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Transport

Moving from A to B hasn’t always been as simple as getting into a car and turning a key.  For centuries, the main form of transportation was Shank’s Pony, ie the human foot.  And while the wheel has been with us for some 5,550 years, it isn’t always best suited to the terrain of Ireland.  That is why we see the development of such primitive but effective modes of transport as the slide car – an ideal solution for the movement of goods and people over wet, boggy ground.  Read on to find out more about the systems of transportation that evolved in Ireland and in America.



American Civil War Buggy American Civil War Buggy
This American Civil War buggy belonged to a priest from County Armagh. Father Arthur Michael McGinnis, born in 1835, was from Dorsey, County Armagh.  He left Ireland in 1856 for Philadelphia, was ordained a Roman Catholic priest and sent to the small town of Gettysburg in 1861. America...

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Conestoga Wagon Conestoga Wagon
Conestoga wagons were the heavy lorries of their day, transporting people and goods across the face of America, and opening up its interior to trade and the modern world.  This article describes in detail how these wagons were made, how they functioned and the impact they had on America in t...
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Irish Transport Irish Transport
The cart, in its various forms, was a key component in moving people and goods across the bogs, lanes, field and streets of Ireland.  In this section, you will find out how old forms of carts changed and evolved, and how new ideas were imported to meet the changing transportation needs of th...
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