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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 Belfast. <br />
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2019 saw features from Galway, Athlone, Limerick, Enniskillen, Drogheda and Kildare, in addition to photos from Antrim, Armagh, Derry, Down, Dublin, Louth, Mayo, Monaghan, Sligo, Tyrone and 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 Belfast.

2019 saw features from Galway, Athlone, Limerick, Enniskillen, Drogheda and Kildare, in addition to photos from Antrim, Armagh, Derry, Down, Dublin, Louth, Mayo, Monaghan, Sligo, Tyrone and 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:

Papal Visit 2018

DublinBus SG293

DublinBus SG293

On the final Saturday of August, Ireland hosted Pope Francis at the Phoenix Park in Dublin. A huge transport plan was in place for the event, part of which included shutting off much off the city to private traffic.

A number of shuttle operations took place on the day. DublinBus operated a number of hubs around the city with dedicated services to as close to the park as possible. Go-Ahead Ireland operated a shuttle between the park site and a coach park at Dublin Port. Finally, Translink Metro provided 55 buses, initially for a volunteer shuttle from Western Aerodrome and later in the day for a shuttle between the M3 Parkway rail station and a Park & Ride car park at Fairyhouse racecourse.

Phibsboro's SG293 is noted here on College Green passing through a Garda cordon at College Street.

Dublin City | 26.08.2018 | Copyright © Mark Long

Goldline 212 at 30

212 at 30: Photo 1

212 at 30: Photo 1

The 212 is an iconic route in Northern Ireland. Linking the two largest cities in the north, it provides a vitally important link, and in addition is one of Translink's most popular services.

Launched in April 1990, it began with a timetable featuring just two return trips per day, using brand new Leyland Tiger/Alexander 'TE' type vehicles, which became known as Mark I Goldliners. Frequency soon increased, and now in 2020 it features 40 daily return journeys. A bus leaves Derry for Belfast every 15 minutes in the morning peak, with the same frequency appearing in reverse in the evenings.

This feature includes just a small portion of the vehicle types that have worked the service over the years. In this photo, the most popular type found on the 212 in 2020 is the Caetano Invictus, an example of which is captured here leaving Derry in February 2016, freshly new into service.

A Year in Review : 2019

Year in Review: 2019: Photo 1

Year in Review: 2019: Photo 1

2019 proved to be yet another interesting year for bus enthusiasts across the island.

All of the major operators took new buses - from more Gemini 3s for DublinBus to new Sunsundegui SB3s for Bus Éireann and Go-Ahead. Cork and Dublin saw their first 24 hour city services and Go-Ahead started on longer commuter services to/from Kildare. Both DublinBus and Translink both took hybrid demonstrators, along with potentially their final fully diesal buses.

As always, this is not intended to be a fully comprehensive review of any particular operator, but more a general overview of the more interesting and newsworthy changes throughout the year.

In this first photo, a personal favourite of mine from the year, Newcastle based 1054 is captured heading along the coast road working a local service from Newcastle to the coastal village of Kilkeel.

Newcastle, Co. Down | 13.03.2019 | Copyright © Mark Long