Harvesting like long ago at Carnew

By Dan Walsh

Autumnal days on the farm like long ago will be compressed into Heritage Day tomorrow (Sunday) and Carnew Heritage Club have left no stone unturned in organising an action-packed afternoon on the lands opposite Candy’s Store in the village.

Topping the bill will be the presence of Martin Austin, Chairman of the club founded in 2005 with a current membership of about twenty, with Kevin Doran and Billy Molloy practicing their horse ploughing skills a few days ahead of participation in the National Ploughing Championships at Ratheniska, Co. Laois

AUDIO ADDITION; Martin Austin, Chairman of Carnew Heritage Day, tells Dan Walsh about the horse ploughing event.

Starting at 1pm with all the usual events, cutting of barley with vintage combines, vintage balers and ploughing demonstrations, sheep shearing, flail threshing (two men with sticks and the oldest form of harvesting), trade stands and small local pop up businesses (if you would like to enter you can do so on Facebook), kids games and mobile zoo, threshing mill working on the day, tractor splitting team demonstration, horse shoe throwing run by local man Ned Travers, and a static display of pre-1970s cars and tractors.

There is also entertainment on the field. Dancing with Declan is back and music by Jack Keogh from 2-3pm and Stacey Breen 3-5pm. And sure, maybe a few others will sing a song or strum an instrument as field entertainment has become a major part of outdoor events in recent years.

Horse Ploughing at the National Ploughing Championships at Fenagh, Co. Carlow in September 2019 (Pic; Dan Walsh)

The organisers are ready to receive a large attendance. Weather forecast is for a dry afternoon with temperatures 16-17 degrees, so that’s a pleasant September day. Admission is €10 for adults, teenagers €5, children free.

Carnew Heritage Day is also a fundraiser. Proceeds towards Friends of local people with MS and South Wicklow Hospice.

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