BY SIOBHÁN CRONIN
HOT on the heels of its popular ‘Hallelujah’ currach restoration project, Skibbereen’s Men’s Shed has a new project – the ‘Harley-lujah’.
Men’s Shed member Ian Osborne is co-ordinating the project to restore a beautiful classic Harley – a Springer fx st with a 1340cc Evolution engine – in time for the St Patrick’s Day parade next February.
With the help of fellow Shed member Eric, Ian is determined to get the ruby candy and black pearl-coloured bike back to its former glory. The duo are now looking for anyone with an interest in motorbike restoration, or who is handy with mechanics to give them a call, or drop into the Shed at Liss Ard’s gate lodge.
‘We would welcome any seriously-minded enthusiast to bring their own experience to the project, as we are aiming to unveil this by St Patrick’s Day,’ Ian told The Southern Star.
Some of the work on the bike – which has been languishing in Ian’s shed for ‘nearly 30 years’ – has already been completed, but there is still a way to go. ‘It was just collecting dust in a shed in Leap but this will be a labour of love,’ he added.
When he contacted Carole Nash insurance recently and got a good quote, he decided to go ahead with the project, and enlist the crew of the busy Men’s Shed The Shed restored a traditional currach and named it ‘Hallelujah’ last year – hence the naming of the follow-up project the ‘Harley-lujah’!
The group meets every Wednesday from 4pm til about 7 in the Gate Lodge at Liss Ard (about 500m after Russagh Mill), call in or see their ‘Skibbereen Men’s Shed page on Facebook.