Magen David Adom Ireland?

02-MH-9280 - an Irish-Jewish Ferrari Ambulance? - © Bernd Biege 2015

Now here’s a conundrum (with a sort of update at the end) … an ambulance spotted on April 1st (really) in Cavan Town. Which made me slightly confused. Okay, at first glance nothing exciting:

02-MH-9280 - an Irish-Jewish Ferrari Ambulance? - © Bernd Biege 2015

A more or less common and garden Citroen van, lots of blue lights, Battenberg livery, no ownership identifiable, but seems to have been used by Medilink once – at least one side window had the “ghost” of the corporate emblem.

02-MH-9280 - an Irish-Jewish Ferrari Ambulance? - © Bernd Biege 2015

But what really made me go “Huh?” was the front of this ambulance … at first glance I thought “Magen David Adom?”

02-MH-9280 - an Irish-Jewish Ferrari Ambulance? - © Bernd Biege 2015

Then I looked closer … true, there was a red Star of David in the middle, but there also were two black symbols of the same design to be found. And all had a tiny thing in the middle, so my next thought was “Rastafarian?”, as I had seen Stars of David with the lion of Zion in the middle before (though the Battenberg livery should be red, gold, and green in that case).

But no … it was the cavallino rampante, the emblem used by Ferrari (and the civil defence communications unit in Itzehoe, but that would be another story).

So, what the Dickens is this?

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Update on April 28th, 2014:

Yesterday I actually met the owner of the ambulance – it belongs to an animal rescue here in Cavan. Hence the horse. And the Star of David apparently is a personal tribute to a family member, not used in any religious sense. More to come after a visit to the rescue …

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