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Posted on 08/12/2013


Photo taken on August  5, 2013




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In what could be described as an extraordinary twist , Callinan Coaches Olympian '99 D 560' departs Dublin airport, terminal 2, for the city with a full load , August 5th 2013.

A mundane event probably for most if not all the passengers aboard. However to bus enthusiasts this was a very significant event indeed.
Not far from this very spot on December 19th 2012, this bus brought to a close a 23 year chapter in the history of Bus Atha Cliath. Driven by David Maher on the 4th duty on route 16, the then Dublin Bus RV560 travelled to Dublin airport on its final journey, ending an association with the Olympian, which begun in March 1990. The Olympian fleet once numbering 640 buses.

Upon leaving the Dublin Bus fleet '99 D 560' joined the fleet of Galway based Callinan Coaches. Most times it is to be found on fixed contract work at the gaint Intel site in Leixlip. Over the August bank holiday weekend, commencing Sunday August 4th Dublin Bus drivers withdrew their services from the company in a dispute.

Competing with Dublin Bus on airport services is First Group company 'Aircoach', whom were quick to apply extra capacity to airport services during the Dublin Bus strike. In an extraordinary twist of transport history Callinan Olympian ' 99 D 560' was one of two hired by Aircoach to strengthen capacity. The bus which closed Dublin Bus Olympian history just eight months earlier was once more to be found in public service at Dublin airport.

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