Brass Brigade Dungarvan October 2017
Out of an entry of 90 brass cars, all up to 1918, there were 33 Model T Cars plus a Model N, a splendid representation of our historic vehicle. Shane Houlihan, chief organiser, member and T owner complimented Club members for their sterling support of IVVCC and their participation at the annual event in Dungarvan.
A truly memorable occasion set in a wonderful setting at Curraghmore House in County Waterford is the historic home of the 9th Marquis of Waterford. His ancestors (the de la Poers) came to Ireland from Normandy after a 100-year stopover in Wales around 1170, or, about 320 years before Columbus ‘discovered’ the New World.
Some 2,500 acres of formal gardens, woodland and grazing fields make this the largest private demesne in Ireland and one of the finest places to visit in Ireland.
A Sitka Spruce planted on the estate in the 1830s is among the tallest tree in Ireland and stands guard over King John’s Bridge. Built in 1205 this stone-arched structure, spanning the Clodagh River, is the oldest bridge in Ireland.
Twelve miles of famine relief boundary walls and four sturdy wrought iron gates surround the estate. Gnarled pink chestnut trees line the approach to the big house and original castle tower. St Hubert’s stag with crucifix between its antlers – genuine horns on the de la Poer family emblem – gazes across the large Courtyard from atop the old castle.
Our candid cameraman was in action and the photographs tell the whole story.