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What VC is on your Avatar, Bus Tuaithe? I can tell its one of the VC1-VC22 batch, i'm going for VC18, VC19, VC20, VC21 or VC22, i'm going for VC20
or i think maybe VC21 ??
(Obviously VC105 is on mine, taken in Donegal town 1 week before her crash).
Thursday, 1 January, Sunday 17th
January, Saturday 30th January
Sunday, 3 January, Saturday 16th
Saturday, 9 January, Sunday, 31
Saturday, 23 January
Services depart Busáras 2 hours before first race. The fare is 15
I think they are both still operating, i'm pretty sure the 16.10 from Monaghan is almost certainly still operating, although i could be wrong. Not sure
about the other service, i don't know, but i think the 16.10 might be still running. The 16.10 from Monaghan actually goes on to Cavan, but you are right
Bus Tuaithe, this services does not carry passengers, its classed as a school bus, has been for several several months as far as i know.
In recent months i know that the 06.30am from Dublin to Cavan also served the Institiue, not sure if it still does now or not.
"Bus Éireann Introduces Seven Direct Coach Services a Day to Ireland West Airport Knock from Galway & Sligo
Bus Éireann is to introduce seven direct coach services a day to
Ireland West Airport Knock from Sligo and Galway from 31st January 2010.
Bus Éireann has altered the routing of its Route 64
Galway-Sligo-Derry service to serve Ireland West Airport Knock
following consultation with airport management. The change has been
introduced on a trial basis and will be made permanent if there is
sufficient demand for the service.
“Bus Éireann is pleased to be able to offer direct coach services to
Ireland West Airport Knock on our Derry/Sligo/Galway route 64,
connecting with our nationwide express coach network. Judging by the
popularity of our other direct airport services, the travelling public
like the convenience of using public transport to and from airports.
Customers have no car parking to worry about, no driving and will have
direct access to all the towns along the western seaboard. We look
forward to working with the airport staff to make these services a
success,” said Rory Leahy, Regional Manager, Bus Éireann.
The revision in the routing of Route 64 will provide seven services
a day from Galway and seven services a day from Sligo to the Airport.
Services from Galway to Ireland West Airport Knock will depart daily at:
06.00 (Monday to Saturday only); 08.45; 10.30 (Monday to Saturday only); 12.00; 14.10; 16.00; 18.10.
Services from Sligo to Ireland West Airport Knock will depart daily at:
06.00 (Monday to Saturday only); 08.00; 10.00 (Monday to Saturday only); 12.00; 14.00; 16.00; 18.00.
Due to the re-routing of route 64, the 449 Charlestown-Ireland West
Airport Knock feeder service will be withdrawn from 31st January 2010.:"
(quoted from BÉ website for information purposes)
Galway - Ireland West Airport - Sligo - Donegal - Letterkenny - Derry direction
* A NEW daily 0640 Letterkenny to Derry journey. * The 0900 Donegal to Derry now commences from Sligo at 0750 and operates daily (previously M-S only). It runs five minutes earlier than heretofore between Ballybofey and Derry. This early-morning departure will be convenient for passengers commuting into Bundoran, Ballyshannon and Donegal. * A NEW 0600 Galway to Sligo (again conveniently timed for commuters). * No longer a 1045 Sligo - Derry. * 0900 Galway to Derry advanced to 0845.
* A NEW 1030 Galway to Sligo (SuX). * A NEW 1330 Sligo to Derry. * 1400 Galway to Derry put back until 1410. Mondays to Saturdays inclusive this journey will not carry passengers from Ballisodare to Sligo. * 1815 Galway to Sligo advanced slightly - to 1810. * 2050 Sligo to Derry put back until 2100.
Derry - Letterkenny - Donegal - Sligo - Ireland West Airport - Galway direction:
* NEW 0600 Sligo to Galway, SuX. * 0815 Sligo - Galway replaced by 0645 Donegal - Sligo - Galway, departing Sligo at 0800. * 0720 Derry to Galway advanced to 0715. * 0830 Derry to Galway retimed to 0915. There remains a journey at 0830 ex Derry albeit as far as Ballybofey only. * 12noon Derry to Sligo advanced to 1115. There is also a journey at 1200 ex Derry but only as far as Donegal Town. * 1245 FO Sligo to Galway remains but table shows it no longer serves Sligo IT and no longer operates via Knock/Claremorris Bypass though possibly these details were omitted from the new timetable. * No longer a 1515 FO Sligo - Galway. * NEW daily 1600 Sligo - Galway. * 1430 Derry - Donegal (SuX) advanced to 1425. * 1600 Derry - Galway advanced to 1515. A journey (daily) at 1600 ex Derry remains but only as far as Letterkenny. On Fridays only this 1600 journey extends to Sligo. * 1830 Derry to Sligo as before. * NEW 2030 daily Derry to Donegal. * NEW 2140 daily Derry to Letterkenny. * 2200 SuO Letterkenny - Sligo put back to 2205.
Stops: All journeys bar the 1245 FO Sligo - Galway will now serve Galway Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT), Galway. Previously this location was only served on Fridays by the 1200 & 1400 journeys from Galway to Derry.
The main Tuam stop is now listed as Tuam (Railway Road) - previously it was shown as Tuam (Rail Station). Note: there are no trains to Tuam though it is intended that the town will be served again by Phase 2 Western Rail Corridor. There is now an additional stop at Tuam (Corrib Oil) served by Galway-bound journeys only. It is predominantly a drop-off stop though the first journey on Saturdays and the final journey on Fridays and Sundays will also pick-up there.
Virtually all journeys serve Letterkenny IT in the Galway-bound direction.
It should be noted the 64 is serving Ireland West Airport, Knock on a trial basis only though from all sides I think there is the realistic expectation that the trial will be successful.
Sligo to Galway and vice versa journeys now take 2 hours 45 minutes (previously 2 and a half hours). Sligo - Galway times are effectively clockface.
Ireland West Airport, Knock is located roughly midways between Charlestown and Kilkelly on a short approx 1-mile regional road which leaves the main road (N17) between Charlestown and Kilkelly.
I'm sure that the late Monsignor James Horan who pioneered the development of Knock Airport would be very pleased with this development. October of this year will see the 25th Anniversary of the first commercial flight from the airport.
Although the new 480 table has not appeared yet it is very much looking like that several journeys will be replaced by the 64. For instance the 0645 Donegal to Galway has very similar times to that of the existing 0710 Donegal to Sligo and the new 64 table indicates that the 1115 ex Derry is operating stage carriage from Ballyshannon to Sligo (potentially replacing the existing 1155 Ballyshannon - Sligo stage carriage).
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