Tuesday 27 September 2016

'Kitty car' is restored in time for 1916 centenary

Published 08/05/2016 | 02:30

In 1916, this Ford Model T was brand new and owner Larry Kiernan must have been proud when he picked up Michael Collins at Ballywillan train station in Longford - though wary of being spotted during those turbulent times of the Rising..
In 1916, this Ford Model T was brand new and owner Larry Kiernan must have been proud when he picked up Michael Collins at Ballywillan train station in Longford - though wary of being spotted during those turbulent times of the Rising..

In 1916, this Ford Model T was brand new and owner Larry Kiernan must have been proud when he picked up Michael Collins at Ballywillan train station in Longford - though wary of being spotted during those turbulent times of the Rising.

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The brand new Model T even saw action during the rebellion, ferrying two Volunteers to Dublin to take part in the Rising.

Larry's sister, Kitty Kiernan, was the Big Fella's great love and her brother had registered the new car as a hackney cab.

Larry often picked up Collins so he could spend some time with his fiancée Kitty.

The car, below, was discovered 35 years ago in a ditch in north Longford by Granard man Eamon Creamer.

"We found the car as bare skeleton remains in the Mullinlaghata/Cloncivid area 35 years ago," he told the Longford Leader newspaper recently.

Over the years at his garage in Granard he slowly brought the car back to life. The running gear is original but the body panels and much of the interior have been replaced.

The celebrations around the Rising added impetus to the restoration work and the car was finished in time for the recent commemorations.

The car will be one of the viewing attractions at the Thurles Lion's Club inaugural vintage & classic car show and family Day today in St Patrick's College, Thurles, Co Tipperary, from 12 noon to 5pm.

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