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August 2nd, 2018, 6:10 am #171

What a difference three years makes. SG 96 is seen on Hawkins Street with a 15 from Clongriffin to Ballycullen Road. Ths bus route still uses this road but shares the road space here with the Luas Green Line. The tram extension opened in December 2017 connecting Broombridge on the northside to Brides Glen on the southside. 
The Screen Cinema is seen beside the bus with an ad for Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation. The cinema opened in 1972 but closed in 2016 under plans to redevelop this area. Currently it is in a partially demolished state though could be fully gone by the end of 2018. This week in 2018 the sixth Mission Impossible film (Fallout) was released. In the background is Hawkins House. This was built in 1962 and housed the Department of Health. Like the cinema, this building is due to be demolished and replaced. These plans progressed by the end of July 2018 with the Department relocating to Baggot Street.
Finally SG 96 was delivered new to Dublin Bus in the latter half of 2015. In 2018 this bus is due to transfer to Go-Ahead Ireland in 2018 for when they take over 10% of bus routes in the Greater Dublin Area. A lot of change in three years. 01/08/2015

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August 9th, 2018, 9:11 pm #172

It is 1995 and KD 8 is reaching for the heights at Connolly Station. The bus is seen on the road approach to the station entrance. This was high above Amiens Street and the road approach was known colloquially as "The Ramp". For many years both sides were lined with buses laying over between duties. Both Dublin Bus and Bus Eireann. In 2003 it was removed and the ground leveled to make way for the tram stop on the Luas Red Line. 
KD 8 is one of those buses using The Ramp as a parking area. It is displaying route 42 which connects the City Centre with Malahide and Portmarnock. 
KD 8 entered service between 1981 and 1982 and was based in Clontarf Garage. 08/08/1995

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August 16th, 2018, 6:32 am #173

It is 1983 and KD 313 is at the northern extreme of the Dublin City Services network.At the time the bus was brand new, having been delivered to Summerhill Garage during 1983. 
It is seen at the terminus of tne 33 in Balbriggan. This town in north County Dublin was the furthest north the buses of Dubiln City Services went. It is also still the furthest north Dublin Bus go, and by the end of the year the furthest north Go-Ahead will serve. The bus stop here is shared with the bus route between Drogheda and Dublin,providing a connection between the two services. 
In 1983 the 33 terminus was outside the Bank of Ireland as seen here. Within a few years the bus terminated on the other side of the road. By the late-1990s/early-2000s the terminus had relocated further south along this road, outside Balbriggan Church where it still terminates today.
The Bank of Ireland is still in this location but has been completely rebuilt in the intervening years. 14/08/1983

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August 23rd, 2018, 9:53 pm #174

It is 1994. The bus stops (and most buses) are green, the trains are orange and some buses are advertising the trains. RH 41 is seen on Hawkins Street at the 48A terminus. The bus is in an all-over ad for Irish Rail. The national railway company was going through an era of growth and rebranding with new trains and a new logo. This is reflected in the design on the bus.There was a second bus done up for Irish Rail at this time too focusing on its Fast Track delivery service. Sadly that is no longer with us, and the trains are no longer orange.
The 48A connected the City Centre with Ballinteer via Milltown and Dundrum. With the arrival of the Luas in the early 2000s, patronage on the route dropped. Under Network Direct in 2011 the route was dropped, replaced by the 61 for the most part. 
RH 41 was delivered new in 1990 to Donnybrook Garage as a Wedding Bus. Following the end of its career in Dublin it moved to Cork where it operated an open-top tour for Cronin's. Hawkins Street, 21/08/1994

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August 30th, 2018, 10:59 pm #175

It is 1982 and there are no Luas trams in sight. Instead D 59 is seen on Parnell Street with a 40A to Cappagh Hospital. D 59 was delivered new to Ringsend in 1967. In 1971 it transferred to Phibsborough were it remained until it was withdrawn in December 1982. The bus was finally sold for scrap in 1984. D 1 to D 217 were delivered as single door buses, while the remainder of these type of Atlanteans were delivered as dual-door buses. 
The 40A was part of the 40 family routes that served Finglas and the areas around it. The route ceased to run in November 2011 when it was merged with the 40 as part of the Network Direct review of the bus network. 
With the 40 becoming a cross-city route, the 40B and 40D are the only routes (along with the 120) to terminate on Parnell Street, but on the opposite side of the road to where D 59 is in the photo. The location in the photo is now a tram stop on the Luas Cross City. Parnell Street, 30/08/1982

