The Art of Wheelmaking
Ballymote Community Enterprise,
Coaches Workshop, Ballymote, Co. Sligo
The Coaches Workshop was opened in Ballymote in 1990 under Ballymote Community Enterprise and it was funded by FAS. The Coach Consultant was Paddy Egan. The aim of this training course was to target early school leavers and to provide them with a skill that would enable them to gain employment.
Over all, it was a very successful operation as it revived the craft of Coach building and related trades such as blacksmiths, upholsterers, etc. The workshop is situated at the back of the Enterprise Centre in Ballymote. The O Hara Coaches are in storage in Dublin and Ballymote Community Enterprise hope to bring these Coaches back to Ballymote and house them in the Mill, when it is restored.
Today the workshop for wheelmaking and repairs is situated at the rear of the Enterprise Centre on Pearse Road and Paddy continues with his art of repairing and making wheels. There are not many wheelwrights of his calibre to be found nowadays.
Ballymote is renowned for its horse drawn carriages and coaches which we have restored. Mr. Paddy Egan and his workers have done Trojan work to keep the tradition of coachbuilding and wheelmaking alive. Paddy, a wheelwright and master craftsman, demonstrates the art of wheelmaking at various festivals north and south. Some photographs are enclosed showing his skills at the Ballina Heritage Day, Co. Mayo and Country Comes to Town Festival in Portadown, Northern Ireland. Details of these festivals are on the Internet.
This DVD is available from Patricia McHugh Tel: 086 6387767
© Patricia McHugh