Photographs in the field Tidhg Wall and Bill Tait.


The 12th Annual Field Day is fast approaching and the club are busy making preparations for Sunday 14th July. This is always a great day both for Vintage enthusiasts and the whole family.  Highlights this year are the Munster Sheep Dog Trials, the first Junior Road Run and the commemoration of Nuffield ’50 years on’.

There is plenty for the kids with a mobile pet farm, children’s sports, face painting, barrel train ride and a treasure hunt to name but a few activities. New for 2019 is ‘My first Road Run, where the youngsters are invited to dress in their farm wear, bring along a tractor car, buggy or ride on to the field where there is the chance to win some great prizes.

Pat Daly will be providing live entertainment and there’s Irish dancing too. For the activity addict there is the Sheaf Throwing and the opportunity to win the much prized Garde Engineering trophy. Human foosball is always great entertainment, whether you’re watching or playing and the tractor drivers demonstrate agility and competitiveness with their tractor barrel race. If you can bring your dog there’s the dog show, great for participating or watching.

For those who prefer to observe events, the Munster Sheep Dog Trials demonstrate the unique bond between one man (or lady) and his dog. Traditional Thrashing shows the hard work involved separating cut sheaves from the field into straw and corn. For the vintage aficionado there will an extensive display of tractors, cars and motorbikes. 2019 marks 50 years since Nuffield tractors ceased production and the club will be commemorating this event. Also on display there are farming implements and vintage stationary engines.

With a tented, seated refreshment area, grand prize draw, stalls, raffles, music and dancing this really is a great day out. Entry to the field is €5 for adults, no charge for children and parking is free. The money raised on the day is all for charity, donated to Marymount hospice, Midleton Community Hospital and local charities.

The field in Ballinrostig, normally quiet and tranquil, will burst into life on Sunday 14th, it’s for one day only – don’t miss it.