Charles Bianconi revolutionised public transport in Ireland with the use of horses and carriages. He established a network of routes, which eventually covered most of the country from Belfast to Cork. From the start of Bianconi's cars, Waterford City was an important terminus.

An article in The Waterford Mirror on January 4th 1834 described how Bianconi was "respected and applauded by the rich and beloved and blessed by the poor". He left his native Italy aged fifteen years and eventually became "one of the most influential inhabitants of Clonmel".

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