Donegal Motoring columnist Brian McDaid takes to the road this week with a Letterkenny family as they embark on a journey of a lifetime as the get ready to make a lifetime dream come true.
A fleet of brightly painted ERF trucks with Mickey and Barney’s Super Circus painted in bold writing on the sides as they prepare to embark on a tour as a travelling circus.
The first show begins in their home town at the end of this month followed by a gruelling ten-month tour of the towns and villages and cities of Ireland.
Eleven-year-old Lativia Kearns eyes says it all. She sits with her family around the kitchen table inn anticipation overlooking her native, Letterkenny.
Outside her front door, two of the massive circus trucks are looking fantastic and ready for the road. Her name is in big capitals on the bumper of one of them “Princess Lativia”
The other three Trucks carry the names “Sir Aaron”, “Prince Charles” and “Baby Keva”
At the end of this month, Lativia’s family will make the short journey into the town for the first ever showing of their own family Circus.
I have a dream
Lativia’s father Bernard a native of Raphoe left the tech in the town at the age of 13 and spent the next 35 years working in the tar macadam business.
At the end of this month he will make his life long dream a reality as he puts the final coat of “International Red” on the trucks this week and will park up his tar macadam roller and will be calling “ROLL UP” “ROLL UP” as joint owner of his own circus for its first public appearance in Letterkenny.
Mickey and Barney’s Super Circus.
Michael McCrory and Bernard Kearns are the business partners behind this venture which takes to the road at the end of this month. Micheal McCrory originally from Newcastle in Co. Down has worked with the circus all his life and has travelled around the world with all the big names.
There isn’t a job big or small that Micheal hasn’t done in the last 25 years in the circus industry. He even started his own circus a few years back and has learned from the mistakes made and with that valuable knowledge he is ready to hit the road again.
The fleet of classic ERF trucks have all under gone a big overhaul over the last year or so. Some were purchased from Mohan’s Amusements and would have carried the Dodgem or bumper cars and have now been completely remodelled to carry the Big Top tent which Micheal and Bernard travelled to the Chez Republic to purchase in March last year.
Once that was loaded up and transported back to Ireland these friends knew there was no turning back.
Life is a circus
Just like the walk across the wire is for a tightrope walker, our lives will be most successful if we find balance. Lean too far in one direction and you’ll find yourself toppling over.
Balance is not always easy to master when juggling relationships , jobs or passions, but it’s essential for living a positive and present life. Imagine yourself on a tightrope and ask yourself, “Am I leaning too far in one direction?” Don’t let one area of your life — no matter how important it might seem — distract you from achieving your balance.
On the 30th of January Bernard Kearns and his family will go from following and helping out in the running of different circuses for the year and will throw his hat into the ring to play the biggest part in his life of running and owning his very own circus.
Some of the acts from Ireland and Europe have all ready arrived in Letterkenny and are working together to make this new Circus a success.
The big Top tent will take a good four hours to assemble and the community that is a travelling circus will set up home opposites the council offices in Letterkenny.
Its a massive step for Bernard and his family to get up on the parapet in his own native county and announce that his Circus will be coming to town.
There are those of us that may never do anything as brave in their life (but wish they could) but end up sitting high up in the stand and just judging the show.
Mickey and Barney’s Super Circus will supply the best of seats for you to come along to their opening show where you can one minute be in laughter and the next will be held in suspense as the range of acts under the big lights keep one of the oldest forms of entertainment alive
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