The Dunmore Show: The GRASSMEN's Pilgrimage


Show 2012 & Single Chop Silage Registrations 2012

Dunmore Vintage Show August 5th 2012

Show kicks off at 12 with gates open from 10:30am to the public

Dunmore & District Vintage Club are taking over a 60 acre farm for the 2012 show, with 25 acres of grass for single chop foragers to cut & with 10 acres for Malone ( to demonstrate his mowers & picking wagons

The History Of Silage working display is shaping up but we’re still looking for some machines & Tractors, if you have any of the machines mentioned in the pre-single chop machines please get in contact with us:
Click Here: History Of Silage Machinery lineup

Single Chop World Record:

  • The Harvester must be a side-mounted, single chop silage harvester.
  • Both the harvester and the tractor must be pre 1982
  • PTO Guards & chains must be in place & will be checked
  • Detais required are Your name, Address, Date of Birth, Full postal address, and the Make, Model, & Year of both the Harvester & Tractor.

registration is essential in order to take part, online registration is simple & easy, simply fill out the online form accessible on the top bar of the site & click submit
Registered participants are advised to arrive for unloading on the Saturday (4th August).

Click Here: Registrations 2012

In 2011 we managed to get 26 cutting in just 4 acres of grass. Building on the success of lastyears show, we have 25 acres of silage to cut with single chop foragers at the 2012 show on August 5th, we are expecting up on 100 pre 1982 machines to take part so get your registrations in early, registrations can be updated at any time by just contacting us

2011 video:

THe 2012 show will also play host to a History of silage machinery demonstration, one machine in particular we are looking to find is the Wilder Cutlift, built in Reading, UK in 1935 by John Wilder LTD this was the first single pass machine ever built. It featured a Finger Bar mower followed by a picking mechanism to lift the grass into the trailer. this machine was the last inventions before the war. This machine built in relatively small numbers, but a few made its way to northern Ireland where the Northern Ireland Office sponsored a feature film entitled Simple Silage. It was the only film sponsored by the NIO durding the war, its aim was to encourage farmers to make silage rather than import grain.
The film can be found in Museums across northern ireland : Digital Film Archive NI

Image thanks to Danielle in the Museum of English Country Life in Reading
Wilder CutLift

If you have come across this machine or a variant of this machine Please do get in contact with us, it is the missing link in the extensive history of silage machinery that will be working on the day. (variants of the machine can be very unusual but based on the same idea, it was updated & modified several times between 1935 & 1945 in particular)


Update 26/5/2012
Over the next few days i will post the machines that with all going well will be working on the day, even one or two machines previous to the 1935 cutlift, and a very very rare Green Taarup Single Chop from 1959, (one of the first of the Taarup Harvester’s)

Update 5/7/2012
Aerial view picture of the site with lastyear’s show referenced

Update 14/7/2012
With the weather adversely affecting other Major shows, Dunmore Vintage Club is working on plans to see the show go ahead regardless, with works underway to make a road through the land to the silage fields we’re hoping it will be enough to counteract whatever the weather throws at us. Luckily enough the 2012 show is based on a hill

Update 20/07/2012
Long range forecast promising good weather for the show and on the few days on the leadup to the show, the bank holiday monday is promised very warm & sunny also… Its shaping up to be a great weekend weatherwise….. for now, fingers crossed!

Update 26/7/2012
Works commence on road to silage field & to vintage show dry ground to combat whatever the weather throws at us. We’ll have comfort with vintage cars not getting stuck or dirty & drawing down the silage pit.

Update 1/8/2012
Land Road complete, Single Chop Registrations soaring to near cutoff point *Get registered ASAP if you’re planning on bringing a harvester & make sure PTO guards are intact. Helicopter confirmed, & Hot Air Balloon Confirmed. There will be rides every few mins on the hot air balloon completely FREE and will rise 100 foot above the show.


