The sounds of whistles and amusements returned to Stradbally, Co Laois, over the bank holiday weekend for the 59th National Steam Rally.

The rally, organised by the Irish Steam Preservation Society (ISPS) since its inception, is one of the biggest steam events on the island of Ireland and attracts thousands of visitors from home and abroad.

Nicola Glynn, secretary of the ISPS, described the day as “the perfect family day out with a difference”.

Read the full article in The Irish Times.

Photograph credit : Nick Bradshaw