Tadhg back in car after 50 years!
NOT many people can sit into their first car after 50 years, but west Limerick businessman Tadhg O’Connor is one of those after being reunited with his first ever car: a 1967 Ford Anglia.
He bought the car, his very first, brand new from Nash’s in Newcastle West for the princely sum of £555.
“You wouldn’t be buying much now for that. I was straight out of college and I was beginning to teach in Rathkeale,” he said.
“I hadn’t seen it since – I traded it in after a couple of years to Adam’s of Glin, and I bought a Mirafiori, which was a new Fiat that was out at the time. That was the car to have,” he recalled.
And on cars, “I’ve bought a lot of them since!” said Tadhg.
The reunion was made possible by a number of car enthusiasts from the local area. Conor McCarthy, Adare, noticed the impeccable car at a vintage run last October, and began talking to its owner Patrick Dunne, from Newmarket-on-Fergus.
“The car looked exceptionally good for its age and condition. I enquired with Billy Conroy of the West Limerick Vintage Club, and he knew the history behind the car, that it had belonged to Tadhg O’Connor,” added Mr McCarthy.
“There aren’t many people who could go back into the car they bought 50 years ago,” he said.