Threshing at Sam Maguire Homestead

2013-09-05 11.37.53A TRADITIONAL threshing will take place in aid of CoAction in the homestead of Sam Maguire in Mallabracka, Dunmanway on Sunday, September 15th.

The past will be brought to life at this event with the traditional threshing and rolling of oats, cutting of the firs, vintage run, various sideshows and music to carry the craic into the evening.

The threshing event will be officially opened by Tracy Kennedy, PRO of the GAA county board at 2.30pm after she lays the wreath on Sam Maguire’s graveside at noon.

The Johnstown Vintage Club will set off from the Long Bridge in Dunmanway with a parade of both vintage cars and tractors at 1.30 pm finishing in Mallabracka.

Music will be provided by Mary and Danny O’Leary til late.

This family friendly event is the perfect way to spend a sunny Sunday and all donations go to CoAction, a local charity.

CoAction is a non-profit organisation that provides quality services to children and adults with intellectual disabilities and autism throughout West Cork.

This is achieved by helping each service user reach their full potential, working in partnership with their families and carers within the community.

Sam Maguire was born in 1877 and is Dunmanway’s most famous son. His family farmed 200 acres and he was one of four children.

Sam was a tireless worker for the G.A.A and here is where his name is remembered with the famous Sam Maguire Cup.

The Maguire homestead lay derelict for many years but a few years ago the Spillane Family, owners of the homestead and surrounding land, decided to go it alone and produced a plan for the project, History and Tourism being the theme. Major work has taken place to restore the homestead, as far as possible, to its original state.

The restored homestead is where this event takes place with the permission of the Spillane Family.

(Text originally published in westcorktimes.com, 6 September 2013)


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