Take a trip with a Dublin bus driver through the streets of the city in 1966.

A journey from the Quays, up to Christchurch, down Lord Edward Street, on to Dame Street, Westmorland Street and ending at D'Olier Street. The commentary describes the training process for bus drivers and the qualities required of a bus driver.

Many changes have taken place around Dublin since this programme was filmed, and this is perhaps the most interesting aspect of this programme. One of the more obvious changes is the vision of Nelson's pillar which can be seen from the junction of Westmoreland Street and D'Olier Street. 

This episode of 'Discovery' was broadcast just weeks before Nelson's pillar was bombed on 8 March, 1966. 

View of O'Connell Street, Dublin 1966 (From Westmoreland Street)
View of O'Connell St, Dublin from Westmoreland Street

Other obvious changes to the cityscape include a pre-developed Wood Quay and the site where the Central Bank now stands on Dame Street. The footage was filmed just weeks before the 50th anniversary commemorations of the 1916 Rising took place on Dublin's O'Connell Street.

This episode of 'Discovery' was broadcast on 14 February 1966. 

'Discovery' was a documentary series broadcast on RTÉ between 1964 and 1967. 'Discovery', which first aired on Tuesday, 14 January, 1964 touched on many aspects of Irish life with an occasional spotlight on events of particular interest.