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Wednesday 24 January 2018

Haulage celebration rolls back the years

Marie Cushe and Jenny Somers
Marie Cushe and Jenny Somers
James Somers and Pat Kenny
Eddie Tiernan, Eamon Manning and Paddy Smullen with a Marcedes Benz 1418
Danny Keating and Ken Power with a 1951 truck owned by Charlie Nolan
Peter Minchin with his daughter Sinéad
Martin Horan, Sam Weir and Ray Ball
Hilda Redmond and Chris Morris and Edward Colfer
Michael O'Donovan and Danny Whelan

Fintan Lambe

It was a case of reeling in the years in Camolin recently, as decades of Irish road haulage were celebrated.

Somers Commercials hosted an event in Jack's Tavern, a significant venue, as it was formerly owned by the late Jim Somers and is where his haulage business developed.

Truck owners and drivers, past and present, attended the event, which featured new and vintage trucks alongside pictures and stories of travels around Ireland and the continent in lorries such as the Bunclody Berliet which was imported, assembled and sold by Somers.

Pictures and other memorabilia collected over the last six months were displayed and also preserved on DVD.

A great night was had by all, and friendships were rekindled from as far back as 50 years. The event was also attended by the president of the Irish Road Haulage Association Verona Murphy.

As part of the event, Somers Commercials has donated a defibrillator to Camolin, in memory of the late James Somers.

Gorey Guardian

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