Louis Clifford

In Just Truckn Around, Overseas, February 20221 MinutesBy NZ Trucking magazineMarch 28, 2022

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Louis Clifford was strapping down three slurry tanks at Major Engineering in County Mayo in the West of Ireland when Paul O’Callaghan, who was loading grass-cutting equipment bound for Denmark, caught up with him.

The native of County Kerry has been working for his current employer, Shannonside Galvanizing, for five years.

“They are one of the very few places in Ireland with a large hot-dip galvanizing zinc bath, which means I cover a lot of the country collecting and delivering equipment.”

The former owner-driver started out in 1989 with a 10-year-old Volvo F86 6×4, and ran several trucks before deciding to take a position as an employed driver.

“There’s a lot less hassle, and I enjoy having more free time for hobbies and amily life. That said, the challenge goes away after a while, so I might look into some continental driving now that my children are grown up.”

He most enjoys meeting new people, especially in the more relaxed agricultural engineering premises he visits.