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Late Members Run
Killyleaghleagh Castle. The Oldest inhabited castle in Ireland

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Saturday 19th May 2019.

We met up at the Portside in for a cooked breakfast to set us up for what was a busy day ahead.  The day was a bit overcast with rain in the air.

We left the Portside Inn at about 11m heading for the Hillmount Garden Centre.  We spent about an hour at the Garden Centre and the only problem was how many plants can you get in a classic car?

We left for what would be the longest drive of the run, driving for what was a brief stop at Killyleagh Castle where we were given a brief history of the Castle.  This is the oldest inhabited Castle in Ireland, with the main part of the castle being home to Gavin Hamilton and his family.

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We all love the Steam Train

From there we travelled the short distance to Delamont Country Park.  This was a picnic stop for a bit relaxing and for some people a ride on the model stain train, big kids at heart!

If the day was not busy enough the next stop was Down County Museum (Downpatrick Goal).  We had a short tour and a brief history from the tour guide before wandering around the exhibits on display in the main building.

The final stop of the day was at Ballydugan Mill for our evening meal.  The Mill was built in 1792 and was a working mill for less than 70 years when it was left to fall into ruin.  Move forward 125 years to 1987, it was bought by Noel Killen, a local contractor known for his love of traditional Irish buildings.

After many years of hard work the Mill at Ballydugan now incorporates a ground floor Cafe (The wheelhouse) First floor restaurant, and 22 en suite bedrooms now occupy the third, fourth and fifth floors, with unique, scalable, and adaptable function facilities catering large parties, wedding receptions and conferences.

The food was excellent and staff very friendly and welcoming.  Picking the winner of the Late Members Shield was left to the Manger of the restaurant.  With the quality of cars on display it was not an easy choice but was eventually awarded to Leslie Duffin for his 1968 Triumph TR250.

Many thanks to William Peoples and his wife Marbeth for organizing such a pack day.  With help from the weather it turned out to be one of the best runs I have been on for some time.

Late Members Run
Delamont Park

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Andrew Leckey
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