Wednesday 13 December 2017

Leprechauns, scattering ashes and 'Kelly's Book' - Dublin Bus's most unusual tourist requests

Do Dublin Tours

Dublin characters launch the DoDublin rebrand. Photo Chris Bellew / Fennell Photography
Dublin characters launch the DoDublin rebrand. Photo Chris Bellew / Fennell Photography
Jennifer Zamparelli (Maguire) launches the DoDublin rebrand. Photo Chris Bellew / Fennell Photography
Jennifer Zamparelli (Maguire), Ray Coyne, CEO of Dublin Bus and a host of famous Dublin characters launch the DoDublin rebrand. Photo Chris Bellew / Fennell Photography

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Dublin Bus has lifted the bonnet on its most unusual tourist requests ahead of the 2017 summer season.

“I’ve had the remains of three lovers of Dublin City on my bus," says Martin Connolly, a Dublin Bus driver for 29 years.

"Their families scattered their ashes in their favourite spots across the city – the River Liffey is the most popular!"

Other customers of the company's popular sightseeing, city and coastal tours have been known to take home earth from the Phoenix Park.

These visitors - "mostly Americans," the company says - scoop up some of the earth to scatter on the graves of loved ones back home.

That's just the start of the shenanigans.

Jennifer Zamparelli (Maguire) launches the DoDublin rebrand. Photo Chris Bellew / Fennell Photography
Jennifer Zamparelli (Maguire) launches the DoDublin rebrand. Photo Chris Bellew / Fennell Photography

Although questions on where to eat and drink are common, Dublin Bus staff continue to be asked where real-life leprechauns may be found, and for visitor info on Kelly's Book (or the Book of Kells, as you may know it).

The queries were recently revealed as part of a rebrand of Dublin Bus's commercial services. Their new name? 'DoDublin Tours'.

The fresh logo and livery aim to "cut through the brand noise created by other operators and attract visitors," Dublin Bus contends.

Its tour buses remain green, of course - just different shades thereof.

Jennifer Zamparelli (Maguire), Ray Coyne, CEO of Dublin Bus and a host of famous Dublin characters launch the DoDublin rebrand. Photo Chris Bellew / Fennell Photography
Jennifer Zamparelli (Maguire), Ray Coyne, CEO of Dublin Bus and a host of famous Dublin characters launch the DoDublin rebrand. Photo Chris Bellew / Fennell Photography

Tours are available in 10 languages, start from €22/€10 per adult/child (three-day tickets offer unlimited travel including direct airport transfers from €33/€16pp), and feature 63 Dublin natives as drivers schooled in the city's history and lore.

They’re an honest lot, too.

One driver found a bag with €3,500 on his bus, it emerges. It was duly returned to a rather relieved tourist visiting Trinity College.

Did you know...

  • Dublin Mean Time was in place until 1916. The city was over 25 minutes ahead of GMT in London
  • Dublin Zoo used to be home to the first MGM studio lion
  • Napoleon’s toothbrush, snuff box and lancet are on display in the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland
  • The Irish harp faces to the left on government buildings, but to the right on Guinness products

Dublin Bus runs the city's Hop On Hop Off Tour, Coastal Tours, Ghostbus Tour and The 1916: Beyond Barricades Tour.

Its tours travel 275,000 miles across city and county each year.

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