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September 6th, 2018, 6:48 am #176

This week we are only going back to 1998, but we are at the western extremes of the Dublin Bus network. RA 312 is seen in Maynooth (Co.Kildare) at the 67A terminus. The main 67 route ran between Dublin and Celbridge with a few extensions west to Maynooth, which operated as the 67A. Under Network Direct in November 2010, the 67 and 67A were combined and all departures on the 67 ran to Maynooth via Celbridge. Maynooth is also served by route 66 which had services to the town of Kilcock, further west than Maynooth. However Network Direct in 2010 also removed those workings and both the 66 and 67 now terminate in Maynooth.
RA 312 was delivered new to Dublin Bus in 1996. It was withdrawn by Dublin Bus in 2008 and then bought by Warrington Borough Transport. It remained in service with them until at least 2014. 
The ad on the side is for Eircell, which was Eircom's mobile phone network. It was subsequently sold to Vodafone. Maynooth, 07/09/1998

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September 13th, 2018, 8:46 am #177

It is 1996 and another all-over ad of a train on a bus. RH 90 is seen at the terminus of the 8 on Burgh Quay. The bus is in an all-over ad for Fastrack. This was the express parcel service initially operated by CIE and later Iarnrod Eireann The bus was painted to mark the 21st anniversary of the express parcel service in 1995. The concept was simple - the express passenger trains had guard vans which could had empty space that could transport items from one part of the country to another. However with the arrival of railcars in 2007 the number of guard vans on the network reduced until only the Cork and Belfast line remained. In 2009 the service was finally ended, after 35 years.
RH 90 was delivered new to Dublin Bus in 1991 and worked from Donnybrook Garage. After withdrawal it eventually ended up with the Crann Support Group in Meath after spending six months in the UK..
Route 8 connected Dalkey with Dublin City Centre until November 2016 when the route was withdrawn.
Finally beside the bus can be seen Lafayette Photography, known to many for college graduation photographs, and behind the bus is The Irish Press.
14/09/1996

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September 13th, 2018, 1:07 pm #178

Csalem wrote:A lot has changed in this picture from 2012. On St. Patrick's Day of that year, a fire in a building on Benburb Street/Queen Street resulted in the Luas Red Line closing in the city centre. Trams could only run from Saggart/Tallaght to Heuston Station. As a result Dublin Bus had to provide extra buses between Connolly and Heuston to cater for the demand. Most garages had to provide buses, often doing a trip on the shuttle after arriving  into the city from their usual routes. DT 4 is one such bus that was based out of Harristown. It usually operated extra duties on other routes in the peaks. The bus was withdrawn in 2017 and was sold to Ashbourne Connect. Behind it is a Donnybrook VT on a short 145 to the Belfield fly-over at UCD. This bus [is still with Dublin Bus, but has lost its dot-matrix destination for a LED one. Heuston, 22/03/2012

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This bus is currently with kearneys of cork along with DT 5 its DT's 7 & 10 is with Ashbourne connect

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Yesterday, 10:09 pm #179

A slightly different Throwback Thursday this time were the bus is not really the primary interest in the photo but rather the background is.
D 533 is seen on Tara Street and is not operating a route. It was delivered new to Phibsboro Garage in 1973 and was withdrawn in 1991. Like a lot of buses in 1988, this has received the Dublin Millennium badge alongside the company name on the side of the bus. Apart from that there is not a lot else to say about the bus.
So why is the background more interesting? Behind the bus is Apollo House. This was built in 1969 and was one of three buildings in the area that were of a similar style. Hawkins House from 1962 and College House from 1974 being the other two. Collectively all three are regarded as some of the worse looking buildings in Dublin. With all three being eight storeys or over, they did dominate the skyline. During the 2000s Apollo House was sold and lay empty for a while. Plans existed for a long time to demolish and redevelop all three buildings but the 2008 recession delayed those plans. Before Christmas 2016 Apollo House was taken over by activists to house some homeless people and to highlight the crisis affecting the country. By early 2017 they were gone and the building was empty again. Finally 2018 demolition began and by August of that year the site was completely flattened. Around the same time Hawkins House was emptied and work began on College House. It seems after all of these decades, the redevelopment is finally happening.  21/09/1988

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