Saturday, August 01, 2020

My bicycle pumps

Pump opposite St Brigid’s National School building.

YOU may wonder how I dream up the subject matter for our monthly missive. Indeed, I sometimes wonder myself. And I apologise in advance if this month’s title suggests I am going to tell you something interesting about bicycle pumps. In my defence, I do mention bicycles and I do mention pumps, but read on and I will bring you on a little journey back in time.

Let’s get the bicycle out of the way first. I have been cycling the roads of Laois and beyond for some years now. Perhaps you may have seen me – most likely on a by-road meandering along, or stopped to have a look at something.

The other morning, I was on one of my usual routes heading for Monasterevin. On the return leg through Ballybrittas, I took a detour towards Emo via Brockhill. Shortly along this quiet stretch of road, a beautifully kept roadside water pump caught my eye. Brightly painted in blue and white, it stuck in my head for the rest of my cycle. I wondered how long it has stood there and who might the first people to use it have been?

You can read Tom’s article in full in Tuesday’s edition of the Laois Nationalist.

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