Cork woman Meda Shanahan becomes the first female school bus driver in the country.

Housewife and mother of three Meda Shanahan from Durrus, Bantry in County Cork is the first woman in Ireland to pass the 'E’ class driving test for school buses. She undertook the hour long test on 18 August 1967 when she drove a 45 seater bus through the County Cork town of Mallow.

In September 1967 Meda Shanahan will begin employment with Córas Iompair Éireann (CIÉ). She will be the driver of a 52 seater bus, travelling 250 miles a week in the Bantry area.

As Meda Shanahan is the first woman in the country to have passed the test, CIÉ Personnel Officer Cork Martin Murphy believes she will be a great inspiration to other women.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 20 August 1967. The footage shown here is mute.

Meda Shanahan taking the driving test for school buses in 1967.
Meda Shanahan