Decarbonising Our Heritage Sector

The National Steam Rally in Stradbally is a celebration of Ireland’s rich steam engine heritage. This event attracts steam enthusiasts from all over the world, who come to marvel at the impressive displays of vintage machinery, steam engines, vehicles and enjoy a huge variety of amazing events and activities. The rally is held annually, and this year, it is particularly special because it is powered by carbon neutral biofuel.

The use of this carbon tax free coal alternative at the National Steam Rally is a testament to our commitment to reducing carbon emissions and promoting sustainable energy practices. The biofuel used at the rally is supplied by Arigna Fuels , and is produced using sustainable methods, which minimises the impact on the environment. By using carbon tax free fuel, the National Steam Rally is setting an example for other events and industries, demonstrating that it is possible to enjoy our rich heritage while also protecting the planet for future generations.

In addition to the impressive displays of steam and vintage machinery, visitors can also enjoy a range of family-friendly activities, including live music, dancing, food & trade stalls, a funfair, displays and demonstrations and so much more. The National Steam Rally is a must-visit event for anyone interested in Ireland’s industrial heritage, and this year, it is an event that is sure to leave a lasting impression on visitors.




The 59th event in the series will take place in Stradbally,  Co. Laois, on Sunday 6th & Monday 7th August, 2023, preceded by a Steam & Vintage Rally  on Saturday 5th from 7pm in Stradbally Village. This event is considered by many to be the premier event in the calendar of steam and vintage shows throughout Ireland. Steam Engines – Vintage Cars – Tractor Display – Commercials – Over 70 Trade Stands – Carnival – Autojumble  – Blacksmith Village – Steam Working Arena – Massive Saw Benching Display with the Celtic Steamers – Steam Engine Rides – Live Music, with Declan Nerney amongst the lineup – Bouncing Castles – Kids Area – Craft Village – Pet Farm – Dog Show and much, much more!

The National Steam Rally is a fun-filled Family Friendly event, and we look forward to seeing you all in Stradbally,
for our Irish Steam showcase event in August 2023.

Weekend Camping & Caravan Park

Make A Weekend Of It In 2023!

Weekend camping and caravan parking are available for this year’s National Steam Rally. The facility is available from 2pm on Friday 4th August, until 11am on Tuesday 8th August. 

The campsite is monitored by security at all times, with water, toilets, a shower unit, and waste disposal, all provided on site.

So why not really make a weekend of it, and book your stay in the glorious surroundings of Stradbally, Co. Laois!

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Miniature Steam Engines at the National Steam Rally
Miniature Steam Engines at the National Steam Rally
Sawbench Display
Steam & Vintage
A fun filled day for all the family
A bird's eye view
Vintage Cars

59th National Steam Rally

Stradbally in Co. Laois, Sunday August 6th – Monday August 7th 2023

Preceded by a Steam & Vintage Parade in Stradbally Village
Saturday August 5th from 7pm!


Since 1966, all of these events have been held in the superb grounds of Stradbally Hall, Stradbally, Co. Laois by kind permission of three generations of the Cosby family. This year’s event takes place on the 6th & 7th August 2023.


Experience a family day out with a difference on Ireland’s oldest heritage line, operated entirely by our volunteers.
Enjoy a relaxing train journey through the woods behind our 1940s steam locomotive, Róisín, which has been based in Co Laois since 1949 and once worked on the bog railways of Bord na Móna.

The Railway runs through the grounds of Stradbally Hall and opens every bank holiday weekend and selected dates between St Patrick’s Day and August.


Santa will return to Stradbally Woodland Railway in November and December 2023, with all the details and booking information to follow !

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