DAVID JENKINS is back on Bus Éireann for this second account of his travels on the state-owned company’s extensive Expressway network across Ireland*. He does reach Tipperary but is back in Dublin first and returns to the capital on a final leg from Clonmel.

On the coach roads of Ireland

* Part One in Buses last month

The use of coaches, like Irizar PB-bodied Scania K340EB SP106 (08 D 30334) on service 51 (Galway-Cork), makes it easy for bulkier items such as bicycles to be carried in the luggage hold.

My coach – the first 51 of the day from Galway – is due in at 09.20, but it is nearer 09.30 when it does arrive in Limerick bus station. There are perhaps a dozen passengers alighting, and when the last gets off, so does the driver who disappears into the station.

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