Thursday, June 06, 2019

IT’S 116 years this month, since Ireland’s first major international tourist event – The Gordon Bennett International Motor Race, in 1903.

On Monday next 10 June South Kildare History & Heritage group will host Jude Connellan, Chairman of the Irish Section of the Vintage Car Club of Great Britain, who will outline the full story of the 1903 event at a special meeting in The Tanyard, Ballitore at 7.30pm.

H will address why it happened here, the thrills and spills and what an occasion it turned out to be and he will also show a very short film taken during the race on the day and only discovered recently.

Irish Section of the Vintage Car Club of Great Britain are the successors of the British Car Club who were responsible for running the original International Gordon Bennett Motor Race through Monasterevin, Newbridge, South Kildare, Carlow and Laois in 1903, when there were less than 300 motor cars in the 32 counties of Ireland.

Jude’s unique 1903 Oldsmobile will be on display on the night so that you can compare it to your ‘Up to Date’ vehicle!

Jude is a native of Limerick, now living in County Kildare. The South Kildare Villages History and Heritage Group are making this an open meeting in The Tanyard, still undergoing renovations, but the café and conference area are already operational. It is open to all with just a voluntary subscription for non-members but that includes refreshments and a chat about the occasion that drew tourists and teams from Germany, France, England and The U.S.A.

Guess who won, find out on the night.

You can join the South Kildare History & Heritage group on the night, if you enjoy the event. A half year fee which will bring you up to January 2020 is available for €10 at the door.

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