The search began in February 2012 as we had promised the Dundalk St Patrick’s Day Parade Committee that we would have a chariot for the parade so the pressure was on.
It took a long time and a great deal of searching to find a chasis and wheels that were suitable and of the correct size.
One Sunday in late February, while searching in Ravensdale and South Down, we visited ‘By Gone Times’ in Carrickcarnon just south of border. They had an old street cart that had once been used in Norwich, England and we could see potential in it.
We brought the cart to Cargotec Ltd (Moffett Engineering Ltd.) who had agreed to perform any metal-work needed to adapt the cart. They did a great job but we then needed to get the necessary carpentry work done to make it look like a Celtic Chariot. We contacted Eva Beirne of Louth Community Men’s Sheds and, through her team, she delivered the chariot as it is today.