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Latest Laois Event: Steaming ahead for epic weekend in Stradbally
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Latest Laois Event: Steaming ahead for epic weekend in Stradbally

59th National Steam Rally: A Spectacular Journey into History and Heritage at Stradbally, Co. Laois!

Get ready to embark on a captivating journey through time as the 59th National Steam Rally rolls into Stradbally this weekend, August 6th and Bank Holiday Monday, 7th August. This eagerly awaited event, hosted by passionate steam enthusiasts, promises an extraordinary showcase of vintage machinery, heartwarming nostalgia, and a celebration of Ireland’s rich heritage.

The excitement kicks off on Saturday, 5th August, with a magnificent Steam & Vintage Parade through Stradbally town, starting at 7 pm. Witness the grandeur of beautifully restored steam engines and vintage vehicles as they trundle and glide through the streets, lighting up the evening with a spectacle like no other.

For the main event on August 6th and 7th, Stradbally will transform into a vibrant hub of steam-powered marvels, drawing visitors from all corners of Ireland and beyond. The National Steam Rally is considered the premier steam and vintage event in Ireland, bringing together a diverse array of historic exhibits and activities that will captivate attendees of all ages.

The National Steam Rally promises an immersive experience that transcends generations. Witness the awe-inspiring sight of majestic steam engines roaring to life, harkening back to a bygone era when these iron giants played a vital role in shaping Ireland’s industrial heritage. The event also showcases a Miniature Steam Engine Display – smaller in scale, but equally as impressive as their mighty counterparts.

From vintage vehicle parades, steam-powered demonstrations and oil engine displays, to live music, artisan foods, amusements, craft village, and trade stalls, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. 

The 59th National Steam Rally welcomes families with open arms! Create lasting memories as you explore the rich history of steam power together, bonding over shared experiences that will be cherished memories for years to come.

None of this would be possible without the tireless efforts of the event’s dedicated organizers and volunteers. For months, they have worked tirelessly behind the scenes, pouring their passion into every detail to ensure an unforgettable experience for all attendees.

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Location: Stradbally, Co. Laois

Date: August 6th & Bank Holiday Monday, 7th August

Steam & Vintage Parade: Saturday, August 5th, 7:00 pm

A taste of what’s in store at the 59th National Steam Rally:

  • Pet Farm – Meet adorable farm animals up close and personal.
  • Food Tent – Savour delicious treats and local cuisines.
  • Amusements – Enjoy thrilling rides and fun-filled games.
  • Stradbally Woodland Railway – Hop aboard for a scenic journey through the picturesque woodlands.
  • Trade Stalls – Explore an array of vendors offering unique goods.
  • Craft Village – Discover traditional craftsmanship and artisanal products.
  • Sawbench Display – Witness skilled craftsmen showcase their talent.
  • Sawing with Steam – Experience the power of steam-driven sawing in action.
  • Lawnmower Racing – Cheer on the racers in this exhilarating competition.
  • Children’s Activities – Keep the little ones entertained with a variety of engaging activities.
  • Blacksmith’s Village – Marvel at the artistry of skilled blacksmiths.
  • Road Making Display – Learn about historical road construction techniques.
  • Steam Engine Display – Feast your eyes on the unique spectacle of these majestic machines 
  • Miniature Steam Engine Display – Smaller, but equally as impressive as their mighty counterparts 
  • Oil Engines – See, first hand, the ingenuity of oil engines at work.  
  • Vintage Threshing Demonstration – Witness the age-old farming practice come to life.
  • Modern & Vintage Truck Displays – Admire the beauty of powerful trucks from different eras.
  • Vintage Cars – Get a glimpse of classic automobiles from yesteryears.
  • Outside Broadcast with Midlands 103 – Tune in for live coverage and entertainment.
  • Sheepdog Demonstrations – Be amazed by the intelligence and skill of these talented canines.
  • Live Music including Declan Nerney – Tap your feet to the rhythm of fantastic live performances.

 Join us for an extraordinary weekend, celebrating the splendor of the past and the commitment of the present. Don’t miss the 59th National Steam Rally – a testament to Ireland’s fascinating heritage and an event that promises to touch the hearts of all who attend.