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Annual National Steam Rally in Stradbally falls victim to Covid-19 for the second year

For the second successive year, the annual Steam Rally in Stradbally has been cancelled.

This is just the third time in its 58 year history that the event will not go ahead.

It was previously cancelled in 2007 when torrential rain left the field, which is the site used for the Electric Picnic, waterlogged.

However, once again, the event, scheduled to take place in early August, has fallen victim to Covid-19.

Nigel Glynn, Steam Rally Chairman, explained the decision.

He said: “Today the Rally Committee gathered to discuss the viability of running the 2021 National Steam Rally Stradbally.

“It is with a heavy heart that as a committee we have decided to cancel this year’s Steam Rally due to the ongoing Covid-19 Pandemic.

“We hope that 2022 will be our year where we look forward to welcoming everyone back to enjoy a bigger and better Rally with the help of your support.”

A decision on Electric Picnic, the second big event that takes place in Stradbally each year, is expected later this month.

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.