DUBLIN'S northside is to get its own dedicated bus tour, taking in three of the most iconic and historic sites in the city.
From next Monday, the True Blue route will take visitors to Croke Park, Glasnevin Cemetery and Museum, and National Botanic Gardens.
It will form an extension of one of the Dualway run hop-on-hop-off Citysightseeing Tours which already runs two routes in Dublin city.
"The True Blue Tour meets the existing Red Line tour at the Guinness Storehouse, so a visitor can leave the red line and take the blue tour, or continue on to Heuston Station and the Phoenix Park," a Dualway spokeswoman said.
"An €18 ticket covers both lines for two days, which offers great flexibility as well as time to take in the tours at the fantastic visitor attractions," she added.
New figures show that 700,000 people visited the Botanic Gardens, Croke Park or Glasnevin Cemetery last year, and it is hoped that the links to the sites through the True Blue tour will increase visitor numbers to all the attractions.
John Green, chairman of Glasnevin Trust, said the opening of the route was "a momentous occasion" for tourism on the northside of Dublin.
"A key objective for us at Glasnevin Cemetery is to educate the Irish public and international visitors about our rich and storied history and this new blue route will provide the expected 700,000 visitors with an easy way of doing so," he added.
The venture was also welcomed by the GAA, with president Liam O'Neill saying that more than one in four Irish people visited Croke Park to support their local teams last year, visit the museum and take stadium tours.
"The new bus route will facilitate tourists who would like to come for a true Irish experience and get behind the scenes at Croke Park, take in the views from the roof top tour and visit our interactive GAA Museum," he said.
Tourism Minister Leo Varadkar was at the launch of the new route yesterday.