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    Raleigh of Eire

    about thirty years back i took in a Raleigh Grand Prix which appeared to hail from around 1974. it was dark red with black panels and gold transfers. it wore a "MADE IN IRELAND" transfer on its seat tube. since there was no "NORTHERN" on the transfer expect it must have referred to the Republic. assumed at the time it was a short lived operation done to satisfy the demand of the north american bike boom but have never had any information regarding Raleigh of Ireland.

    does anyone know a start or stop date for this enterprise? where located? models produced?

    thank you for any information.

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    My '71 Grand Prix was red with black panels, gold transfers and was "Made in Ireland". I realize it was a fairly low end bike but it got me started in "real" cycling so I'd like to find another one just like it one of these days, but it has to be "Made in Ireland".
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    thanks very much old_dreams for this response and link.

    alas, it is generating a "website not available" message.

    will give it another try upon the morrow's crepsucule...

    (chrome browser)

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    There's this website, which provides some information:

    Raleigh Choppers in Ireland

    The Raleigh factory was situated in Hanover Quay Dublin. From Thom’s Dublin Street directory, Raleigh was first listed at No 6 Hanover Quay in 1939. In 1943, they moved to Nos 8-11. A full range of Raleigh Cycles was manufactured at this Dublin factory in the post war era. Being an early factory, built and used before safety regulations came into practice, the wooden floor soaked up all the oil, grease and other flammable lubricants over the years, so that when a fire started in 1976, the whole factory burned to the ground. This lead to the biggest insurance payout in Irish history, although this has probably been surpassed by now! Unfortunately all the records stored in the factory were lost at this time.

    After the fire, Raleigh stayed in Ireland, but only as a distributor, not a cycle manufacturer. They built another factory, but quickly downscaled to suit their distribution network.
    Found in this thread: Irish Record (Raleigh that is)

    Wikipedia also adds:
    In 1939 Raleigh opened a bicycle factory at 6 Hanover Quay, Dublin, Ireland and commenced bicycle production there. The Raleigh (Ireland) business expanded and moved to 8–11 Hanover Quay, Dublin in 1943. The plant produced complete bicycles and Sturmey-Archer hubs, and remained in production until 1976, when the factory burned down. Models produced there latterly were the Chopper and Triumph 20. The head badges changed in the late 1960s, possibly after the passing of the Trade Descriptions Act in the UK. Dublin-made machines no longer had "Nottingham England" on the Heron or Triumph head badge, the panel being left blank instead.
    Raleigh Bicycle Company - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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    Thanks very much for these resources gaucho777!

    Much appreciated.

    ...have some reading to do...

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    Interesting info on the Irish Raleigh factory. My Dad owned a bike shop from 1952 until 1978 and sold Raleighs. In the late 60's and especially during the 1971 and 1972 Bike Boom years, we were receiving Raleigh bikes , from their distribution outlet in Boston, with origins of: England, Ireland, South Africa and India. The Raleighs from India were mostly 3 speeds. The quality of the Irish Raleighs were as good as the English Raleighs.

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