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 by John Howard broadcast on 23 March 1976.