The Chrysler employees worked in CJH's constituency and were about to be laid off in 1984. They seemingly were a militant lot and didn't accept that this should be allowed to happen to them so the union (headed up by Matt Merrigan, an old-style firebrand trade unionist) made all sorts of threats against the government of the day which was headed up by the Taoiseach CJ Haughey. Charlie's solution was to order that all of the Chrysler workers be taken on as employees in the civil service - problem solved!
Seems FF have form in co-operating with the unions , on saying that I wouldn't mine if Matt Merrigan was my union rep http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matt_Merrigan
Other close garages
National Garages North Strand (Subaru)
National Garages Long Mile Road (Renault)
National Garages North Road
Tractor Motors North Road (fiat)
PMPA Cable Street
Corrigans Garage, Kilcullen, Co. Kildare (Saab, and later Seat, dealership)
Anybody got any PMPA stuff lying around btw?
We used to have a few old PMPA newspapers and stuff until it was thrown away during our house move some years ago.
I used to work for PMPA . But after a few house moves myself , chances are very slim anything to do with PMPA survived . I can recall a PMPA grill plate (something like the old AA plates) kicking around ,but can't put my hand on it .
I was working with a Talbot dealership in Cork(Deasy & Talbot), and I remember going on a training course to Chrysler in 1982. Manuafacturing had ceased sometime before and there were about 100 workers still working there as part of the Haughey deal. They were doing gas conversions and adding a few other extra's to the new Talbot Solaras that were being sold at the time. I presume these were the same people that were to become civil servants in 1984.
The Chrysler Hunter was manufactured in Santry, the entire line was shipped over from Coventry when they stopped making it in 1977. As for PMPA, I remem ber a few IRL pmpa car stickers on many cars around the early 80s. I much prefered the rival IRL with a green E sticker..
I am open to correction as the memory sometimes fails me....
Huet Motors of Lad Lane, Volvo,BMW , moved to Townsend Street then and closed down.
Auto Cars in Milltown and Churchtown. Fiat
Joe Keane, Goatstown. Fiat
Esmonde Motors,Stillorgan and also Dun laoghaire for a short time. Ford
Three Rock Motors, Landscape Road. DKW
Maxwells in Blackrock , I think were Rolls
Caveys in Camden Street were Alfa Distr
Rigby Higgins on Clonskeagh Bridge
Anyone remember Breens opp fire station Donnybrook. ( engineering ) and the auto electricians on Herbert Park , down from lights at Morehampton Road. Powderlys ?
Serck radiators, grand canal
Ever Ready , Donnybrook
Roddy Heron in Clonskeagh
Victor Motors, Volvo,Mitsubishi
I always thought PMPA sold insurance rather than cars?
PMPA bought around 28/32 garage with the intention of repairing any cars damage under there comp policy. 90% of the garage were also main dealers .
Shannon motors in athlone, opel dealers, long gone
I remember a PMPA garage in Kilkenny years ago alright.
Can't recall it being a main dealership though...
Tony Hennessy's in Naas, main VW dealer for years, gone since about 99, still doing recovery and service in another site.
Also P.J Woods in Clane co. Kildare, long time gone, also VW, the father used to buy Beetles from him in the 70's,
Another few names from Limerick city,
Eric McNamara Motors NSU Main Dealer ,
Joe Hayes Motors VW Main Dealer,
Davin Motors Mercedes Benz Main Dealer,
Gleeson's Garage Roote's Main Dealer
Bedford Garage Vauxhall Main Dealer
Limerick Motor Works Ford Main Dealer
Standard Garage Austin Main Dealer
White's Garage Wolseley Main Dealer
Hi, what a great thread
What people these days tend to forget is that main larger importers had big nationwide dealer networks.
If anyone is interested, I have listed below the complete list of British Leyland (Austin Morris) dealers in the Ireland at the start of 1972.
BRITISH LEYLAND DEALERS IN IRELAND
Brittain Sales Ltd., Naas Road, Drimnagh, P.O. Box 143, Dublin 12
Collier Bros. Ltd., Dublin Road
M. Hennessy & Sons (Carlow) Ltd., Haymarket
Portobello Motors (Cavan) Ltd., Dublin Road
Downes & Howard, Mill Road
T.J. Reidy, Henry Street
M. McCarthy, Main Street
P.J. O'Hea & Co. Ltd.
Central Garage Ltd., Parnell Place
Cross & Son Ltd., Sullivan's Quay
Dennehy's Cross Garage Ltd., Dennehy's Cross
P.J. O'Hea & Co. Ltd., St. Patrick's Quay
Woollam's Ltd., 17a Patrick's Quay
P. O'Connor (Fermoy) Ltd., MacCurtain Street
P.J. O'Hea & Co. Ltd., Cork Road
Lucey's Garage, Minor Row
James McLaughlin & Sons Ltd., Derry Road
R.E. Johnston's Garage, Quay Street
Portobello Motors (Letterkenny) Ltd.
