London Irish Vintage Day raises £50,000 for charities by auction

London Irish Vintage Rally results

Check out the pics and final auction bids from this annual fundraiser in Greenford

The playing fields of Tir Chonaill Gaels park in Greenford were packed last Sunday afternoon as the London Irish Vintage Club held their annual Vintage Rally fun day.

The event was held to raise money for Shooting Star, Mind (Harrow), St Mark’s Hospital and the Brent Irish Advisory Service.

The auction sold off a Morris Minor, tractors, All Ireland tickets, a Bernard Canavan painting, signed Everton jersey and a handmade traditional Irish dresser, as well as sacks of potatoes and a tonne of turf. It raised an astonishing £50,000 alone, before any of the entry money or stalls funds are accounted for.

London Irish Vintage Rally results

The family day had a fun fair, a highly competitive Tug of War competition, sheep shearing demonstrations, working ponies, a wooden spoon maker and other traditional crafts.

The Folk Craft museum in Glencolmcille, Donegal also sent staff and volunteers to show off their selection of locally made knitwear, tapestries and handcrafts.

Many watched the day’s various GAA matches on the big screen used at Arsenal’s Emirates stadium, which was sponsored by Kelly Group, as Donegal lost to Tyrone in the Ulster final and Dublin beat Westmeath in the Leinster final.

London Irish Vintage Rally results

The day was not complete without the main stage which played host to some very popular acts as revellers stuck out the heat to take to the dance-floor.

Dominic Kirwan and Martin Ruddy proved extremely popular to country fans, and also on stage were a fusion of Bible Codes with Fionnughuala Devereux and Lorraine O’Reilly as well as Paul Murray of Dun de Veil and Darren Nash to finish off the day.

The Rally has grown year-on-year and since the inaugural event in 2011 £406,500 has been raised for charity.

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The results are as follows:

Tim Kelly Jr. paid £5,000 for a Ferguson TVO tractor donated by Pat Doneghey.

Paul O’Donnell paid £10,000 for a Ferguson 20 tractor donated by ‘Donegal John’ and the funds will go towards the Buncrana Peer Disaster fund.

Dan Allen paid £4,500 for a Fordson E27N tractor donated by Martin McCarron.

Michael O’Donnell bought a 1992 Mini Cooper for £5,200 donated by Tommy Connolly.

John McDaid paid £2,500 for a 1971 Morris Minor donated by Mickey Moss.

A walking stick donated by Liam O’Donnell was bought for £1,000 and was donated by Pat Doneghey.

Gerry McDaid paid £800 for a wooden spoon created and donated by Lee Stoffler.

The Mark V Ford Cortina, donated as the top raffle prize by Tony McGovern, was won by Fidelma Walsh from Enfield.

Second and third prizes were won by John Casey and Declan Dunleavey, respectively.

Photos: Brendan Vaughan and Lucia Butler

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