On The Buses: Halloween preparations on the 202

On The Buses: Halloween preparations on the 202
On the Buses: Ines Serrano and Patrick KaispelPicture: Eddie O'Hare

A special Halloween bus tour was had by the Evening Echo on October 31st when we went on the 202 up to Knocknaheeny.

We met Patrick Kaispel from Germany and Ines Serrano from Portugal dressed up for the day. Ines and Patrick are a lovely young couple who work together in Apple.

Ines told the Evening Echo that the pair met when they started working at the centre in August.

The couple made an effort to celebrate their first Halloween in Cork by dressing up for work and said they headed straight to the pub after work.

Patrick said he was had work the next morning so he had to head home early.

Also on the bus was Clifford Killeen from Blackrock. Clifford was heading home to his wife Teresa and his two children to celebrate Halloween.

On the Buses: Clifford KilleenPicture: Eddie O'Hare
On the Buses: Clifford KilleenPicture: Eddie O'Hare

Clifford, who works for an engineering company and was carrying out some work at the Apple plant in Holyhill. The Engineer said his five-year-old dressed up as My Little Pony for Halloween and his one and a half-year-old son was dressed as a spider.

After trick or treating Clifford said they watched a movie on the box. Clifford said he doesn’t mind Halloween, but it is a big kids event. “Kids get more craic out of it than adults. Sure calling to people’s houses looking for sweets is something you only get away with as a kid!” 

Clifford said he is an avid reader of the Echo and says it is very informative and useful for work. “I work in the traffic department, there is a lot of things in the Echo that helps me in my job.” 

Hans Croon was on the bus, which he told us was a rarity. “I hardly ever take the bus, I work in town on Lavitts Quay and I live close by. I also have a bike for longer journeys.

“Today I am heading up to Holyhill to visit my company doctor. I work for Apple, I love working for them, they are a great company, they really look after their staff and there are a lot of benefits.

Hans said he has been in Cork a year now and he plans on staying. 

“Cork is not too big and not too small, it reminds me of home and the people are very friendly.” 

On the Buses: Hans Croon Picture: Eddie O'Hare
On the Buses: Hans Croon Picture: Eddie O'Hare

Reminiscing of his first Jazz weekend here in Cork, Hans said he went out on Friday night and visited The Oliver Plunkett and The White Rabbit. 

“The music was very good, but it was very crowded, it was almost too busy.” 

Rita O’Donoghue from Blarney Street was also on the bus, heading out to her local Credit Union on the Northside.

“I have been living on Blarney Street for 56 years, ever since I got married.” 

Rita told the Evening Echo the credit union held a fantastic night at The Commons Inn on October 22.

On the Buses: Rita O'Donoghue Picture: Eddie O'Hare
On the Buses: Rita O'Donoghue Picture: Eddie O'Hare

“It was a great night out. Terry McCarthy and Donal Ring were the band and they were brilliant, the food was lovely and there was loads of wine.” 

Rita told the Evening Echo she spent Halloween at her daughter Debra’s house as her little one Aisling is 13 and will be got dressed up to go trick or treating.

Harold Mullane was on the bus home from town but said he would be heading out again later to Shandon Street for the Dragon of Shandon festival.

“I think it will be a good event, I know a few people going to it so it will be nice to meet them.” 

Speaking about the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival held last weekend, Harold said he would be out and about enjoying it.

On the Buses: Harold Mullane Picture: Eddie O'Hare
On the Buses: Harold Mullane Picture: Eddie O'Hare

“I went into town for a look around during the Jazz, the parade was great the kids would love that, Emmet Place looked nice.” 

Ali Raolai, was heading to work up in Holyhill when he bumped into the Evening Echo. Ali works in security and he said he really likes his job.

On the Buses: Ali Raolai Picture: Eddie O'Hare
On the Buses: Ali Raolai Picture: Eddie O'Hare

Ali has been living in Cork for the past four years and said he likes living here.

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