Celebrating 40 years of steam threshing

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All roads lead to Moynalty, Co Meath on Sunday 9th August, to celebrate 40 years of steam threshing this year.

Organisers are inviting everyone to join in this special celebration which promises to be a memorable experience for all the family.

The festival will open with a parade from the village starting at midday. A convoy of steam engines, vintage displays and threshing mills led by the Corduff Pipe Band will wind its way through the picturesque village of Moynalty, which was the Tidy Towns Winner 2013.

Visitors will enjoy a colourful and exciting spectacle, steam rising from the Iron Ladies, vehicles and bikes from another era, all to a soundtrack of rousing pipe music.

Visitors are welcome from 10am when the gates open to the public. There will be the harvesting of a six acre field of oats using a horse drawn reaper and binder. The sheaves are placed in stooks and brought to the Threshing Arena where the mills and steam engines demonstrate the threshing of the grain.

Other farming skills on show in the corn field include ploughing, tilling, binding, and scythe and sickle reaping. Traditional skills such as churning, spinning, weaving, basket making and woodturning are also on display.

Other areas of interest are the blacksmith, waterwheel, poitin still, quern stones and mud turf. Culinary skills include brown bread making, boxty, pancakes and colcannon, all to be found at the “hearth” of the festival.

If that whets your appetite, then you can find a hearty meal, home cooking from the members of the ladies committee.

Vintage enthusiasts have a treat in store, with a huge display of cars, bikes, tractors, lorries and other vintage items. View and learn the ways of bygone days or make a purchase for your own collection –it’s up to you.

In the main field visitors can enjoy a variety of different activities, including trade and craft stands, timber sports, a dog show, and farm animals on display. Children will love looking at all of these but will also have amusements to keep them entertained.

Music on the Dancing Deck is presented by Matt Leavy and Eimear Furlong. You can always have some fun by joining in the fun, with entertainment from Irish Dancing Schools with the Celtic Blonde Dancers who return this year. Tlachtga C C E musicians and dancers will also perform.

The festival culminates with a wonderful concert featuring Nathan Carter, supported by Paul Leavy.

This full show is included in the admission fee of €10. Children under 12 are admitted free of charge. Free parking is provided.

Join the fun in celebrating forty years of Steam Threshing at Moynalty on Sunday 9th August on what promises to be a memorable occasion.