Members of the SEVMC view the Rally as an important social event for members, their families and the wider public. It is a great opportunity to see restored machines at work as in their heyday. Machines, some already forgotten, that have been restored with great care and attention get the chance to do what they were designed to do. For enthusiast and us all, this is a chance to visit and re-live our shared heritage.
Dermot Roberts, President.
The South Eastern Vintage Machinery Club was founded in 1981. Based in Ardattin, Co Carlow, the club is for all those with an interest in vintage machinery. The club organises events and provides benefits to its members under the auspices of the Irish Vintage Engine and Tractor Associations (IVETA).
As Darren Brooks, Chairperson, says: "vintage is a huge interest all over Ireland. Most of the vintage machinery which has survived the scrapyard and cutting torch has been competely rebuilt and presented in superb condition."
The Club was born on a chilly Sunday afternoon 4th January 1981, in the Carlow Lodge Hotel now known as The Dolmen Hotel. Here a number of vintage enthusiasts gathered in anticipation of great things to come. A committee was appointed and important details such as membership, club rules, banking etc were thrashed out and agreed.
The first membership subscription way back in 1981 would have cost you a mere £2.00, a bargin by any standards. Over the following months, those dedicated, hard working founder members, introduced more enthusiasts to the Club and slowly but surely the Club started to grow.
The first vintage exhibition or rally was held by the Club on Sunday 10th May 1981, in the grounds of the then Carlow Lodge Hotel. This was a very important and proud day for the Club's founder members as this was the milestone which established them as a vintage club. Over the following years the Club grew from strength to strength with new members coming on board every year. After having the Club rallies for a few years in the Carlow Lodge grounds the members decided to move to a bigger site, as the rally was getting bigger each year. For the next few years the annual rally was held beside the Glenside Pub in Killeshin. The Club then moved their annual rally to the grounds of Rathcrogue House, Carlow which became home to the Club for many years.
In 1998 the Club moved its annual rally to Ardattin, the picturesque village just outside Tullow where it has remained to this present day. This is now well and truly the home of the South Eastern Vintage & Machinery Club where it enjoys great support locally and from surrounding Clubs and counties.
The Club would like to acknowledge the great work, support and dedication of its many members and friends in the past and to this present day, for without this strong commitment the Club would not be a healthy and thriving Club today.
Membership of the SEVMC is €15 for one year. Members receive regular correspondence in the form of newsletters, notice of upcoming events etc. Monthly Meetings are held on the last Tuesday of each month, in Ardattin Community Hall, and all members are welcome to attend.
If you would like any further information on the Club, or if you would like to join, please contact any of the Club Officers who will be happy to respond.
You may contact us at the following numbers: