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Dunmore East Bus Service

Dunmore East is a small fishing village on the south-east coast of Ireland, 16kms from the city of Waterford. It sits on the western side of the Waterford Harbour Estuary, 4.8kms from Hook Head in Wexford.
Dunmore East, Co. Waterford, Ireland

The service goes back before 1912 and originally started as a horse and carriage

service. It was taken over by The Murphy family and then sold to Richard Flynn

in the 1950's. Seamus Lynch then took over the business in the 1960's and

Jimmy (The Bus) Cullinane would have started driving around then.

I remember getting the bus to school in Waterford in the late sixties. Hanging

around by the Bay Cafe. Sitting in the bus in the morning, freezing cold, waiting

for Jimmy to arrive. He would appear in a big heavy coat and try to start the

engine, which must have been really cold. We would pray that the engine would

not start, because that meant a day off school, but Jimmy would open a hatch in

the floor and mess around with something in there, the engine I presume, which

would then groan into life.

The bus was quite exciting as we got to that age when we became interested in

girls, and could also be a place of entertainment. Now and then there would be a

guitar or two at the back of the bus (the back was always the place to be) and I

don't know how Jimmy kept his concentration with the racket that went on.

"Stop ye'er kafflin' ", he would say. "Ye have free travel and free transport and still

ye'er not satisfied"

The buses we got always seemed to be old crocks that were imported from

England, where they would not be allowed on the roads anymore. There was an

emergency door in the back and when the bus stopped at Newtown on the way

in, the cool thing to do was to open this door and jump out without Jimmy

catching you.

Sometimes the bus would get very full, I remember one time an inspector

following the bus in his car to count how many passengers got on.

On occasions such as this Jimmy would turn around and roar down the bus

"Double up, three in a seat!"

Tribute should be paid to Linda Doyle, who collected fares on the buses as long

as I can remember.

Louis.

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Photo from the RIAC archive of the Dunmore Bus c.1909, with the Haven wall in the background The same Dunmore bus bites the dust at Leperstown Hill ! Advertisement for the Dunmore Service from 1912