I was on these very narrow country roads trying to figure out the way back, when suddenly there’s this beautiful tram sitting in the middle of a field

“About five years ago, I was driving home from visiting my friends in Cavan and on the way I got lost outside a town called Mulladh. I was on these very narrow country roads trying to figure out the way back, when suddenly there’s this beautiful tram sitting in the middle of a field. I pulled over to have a look, and the tram and scenery was so beautiful, I thought it would make a fabulous café. Although there were no houses around and hardly any traffic, I was already hooked with the idea. I had to drive another two miles before I found a small shop. I asked about the tram and who owned it, but to no avail. I thought I’d try a different tactic. A few weeks later, I went back to the shop and bought about €30 worth of completely unnecessary stuff, and then enquired about who owned the tram. Then, I got a name. No phone number, but at least I had a name. Again a few weeks later, I went back to the shop, bought another €40 worth of completely unnecessary stuff and asked for the phone number of the owner. They wouldn’t give it out, but assured me if I left my number they’d pass it on to the owner. A week later I got a phone call. I asked if he would sell his tram, but he said it wasn’t for sale. At that point I was seriously in love with the idea, so a month later I texted him again, but I got the same reply. Then a few months later, when I almost gave up on the idea, I got a text saying “it’s for sale”! Well, he didn’t have to ask twice…  It only took three more years of paperwork and hard labour to open it here. I guess determination is key to success, but seeing all those people coming in, ordering, making comments on the interior, or just simply smiling and taking photo makes worth of every minute of that hard work!”

 

Humans of Dublin teamed up with DublinTown to create an exhibition featuring individuals from the Dublin one area. Dublin One is the new brand name for the Northside district of the city, which spans from the streets of O’Connell Street west to Capel Street and Parnell Street to the end of Liffey Street. The free exhibition is displayed on the 1st Floor of Jervis Shopping Centre, make sure you check it out – it looks great! For more information about the businesses and activities in Dublin One visit: www.dublin-one.ie/ or www.dublintown.ie

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