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Thursday 28 August 2014

Haunted by its past, the first ever ghost tour bus comes screaming to a halt

Joanna Kiernan

Published 31/03/2014 | 07:16

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Friday 28 March 2014. The old Dublin Ghost Bus is being de-commissioned. Dublin Bus Yard, Constitution Hill.
The old Dublin Ghost Bus is being de-commissioned. Dublin Bus Yard, Constitution Hill.
The old Dublin Ghost Bus is being de-commissioned. Dublin Bus Yard, Constitution Hill. Interior of Bus.
The old Dublin Ghost Bus is being de-commissioned. Dublin Bus Yard, Constitution Hill. Interior of Bus.
Friday 28 March 2014. The old Dublin Ghost Bus is being de-commissioned. Dublin Bus Yard, Constitution Hill. Interior of Bus.
The old Dublin Ghost Bus is being de-commissioned. Dublin Bus Yard, Constitution Hill. Interior of Bus.

EUROPE’S first ever ghost bus is going to the graveyard – or to auction at least.

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One of Dublin Bus's oldest serving and spookiest vehicles is being retired from the fleet.

The bus has witnessed a lot over the past four decades. It has been de-roofed, re-roofed and even haunted, but now its time on the streets is at an end.

“She was the original bus, Molly we called her, so we'll be sad to see her go,” said Brent Hearne, who has been one of the performers and storytellers on the tours since it began.

Christchurch Hill was becoming a bit of a struggle,” he added.

Molly operated as the sole ghost bus until 2006, when another bus was converted due to the popularity of the tour.

During its time on the ghost trail in Dublin, Molly carried a number of mysterious passengers.

“We had one Mexican lady, a shaman, and she detected a spirit in a derelict church we brought her to,” said Mr Hearne. 

A new ghost bus and tour will be launched in the coming months.

Molly is for sale by public tenders, and it is hoped that it will be bought by a bus enthusiast or museum.

The Dublin Bus Ghost Tour was conceived by magician Dan O'Donoghue.

“It was the oldest travelling bus in the fleet and because of that it had a lot of charm,” he told the Herald.

“It was the world's first theatre ghost bus.

“Age lent a lot to it. It was a little bit creaky, but we just called that a special effect.”

For information on the Dublin Bus Ghost Tour, see www.dublinsightseeing.ie or telephone 01-7033028.

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