National Steam Rally
04 August 2013 - 05 August 2013
The National Steam Rally is the annual steam and vintage event in Ireland, with over 30 steam engines giving working demonstrations. There will also be numerous family events including a carnival, trade stands, sheep dog demonstrations and train rides through the woodlands of the Cosby Estate. The Steam Queen festival will be held for the third year running. Local businesses sponsor a woman aged 18+ to be interviewed by an independent panel of judges and take part in the 'Steam Queen Parade' through the town. The winner will be crowned on the first day of the rally based on personality, character and a special quality that shines through. Mr. Ken Graham, President of the Irish Steam Preservation Society commented: 'it is important to point out that the aim of the Irish Steam Preservation Society, under which the Stradbally Steam Rally is organised, is to preserve our steam heritage. It is bringing the past to the future by remembering steam engines with all their nostalgic glory'. Facilities include free car parking and a picnic area. Admission is €10 per adult, kids aged 12 and under are free.
Address: Stradbally Hall, Stradbally, Co Laois