Throwback Thursday (153)
For this visit to the past we are going to the northern extremities of the Dublin Bus network. AV 418 is seen in Balbriggan picking up passengers as it operates a 33 to Dublin. This bus was delivered new in 2005 and in 2011 Summerhill repainted into Wedding Bus livery. This was one of the bespoke private hires Dublin Bus used to provide and a slightly unique concept - a bus that can bring your wedding guests from church to reception to home, or wherever you wanted to bring them. When on these duties the bus would be decorated inside with flowers and garlands to make them extra special. The rest of the time the buses could be found on regular duties, but usually limited to certain routes. The 33 was not a regular for them.
This is one of the longest routes in Dublin, being approximately 35kms long and it connects towns in north county Dublin with the city. The more rural roads it traverses are not the ideal conditions for a bus painted white. From December 2nd 2018 the 33A, which operated between Balbriggan and Swords, was handed over to Go-Ahead Ireland, but the 33 is still with Dublin Bus.
The last Wedding Bus was repainted yellow in 2017. AV 418 went to Harristown Garage after its time in Summerhill and is still there.