As a club, the MG Owners’ Club Northern Ireland (MGOCNI) enjoy a varied range of events each season. Here are a few event reports of what we got up to in September 2016.
Tour of Athlone 4th – 8th September 2016
I am sure for most this may well seem like a distant memory but hopefully an enjoyable one. It was a reasonable morning weather wise when we met up at Sprucefield. After the usual greetings and friendly banter the group headed of in convoy to Clones where the lunch stop had been arranged.
So far so good, no lost souls. Following an enjoyable lunch the next stop was Athlone and The Hodson Bay Hotel where tea, coffee and scones where laid on for us on arrival. No formal checking in as roomshad been pre-allocated so straight to the room via the bar (for some) unpack and then get ready for the evening meal at 7.00pm. The food in the hotel proved to be excellent with no complaints, I believe.
Monday: A boat trip to Athlone and a day free shopping or whatever. Unfortunately as I previously mentioned Anne ended up in hospital but thankfully now home and on the road to recovery. Derek Gaw gives us all a fright in the town with an ambulance being called but sister Pat got him on his feetvery quickly. Yes, I did make the boat trip albeit equipped with the magical wrist bands. All back to the hotel for the evening meal.
Tuesday: A short run to the Derryglad Museum which proved a ‘hit’ with most and then on to Strokestown House for tea, coffee and scones and a tour of the house and grounds. A great visit andtwo great tour guides particularly the young lady who was absolutely brilliant and came across as having not only the knowledge of the museum but a great voice to tell it. Then it was back to the hotel and the evening meal.
Wednesday: A visit to the Heritage Park at Moate where tea, coffee and scones had been laid on for us compliments of the volunteers who were really very happy to see us all. Then on to Kilbeggan Distillery where a step back in time was very much evident. Lots of purchases were made althoughnot ‘Duty Free’ unfortunately. The group then travelled back in convoy to the hotel for the final nights evening meal.
Thursday: The homeward journey took us via Trim where we once again stopped of at Pat Morans’ pub for lunch. Then most made their way home with some stopping off for a ‘comfort’ stop at the Apple Green service station.
Heritage Day Run Sunday 11th September 2016
This event was organised by club chairman Raymond Service and his wife Pat. A late change of plans due to road works had the group meeting at Springhill and taking the short drive in convoy to the Castle.
Arriving at the castle tea, coffee and scones were the order of the day followed by a tour of theCastle. The evening meal had been arranged in Donaghadee Golf Club and once again proved an excellent choice. Thanks to Pat and Raymond for the day.
Laying Up Run Sunday 25th September 2016
The members met at the 45 Club Park Avenue Belfast for tea, coffee and scones before setting of on a scenic drive via Newtownard , Ballywalter, Millisle stopping of in Groomsport for a short timebefore arriving back at the 45 Club for the evening meal at 4.30pm.
Presentation of Awards were made as follows:
- Best Attended Club Member went to Mervyn Boyd
- The Most Enjoyable Event went to the Athlone Tour
- The McComb Barker Trophy went to Sam Carruthers
- The Secretary’s Cup went to Desie Boyd