In the second of three parts, BERNARD H. ALLAN describes the third day of his journey between Ireland’s southern and northernmost extremes. This time, he travels from Urlingford to Cavan.
Vehicle: MAN 12.240 HOCL-NL E4 08-WW-11578
Service: 09:00 M &A Coaches PSO route 828 Urlingford to Portlaoise (continues to Portlaoise Hospital)
Distance: 43kms (27 miles) in 1 hour.
We depart at 09:04 on the first route 828 of the day – the NTA could evaluate the provision of a journey arriving into Portlaoise before 09:00 thereby expanding the customer base to include workers. BÉ could also mention the through ticketing and journey opportunities on their website.
Before reaching the next settlement, Johnstown, we pass an Optare Solo travelling the other way. It has presumably originated from the company’s base at Ballyragget, being en route to form the 09:20 Urlingford to Cashel – the first southbound journey. There are no takers in either Johnstown or Cullahill. Between the latter village and Durrow we gain a third passenger. This passenger alights in Durrow and two board. The town’s annual Scarecrow Festival is underway – the streetscape features several of the species.