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There is an awful lot of work putting this article together so please bear with us while it goes in. I am sure I have made errors and if you find any I would be most grateful if you would bring them to my attention either on our discussion board or by contacting me at busmuseum@hotmail.com. This would be particularly appreciated where I have been unable to identify particular machines.

The Innishannon Steam Rally was held this year on June 5 and 6 and was again an outstanding success and will make a valuable contribution to the Irish Cancer Society. Their total after this year is expected to top 250,000 euro which is absolutely fantastic.

Every type of vehicle - other than buses - was represented and the following photographs cover the rally fairly thoroughly.

Because there were so many vehicles we have categorised them into the following types:
1. Steam Engines
2. Trucks
3. Cars
4. Tractors
5. Oil engines of all kinds
6. Model Engines.
7. The Mud


The outstanding vehicle in our opinion. This was the Showmans engine from the Kavangah family in Birr. One can only describe the condition of it as fantastic.

As you can see from the following three photos, everything was gleaming.


The Boss himself and his crew.

1916 Foden Steam Wagon M 8681 owned by Bernard O'Gorman of Newbridge seen here at the controls. Beautifully restored.

Two of the traction engines present.

"Queen of Steam" Fowler with John Murphy now in its fourth generation with the Murphy family having been bought new at the 1907 Cork Spring Show.

Another example.

1901 Ransome Simms and Jeffries owned by William Mason, Tralee, Co. Kerry.

A modern engine, a 1934 Fowler from Cathal Brady in Gowran.

An WM Allchin very rare built in 1905 and brought by Fred Jenkinson of Bagenalstown.

1902 Clayton and Shuttleworth Traction engine from Sean Lordan of Bandon.

A closeup of the smokebox door.

Rear view.


The outstanding vehicle in our opinion. A 1961 ERF brough by Ronnie Mc Crea of Ballycklare, Co. Antrim.

A wonderful Model T Ford Van.

A rather primitive dash.

The inside complete with air conditioning. Genuine fresh air.

Rear View.

Ford pickup probably about 1952.

A magnificent Dennison 1980 or 1981.

1962 Thames Trader from Martin Mulligan of Killybegs, Co. Wexford.

1975 Bedford TK also from Martin Mulligan.

A fantastic Mack 600 from Paddy Brennan, Castleconnell, Limerick.

An ERF Showmans tractor from J. Jones of Leominster a very outstanding vehicle.

Yet another immaculate ERF from Harry Mc Neill of Antrim.

A Ford Model T which could not even get off the trailer because of the mud.

1952 Ford Van from john Crowley of Mayfield.


A magnificent De Soto of the 50's.

The grille or is ti a grin?.

Typical American dash of the period.

1925 Austin from Denis Cronin, Waterfall.

A rather more primitive dash!

1964 Vanden Plas 1300.

The inevitable Austin Cambridge. Two tone paint did look well!

1957 Ford Prefect from Harry Milward, Fermoy.

Ford Anglia of about 1953.

1953 Ford Popular from John Guinan of Glanmire.

The first Ford Consul.

It's dash.

Final Ford Consul now the Consul Cortina.

It's dash.

An early Cortina Mk1.

Ford Anglia.

A big Wolseley Six front wheel drive.

1964 Humber Hawk in beautiful condition.

Magnificent dash and seats three in front in comfort.

Rear view.


I regret that my knowledge of tractors is not that good and if anyone can help in identifying make, model, year and owner I will be most grateful. I have placed a letter on each photo so you can identify easily.


B. A Fordson Major.

C. Allis Chalmers


E. Fordson.

F. Massey Ferguson.

G. An unusual Ford Trax.

H. Track tensioner. A simple piece of spring.

I. A rather complicated control area.

J. Vintage Massey Harris.

K. Deutz Air Cooled.

L. And of coruse no Rally would be complete without a threshing machine.

M. The other end.


Moss Griffin and friends from Ballymacelligott with their oil engine.