Museum of Irish Transport, County Kerry

This museum is a veritable cornucopia of transport memorabilia. Not only does it have many vintage and veteran cars, but also bicycles and fire engines, even the reconstruction of a vintage garage workshop, complete with tools and spare parts. The display of sparking plugs goes back to 1899. Cars on display include an 1898 Benz, brought to Ireland by Dr. J. F. Colahan of Blackrock, Co. Dublin. This car was the very first to take to Irish roads. Also on show is a 1904 Belgian-made Germain, a true luxury car, but one of only four survivors of this marque. Other, more basic models on show include an Austin Seven from 1930 and an Austin 10 from 1934. The 1952 Volkswagen was one of the first Beetles to be assembled in Ireland, by the O'Flaherty group, at Shelbourne Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin. The cycle collection has about 20 machines dating from 1850 to the 1930s and includes a bone shaker, made about 1865, and claimed as Ireland's oldest bicycle.

Scott's Gardens, Killarney
Admission charge.
Open daily, all year.
Tel: (064) 32638