HAPPY MOTORING: David Randles with Paddy Sullivan and his wife Eileen from Beaufort as they collect their ‘201 Nissan Qashqai’, their 15th car from Randles Bros Muckross Road.
Beaufort man Paddy O’Sullivan and his wife Eileen collected their 15th new car from Randles Bros, the county’s main Nissan dealer.
Paddy is one of the family run garage’s longest-serving customers.
His first new car was a Morris Marina, back in the day when Randles Bros were one of the county’s Austin Morris dealers.
The Morris Marina was one of the British Leyland Group’s biggest selling cars in the 1970s.
Later, Randles Bros took over the Datsun franchise for the county and Paddy bought his first Datsun 140 J – sometimes referred to as a Datsun Violet – which was one of the Japanese brand’s best-loved models as it made its early strides in the European market.
When Datsun rebranded as Nissan in the 1980s, the Nissan Bluebird became a popular choice and Paddy owned a share of these in his time – all bought from the Muckross Road garage.
The Bluebird was replaced by the Primera in the late 1990s and Paddy owned five of these cars.
His latest motor of choice is the Nissan Qashqai and he and Eileen picked up the latest version last week.
“It is remarkable to think that Randles Brothers will celebrate one hundred years in business next year and that Paddy has been dealing with my late father Neil, my late brother Con, myself and now my sons,” dealer principal David Randles told the Killarney Advertiser. “I wish Paddy all the best and thank him for the years of loyalty.”