It’s a real Hardy Annual. They come from all over the country for the Stradbally Steam Rally, one of the many local and diverse events held in beautiful surrounds of Stradbally Hall.
As he has been for almost every local event in Laois for the past three decades or more, photographer Alf Harvey was on hand to capture a selection of wonderful images in 2001, which you can check out below.
This year’s event, once again organised by the Irish Steam Preservation Society, returns on the August Bank Holiday weekend, as the organisers say “the complete family day out”.
It will be a hive of activity over the weekend, just as it was 21 years ago as Alf Harvey’s photos show.
Some of the faces will be familiar ones to many of our readers – albeit looking a little bit younger!