European Day Of Action: Keep The 46A In The Farm
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Keep The 46A In The Farm
Few people will understand this banner so here is some background information:
Dublin Bus Route 46A is a bus route in Dublin, Ireland, that ran from Mountjoy Square, in Dublin city centre, to Mallin Station in Dun Laoghaire. It is operated by Dublin Bus.
Its route is described in the refrain of Bagatelle’s, song Summer in Dublin:
"I was singing a song I heard somewhere,
Called "Rock’n’Roll Never Forget",
When my humming was smothered by the 46A,
And the scream of a low flying jet.
Paul Howard, the writer of the satiricial Ross O’Carroll-Kelly books (Sunday Tribune) and newspaper columns has claimed that his journeys on the 46A and 10 are primary sources for the character and events.
Recently Dublin Bus announced plans to alter the route and despite the fact that the change was opposed by hundreds of residents in the Dun Laoghaire area the changes were implemented in September 2010.
After almost 60 years of unbroken service the bus no longer travels through the Monkstown Farm area. Also the route terminates near Dublin Zoo. One protester said to me "CIE ignores the people in the farm in favor of the animals in the zoo").
The changes made by Dublin Bus do make sense to people who do not live in the Monkstown Farm area. As a regular user of the service I must admit that I much prefer the new route.