Till all are one.
Dublin City public transport robots in disguise by model maker and digital effects whizz David Lynham.
Needs more underground Metrobot possibly.
An impromptu, pole dancing-accompanied cover of Herman’s Hermits ‘I’m Into Something Good’.
Collie Ennis writes:
This was going on on the 77a [from Dublin city centre] to Tallaght… I love this town
Were you left empty handed last time?
Dublin Bus has given FIVE MORE pairs of tickets for the Dublin Sightseeing Hop-on Hop-off Tour to giveaway. Plus a pair for the South Coastal Tour and a pair for North Coastal Tour [see below for locations].
To enter, just answer this question
Name your favourite Dublin Bus journey and why.
Lines MUST close at
4.45pm Midnight tonight.
Winners (including last week’s Dublin Bus competition selection) will be notified in the morning.
Previously: I’d Love To Do That
They also swerve.
With FIVE free tickets for the Dublin Sightseeing Hop-on Hop-off Tour [Plus a pair for the South Coastal Tour and a pair for North Coastal Tour) on offer, we asked:
Who is your favourite Dublin Bus driver?
You answered in your dozens.
But there could only be five passengers
Spud1: “The best Dublin Bus driver I have ever known is the driver who wore a Santa outfit on the 130 each Christmas Eve. I’m sometime a bit down on Christmas eve, but when I see the Santa driver, it really gives me a great Christmas cheer! Shame health and safety and banned this from now on :(”
Declan: “The best Dublin Bus driver I have ever known is Tom Kavanagh (Conyngham Road Depot). Tom was known to ALL on his routes (78A & 79). You would always leave Toms bus happier then you were when you got on.
When his bus pulled up to the bus stop and you’d see Tom behind the wheel you knew you where in for a bit of craic He’d always be on the Bus PA telling people which stop was next, slagging people and i even remember him singing 1 morning
But the fondest memories would be when Tom would be on Community Duties bringing school groups, football teams or community groups on outings. He brought my football team down to Brittas Bay years ago and even managed grab a brand new City Swift single deck bus to bring us down. He said his bosses “didn’t know he had it so we were to keep it clean”
A truly Great Man and i was saddened to hear of his passing in 2012. Although a Waterford Man he was a Dublin Icon growing up in the 90’s. Here is a photo of Tom (He’s the one on the left).”
Diarmuid O’Gorman: “The best Dublin Bus driver I have ever known is my uncle Michael, who always drives with no shoes on. True story.”
Markler: “The best Dublin Bus driver I have ever known is the lovely tall chap with glasses that I see on the 16 route sometimes. He has any amount of time to help tourists coming from the airport and always has a beaming smile. Even when he has to swap driver he makes sure the next driver knows when to give each person a shout for their stop. He’s one of the first Irish people tourists might meet and is a ringing endorsement for Dublin.”
Jonjo: “The best Dublin bus driver i have ever known is a man called Tony, lets call him Tony H – I played football with him, smashing keeper in his day. Not sure what route he does now, but he used to drive these very buses – Dublin sight seeing tours – and gave all the shpeel etc over the microphone. Anyway, legend has it (well my mate, the other subject of this story, backed it up (not the bus, the story, wha wha) Tony was driving the bus full of foreign tourists through town when he spotted my mate Keith’s van. Upon pulling up beside the bus, he told all the passengers on board that Keith was a very famous retired Irish international footballer and told everyone on the bus to wave at him. Loves a laugh does Tony :)”
Scottser: “The best bus driver i know used to take us to Malahide from the sands in Portmarnock on the 32 as a nixer- 50p each. we’d get a good hour’s extra underage binge drinking in, instead of waiting for the 32a. alas, it was a bullsh1t-fuelled, vomit-stained walk home though.”
Five more passes to give away on Monday.
Yesterday: I’d Love To Do That
No cash, favours, rides, etc. given for this post
Stop saying THAT.
You always say that.
To celebrate five years of steamy Dublin Bus porn.
Would you care to take an open-air ride around Dublin?
Dublin Bus have given FIVE pairs of tickets for the Dublin Sightseeing Hop-on Hop-off Tour to giveaway today and five more to do the same tomorrow. Plus a pair for the South Coastal Tour and a pair for North Coastal Tour [see below for locations] are among the bus booty.
