last update 05/04/2018

This was our third trip to the “Emerald Isle” although some years have past since we last attended an “Irish National” at Waterford in the South. We elected to book the Pre National rally at Dungannon, which we would have passed anyway on the journey from Belfast to Fivemiletown, and then proceed another 25 miles West to the Irish Division National Rally which is always held over the Easter weekend and hosted in turn by one of the three Irish Centres. This year in the UK by Ulster centre.

The “Pre” was held over four nights in Dungannon Park where a modern local authority site was made available with all the facilities including hardstanding and EHU. This site was situated in a picturesque park setting with walks, a 3 acre Lough which had game and course fishing and boat hire. The on site cafe was made available in the evenings for three nights of social activity whilst the forth night was dedicated to a meal in a hotel, a short drive away. A very favourable start to the experience given the fact we had dry weather, if somewhat cold with frost on most nights.

Unlike our last Irish National this one started on Thursday and would run for five nights at Fivemiletown College, again with hardstanding on the College all weather area. The Ulster Centre who hosted the rally had achieved the almost impossible here, having the run of the college showers, toilets, main hall, reception area and other areas for producing food.

We enjoyed a cheese and wine on Thursday, a barn dance Friday, an ABBA tribute on Sunday, and a final night Hogg roast and disco. The Divisional Dinner and Dance was held on the Saturday with a very good five piece band. Although service for the meal was very slow and some courses cold.
Indeed, we were very surprised by the quality of entertainment as in the past entertainment really focused on the Dinner Dance and a Sunday centre DIY event. The host centre had attracted lots of very good sponsorship to support this excellent programme of entertainment.

There was a very small contingent of English centre members which included Don Hall and his family from Yorkshire Dales together with Lesley and I. There was the traditionally very supportive group from Scotland and at least two outfits from as far North as Inverness and Wick. Some readers of this report will be interested to learn that the Club Chairman attended with a Motorhome this year!! The weather stayed favourably dry until BH Monday and the deluge on Tuesday as we left Fivemiletown at the end of an enjoyable rally.

David and Lesley


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We would like to say a big thank you to the rally marshals and all the members from the Yorkshire Pennine centre for the wonderful welcome we received on the Eggborough rally 2nd-4th February .
All three caravans were greeted and shown to our pitch when we arrived , it was our first rally with Yorkshire Pennine but I am sure it will not be our last. Throughout the rally Lynne and Clark and their assistants Elaine and Vic made sure we were included in everything that was going on .
The social club on site is under new management and this was their first caravan rally since they took over ,all the staff were friendly and pleasant and went out of their way to be helpful to make sure we had a good weekend .
Thanks again from

Hazel/Glyn, Brynn/Di, and Viv/Keith


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