On The Buses: Talks of treading the boards on the 214

On The Buses: Talks of treading the boards on the 214
Millie Doyle from Wicklow. Picture: David Keane.

The 214 route to Wilton was packed with visitors and Corkonians making their way about the bustling city, telling tales of a well-spent Mother's Day or St Patrick's Day plans.

Millie Doyle from Wicklow has been living in Cork for the past five years since moving down for college in 2013.

“I work in a shop in Mahon Point and Wilton Shopping Centre. I graduated from the Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) School of Music last May. I was studying theatre and drama studies.”

Millie said she loves living in Cork and wouldn’t live anywhere else. “I feel more at home here than in Wicklow, I feel freer in Cork.

“I will go for a few pints on Paddy’s Day, I don’t go out that much as I don’t like big crowds, but I like having pints in cosy pubs like The Roundy, The Oval or Mutton Lane.” 

Speaking of theatre, Millie said there is not a lot of work in her field at the moment but she is looking forward to a busy summer.

“In the winter time it is all pantos but the summer is great, there are loads of festivals and more performances."

Millie said she loves working in theatre. “I like theatre. I don’t like routine and I want to tell stories. I am a performer and a costume maker. The theatre is different and exciting every night.

“I was very academic in school and this is different from that. There is no right or wrong in theatre, you are challenged in a new way. It is very creative like music. You can’t be perfect, all you can do is try your best.” 

The young performer said she also likes sewing, baking and she cleans a lot when she is stressed.

“I also like movies, books and going to the theatre.” Looking ahead to the summer, Millie said she loves the midsummer festival. “It is more about celebrating culture and not as much about drinking.

Next on the bus was Christy Moloney from Blackpool. “I’m heading to Wilton Shopping Centre for the spin, I’m hoping to pick up a few t-shirts, do some shopping.” 

Christy said he loves St Patrick’s Day and enjoys the parade. Christy said he used to enjoy a few drinks to celebrate St Patrick’s Day, but now he was off the drink for the past 14 months.

Christy Moloney from Blackpool.
Christy Moloney from Blackpool.

Mr Moloney said he was enjoying Cheltenham this week, placing a few bets on the horses. “I have no tips, it is just the luck of the draw.” 

Sandra Gerrard from Mahon was also on the bus, heading to the Cork University Hospital.

“I am just going in for treatment, it is just a small thing, I am fine.” 

Sandra told the Evening Echo she had a fantastic Mother’s Day last Sunday with her two sons; Shane and Kyle and two daughters; Nicola and Lauren.

Sandra Gerrard from Mahon.
Sandra Gerrard from Mahon.

“We went for dinner and had a few drinks, it was lovely,” Sandra said. “All of my children are still living in Cork, which is great. It is nice to keep them close.” 

Sandra said she is a big fan of Dancing With The Stars and was very disappointed to see Rob Heffernan leave the show. “I was hoping Rob would win, I was rooting for him, I suppose I want Erin McGregor to win now, she is great, I love her.” 

Bus Driver Dan McSweeney from Ballincollig was next to stop and chat. “I’ve been a bus driver for 20 years,” Dan told the Evening Echo, “I’m a city driver. I like it, it pays the bills.” 

Bus driver Dan McSweeney from Ballincollig.
Bus driver Dan McSweeney from Ballincollig.

Dan said he is a very responsible driver and takes his time on his route. “I drive nice and relaxed, I don’t rush things."

Speaking about his passengers Dan said he gets very pleasant people on the 214 but also said the traffic in the city can be a problem.

“The traffic is getting worse around the city, cyclists have a lot to do with it, those people on Coca-Cola bikes are a nightmare.” 

Dan lives in Ballincollig with his wife Lillian. “I have three children all grown up and married, Alan, Katherine, Gavin and four grandchildren; Aishling, Maeve, Cara and Lochlann.

Dan also has two dogs; Roxy and Ossie. “Roxy is a Bijon Frise and Ossie is a Poodle,” Dan said, “I have had Roxy 11 years and Ossie 10 years. Roxy has separation anxiety so we had to get another dog to keep her company.” 

Finally, on the bus this week were two visitors to Cork; Jayne Quirke from Roscrea, Co Tipperary and her mom Louise Quirke from Laois.

Jayne and Louise Quirke from Tipperary and Laois.
Jayne and Louise Quirke from Tipperary and Laois.

Louise and Jayne were down in Cork for a Mother’s Day treat. “We are staying at the Montenotte Hotel,” Louise said.

“My son lives in Cloyne and he is coming up to meet us tonight. I have another daughter Rachel as well, she is at home with her two babies.

Louise said the pair were going visiting the English Market and doing a bit of shopping around town before heading back to the hotel to use the leisure facilities.

“We love Cork,” Louise said, “It is very beautiful. Cork people are so friendly, so nice and interested in chatting to you. My son is very happy here."

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