On the Buses: Concerts, home visits and families trips feature on this week's Echo bus trip!

On the Buses: Concerts, home visits and families trips feature on this week's Echo bus trip!

Mary O’Brien and her daughter Maria.

FAMILIES and friends were travelling aboard the 208 when the Evening Echo joined them on their travels.

Mary O’Brien and her daughter Maria O’Keeffe were going into town with Mary’s other daughter Nicole O’Flynn to go to the bank.

Mary and Maria said the three of them go everywhere together.

“We are like the three musketeers,” Mary said: “I cook the dinner seven days a week for them and their families.

“Every Sunday we have a big roast, there is usually 12 of us when we are all together and I love having the whole family around for dinner. We are like the Waltons,” Maria chipped in: “We all have a great bond.”

Nicola Munnelly: Back from Oz.
Nicola Munnelly: Back from Oz.

Nicola Munnelly, was heading home to Mayfield after a bit of shopping. “I am just home from Australia for the first time in three years, so I had to get a new phone and sim and the whole shebang.”

Nicola got home to Cork just before the storm kicked off on Monday and said she is staying for the next two weeks.

“It’s great being home, I’ve just been eating lots of Irish food, because I love it all, and just hanging out with friends and family, a lot of them haven’t seen me in a few years, so there is a lot to catch up on.”

Nicola said she had been living in Australia for the past five years and her family are over the moon to have her home.

Elizabeth Butler was heading to Wilton to do a bit of shopping. Elizabeth said she often comes into town on the bus to get a few bits and bobs before heading home for her lunch.

Elizabeth Butler: heading into town for bits ‘n bobs.
Elizabeth Butler: heading into town for bits ‘n bobs.

She sometimes has her lunch in town with friends and told the Evening Echo that Tony’s Bistro on North Main Street is her favourite place to get a bit of grub.

“My favourite meal is chicken with gravy and the whole works.” She said her weekend would be taken up babysitting some of her 14 grandchildren.

The Mayfielder said she was very proud of her 14 grandchildren and excited about her great-grandchild which was on the way.Mayfielder said she was very proud of her 14 grandchildren and excited about her great-grandchild which was on the way.

“We are expecting the new arrival around Christmas, so it will be an extra special occasion.”

Eddie Scanlon was off to meet ‘the lads’ in town before heading to Dublin to see rapper J Cole perform on Wednesday night.

Eddie Scanlon: Meeting the lads before J Cole gig in Dublin.
Eddie Scanlon: Meeting the lads before J Cole gig in Dublin.

Eddie said he and his eight friends are looking forward to the night as well as staying in an Airbnb apartment in Dublin for the night.

The fun doesn’t stop there for Eddie and the gang who are also heading to the dogs on Friday night for a benefit night for the Mayfield GAA Club.

Montenotte man John Martin was also heading into the bank. He said today was the handiest day to do it.

John Martin: Not happy about bank closing its branch in North Main Street.
John Martin: Not happy about bank closing its branch in North Main Street.

“I’m going to collect my pension from Permanent TSB, I am not very happy about the branch on North Main Street moving out to Blackpool, it doesn’t suit me at all, it makes things very awkward.”

John, who worked as a cabinet maker for the army for 30 years, said he loves retirement and his favourite thing to do is ‘little and nothing’.

“After visiting the bank, I will head home to my wife who will have a dinner for me. I will spend the day keeping in out of the rain and relaxing.”

Megan Donovan, from Ballyvolane is a second year nursing student at UCC.

Megan Donovan: The second year nursing student also works for Cope Foundation at the weekend.
Megan Donovan: The second year nursing student also works for Cope Foundation at the weekend.

She loves studying to be a nurse and she begins her second placement in two weeks time.

“I will be working in the acute ward, I am really looking forward to it, it is very clinical, very medical, I will see loads.”

This weekend Megan will be working as usual in her weekend job at the Cope Foundation.

“I work with wheelchair users, bringing them for walks and swimming. I love my job, it is very rewarding.”

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