Titanic On Tour part deux – Roscommon Easter Parade 2012

Dunmore Vintage Club’s Titanic, to add to the silverware plaques & awards already recieved for Titanic, we set sail for Roscommon Easter Parade on 8th April

Best Community/Voluntary float – Roscommon Easter Parade 2012
13th Top Tweeted picture related to Titanic worldwide

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Next thing now is to Decommision the DDVC Titanic before it sinks

DDVC did the unsinkable with Titanic 2012

DDVC club did the unsinkable with the 45 foot replica of the titanic 100 years after it sank
St patricks day parade Dunmore 2012 & cloonfad 2012
Best Vintage float – Dunmore
Best overall float – Dunmore
Best overall folat – Cloonfad

Dunmore Vintage Club- Titanic on tour
2nd best float – Ballinasloe

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All New footage of the 2011 world record just released

All NEW footage of the Single Chop World Record at our show on july 31’st 2011 in HD

all new HD footage of the 26 grassmen that travelled from cork, waterford, offaly, clare, tipperary, the UK, mayo, sligo, Roscommon  and of-cource Galway not just to cut a field of silage, but to take part in a world record attempt at Dunmore Vintage Show, Dunmore, Co. Galway on July 31’st 2011


The 2012 show will take place on August 5th 2012, we hope to over double our 2011 record, along with a history of silage in Ireland demonstration. The day will also see a fine selection of vintage cars, bikes crafts, trade stalls & autojumble along with endless other activities and entertainment.

We will be announcing the Main Sponsor for the 2012 show in the next few weeks


Pre-Registration is ESSENTIAL for the compeditors in the Single Chop Forage Harvester record. PTO Guards MUST also be in place and will be inspected on the day.

Shows & events 2012

Dunmore & District Vintage Club are proud to announce that Show 2012 will see a repeat of the Single Chop World Record held in the 2011 show due to the overwhelming response we got for the event. We hope to see upwards on 100 Single Chop Harvesters cutting25 acres of grass on the day, PRE-REGISTRATION ESSENTIAL!

we also hope to host a History Of Silage demonstration with every invention from the finger bar mower right up to the precision chop working on the day

there will also be a working demonstration from our Main sponsor, yet to be announced.

aswell as all this silage cutting, there will be the usual vintage show including a display of vintage cars, tractors, crafts ect.

More info, will be posted over the coming months…. Show Date : August 5th 2012

to find contact info for us please click on the contact us tab.

Other Events:
St. Patricks day 2012 – March 17th – Tractor Pulling will be held in the afternoon in Dunmore GAA pitch carpark, classes from 3.5 tonne through to 20 tonne class including tandem pulling (subject to change)

Road Run 2012 – TBA

Barn Dance & Tractor Pulling – October Bank Holiday

Saturday, October 29th 2011:

Saturday Night saw the Dunmore Vintage Club take over P.J’S niteclub & fill it with hay, ass-cart’s churns, a few strawboysThe Strawboys in Halloween fancy dress costumes & a live band “Shebeen”. The night also played host to our very own Frank (Big Frank) Walsh’s 70th birthday party.

The Night’s events can be found byclicking here: Barn Dance

But If tractors are more your thing, Dunmore Vintage Club hosted a tractor pulling competition in the Local Gaa pitch carpark, and included various classes from 3.5 Tonne right up to a 20 Tonne class. This included a Tandem Pull with a Ford TW35, and an International 1455xl. If you were unfortunate enough to miss it, dont worry we have it all on video.

Click here to see the tractor Pulling:

Barn Dance & Tractor Pulling

– Saturday & Sunday October 29th&30th – October Bank Holiday weekend-

Saturday October 29th: Barn Dance

The october bank holiday weekend 2011 will see Dunmore & District Vintage Club again hosting another weekend of fun, with a Barn Dance on the saturday night in PJ’s Nightclub, With Shebeen ligned up as our band for the night, a possible appearance by the strawboys & maybe another suprise or two, the craic is sure to be mighty. Dont drink too much or you’ll miss out on sundays events!!

Sunday October 30th: Tractor Pulling

Tractor Pulling will take place on the Sunday in the local gaa pitch car park. the tractor pulling will start at the 2.5 tonne class for smaller vintage tractors & working its way up to the 7.5 tonne class.
If you’re planning on participating in the tractor pulling please give Michael Kelly a call on 086 049806, as there is various rules regarding hitch height, weight categorys ect, you must make sure you comply with.

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