Category: Realing In The Years

Reeling In The Years: Tramore 1923 – Boy Racers First Ever Cruise

Drifting, a driving technique where the driver intentionally oversteers causing loss of traction in the rear wheels while maintaining control, was first invented in 1923 by Tramore automobile enthusiast Thomas Kennedy. Mr. Kennedy, a fast food business owner from the town, first discovered the technique while driving on the local beach with his fiancée Martha The 22-year-old became a… Read more »

Reeling In The Years – 1918: The I.R.B Horse Drawn Missile Launchers.

During the ongoing struggle for independence, large numbers of specially trained palomino ponies were smuggled in from Libya to aid in the Irish Republican brotherhoods logistical weapons programme. The horse drawn launchers were cleverly disguised as vats of Downes’s No.9 whiskey, so as they could move easily from location to location without been detected by… Read more »

Reeling In The Years – O’Sullivan’s Head Shop Est 1924

Waterford’s oldest head shop, which kept the city lit for 89 years, was closed three years ago due to a ban on the sale of illegal highs.   O’Sullivan’s Head Shop was well known for selling traditional psychoactive substances and various drug paraphernalia – like old fashioned wood carved pipes and bongs. Upon closing, proprietor Jim… Read more »

Reeling In The Years – The Ku Klux Karnival

The Waterford branch of the KKK originally erected the first ever Tramore amusement ride back in 1944. The ferris wheel was a huge attraction at the time and it was located right outside the train station for all visitors to see. Thousands of beach goers would ride the 50 foot ‘wheel of steel’ every summer… Read more »