From school children to lecturers and busy Corkonians going about their day the 208 heading for Mayfield was bustling with activity.
On the bus was a very stylish woman by the name of Mary Williams. Mary, who lives in Mayfield was heading home from town where she had been shopping all morning.
“I am looking for a pair of boots, but didn’t get them,” Mary said.
“I am looking for something to go with a red coat I bought recently in Carraig Donn. I want a stylish pair of black boots, that would be ideal but they are hard to find.”
A widow with two married sons, Mary told the Evening Echo her husband Finbarr died 19 and a half years ago from heart disease.
Her son Barry is married here in Cork and her son Tadhg is married and living in Australia.
Mary said the thing she misses most about Finbarr is his company. We both loved to travel and Finbarr was great company.
Mary said she used to smoke but she gave up 14 years ago.
“My boys were at me to give them up so I did. I save a pile of money by not smoking!” Mary said.
Mary said at the moment she is watching Dancing With The Stars which she enjoys. “Deirdre O’Kane is my favourite, she is very elegant and Anna Geary is excellent as well.”
Mary is no stranger to the dancefloor herself, attending ballroom dancing every Wednesday at Vienna Woods.
“My father taught me to dance as a child,” Mary said. “My favourite dance is the slow waltz.”
As well as being an avid dancer, Mary also spends her free time travelling the world. “I travel a lot,” she said. “Thailand is my favourite place, it is beautiful, stunning.”
After a weekend with her daughter Sandy, Peggy O’Brien from St Lukes was getting the bus home from town to relax and recuperate.
Peggy has three children; Sandy, Caroline and Barry.
“They all live in Cork, which is great,” Peggy said. “It is nice to keep them close.”
Peggy told the Evening Echo she was heading home to watch the soaps, which she loves.
“Emmerdale is my favourite,” Peggy said. “I don’t know why I just enjoy it.”
This week is a big week for Peggy’s family as her grandson Shane McCarthy turned 21 on Valentines Day.
Peggy said they were out celebrating the special occasion.
“He always gets a hug, kiss and a card on his birthday,” Peggy said.
Also on the bus was lecturer at University College Cork, Brendan Dooley. Brendan has been in Cork since 2009 when he moved over from Midwest America to live in Montenotte.
Mr Dooley teaches Renaissance Studies at UCC but has just been to see the movie ‘The Post,’ which he had enjoyed. “I loved it, the freedom of the Press is so important,” Brendan said.
The American lecturer said he loves living in Cork. “I love Cork, It is very pretty and the weather is mild. I have a view of the river from my house that is tremendous.”
Brendan was also full of praise for the people of Cork saying they were extremely welcoming.
From teachers to students; next the Evening Echo met two young scholars on their way home from school.
Cai and Theia Harris-Murphy from Mayfield were on the bus with their mom.
Cai is in second class in St Patrick’s primary school and Theia is in third.
Cai is involved in the school choir and said his favourite thing about school is going home.
Theia plays camogie and also does extracurricular activities in art and music. Her favourite thing about school is math class.
Finally, on the bus this week was Pat Mulcahy from Gurranabraher. Originally from Charleville, Pat has been living in Cork city for the past 12 years.
Pat was heading into town to do a spot of shopping after visiting a friend on the northside.
“I’m going into town shopping now and then home to relax, Pat said.
Pat said his little dog Sam is waiting for him at home. “Sam normally comes with me everywhere,” Pat said, “but I needed to take the bus and Sam is not allowed on the bus so I had to leave him at home this time.
Pat said Sam is a well-known character across the city of Cork. “There are always people calling him and petting him as we walk through the city,” Pat said.
“I have had him two years but I have always had dogs, I like having them around.”