Restoration of Vintage Carriage & Messenger Bike
On Saturday August 3rd, Cumann na bhFear (aka Men’s Shed Galway city) is inviting volunteers to help them start the process of making road-worthy a vintage horse-drawn carriage (aka Trap) and three wheel bicycle.
The light framed two wheel Trap was a traditional form of family (2-4 people) transport in Ireland during the period from the 1830s up until the 1950s, when it was replaced by the motorised car.
The three wheel bicycle was in service with the national (Irish) Post and Telegraph (P & T) service probably in the 1950s-1960s. Fitted out with a large wicker basket in front, postmen used such bikes to deliver commercial and domestic parcels and letters in urban areas.
It is hoped that both the bike and Trap (harnessed to a pony) will be operational to take part in a forthcoming Seven Galway Castles Heritage Cycle Tour during the autumn.
The bike's wicker basket will be used to carry first aid, bike repair kits and picnic beverages/foods.
The repair work will commence at 10.30am on Saturday August 3rd.Both vehicles are on loan to the club from heritage enthusiast Micheál Keaney from Castle Ellen.