NEW beginning was a theme on this week’s Evening Echo bus tour with one man hoping for the all-clear from cancer, a mother and daughter discussing their move to the country and two young students talking about their first year in college studying music.
Margaret and Tracey Burns, originally from Gurranabraher told the Evening Echo all about their new home Carrigaline.
Margaret and Tracey moved to the idyllic town almost three years ago and they said they love the peace and quiet that they avail of there.
Despite enjoying the calm of the country, Margaret and Tracey said they get the bus to the city almost every day and enjoy wandering around town.
John Joseph Crowley, was also on the bus, heading out to Ballyphehane to visit his mother.
"I visit her regularly; family is very important to me," he said.
John is currently in remission from prostate cancer and is hoping to get the all clear on November 7.
"I’m getting bloods done the week before November 7 and getting the results then at CUH on November 7. I’m hoping to get the all clear," he said.
John started receiving treatment a year ago.
"I was getting radiotherapy over a year ago, five days a week for seven weeks. It is not as intensive as chemotherapy," he said.
As well as suffering from cancer himself, John said he was also still getting over the death of his partner Paula, who died in 2014.
"She was 48 years old and we had been together for 26 years."
Alan O’Leary, also from Ballyphehane, was coming home from a morning’s work at Bull McCabe's pub near Cork Airport on the Kinsale Road.
"I have been working there for the past three years, I love it," Alan said.
He enjoys the work, even though it involves a lot of late nights and weekends. Alan was on his way home to put his feet up and relax with his favourite TV show, 'Night Cops.'
"It’s a reality TV programme, I really like it," he said.
Debra Harris and John Keane from Ballyphehane were heading home from town on the bus after doing a few bits in the city.
John told us on Tuesday how he was looking forward to being on the 'Today Show with Maura and Daithí' later in the week.
"I have three boxer dogs: Bobby, Charlotte and Lucy, and I take them to Nancy Creedon's Doggie Daycare. Nancy is often on with Daithí and Maura and she wants to bring on dressed up dogs to model for Halloween.
"One of the dogs is very well behaved, Bobby, he is likely to be on it."
Looking ahead to the upcoming Guinness Cork Jazz Festival, the pair were nonplussed about hitting the town to enjoy some music.
"We probably won’t go out, we are not jazz fans," John added.
Rodney Jack was heading home to Cobh from his Cork Education and Training Board (CETB) course. He is six weeks into a warehousing course and is very much enjoying the experience.
The young Zimbabwean said he had been in Ireland for the past two years and the plan was to stay for a while longer.
"I like Ireland, it is a bit laid back, but it is alright," he said.
"The people are nice, but it rains too much."
Finally, the Evening Echo chatted to Megan Doyle from Mayfield and Aine Carroll from Midleton. This cheeky pair were heading into town for an impromptu dinner in the city.
"We were in class and I realised forgot to take dinner out of the freezer, so we said we would treat ourselves," Aine said.
The two are in their first year of studying music at Coláiste Stiofáin Naofa.
Aine said her favourite place for a meal in the city is Son of a Bun or Boojum although McDonald's is a classic.
Speaking about their course, Aine said it was better than expected.
"It is very practical which is nice," she said.
Unsurprisingly, the two music students were very much looking forward to the Jazz Weekend. They even got some new outfits to make the most of the festival.
"It should be a good weekend!"