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Viewing another world from the dentist's chair

BY KATE HEANEY
Gordon Thurstan who lives near Donegal Town still turns heads at night on the roads around his home, stretched out on his dentist chair looking through his specially adapted telescope, transported on the motorised chair.

“I was always interested in the night sky and the stars but found when I was viewing the sky with my head tilted up, my neck would get sore so I figured there had to be an easier way to view the sky at night,” Gordon explained.

On a visit to his dentist, a cousin of his wife, he inquired where he might get an old dentist’s chair. The timing was perfect as the dentist had just taken delivery of a new chair and Gordon bought the old one.

He brought it to Killybegs to his colleague Joe McBrearty at Barry Electronics who used his welding skills to adapt the chair to Gordon’s own design.

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