Typical! Wait hours for a bus and two come together!

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Buses of tourists at Parknasilla, Killarney, Co. Kerry. Looking at that road surface it seems unlikely that two more will come in the opposite direction and create a traffic jam. A really unusual and interesting shot from the redoubtable Mr. French.

Photographer: Robert French

Collection: Lawrence Photograph Collection

Date: Circa 1865 - 1914

NLI Ref: L_ROY_10621

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    ɹǝqɯoɔɥɔɐǝq

    • 16/May/2022 08:01:29

    All blokes! More details to see here - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000316963

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    ɹǝqɯoɔɥɔɐǝq

    • 16/May/2022 08:09:03

    "Speed 12 M.P.H." on the side.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 16/May/2022 08:11:07

    We established previously that the Commercial Car Company factory in Luton opened in 1906.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 16/May/2022 08:13:20

    These BM reg buses seem to have a narrower body compared to the IM ones we saw previously: Cherry Bounce

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    Niall McAuley

    • 16/May/2022 08:15:00

    You can see the coach route via Parknasilla on the 1906 railway map of Ireland at wikipedia

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    Niall McAuley

    • 16/May/2022 08:16:27

    Here another BM serving Parknasilla has had a wheel issue, a party of ladies this time:Kenmare Road, Killarney, Co.Kerry

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    Niall McAuley

    • 16/May/2022 08:18:34

    BM was the registration plate for Luton

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    billh35

    • 16/May/2022 08:22:09

    "BM" was a Bedfordshire registration plate issued between January 1904 and December 1920. The crescent shaped panel below the windscreen reads "Commercial Cars Luton"

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    ɹǝqɯoɔɥɔɐǝq

    • 16/May/2022 08:34:37

    Here they all are with another charabanc and a car enjoying refreshments at Moll's Gap - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000316964 [https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland/8429598654/] Edit - Then at Sneem ... catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000316965 catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000316966 catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000316967 catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000316968 catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000316969 catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000316971 etc

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    Niall McAuley

    • 16/May/2022 08:59:41

    One of the registrations in the Molls Gap photo dates it to after March 1908:Moll's Gap, Kerry

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    ɹǝqɯoɔɥɔɐǝq

    • 16/May/2022 09:32:01

    History of the Parknasilla Hotel. George Bernard Shaw was a regular visitor; is he on one of these charabancs? (!) parknasillaresort.com/history/great-southern-hotel-parkna...

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    John Spooner

    • 16/May/2022 11:33:49

    In the Dublin Daily Express 112 years ago today, you could have read about the improvement of tourist transport to Parknasilla

    OPENING OF TOURIST SERVICES. The well known Prince Wales Route service opened on Friday last, instant, between Killarney and Bantry, and the improvement effected the introduction of luxuriously equipped motor Char-a-bancs in place of the horse coaches was much appreciated by the large number passengers who travelled over the route. This year the route has been altered to include Parknasilla, and these facts will doubtless do much to increase the well established popularity of these well-known services.

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    John Spooner

    • 16/May/2022 11:41:04

    Railway News - Saturday 21 May 1910 has a picture of a Motor charabank (very smudgy in the BNA but it has "Kenmare - Parknasilla" on the side and the registration is BK 127). The text with the picture reads:

    LONDON AND NORTH-WESTERN . RAILWAY MOTOR FOR IRELAND. Below we reproduce photograph of one of the motor charabancs which it is intended shall be utilised in the Kenmare and Parknasilla districts of Ireland instead of horsed vehicles. The vehicle was sent by road to Holyhead, and thence via Dublin. These motors are the property of the Irish Tourist Development Association, but an inspector travelled with it, and distributed literature in the towns passed through.

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    John Spooner

    • 16/May/2022 11:45:44

    Later in the summer of 1910, the Shrewsbury Chronicle of Friday 05 August 1910 reported that "The introduction of road motors has reduced the time from Cahirciveen and Parknasilla from five hours to three hours ... The motors built for these services are of the latest type and are extremely suitable for the services they perform."

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    ɹǝqɯoɔɥɔɐǝq

    • 16/May/2022 12:02:10

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/johnspooner] Great stuff! This via Trove from July 1910 - Quite a new phase in Kerry touring, is the employment of motor coaches this season, by which visitors are enabled to see many lovely bits which were inaccessible when only the railway transit was available; Parknasilla, Killarney, and Glengariff are now connected by daily service, each way, and it is quite possible to breakfast in Cork, take luncheon in Glengariff, have tea at Parknasilla, and dine in Killarney. The coaches, which have been specially built, are 36 h.p., and are protected by canopies, which keep off sun and rain, and they carry from 14 to 23 passengers ... See - trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/21881935?searchTerm=pa...

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    suckindeesel

    • 16/May/2022 15:47:58

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/ Bedfordshire (1903–74), Luton 1974 -

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    Niall McAuley

    • 16/May/2022 16:26:25

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] Luton is in Bedfordshire, so a Luton reg in 1910 would have been a BM.

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    O Mac

    • 16/May/2022 19:18:20

    May well have been here--- just outside the entrance to Parknasilla.? maps.app.goo.gl/y8XA8okMAB7C2Dtc7

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    suckindeesel

    • 16/May/2022 19:37:35

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/ But not necessarily Luton

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    WRENNEIRE

    • 20/May/2022 00:55:39

    Charabancs?