Dublin Bus repairs and restoration shops have a rich history and a unique place in the city.
The city has been home to many of the biggest, and most successful, bus repair and restoration firms in the world, including H&M, Marks & Spencer and American Bus Repair, among many others.
Now, the history of these shops, and the importance of maintaining and protecting them, is being explored in a new book by Cork City Councillor Mary McIlveen.
The book, The Dublin Bus Repair Shop, was published by Dublin City Council on Friday.
The new book explores the history and development of Dublin Bus repair and is being produced by the Dublin City Library and the Dublin School of Social Science.
The author, Mary McElligott, is a former journalist who spent a decade working for the Irish Times and the Irish Independent before coming to Dublin.
She said the book is “a celebration of the great history and heritage of Dublin’s bus repair shops, including the H&Ms, Marks and Spencer repair shops”.
“They have played an important part in ensuring the City of Dublin is an attractive place to live and work in and they are one of the many reasons that we have an excellent network of services to choose from in the City,” she said.
“I’m excited to share this new book with you, as it will bring you the latest information on the history, and also some of the stories behind some of these iconic locations, such as the old Dublin Bus Station.”
The book is being published by the City Library, which was founded by Cork’s own former Mayor, Peter Buckley, and which was set up by former Cork County Councillors John Flanagan and Pat Ryan in 2013.
It also contains a collection of historic photographs taken by Dubliners during the 1920s and 30s.
It is the first book in the new series by the Irish Bookseller, and was commissioned by the city in 2018.
It features over a dozen original photographs, many of them taken during the day, and interviews with Dublin Bus employees and residents.
It has also included a range of maps and charts from various eras, along with information on some of Dublin bus routes and stops.
The authors hope the book will give people an insight into the history behind the businesses, and that they will be able to “understand the unique history and culture of the area, and learn more about what the City Council’s vision for the city is”.
“Many people will benefit from the book, and it will be very accessible for anyone who is interested in the history,” she added.
“This book will be a fascinating read for everyone interested in Irish history, culture and the city.”
The Dublin Bus Restoration Shop was established in 1902 and was a branch of the Hirst & Co. Bus Repair and Restoration Company.
It was one of a number of Irish companies that worked in Dublin during the early years of the city’s bus service, and were also responsible for the creation of a range to help improve public transport.
The shop was one the first businesses in the town to offer bus repair, and continued to operate until the 1960s.
The business also provided the main hub for a range the city now relies on to help its buses run efficiently.
Its owners were known as the “bus-boys” because of the variety of their work.
During World War II, the company also provided repairs for the Dublin Royal Mail Service, which provided a vital service to the city for decades.
It became the main bus repair business in the country, but it closed down in 1976.
“It was quite a long time ago,” said McEllibott.
“It is quite sad that it was closed down.
But we have to deal with that in a different way now.”
The city has since re-opened the shop to the public, with new services and improvements to the building.
The H&MS building is still standing, but is being demolished.
The Dublin bus repairs and Restoration Shop is the only one left in the whole city of Dublin, and is on the main street.
It still runs, but there is no longer a H&S bus repair centre.