Northern Ireland is part of tyre history

08-May-2014 We came across this news article from the Belfast News Letter, it makes fascinating reading on how Northern Ireland played its part in transforming the cycling world.  The article traces the story from John Boyd Dunlop inventing tyres using an inflatable tube of sheet rubber and so producing the safety roadster bike with its pneumatic tyres.  The story moves on to the Michelin brothers in France developing this idea and inventing the first removable pneumatic tyre.   Tyres that we use today all developed from this idea.  We are grateful for creative and inventive folks like these.  Our jobs depend on them.

Belfast Lord Mayor unveils plaque in Ormeau Road

Think of the fantastic events being held in Northern Ireland in the coming weeks, like the Giro d'Italia, and the North West 200.  Where would they be without the pneumatic tyre!? 
 
Read the News Letter article here. 

 
Belfast Lord Mayor Máirtín Ó Muilleoir as he unveiled a plaque near the spot where the tyre invention took place on the Ormeau Road (see photo)


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