Forty years on, MICHAEL DRYHURST tries to get answers to questions about the fate of a retired Irish Leyland double-decker that ended its days on a fundraising trip across parts of the United States

Ready for the off, R572 outside the charity Concern’s Dublin head office in 1981. Why the young man appears to be wearing three quarters of a pair of trousers and just one shoe is yet another mystery of this story. 

Saint Brendan was an Irishman and an explorer. He is one of many commemorated for having navigated the Atlantic Ocean and to have landed in the New World. Many Irish people followed in his wake. So did at least one Irish bus. 

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