Sunday 22 April 2018

'1916 is undoubtedly the most renowned period in our history' - Minister Donohoe welcomes new Rising Dublin Bus tour

Transport Minister Paschal Donohoe with actors performing in the 1916 Dublin Bus tour
Transport Minister Paschal Donohoe with actors performing in the 1916 Dublin Bus tour Newsdesk Newsdesk

Seldom on a bus journey are passengers asked to keep their heads down to avoid bullet fire but this will be the case for those brave souls hoping to get a taste of the 1916 Rising from the safety of a double decker.

Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe was on hand to help launch the latest addition to Dublin Bus Tours, the ‘1916 Tour - Beyond Barricades’.

Setting off from O’Connell Street, the guests are thrown straight into the fighting as they hear the words from prominent Irish republican Helena Moloney, who fought front and centre during the rebellion.

A troupe of actors from the award-winning theatre company ANU Production don various guises of those involved in Rising during the interactive 90 minute tour.

Among the prominent sites of Easter Monday 1916 visited include City Hall, Dublin Castle, St. Stephen’s Green, Four Courts, North King Street and the GPO.

“Hear the real stories of people behind the Rising including the struggle of the female leaders and the tearful words of Nora Connolly’s last goodbye to her father James,” says Dublin Bus CEO Ray Coyne.

“The tour guarantees historical accuracy from script to costumes, on board a specially designed bus that transports you back to 1916 from the get go.”

Speaking at the launch of the tour, Minister Donohoe added: “1916 is undoubtedly the most renowned period in our country’s history.

“As we approach the centenary of the week that led to the birth of the Irish State, people are looking to find out more about the events surrounding the Rising, any possible family connections to what went on and the experiences of the men and women who fought at the GPO and other landmark sites.

“[This tour] promises an accurate and convincing portrayal of the rebellion to Dubliners and those coming from further afield’.  

The ‘1916 Tour - Beyond Barricades’ tour takes place from Monday  to Sunday, and goes from 10:30 am, 1 pm and 3 pm; with later routes available on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7pm and 9pm.

Ticket prices are as follows:

  • €25 – adults
  • €23 – students and senior citizens
  • €15 – children
  • €60 – family ticket (2 adults & 2 children)
  • 10 pc discount for booking online, offer excludes the family ticket, as this is already discounted.

The 1916 Tour - Beyond Barricades is not suitable for children under 12 year, Dublin Bus Tours added.

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