The peace and tranquility of the picturesque town of Moynalty, Co Meath will once again be broken by the sounds and sights of a bygone era as the Moynalty Steam Threshing Festival gets underway. The 44th annual event will take place on the 11th August 2019 in the grounds of the Moynalty Stream Threshing Museum and parkland in the heart of the village. The festivities will start on the Saturday afternoon (10th August) with a steam run and vintage tractor run. It is a warm and friendly social occasion for all ages.
On the day the stage will be set by the Steam Threshing Committee where displays of vanishing work practices and food production can be seen along-side craft making and vintage displays.
It’s a great day out for young and old as it has something for everyone, displays and demonstrations remind us of how things were for our fore-fathers: Horse and steam power, reaping and binding, threshing and flailing. Traditional crafts such as basket weaving, steel forging, hot shoeing, tin craft, wood turning and harness making are all to be seen while the local ladies will give demonstrations on making butter at the full size replica cottage. Brown bread, colcannon, boxty and pancakes will all be cooked on the open fires to taste and for sale.
This year is a special year for the tractor enthusiast as we celebrate 80 years of ‘David Brown’ in Ireland. As usual there will be a massive display of vintage cars and farm machinery, all of which have been lovingly restored by enthusiasts from the four corners of Ireland.
Moynalty Steam Threshing also boasts a fantastic museum of artifacts and memorabilia which will be open for viewing on the day.
A cead mile failte awaits you in Moynalty for this year’s festival where refreshments will be served and where you can bring home a keep-sake from one of our fine craft stalls.
The children will be well entertained by the amusements on site and can visit the many farm animals on an old style farm yard or enter their dog in the dog show.
The Irish Lumberjack show is an exciting show of fearless skills and displays of wood-chopping, pole-climbing, chainsaw racing. Loggers compete in a variety of disciplines based on traditional logging skills to determine the best lumberjack skills.
There will be music and craic all day long and this year we are proud to announce that the ever popular Mike Denver will take to the stage in a grand finale of music. Music entertainment throughout the day by Paul Leavy, Cliona Hagan, Chantelle Padden, and Matt Leavy. We expect that the venue will be heaving with fans of country music, culture and crafts of modern and by-gone days.
Don’t Miss Out! Moynalty Steam Threshing, Sunday 11th August 2019, gates open 9am to 7:30pm with ample free parking. Check us out on or on Facebook and Instagram. Tickets available online.
Further press information available from 046 9244810, 087 1635426 or 087 2393342.
View Irish TV’S programme about Moynalty in which
Aisling Carragher talks to Theresa McKenna, about her historical research into Moynalty Threshing Day. Sean Quinn, Curator of the Moynalty Threshing Museum, shows us around the expansive agricultural machinery collection. Peter Gaynor and Tommy Farrell give us a demonstration of what people experienced at this year’s Threshing. And we hear great music from harpist Aine Allen.
We are very proud to have celebrated our 40th anniversary of the Moynalty Steam Threshing Festival on Sunday 9th August 2015 and take this opportunity to thank everyone for making it happen.
We hope it was an unforgettable experience for all our visitors far and near.
“Celebrating Forty Years of Steam Threshing at Moynalty” charts the story of the festival from its foundation in 1976 up to and including the present day. This book was launched on Friday 31st July at 8 pm in the Museum at Moynalty Threshing Field. The event was hugely successful and everyone enjoyed a lovely evening of music followed by a wine and cheese reception.
Your copy of the book can be obtained by contacting any member of the Steam Threshing Committee.