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Buses boost for Irish Open fans

Published 18/05/2015

Special buses are being laid on for fans heading for the Irish Open
Special buses are being laid on for fans heading for the Irish Open

Special bus services will be introduced for golf's Irish Open in Northern Ireland, Translink said.

Coaches will operate from towns and cities across the country while there will be a free park and ride service in host town Newcastle, Co Down, the public transport operator added.

Thousands of fans are expected to head to the 2015 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club.

Translink southern area manager Declan McGoran said: "The Irish Open will be an unmissable sports event positioning Northern Ireland as a top visitor destination.

"We want to ensure everyone enjoys hassle-free journeys to Newcastle and the surrounding area, reducing traffic congestion as much as possible.

"We would strongly encourage all ticket-holders to think about how they will get safely to and from Royal County Down and have put in place attractive services and good value tickets to get people there."

Enhanced bus services will run every half hour between Belfast's Europa bus centre and Newcastle at peak times from May 26 - 31. Boosted services will also travel from Newry to Newcastle.

Passengers from Dublin can use a Newcastle bus transfer service from Newry railway station that connects with selected Enterprise train services as well as Newcastle connections from Newry bus station for anyone using the cross border coach service.

A free Park & Ride shuttle bus service to and from the event will also operate from the Northfield site on the Castlewellan Road situated on the outskirts of Newcastle. It will drop off passengers near the Castlewellan Road Roundabout a five minute walk to the Irish Open Welcome Pavilion.

Full details are available online at

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