Busáras Celebrates 70th Annive...


Busáras Celebrates 70th Anniversary

Emily Keegan
Emily Keegan

01:32 26 Oct 2023

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Bus Éireann is today celebrating 70 years since Ireland's central bus and coach station first opened its doors.

Busáras first opened on the 19th of October in 1953, and was the first post-war office construction in Europe.

The building, designed by the renowned Irish architect Michael Scott and was awarded the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI) Gold Medal in 1955. Today, its services over one million passengers annually.

Construction on Busáras began in 1945 and cost over 1 million pounds to complete at the time.

Bus Éireann recently announced plans to redevelop Busáras in the coming years, but said the preservation of the building’s history would be of great importance.

Stephen Kent, CEO of Bus Éireann welcomed the anniversary celebrations at the station today. 

“Busáras stands as a legacy for how far public transport in Ireland has come in the past 70 years. It also challenges us to be more ambitious for the future.

“Bus transport has transformed over the past 70 years, but Busáras has remained as the central hub of Irish public transport. It is a place where journeys begin and end and is arguably the greatest Irish building of the 20th century."

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Photo: Minister of State at the Department of Transport Jack Chambers, Bus Éireann driver, Rhonda Byrne and Stephen Kent CEO of Bus Éireann. by Naoise Culhane.

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