916 Exhibition; A Taste of Syria” – Syrian coffee and cakes; Vintage Fairground Organ; Photo Booth; and finally a chance to meet and greet this years very lovely 2016 Tipperary Entrant in the Rose of Tralee – Miss Fiona O’Sullivan, to top it all off.

Monster Raffle
A monster raffle with magnificent sponsored prizes will also be held with single tickets costing just €2 each or 3 tickets for €5 can be purchased at this event .

1st Prize: Samsung “48in” 4K TV valued at €800 (Sponsored by Ronayne Hardware, Thurles)
2nd Prize: A set of 4 Tyres to the value of €400 (Sponsored by Lyons Tyre Services)
3rd Prize: Travel Voucher to the value of €200 (Sponsored by Bowe Travel, Thurles)
4th Prize: Car Valeting Voucher to the value of €70 (Sponsored by Denis Kinane Motors, Thurles)
5th Prize: Steering Tracking Voucher (Sponsored by Martin Shanahan Tyres, Thurles)
6th Prize: Voucher (Sponsored by Seamus Hayes Motors, Ballagh)
7th Prize: Cash Voucher (Sponsored by M.J. Bowe, Thurles)
8th Prize: Meal Voucher (Sponsored by Ryan’s Daughter, Thurles)
9th Prize: Private Tour for 8 of Connacht Whiskey Distilliary (Sponsored by Connacht Whiskey, Ballina, Co. Mayo)
10th Prize: Goody Bag (Sponsored by Good Year Tyres )

For more information on this event, see Thurles Lions Club’s Facebook.

Welcome To Lions Clubs International

Lions Clubs International is a non-political, non-religious voluntary organisation that empowers and encourages its volunteers to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace and promote international understanding. There are approximately 1.4m members in over 47,000 clubs throughout the world. In Ireland there are approximately 2,500 members in 111 clubs throughout the island of Ireland.

Thurles Lions Club was founded in 1964. Membership of Thurles Lions Club are a diverse mix from the local community. A club of men and women ranging in age from their 20’s to their 80’s with a mix of experience, nationalities and backgrounds. The objective of the Club is not for personal gain, but to serve the community in an enjoyable, co-operative way. Over the past 50 years Thurles has provided much community, national and international aid. Each year, in addition to providing many services to the local community, Thurles Lions Club raises between €30,000 and €40,000 towards local, national and international charitable causes.

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