The Curragh Show

The first Military Vehicle Club of Ireland‘s Curragh Show took place in May 2004 when Paul Hensey, the Manager of the  Curragh Racecourse kindly allowed us to use a small field in one of their car parks. We had about 20 vehicles of our own on display and a few hundred people attended on what was a typical Irish Sunday in May, sunny between the showers with a strong wind blowing in from the Plains of Kildare.

Over the last nine years, the Show has grown beyond our expectations with Vehicles, Re En-actors and Living History displays coming from all over the Island and beyond. This year we even had our first Pipe Band on site and hope to build on that going forward. We have stopped counting the numbers of vehicles and displays on site but probably had in the region of 120 vehicles there this year. Between vehicle owners and living history displayers we had about 250 people on site for the weekend.

The format of the Show hasn’t changed since 2004. While many other shows and groups go for a two day show open to the public, we have retained our own format which is that we take over the site on Friday when the hardy bucks begin to arrive having escaped from work or home early.

Being the first Military Show in Ireland in the year, there is a lot of tyre kicking and chatting to catch up on. The rest of the vehicles and displayers are usually in position by lunchtime on Saturday when the real tyre kicking begins! That evening we provide a free BBQ and a few cheap beers in the adjacent Curragh Racecourse facility. While the public can and do wander around the show site on Saturday, the show proper is open officially to the public from 10am to 6pm on the Sunday.

The Irish Defence Forces have supported us since the very beginning. Since we introduced the Saturday (Half Day open to the public) our faithful followers have grown immensely. We now get an average of about 10,000 visitors on the Sunday.

2016 show – Saturday and Sunday 14th & 15th May

2017 show – Saturday and Sunday  13th & 14th May (to be confirmed)

 

NOTE:       This year it will be opened on Saturday and Sunday to the general public

 

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