The Irish Division of the Caravan and Motorhome Club has its origins way back in 1940 when a group of people held a series of meetings in the Central Hotel Dublin. From these meetings the Centre for Ireland was formed on 21st November 1940. Mr W S Keating was elected Chairman and Mr J Irvine Hon. Secretary.

The first recorded outing was a trip to Shanganagh Castle, Co Dublin on 31st August 1941. Sixty people from all over Ireland attended. Their entertainment consisted of a scavenger hunt and children’s sports. The day was rounded off with a dinner and informal dance.

In January 1947, the Executive Committee in London granted Divisional Status to Ireland. In the absence of a constitution, it was agreed to adopt the title, Irish Division at a Special General Meeting held in May 1947 but to carry on business under Centre rules. At the 1954 AGM of the Irish Division and with Centres then formed and operating in Ulster, Munster and Leinster, the committee of the Irish Division was instructed to prepare a draft constitution.

The first Irish Division National Rally comprising all three Centres was held at Rostrevor in 1955. The Irish Division Council is composed of three representatives of each of the Centres – Ulster, Munster and Leinster. Its Chairmanship rotates between the Centres, as does the hosting of the Irish National Rally.

Message from the Irish Division Chairman

It is a great honour & privilege to receive the chain of office of the Chairman of the Irish Division of the Caravan Club; I hope I can maintain the very high standards set by the previous office holders.

I would like to acknowledge the huge help & unrivalled support from my Munster Centre committee & members during my time as Chairman of the Munster Centre prior to taking on this new role.

On behalf of all the members, I would like to extend a big thank you to all the hard working Centre committees for preparing such a comprehensive rally program for 2017. We can now begin the taskof arranging our Diary for the coming year.

I would also like to acknowledge the hard working rally Marshals, who make the Rallies such an enjoyable experience & also mention the site owners for their help & co-operation before & after rallies.

The beautiful Town of Trim on the River Boyne is the location for the Irish Division National rally in 2017 & I would like to wish Kevin O’Hanlon & his team all the best in hosting this year’s event. No doubt a warm welcome will be extended to all who decide to attend this wonderful event during the Easter holidays in such a glorious location.

Before I finish up, I would like to encourage all those members who have yet to try rallying, to please give it a try, it will bring a whole new dimension to your Caravan/Motorhome experience with friendly, relaxing, inexpensive rallies in all 3 Irish Division Centres.

Finally, Ruth & I would like to wish you all a safe & happy caravanning season.

 

Martin Geaney

Irish Division Chairman