Monday 18 December 2017

Dublin Bus legends and laughter shared as it turns 30

Drivers Sean Hyland and Theresa Lydon pictured in a book at the launch of ‘Dublin Legends: Celebrating 30 Years of Dublin Stories’. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Drivers Sean Hyland and Theresa Lydon pictured in a book at the launch of ‘Dublin Legends: Celebrating 30 Years of Dublin Stories’. Photo: Gerry Mooney

Gavin White

Stories of rabbits being left behind, saucy shopping bags and battling through snow storms were told as Dublin Bus turned 30 years old.

The celebration in Merrion Square brought together workers who swapped tales from the front-line which have become legend.

Theresa Lydon (51), from Ballymun, has worked for Dublin Bus for 33 years - from before its split from CIE in 1987 - and she said some of the best times she's had were "seeing people grow up". Ms Lydon told the Irish Independent of one occasion when two young girls got on the 220 bus on the wrong side of the road.

"These two girls, about eight and 10, hopped on the right bus but on the wrong side of the road and ended up with me at the last stop at Blanchardstown, as opposed to Ballymun.

A bus on O’Connell Street on April 3, 1966
A bus on O’Connell Street on April 3, 1966

"They hadn't a clue where they were but I figured out I knew their family and brought them all the way home on the bus," she said.

Ms Lydon said "a lot has changed with health and safety over the years" and she still loves the job as much as she did when she joined at 18.

Craig Shearer (52), from Finglas, has been with Dublin Bus since 1984 and been driving ever since he hopped behind the wheel after four years as a conductor.

He remembers the scramble for time off for Italia '90 as the country was gripped by World Cup fever and again four years later.

Dublin buses down the years
Dublin buses down the years

Mr Shearer said although customers are used to complaining about the efficiency of the service, he thinks passengers are better served now. "The infrastructure is brilliant now," he said.

Drivers also reminisced about the heavy snow of 2010 as workers battled to bring elderly residents of Sean McDermott Street to their annual dinner dance.

Dublin buses down the years
Dublin buses down the years

Dessie O'Toole (62), from Bray, started driving in 1975 and said working in Dublin Bus is akin to "studying in the University of Life".

Irish Independent

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