Transport Initiative Aims to Give Rural Ireland a Lift

Murphy’s Bar in Keel – where the Lift initiative is being operated and welcomed. Photograph: John Reidy

The little village of Boolteens / Keel / The Mall has produced many a good native in its time – and I just had a cupán tae and a piece of her baking with one of them.

While we sat down to tea her phone alerted her to a great idea being piloted in her native village.

The Lift Scheme is an initiative which you will see catching on throughout rural Ireland over the weeks and months ahead.

Local Transport Service

The idea is based around a voluntary and fully insured transport service conducted by locals to take otherwise stranded customers to and from public houses, shops and whatever social events are going on in the area around Keel and Castlemaine.

I presume Inch will inch its way into the picture there eventually.

Human Interest Story

The news has been brought to us by RTÉ reporter / cameraman and a man with a great eye for the human interest story, Seán Mac an tSíthigh.

The new service is partly funded by native, Minister Brendan Griffin, TD and a local garage has provided a suitable car – and there will be many another area of rural Ireland quite curious to see how it all pans out.

Wholehearted Endorsement

Below is a link to Seán’s report in which you’ll see local publican, Willie Murphy and Minister Griffin along with some locals wholeheartedly endorsing the initiative.

Where does all this leave the traditional taxi / hackney car drivers and owners – you might ask. The innovators have that covered too in that the free service will not run over the weekends when local taxi operators work the area.

They’ve really taken the old adage of lighting a candle rather that cursing the darkness to common sense level.

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