Charles Bianconi
 

 

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Charles Bianconi 1786-1875

Creator of the first Irish National Transport system - the Bianconi Cars. He was born near Tregolo, near Como in Northern Italy and first came to Ireland selling prints. He settled in Clonmel and saw his opportunity after the end of the Napoleonic Wars, in buying surplus army horses and setting up a transport system which soon covered most of the west. By 1843 he had over 1000 horses covering nearly 4000 miles a day. His cars revolutionised travel in Ireland. He purchased 86 St Stephens Green which became the Catholic University. He died at Longfield, near Cashel, Tipperary. He is buried in the family vault at the Catholic Church, Boherlahan, Co Tipperary.