West Cork June 2019

On Sunday 16th June 2019 the Irish Model T Ford members gathered at Bandon Motors for the Annual Summer Run.

Hosted by Bob Clarke and family, it is always a much looked forward to event in the T calendar. In recent years this run has been alternating with John O’Neill of Ballinadee and this year it was Bandon.

The weather is always good for the West Cork run but this time round we were not so fortunate, nasty clouds were on the horizon as we had our pre run Tea, coffee and other goodies.

Hoods were hastily put up and we sallied forth to our first stop, the delightful Glenview Gardens with a Fairy Trail and Hobbit House. The 3 acre gardens are a joy to visit, containing Japanese, Chinese, Italian and Tropical sections to explore. There is an exotic Bird Aviary, Pygmy goats and rabbits while plenty of scope is available for picnics so it is an ideal venue for a family day out.

Unfortunately for us, the rain had become more persistent and we got back to the relative shelter of our cars and proceeded to our next stop, the annual visit to the Ford T replica in Ballinascarthy. We were met by Hazel Ford Buttimer and Betty Hennessy who is Secretary, Ballinascarthy Community Council. We managed to get some photographs, but the rain was very heavy at this point so we resumed our journey to Dunmore House for lunch. 

We were all very happy to arrive to the comfort and warmth of this lovely hotel where we enjoyed a delicious lunch. Our Honorary Secretary presented Bob Clarke with a hand crafted ash bowl and our President Ann Duffy welcomed all the members who had turned out in their cars to support the event.

The sun had come out during lunch and the beauty of this part of West Cork was enjoyed by us all. What a difference sunshine makes!

We all had a wonderful day. All our members take weather of all sorts in high good humour and there were no disgruntled travellers among the 20 or so cars on the run.

A huge thank you to Bob and Catherine together with their family for making the day a great success once again.

We look forward to our next West Cork adventure.

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