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Limerick’s Denis, 76, leaves his Morris Minor days behind him and goes electric

The old and the new: Denis McCarthy with his new electric car at the Dominican Friary in Kilmallock. (Picture: Michael Cowhey)
By Aine Fitzgerald
Published on Sunday 8 July 2012 14:00

HIS FIRST car was the “mighty” Morris Minor and now some 40 years later, Denis McCarthy is cruising the streets of Kilmallock in the town’s first electric car.

The 76-year-old purchased the snazzy motor at Pat Tiernan Motors in the city last week, and since then both he and his motor have been garnering quite a bit of attention in the historic town.

“They are all still looking at it and examining it,” smiled Denis, who believes he is the first man in Kilmallock if not in the south of the county to have in his possession an electric car.

“I haven’t heard of anyone in Kilmallock having one and I don’t know of anyone else – but I believe there are a couple of them around the city,” he added.

The former ESB employee – he was with them for 45 years – decided to go electric after researching the benefits of the fuel-free vehicle.

He test drove the Nissan Leaf, grew to like it and ended up taking it home.

While he was initially nervous about taking it out on the road, according to Denis he is quickly getting used to it.

“It suits me grand, tipping around. It will go for 140 miles when it’s fully charged. I would only be tipping in and out from Limerick. I have a daughter Bernadette married in Limerick, I play a bit of golf in Charleville and do the shopping.”

So is it a smooth drive?
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