Amateur inventor and gadgeteer Laurence Ward is perfecting a device to make life easier for the lollipop man helping children cross the road.

In Ballinasloe the Lollipop Man steps into the space age.

Made from a plastic basin, light-weight tubing, and the essential words in luminous stick-on letters, Ballinasloe lollipop man Tom Madden tries the device for size.

Laurence Ward has applied for a patent on his invention and hopes to persuade local authorities to swap their lollipops for his new appliance.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 23 March 1976. The reporter is John Howard.