An Offaly man's invention of a bar stool with an engine brings a new meaning to the phrase drink driving.
Walsh Island is known for the prowess of its Gaelic footballers but a new invention is sure to put the Offaly village on the international map. Noel Duffy has invented a gift for the drinker who might think he has everything, a motorised 50cc bar stool.
Guaranteed to drive you to drink.
Noel's invention grew out of a great love of engines and motorcycles. The idea came out of a chat with friends about what it would be possible to put an engine into. Noel was of the belief that anything and could have an engine and so the motorised bar stool was born. Noel claims the stool could do around 35 miles per hour but he wouldn't like to be sitting on it at the time.
Reporter Eamonn Ó Muirí points out that the only problem is that there are no brakes on it to which Noel responds
Who ever thought of brakes on a bar stool?
Initially designed for a local parade Noel would love to show it off at the Saint Patrick's Day parade on Fifth Avenue in New York. Noel's international ambitions don't end there and touring Australia on the bar stool is another dream.
This episode of 'Evening Extra' was broadcast on 11 March 1988. The reporter is Eamonn Ó Muirí.
'Evening Extra' was a nightly magazine programme which ran from Monday to Friday at 7 pm dealing with current issues and people in the news. The first episode was aired on Monday 13 October 1986 and it ran for 278 shows over 2 years until the final show on 29 April 1988. The programme had numerous presenters and reporters including Siobhan Cleary, Richard Crowley, Bibi Baskin, Aonghus McAnally and Shay Healy.