Aug 5 – Touring Again

I mentioned in an earlier post that I had found an ancestral homestead, Stradbally Hall that had served as the home of my 11th great grandfather, Francis Cosby. We learned before coming on this trip to Ireland that the Irish Steam Rally is held each year at Stradbally, so we decided to take the opportunity to visit it again and maybe get to take a tour of the house. Unfortunately, we found upon arrival at the rally that the house had been open for tours the day before, but not today.

We did get to enjoy seeing some vintage steam engines on some very old tractors and other devices as well as many antique cars. We at least got to take some more pictures of Stradbally and get to see parts of the property that we had not seen before. We also learned through some documents about the home that is still in the Cosby family, but we did not meet any cousins while there. Click on the image of Stradbally Hall to visit their site for more pictures.

Engines at Steam Rally

Engines at Steam Rally

A very old Model T

A very old Model T

Stradbally Hall

Stradbally Hall

One thought on “Aug 5 – Touring Again

  1. I remember going to the Steam Engine Rally back in 1980, when I started to use the sketchboard. My friend & I went down the street, and stood under a shelter while it was raining, and everyone was a captive audience as we preached and used the sketchboard.

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