Local representative for Glasnevin, Drumcondra and surrounding areas Noel Rock today welcomed the launch of the new Dublin Sightseeing “Blue” route, which will include Botanic Gardens, Croke Park and Glasnevin Museum on a route for the first time. In October, Noel compiled a local petition, with 900 residents saying they would like to see a tour bus come into the Northside.

Speaking on it, Noel Rock said: “It’s a fantastic boost for local tourism, which in itself will spur on local businesses and create local jobs – and that’s what I’m all about. We have a fantastic area, with fantastic amenities, and I’ve been working hard – alongside others who also deserve credit – to ensure that this area is showcased as much as possible. Glasnevin Cemetery, Botanic Gardens and Croke Park are some of the many gems of this area, and I’m glad that they are now going to be accessed by more people”.

Tour Bus Launch

Left to Right: Liam O’Neill – President GAA, Leo Varadkar – Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, John Green – Chairman of Glasnevin Trust, Matthew Jebb – Director of Botanic Gardens, Noel Rock – Local Candidate in Glasnevin, Drumcondra, Ballymun, Santry, Whitehall, Beaumont, Finglas


Mr. Rock continued: “In October, I put together a petition calling for these services to be brought further Northside – with over 900 local residents signing up – and I’m glad to see that this is now happening. What we need to do now is to ensure that local businesses and local people feel the benefits of this. From what I’ve seen, the traffic won’t be disrupted and the stops won’t be intrusive, so I hope that we will get all the positive without any of the negative”.

Mr. Rock added: “I was delighted that the Minister for Tourism, Transport and Sport, Leo Varadkar, took some time out of his busy schedule to launch this service. It shows our ongoing commitment to developing tourism facilities on the Northside – with the launch of the Botanic Gardens-Glasnevin Museum gateway, the refurbishment of O’Connell Tower and now this taking place within the space of just a few months. I am as committed as ever to working night and day to ensure that local tourism improves, local business thrives and local jobs are created. I want to praise those who are working hard, such as the Glasnevin Trust, Glasnevin Museum, Botanic Gardens, Office of Public Works and the Department of Tourism who continue to work hard to pursue those aims both locally and nationally”.