TFI Local Link Kerry recently spoke with Kieran Dennehy of McCarthy Coaches. Kieran drives a number of TFI Local Link Kerry Services in Cahersiveen and the surrounding areas. He kindly gave of some of his free time to answer a number of questions as part of our TFI Local Link Kerry Operator Q&A Series.
1. From your own experience, what does Local Link Kerry mean to your passengers?
Local Link Kerry is vital to the community here in south west Kerry as it provides an essential service to enable people to connect with villages, towns and bigger bus routes. Not only does it serve local people but also visitors from all over the world. I have passengers going for their pensions, going doing their weekly shopping, students going back to college, asylum seekers, tourists travelling on a budget, everyone with a story to tell!! Local Link Kerry provides them with a helpful and reliable service.
2. Funniest Moment or Wittiest comment you have experienced or heard coming from a passenger?
Funniest moment has to be when a passenger wanted to to travel with 2 bird cages full of exotic birds to sell at the English market in Cork and wanted to give me a budgie as payment!!!
3. If you were stuck on a bus, who would you like it to be with & why?
It would have to be with my old friend James Páid … a regular passenger on the bus. We never have enough time to reminisce about the good old days in Ballinskelligs!!!
4. If you could relocate your route to anywhere else in the world, where would it be and why?
The only other place in the world I would even consider living and relocating my route to is on the Island of Jersey. My son lives there and it is a unique spot!! However I am a Kerry man through and through and nowhere else even compares to the beautiful county I have the privilege of living and working in!!!
5. Best advice you have heard from a Passenger?
Best advice comes in the form of an Irish quote “ At scath a chéile a mhaireann na daoine “ – We all depend on each other!
Thanks to Kieran and all at McCarthy Coaches for participating in the second of our Q&A series with our operators. More to follow…