Grand day out as Dublin taxi men take hundreds of special needs kids on tour of city
Published 14/09/2016 | 11:54
Dublin taxi drivers have treated hundreds of special needs children and adults to a grand tour of the capital.
Special schools and groups were ferried around the city in style, with a parade on O'Connell Street and a garda escort to Leopardstown Racecourse for food and an afternoon disco.
Lorraine O'Connor, a special needs assistant at St Joseph's Special School in Tallaght, said the big day out was a highlight in the students' calendar, who rarely get into the city.
"They look forward to it every year, because they really have a ball," she told the Herald.
"The taxi men couldn't be nicer either. They were telling jokes the whole way in the car.
"A lot of them wouldn't get into town. An awful lot of them wouldn't even go on a bus.
"If they're from Tallaght, they wouldn't leave Tallaght. This is their only chance to get into town."
The special day first began in 1960 and taxi drivers from across the city continue to volunteer.
John Hoey, a taxi driver from Blanchardstown, has been involved in the event for 20 years.
"I'm retired now but I still do the children's outing every year," he said. "I have an old 1960 taxi and it leads the parade most years.
"I think the taxi drivers sometimes get more pleasure than some of the kids," he added. "It's something that has to be done every year, it makes you feel good."