From Poland or Brazil to Thurles, Waterford and Kilkenny, you find natives from all over the world on the Cork bus service thanks to the city’s growing cosmopolitan community.
This week on the buses, the Evening Echo met Suzanna Lojek, an Amazon worker enjoying her day off in town.
Suzanna, originally from Poland, lives near Kent Station and works in Amazon’s anti-fraud department at their base, out by Cork Airport.
“The work is challenging, but I like it.” Suzanna had spent her day off in town, picking up her shopping and gathering a few bits and pieces for home.
The Polish native said she enjoys living in Cork, but sometimes wishes it was a bit sunnier.
“I miss the sun, I don’t mind the cold, but I do wish it was sunnier. Also, I would like if there were more things to do in the city.”
Despite this, Suzanna enjoys her life in Cork. “I travel a lot, the last place I went was to my hometown in Poland to show my boyfriend where I am from. Before that I was in Greece, Switzerland and France. I like taking in new cultures and visiting new places.”
Suzanna also told us she gets up at 5.40am for work. “I have to get up at that time because the bus service is never on time. You don’t know what time it will arrive.”
Working in the anti-fraud department means Suzanna can name her own hours and come and go at whatever time suits her.
“I like to go to work early in the morning so I can finish early.” At the moment, Suzanna is training for a marathon. “I hope to do the Cork City Marathon at some stage, but maybe not this year.
Also on the bus was Emilene Morais from Brazil. Emilene has been living in Wilton for the past year and a half while completing a Masters in Computational Biology at CIT.
“I was here before on an exchange student program and I liked it so when I got the opportunity to come back, I did.
“It is a nice place, the people are very friendly, I find it calm and safe.”
Emilene has finished her Masters and is waiting for the results. “Think I did well. I am hoping to get a job with a pharmaceutical company such as Biomarine, Johnson and Johnson. I would like to stay here, there are good job opportunities here.
“I am not a fan of big cities, Cork is big enough.”
At the moment, Emilene is working as a waitress in the Hudson Blue Hotel at Little Island. “I just started but I am enjoying it. The people are lovely.”
Two excited UCC students were also on the bus, heading home to their accommodation to get ready for a night on the town.
Chloe Lake from Dungarvan and Amy Henley from Tallow, Waterford were in town picking up a few bits for their night out to celebrate ‘Refreshers week’.
“I think we are heading to the Secret Garden,” Chloe said.
“We are prepared for a good night,” Amy added.
Amy and Chloe are third-year students in their final year studying Early Year and Childhood Studies.
Both are hoping to do a Post-Grad and become a primary teacher.
Mary Murphy, originally from Kilkenny, but living on Model Farm Road was heading home after a lovely brunch with friends at the River Lee Hotel.
“I meet a group for lunch about once a month and another few women every few months.
“They are teachers I used to work with. I used to teach years ago but I gave it up to raise my family.”
Mary has seven children, all grown up, between the ages of 31 and 43.
“I have one in Dublin and the rest are here in Cork.”
Mary said since her children have grown up she has a bit more time to herself, which she enjoys spending at the Mardyke keeping fit.
“I love the over 55 classes at the Mardyke, they are brilliant. I like to keep fit by doing dance and pilates. There are fabulous facilities at the Mardyke.
Finally this week we met Emer Whelan from Thurles. Emer is a second-year student living in Victoria Lodge.
“I am studying Biomedical Science, which is a joint course between UCC and CIT.
Emer said she is relaxing at the moment recovering from the Christmas exams which thankfully went well for her.
Emer is also heading out for ‘Refresher week’ with friends. Emer said she enjoys living in Cork which she described as much busier to Thurles. “I like Cork. It has better services, such as the buses and I like the nightlife.
“I go home every weekend to work in Supermacs in Thurles. It kept me busy over the Christmas. The parents are delighted I come home, they love a helping hand around the house.”