Take a rural pal, invite your mother, see the city that always sleeps in as you’ve never seen her before.
To enter, Just complete this sentence.
‘The best Dublin Bus driver I have ever known is________________’
Lines MUST close at midnight tonight.
[Entrants may wish to include reasons for their choice of driver]
Meanwhile, about those tours.
Nigel Goggin writes:
Take the Dublin Sightseeing Hop-on Hop-off tour and experience the best that Dublin has to offer. You’ll be charmed and entertained by the best (Fáilte Ireland accredited) guides in Dublin and you’ll hear fascinating stories and insights into the culture and history of the city.
With over 30 stops on two routes we’ll bring you to all the main Dublin attractions. Discover The Jeanie Johnston or The Bord Gáis Energy Theatre on the Docklands route, or hop-off to visit Dublin Zoo, the Guinness Storehouse or The Book of Kells on the Original route.
The Coast & Castle tour will bring you to visit Malahide Castle and Howth Harbour, The Glendalough & Powerscourt Gardens tour will bring you south of the city to two of Ireland’s most stunning destinations. Both tours include a live commentary to keep you entertained en-route while enjoying the beautiful scenery along the coast of Dublin.
No cash, favours, rides, etc. given for this post
Friendly to strangers.
In a survey of over 4,500 Dublin Bus users.
Questioned last month.
During the early morning commute, over 12% use that time to grab an extra ‘40 winks’. Otherwise 62% of us spend our time on the bus browsing the internet with 67% of sessions lasting between 20 and 60 minutes….
When scanning the faces of other bus passengers, 23% of us have said hello to someone we didn’t know…… and when we did see someone we knew, and didn’t want to talk to them, 21% of us have pretended to be on a phonecall
23% have admitted to having a crush on a fellow bus passenger and even 15% have gotten off at the wrong stop just to chat to somebody who is getting off. Elsewhere 31% of us have missed our stop because we fell asleep!
Nearly 70% (68%) of us remember our bus number from when we were a child and in what seems to be a unique attribute to Dublin, 90% of passengers always say thank you to their driver.
Also: Name the new fleet model (top) anyone?
Thanks Nigel Goggin.
Dublin Bus workers stopped for a minute outside Dublin Bus Head office as they marched towards the Dáil starting the first of two planned 48-hour strikes. The dispute is over a plan to put 10% of bus routes out for private tender. The workers are concerned that if more routes are opened up to the private sector in the future, it could trigger a deterioration in the pay and conditions of members.
Earlier: Close To Zero
(Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland)
Cavendish Row, Dublin 1, earlier and Liberty Hall.
(Pix: Oisín Kane)
As last minute negotiations to hold off tomorrow’s planned bus strike take place at the Labour Relations Commission this afternoon.
Tina Ahern (no relation), a 16-year Dublin Bus driving veteran and member of the SIPTU [Services, Industrial, Professional and Technical] trade union, explains her and her colleagues’ predicament.
Life is like a box of chocolates.
You may remember my “Sonic Vs Luas Train” video I uploaded back in September. I have made a new one – this time Forrest Gump chases a bus in Dublin….
Previously: Sonic Vs Luas
A privatised route will have to generate income and to do so can only increase fares and / or lower wages. We have seen this for refuse collection since 2001. Taking the city as a whole, the private tendering of these ‘orbital’ routes is a testing ground for more extensive privatisation on other, more lucrative, routes in the years to come.
A private operator is not going to want to compete on one route but on many across the entire network. If a route is operated by a profit-driven company, the license to service the route will need to stipulate the regularity of the service. A route that runs at peak times only and does not operate outside of this peak defies categorisation as a social good.
Ours fears for privatisation is that there will be a focus on running a bus only on that exact slot in the schedule that will be busy. There is little assessment of the route within the system as a whole. Having operated a route for perhaps two years, private operators will be back at the minister’s office door arguing for access to these more lucrative routes.
Dr Eoin O’Mahony, Dublin City University.
Map via (out of work mapper) Omar Sarhan – explore the privatised routes here