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Welcome to Bus & Coach Ireland Photography by Mark Long

I have had an interest in transport in Ireland for several years now, with a particular interest in photography. Having used Flickr for many years, I decided to make the move to SmugMug as a more sustainable, long-term home for my photos.<br />
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I try to cover most of Ireland, but updates come most regularly from Dublin and Armagh.<br />
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2021 saw features from Ballymena, Cork, Donegal, Limerick, Navan, Newry & Ratoath in addition to other photos from Antrim, Armagh, Derry, Down, Dublin, Kildare, Louth, Meath, Tyrone & Wicklow.<br />
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There are a number of different ways of accessing the site:<br />
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- Photos can be viewed by year, and then by month.<br />
- Certain photo/route features are available - this may cover the introduction of a new route or pay homage to a particular class of vehicle.<br />
- My 'Year in Review' is available from 2015 onwards, a documentation of notable events from previous years in a short album.<br />
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I hope you enjoy the content on this website, comments are always appreciated!

I have had an interest in transport in Ireland for several years now, with a particular interest in photography. Having used Flickr for many years, I decided to make the move to SmugMug as a more sustainable, long-term home for my photos.

I try to cover most of Ireland, but updates come most regularly from Dublin and Armagh.

2021 saw features from Ballymena, Cork, Donegal, Limerick, Navan, Newry & Ratoath in addition to other photos from Antrim, Armagh, Derry, Down, Dublin, Kildare, Louth, Meath, Tyrone & Wicklow.

There are a number of different ways of accessing the site:

- Photos can be viewed by year, and then by month.
- Certain photo/route features are available - this may cover the introduction of a new route or pay homage to a particular class of vehicle.
- My 'Year in Review' is available from 2015 onwards, a documentation of notable events from previous years in a short album.

I hope you enjoy the content on this website, comments are always appreciated!

Recent Special Features:

Dublin Airport - March 2022

Bus Éireann LC212

Bus Éireann LC212

Bus Éireann LC212 with a 101 from Drogheda to Dublin. LC212 is currently on loan from Broadstone to Drogheda.

Dublin Airport | 19.03.2022 | Copyright © Mark Long

Cork - December 2021

Bus Éireann VWD405

Bus Éireann VWD405

I managed to get a trip to Cork in before the end of the year, my first since 2019! Whilst Cork has not received PADs like Galway and Limerick, it has received a large number of VWDs cascasded from both of those depots. As this happens, the unique SLs are in the process of withdrawal and rumour has it their 2008 VWDs are also on borrowed time.

In this first shot, VWD405, a transfer from Galway earlier in the year, is captured here at Parnell Place Station having worked a 214 from Knockraha. The 214 was merged with the 221 from January 2021, becoming a new cross-city 214 route.

VWD405 is a Volvo B5TL with Wright Gemini 3 bodywork, new to Bus Éireann Galway in 2018.

Cork City | 20.12.2021 | Copyright © Mark Long

A Year in Review : 2021

A Year in Review: 2021: Photo 1

A Year in Review: 2021: Photo 1

The past twelve months have once again proven to be like no other before them. Despite this, the bus year transpired to be another year with lots going on, and lots of interest to keep spotters and photographers on their toes! In fact, in contrast to last year's review, if anything I struggled to fit everything into one short selection of photos this year!

2021 was a significant year for new fleet across the island, with Translink, Bus Éireann and DublinBus all taking significant orders of new buses and coaches. In Dublin, the first two phases of BusConnects were introduced whilst in Galway and Limerick the new TFI livery made it's debut in the form of new ADL Enviro400ERs.

The 'greening' of fleets continues to hold importance, and this was only more true throughout 2021. One could expect this will be a theme that will continue for many years to come.

In this first photo, from the end of the year, Bus Éireann (Cork) VWD433 is captured ascending Maryborough Hill with a 220 from Ovens (Grange Road) to Carrigaline via City Centre and Douglas. A visit to Limerick and Cork at the end of the year were certainly a highlight of the year for me!

Copyright © Mark Long