The 203 bus was bustling with people going about their daily routines this week with people popping into town for some groceries or getting the bus home from college.
Among the masses was Maria Wood who was on the bus with her daughter Hannah and Hannah’s little boy Lucas.
Maria, who lives in Fermoy, had travelled up for the day to be with Hannah on her birthday.
The trio has spent the day in town, shopping, before going for a lovely lunch at 14a.
Hannah said Lucas was delighted to be heading home after what had been a long day for the four-year-old.
“Lucas hates shopping, especially Penneys, it is too busy. He was happy for about five minutes when we passed the toy section in Debenhams, that is about it!”
The three Woods were now heading home to Ballyphehane to sit down together and enjoy a nice cup of tea before Maria has to start travelling back to Fermoy.
“I usually get the 6pm bus back to Fermoy, so I have to come back into town around 5.15pm to get it.”
Hannah said she had a lovely birthday and was spoiled with presents. “I got new clothes and I also got a new phone,” Hannah told the Evening Echo. “My old one was on the way out.”
Hannah said she has two younger siblings, a younger sister who lives in Fermoy and a brother in England.
“We all moved over to Fermoy in 1995 from Essex, we spent our teenage years in Fermoy, then I moved to Cork in 2003, I am well settled here now.”
Hannah works part-time with the National Housing Charity Threshold as a housing advisor for the past three years.
Hannah said she enjoys her job, but it can be challenging. “It can be stressful, but you see the benefit of your work”
Also on the bus was Conor Cahalane from Togher. Conor is in CIT studying Biomedical Science.
At the moment, Conor is repeating First Year. “It is going well, I like the course.” Aside from his studies, Conor likes to spend his time playing sports, in particular GAA.
“I Love GAA,” Conor said, “I play hurling with the Barrs and football with Castlehaven as well as playing both with CIT.”
Conor said he prefers hurling to football and he is training hard in order to make the Cork team in order to play for his county just like his brother and his father.
Conor’s father Niall played football with Cork and his brother Damien plays hurling for Cork.”
“I am very proud of my brother, I go to all his games.”
The next person we met on the bus was Erika O’Driscoll from Ballinacurra. Erika was heading home from a day at Colaiste Stiofáin Naofa (CSN) where she is in second year studying music.
Erika plays the guitar and the ukelele as well as singing. The young musician said she is not sure what she wants to do after college, but music management is an option.
“I am still thinking about what I want to do.” Speaking about her course, Erika said it is a lot of work but she enjoys it. “It is very hands-on, but I love it.”
Erika lives at home with her parents in Ballinacurra. “I live at home with my brother and sister. I am the baby of the family. My parents love having a full house. They hate us when we are there and miss us where we are gone!”
Mary Vaughan from Parklands was also on the bus. Mary was heading home from town where she had been doing a bit of shopping with her sister.
“I met my sister and we went to Dunnes Stores, Home Store and More and Woodies. I got some new curtains from Harry Corry and I will be putting them up when I go home.”
Mary said she lives with her husband Jerry and she had no plans for Valentines Day, which is coming up next week.
“If I want flowers I will have to buy them myself!”
Mary has two grown-up sons, Alan and Kevin as well as four grandchildren. She also loves the radio. “I love Neil Prendeville on RedFM. When he swapped station, I went with him. I am a big fan. He listens, sometimes he can be a bit over the top, but he is fair.”
Finally, on the buses, we bumped into Eileen Barry who was heading home to Blackpool after a bit of shopping.”I was just picking up a few essentials,” Eileen said.
Eileen said she is a big fan of Dancing With The Stars and in particular Rob Heffernan. “He is one of our own, I would like him to win, but Erin McGregor is very good as well.”
Eileen said she has a number of routines every week that she enjoys. “I go to Yoga at St Brenda’s in The Glen once a week, I like going there to meet people. I also go to Aroma cafe on Fridays and I get Chinese takeaway once a week.
“I walk a lot as well, it keeps me fit and active.”