Evan and Michael Callaghan with their century-old Ford Model T, which will be on display at Clady Vintage Threshing Day on Sunday.

Century-old Model T for Clady show

The Clady Vintage Club’s annual threshing event which takes place on Saturday 24th September in Dunderry will have a special visitor, a 1922 Model T Ford.

The vintage car belongs to Dunderry man Michael Callaghan whose great uncle Christy Callaghan, a blacksmith, was the original owner.

“The car was 100 years-old in January," Michael says. "It belonged to my grandfather’s brother. He was a blacksmith. He was approached by Pierce's Foundry in Wexford to fix a driving rod on a horse mowing mill and they gave him the car as payment.”

According to Michael, the car didn’t have all the parts necessary for use.

“They didn’t give him the starter of the car or the dashboards, those parts weren’t included and had to be bought separately.”

Christy did not live long enough to get much use of the car and his wife would pass the car on.

“He died very young so his wife wanted to give it to a worthy home. She gave it to a museum in Killarney. Then the museum closed down and they passed the items on to Bonhams Auctioneers of London for sale.”

Evan and Michael Callaghan with their century-old Ford Model T, which will be on display at Clady Vintage Threshing Day on Sunday.

The car was registered to Meath, and Michael acquired it in the late 1990s and says it is a prized family heirloom.

“I’d never sell it, I’ve never even had it valued. Five generations of Callaghans sat in the car.

“Even if I was offered €100,000 for it I still wouldn’t take it. It’s a similar enough model to the one that Michael Collins drove.”

Although the car is an antique by any standards Michael still takes it out for a drive occasionally.

“It’s well able to do 20 to 30 miles. Sometimes I take it out for a drive on a Sunday with my grandchildren.”

It’s not the only vintage car that he has in his garage.

“I also have a 1934 Ford Model Y and a 1978 Yamaha 650 Special, which I’m also very proud of.”