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Tuesday, 9th July 2019

New rickshaw service will get Drogheda’s elderly out and about

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May Dunlea and Mary Condra are brought for a spin in the new trishaw along the Boyne at the Ramparts this morning by volunteer Willie Redmond after the launch of the new Trishaw service being offered by DDS4OP. Photo: Andy Spearman.

Two lovely old Drogheda ladies had an awfully big adventure down by the banks of the River Boyne today.

The fun loving pair, May Dunlea who currently lives in Boyne View House Nursing Home and Mary Condra from St. Mary’s on the Dublin Road, were the first two passengers on a new rickshaw service launched today and aimed at getting older people out and about in the fresh air.

Dave Turner of Drogheda and District Support 4 Older People (DDS4OP) who are running the service in conjunction with “Cycling without Age” and the Louth Age Friendly Initiative, said they will be working with local nursing homes and day care centres looking for passengers. 

“One of the routes we intend to use is the Boyne Greenway from the Ramparts to Oldbridge House and we would like to thank the local County Council for widening the access to the Greenway especially to accommodate the Tri-Shaw” Dave said.

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May and Mary were treated like royalty at this morning's launch and they waved like royalty as they swept past in their “carriage” which was being cycled by Willie Redmond who is one of four volunteer cyclists already signed up for the project.

Looking remarkably fit and youthful for is 70 years, Willie told Drogheda Life that he cycles three mornings a week along with friends and would cover 300 kilometres most weeks.

Which probably explains why he was much better at piloting the three wheeled Trishaw (to give it its proper name) than the Mayor of Drogheda Cllr. Paul Bell who also took the ladies for a (short) spin after he had officially launched the service (see above). Thankfully the bicycle part of the trishaw is a “hybrid” in that it can be pedalled or propelled by the on-board battery.

Cycling Without Age is a global movement started in Denmark in 2012, their purpose is to bring the elderly out on their trishaws to improve their health and emotional well-being.

The Drogheda trishaw is one of three bought for use in County Louth, the other two are on Ardee and Dundalk, at a cost of €28,000. The money came from various sources including two years of Councillor Maeve Yore’s discretionary spend.

DDS4OP are hoping, weather permitting, to introduce the service later in July and are also looking for volunteers to pilot the Tri-Shaw. 

For further inquiries please visit their office at 7, The Haymarket, Drogheda, open from  9 am – 1pm Monday to Friday, or phone 1800 200 100.

Pictured at this morning’s launch of the new DDS4OP Trishaw service were (from left): Jackie Crinion, Cllr. Maeve Yore, Richard Campbell, Jason Devine of the Age Friendly County initiative, pilot Willie Redmond, Mayor Paul Bell and Dave Turner of DDS4OP. Sitting pretty in the trishaw are May Dunlea and Mary Condra. Photo: Andy Spearman.

This article was written by Andy Spearman

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