Scanlans Ltd., Dublin Street, Balbriggan
Booth Poole & Co. Ltd., Liffey Bank, Islandbridge
Geo. A, Dagg Ltd., Church Place, Rathmines, Dublin 6
H.B. Dennis Ltd., 48 Main Street, Dublin 8
H.B. Dennis (Donnybrook) Ltd., Belmont Court, Donnybrook, Dublin 6
Ever-Ready Garage Ltd., Donnybrook Road, Dublin 6
Hartigan's Garage, 23 Parkgate Street, Dublin 7
Huet Motors Ltd., Lad Lane, Dublin 2
Maxwell Motors Ltd., Temple Road, Blackrock
Murphy & Gunn Ltd., Rathgar Avenue, Dublin 6
Red Cow Service Station Ltd., Red Cow, Clondalkin
Stuarts Garages Ltd., Northbrook Road, Ranelagh, Dublin 6.
Grenham's Garage, Dunlo Street
O'Flaherty's Motors Limited, Father Griffin Road
James J. Ward Ltd., Eyre Square
Portobello Motors (Loughrea) Ltd., Bride Street
C. Egan & Co., Bishop Street
Randles Bros, Shelbourne Street
Culloty's Garage, Market Place
Randles Bros, Muckcross Road
Auto Service Station, 100 Rock Street
Central Motor Service (Kellihers) Ltd., Denny Street
M. Hennessy & Sons Ltd., Main Street
R. Chapman & Sons Ltd., Dublin Road
J.H. McLoughlin, Main Street
Kilkenny Motor Co. Ltd., Upper John Street
Modern Motor Works, Ladywell Street
Telford & Kennedy Ltd.
Laois Motors, Dublin Road
Portobello Motors (Carrick-On-Shannon) Ltd.
Bremen Motors, 20 Thomas Street
Elm Motors Ltd., Ennis Road
Standard Garage Ltd., Lr. Cecil Street
Longford Arms Motor Works Ltd., Richmond Street
W&C Pearse Ltd., Richmond Street
L.T. Kenny & Sons Ltd., Dublin Road
Lawson Motors, North Road
S. Lockington & Co. Ltd., Barrack Street
Martin Dundalk Ltd., The Ramparts
Kelly's Garage, Circular Road
Portobello Motors (Ballina) Ltd.
A. Cleary & Sons, George Street
Kelly's Garage, Castlebar Street
John Kerr & Sons, Bridge Street
Leinster Motor Co. Ltd., Bective Street
Portobello Motors (Castleblaney) Ltd., Muckno Street
Monaghan Motor Works, Old Cross Square
F.J. Hurst Ltd., Earl Street
Tullamore Motor Works Ltd., High Street
Henderson Motors Ltd., Wine Street
John E. Williams, Teeling Street
Central Garage (Clonmel) Ltd., Dungarvan Road
King & Keating Ltd., 36 Parnell Street
E.A. Moynan & Son, 1/5 Clare Street
Hassetts Motor Works Ltd.
Hassetts Motor Works Ltd., Dublin Road
Bridge Motors Ltd., Bridge Street
Central Garage Ltd., Arundel Square
Tullamore Motor Works (Athlone) Ltd., Baylough
Martin Bros, Harbour Street
H.J. Percival, Ballycanew
Central Garage (New Ross) Ltd., South Street
North End Garage Ltd., Redmond Street
The Talbot Garage Ltd., Crescent Quay
Watson & Johnson (Greystones) Ltd., Delgany Road
For the record, the Austin & Morris franchises were divided equally and that there already had been quite a clearout of dealers/agents by this point.
In terms of the garages mentioned so far:
McCairns were always Vauxhall, but I think they also had the Chevrolet and Pontiac franchises. They were also Alfa Romeo distributors before Caveys (and I think there was a gap too). McCairns had branches in Galway and Waterford as well and before they ceased trading they had become Opel dealers due to the phasing out of Vauxhall in the early 1980's (1982, I think).
Joe Keane had branches in Taney (Goatstown), Sandyford, Stillorgan (Topaz filling station, now), Rialto (Rialto Motors, now), Clondalkin and Lombard Street. I think they went out of business on the same day as Smithfield (I was about 10 at the time).
In terms of PMPA, a lot of these were originally owned by Brittain's and were named Portobello Motors.
I have a few bits and pieces especially about the BL makes if you're interested.