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Some of the longest-serving Dublin Bus staff at the launch of the book.
Source: Chris Bellew/Fennell PhotographyEVERYONE IN THE capital is familiar with the blue and yellow of Dublin Bus.But it wasn’t always so. Aside from the formerly green fleet, the company wasn’t always called Dublin Bus.In fact, it was 30 years ago today that the company was formed out of CIE. To celebrate, the company has released a book of some of its best stories from the last three decades.These include one from Dessie O’Toole who has been working with the company since January 1975 and is currently mostly seen on the 84 route. He describes the company as a “great place”.“There was a woman who lived in Bray named Ethel who lived in a fisherman’s cottage across from the 45 terminus.“A photo of Maureen on Ethel’s head was turned into a postcard for Bray.”Dessie’s also recalls one incident where the snow tried to wreak havoc with his route.“There are so many stories you can tell. In 1976 or 77 we were starting in Dun Laoghaire and around 5pm it started to snow as we got into Bray.“The residents of the housing estate came out and, being Sunday, they went in to make us food from the remainder of the Sunday roast.“It was a bit of craic.”The wedding singer
Sean Hyland (who joined the company in 1983) and Theresa Lydon (joined the company in 1984).
Source: Chris Bellew/Fennell PhotographyTheresa Lydon is another who has been with the company for more than 30 years. She tells a story about how she was a vital guest at a wedding.Theresa, who drives the 220, 39 and 37 routes, says that she has seen the number of women in the grow massively.“When I joined, there wasn’t many women drivers, but there’s a good blend now.“I was only a child going in, I was only 18. But it’s been a great company to work for.”Hold on to the turkeyCraig Shearer is another whose service outdates the Dublin Bus moniker.He says that a story carried in the book – about how a rabbit was found aboard the number 16 bus in 1989 – was replicated recently enough.“There’s a family of foxes living near Broadstone depot and one evening a driver went out to UCD around 4pm.“The first passenger got on and said, ‘Driver, there’s a fox upstairs’.Craig’s favourite story also involves an animal, though a slightly different type.“Around Christmas we have the seasonals – seasonal drinkers and seasonal travellers. There are people who don’t really drink or get the bus, but around Christmas they do.“There was this one guy out in Tallaght about 20 years ago. He got a turkey, rang the wife and said he was going for a quick drink.“She said to him, ‘Don’t forget the turkey, whatever you do.’ He stayed in the pub longer than he’d anticipated and fell asleep on the bus in the middle doors.The book also recounts how a red-faced woman had to ask an inspector not to open her bag in a search for a lost ticket – because it contained a large amount of lingerie. The ticket was eventually found.The book will be displayed in depots around Dublin this month.