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Sunday 22 October 2017

Fiesta time 30 years on

Mary trades in the Fiesta that had served her well for 30 years.
Mary trades in the Fiesta that had served her well for 30 years.

Rosemary O'Grady

IT was almost like saying goodbye to a member of the family when Mary Cummins scrapped her 30-year-old Ford Fiesta this week.

In doing so Mary, from Kilmessan in Co Meath, may have entered the record books.

In its place she took a new Fiesta from the Navan Ford Centre.

John Robinson of Navan Ford Centre said: "As far as we know, this is the oldest car that has been traded in as part of the government scrappage scheme. The car was first registered in May 1980 and is still going strong."

Mary and her husband Pat's family have owned the car since it was registered in 1980. Originally, Pat's uncle and aunt, William and Elizabeth Cummins of Dunsany, Co Meath, bought the car new and then when they passed on, Mary and Pat took over the car.

Mary said they had the car for so long that it became like an extra member of the family. They affectionately called it the "Red Ferrari" and the car achieved something approaching celebrity status on the roads around Kilmessan in the last few years.

Mary explains: "Everywhere we went in it, people would always comment about it. I suppose it is such a rarity to see such an old car on the roads of Ireland these days. I will really miss it but I have to admit I am looking forward to driving our new Fiesta, which I think is just a little bit more stylish than our 'Red Ferrari'."

Standard equipment on the new Fiesta (1.25-litre petrol) -- ABS, electric mirrors and windows, air bags, remote locking etc -- are items that could have featured on 1980s hit TV show, 'Tomorrow's World', when their original Fiesta first hit the road.

Irish Independent

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