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The Lord Mayor of Dublin's ceremonial coach

The Lord Mayor of Dublin's ceremonial coach

The Lord Mayor of Dublin's ceremonial coach

THE Lord Mayor's 225-year-old coach can only be put on display in a temperature-controlled room, Dublin City Council has said.

Valued at €3m, the ornate carriage is stored in a sewage plant. But Independent councillor Mannix Flynn wants to see the antique carriage exhibited as a visitor attraction.

In response, the council said the coach is kept is a specially modified room to help with its preservation at a location that is staffed "on a 24/7 basis".

"If the Lord Mayor's coach were to be moved to a location where it could be viewed by the public, the location selected would have to offer temperature and humidity controls, similar to its present storage location, to ensure that the timbers do not dry out and crack," the local authority said.

"The idea to have it on show to the public is very good, but it is not without difficulties. However, the matter will be considered further."

The gilded coach has been described as "a virtual art gallery on wheels".

But it is stored at the Main Lift Pump Station in Ringsend – a plant in the city's sewage pumping network – for all but two days a year.

Built in 1789 by William Whitton of Dominick Street, the coach made its first appearance on the streets of Dublin on November 4, 1791, in an annual event to mark the birthday of William III.

The carriage won such acclaim that the British monarchy ordered a copy to be made for use in London.

RESTORATION

It was placed in storage in 1932 due to its poor condition but returned to public life in 1976 following restoration.

The coach is a feature of Dublin's St Patrick's Day celebrations, and takes the Lord Mayor to the opening day of the Dublin Horse Show.

Former Lord Mayor Royston Brady came under fire when he used it for his wedding in 2003.

COMURPHY@HERALD.IE


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