Discover Ireland's Ancient East on board Bus Éireann and Expressway

Discover Ireland's Ancient East on board Bus Éireann and Expressway

New brochure of network connections is launched

Ancient East Kilkenny Castle

Norman knights may have marched on many of the sites of Ireland’s Ancient East, but today Bus Éireann and Expressway’s network of connected services can take you there.

Board the X7 from Dublin to historic Kilkenny Castle, Route 133 to Wicklow Gaol or X8 to the majestic Rock of Cashel. Or jump off the 100x at Drogheda and connect on our local 190 service to visit the historic town of Slane, or the 163 to Newgrange. The popular Bus Éireann 109 service takes in the heritage town of Kells, while the 111 serves the impressive Trim Castle with the Hill of Tara nearby.

Bus Éireann have published a new brochure with a dedicated network map for Ireland’s Ancient East (IAE), which has been welcomed by Fáilte Ireland – who created the new tourist initiative. The brochure highlights some of the key visitor attractions across the east of Ireland, which is full of magnificent monuments and legacies across our rich historical landscape. Customers of the nationwide network of services can also avail of an Open Road Pass for only €60 – with three days of unlimited travel out of six – to explore the Ancient East.

Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Patrick O’Donovan was at Kilkenny Castle today to highlight the benefits of taking public transport to discover the Ancient East. He said the new tourism initiative was a great addition to the hugely successful Wild Atlantic Way, and that products such as the Open Road Pass from Bus Éireann allows visitors the freedom to explore our country using public transport.

Speaking at the launch Minister O’Donovan said:

“I am delighted to launch Bus Éireann’s new brochure of services – with a specially designed network map - to Ireland’s Ancient East. Their Open Road Pass will also allow visitors easy, leisurely and affordable access to the many wonders of the historic area. These initiatives will greatly enhance visitors’ ability to navigate the IAE’s range of wonderful attractions, making the journey an enjoyable and stress-free experience. Bus Éireann’s Open Road Pass for the IAE will not only enhance accessibility to the region, but also help grow the brand of Ireland’s Ancient East.”       

Fáilte Ireland said that more travel options, and better accessibility, for both domestic and international visitors to the Ancient East, was very welcome. Fáilte Ireland’s Head of Ireland’s Ancient East, Jenny De Saulles said:

“We welcome this new initiative from Bus Éireann which will allow visitors to set out on a journey through 5,000 years of history as they explore Ireland’s Ancient East – a new initiative firmly rooted in our past and our stories, designed to raise the profile of the history and heritage in the East and South of the country. This new initiative from Bus Éireann is well timed and will complement our new domestic marketing campaign for Ireland’s East and South which is already in full swing. Ireland’s Ancient East is a fantastic offering to visitors and it has been enthusiastically supported by businesses and communities throughout the region. We believe it will strongly appeal to visitors from both at home and abroad and really transform the local tourism sector.”

With an unparalleled network, the Ancient East can be an enjoyable and leisurely journey through time, on Bus Éireann and Expressway services.

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Tuesday, 28th June, 2016