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Stradbally - Laois - Town View

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Stradbally is famous for its Steam Rally, an annual gathering of enthusiasts of steam-powered vehicles. The event is held in the grounds of the Cosby estate. Traction engines and steam-powered cars are brought to the rally and displayed - those which are in working order are demonstrated, and a steam railway offers rides along a short track. There is also a Steam Museum in Stradbally Town itself.

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Photo Details

  • County: Laois
  • Town: Stradbally
  • Scene: Elevated view of town
  • Date: 1910 (estimate)
  • Digitally remastered

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  • Read aboutStradbally below

Stradbally

 
Stradbally (An Sráidbhaile in Irish) is a small town in County Laois, Republic of Ireland, located in the midlands of Ireland along the N80 road near Portlaoise. The town's name comes from the Irish language, which means a village, or 'town of (one) street'.
 

Steam rally

Stradbally is famous for its Steam Rally, an annual gathering of enthusiasts of steam-powered vehicles. The event is held in the grounds of the Cosby estate. Traction engines and steam-powered cars are brought to the rally and displayed - those which are in working order are demonstrated, and a steam railway offers rides along a short track. There is also a Steam Museum in Stradbally Town itself. One of the group of founders was Harold Condell who was an avid Steam enthusiast and owner. He along with his co-founders established the 'Irish Steam Preservation Society. He moved to Northern Ireland in 1966 and there he made contact with Lord O'Neill of Shanes Castle, Antrim. They, along with other steam enthusiasts from Northern Ireland started a similar Steam Rally, which was held in the grounds of Shanes Castle. This Steam Rally is now held in Ballymena Show Grounds.

It has the only narrow gauge steam railway in the Republic of Ireland, there is another in Northern Ireland.

Music festival

Stradbally is also famous for Electric Picnic, A boutique music festival held annually in Stradbally Hall, owned by the Cosby Family. It is rumoured that a boutique Hip Hop event is to be held in neighbouring Timahoe.

People

Canadian politician Walter Shanly came from Stradbally.

Kevin O'Higgins was also from Stradbally

Australian Football player Colm Begley.

Sport

  • Stradbally GAA