Record breaking bank holiday figures
According to figures released today, this year's exodus of holidaymakers out of Dublin for the August bank holiday was the largest on record. Given the good weather, it is perhaps unsurprising that so many city dwellers chose to travel to the beaches and to the mountains. It is estimated that over 100,000 people travelled out of Dublin for the day on public transport.
The Dublin United Tramway Company stated that they had carried 650,378 passengers over the holiday weekend, an increase of 152,000 on the figures for last year. The Dublin and South Eastern Railway recorded its busiest bank holiday on record, including over 2,500 children who took advantage of discounted fares. For the Great Northern Railway Company, it was the Baldoyle Races on bank holiday Monday that accounted for their largest passenger numbers, with an estimated 15,000 travellers using a return ticket from the city to the racecourse.
It is also pleasing to note that both the police and the hospitals dealt with fewer incidents than in recent years. The only negative note was recorded by a well known publican who declared it a terrible bank holiday, and that because of the fine weather ‘it had hardly been worthwhile staying open’.