Minister Patrick O’Donovan, Minister of State with responsibility for the Office of Public Works (OPW), at the announcement of a €5.45m investment to conserve and preserve Kilmacurragh House, one of the last Queen Anne-style houses in Ireland.
The Land Commission acquired the property in 1974, leaving the house derelict. It was damaged by fires in 1978 and 1982 and stripped of all its fittings .
A very satisfying 13 minutes (if you have them to spare) wherein a rusty and wrecked old toy piano found in a barn by YouTube fixer-uppers Rescue&Restore is sandblasted, powder-coated and restored to its former glory.
One of only 500 right hand drive models (out of a total of 1265 built) and dating to the first year of production, this 45 year old, Concours restoration in Tiaga green might even be the finest surviving example.
The Nissan S30, aka the Datsun 240Z – a nifty two seat coupe produced between 1969 and 1978, was one of the best selling sports cars ever made.
UK restoration company MZR offer a basic restoration of the Classic Edition or – as above – a forty update of the Sport Design. Available as 2.8l or 3.2l straight six with modern steering, suspension, air-con and (perhaps most usefully) a comprehensive rust treatment on the body shell.