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The Dublin Lord Mayor's Ceremonial Coach is used on only two occasions each year: it heads the annual St Patrick's Day Parade and brings the Lord Mayor to open the Royal Horse Show in August every year.

The Coach was originally built in 1789 by William Whitton and represented the best in Dublin craftsmanship. It won such acclaim that the British monarchy ordered a copy to be made for use in London. It was restored in 1975.

The gilded ornate coach is 7.3m x 2.4m x 3.5m., is valued at about €3m, and is a virtual art gallery on wheels. Its suspension is by whip springs and straps. Nowadays it is stored in a temperature-controlled room and is deemed too fragile to be put on permanent display.


Impressive piece of kit, that!
What a lovely coach. It's amazing that it can still be used despite its age. It reminds me of the Hapsburg coach that I saw in an exhibition last year.

- Erulisse (one L)