On Friday the 4th May we set off on our trip to Omagh, Co. Tyrone. Larry & Bernie in their newly restored XK120 FHC and myself and Miriam in the MK2 stopping at Slane and Newgrange on our way up. We arrived at the Silver Birch Hotel about 5pm. The National Day itself doesn’t officially start until the Saturday but quite a few cars were already in situ. Shortly after arriving I was told of the sad passing of our dear friend Bertie Baird who we have known ever since the first meeting many years ago from when we first established contact with the Jaguar Drivers Club Area 30. His funeral had only taken place the previous day and sadly I was unaware that Bertie had died. Both he and his wife Anne were regular attendees at the National Weekend and at the Terenure Car Show, he will be sadly missed.
The last overnight event of the year took place on the 2nd and 3rd September, how quickly the year has passed. This time we returned to Wexford for a very enjoyable weekend arranged by Rodney. We met at the Dunbrody Visitors Centre in New Ross at noon on Saturday and drove to Johnstown Castle and Gardens. Whilst the castle is not open to the public at present it provided a magnificent backdrop for our cars. The present castle dates from the 19th century and is now the responsibility of the Agriculture and Food Development Authority.