Following Bus Eireann”s decision to withdraw their service from the Urlingford, Johnstown, Cullahill, Durrow, Abbeyleix route in June 2012 South Laois Tourism organised many public meetings in an effort to retain a vital Bus service for the area. In November 2012 M&A Coaches based in Ballyragget Co. Kilkenny were awarded a public transport services contract to operate a new Bus service for the South Laois/North Kilkenny area.
An extensive Bus service is now provided by M&A Coaches catering for the towns and villages of Cashel, Horse and Jockey, Littleton, Urlingford, Johnstown, Cullahill, Durrow, Abbeyleix and Portlaoise where stops include James Fintan Lawlor Avenue, Portlaoise Hospital and Portlaoise Train Station. The new service provides three round trips Monday to Saturday with additional services on Friday and Sunday evenings.
Onward public transport connections are available in Portlaoise towards Newbridge, Naas, Dublin Airport and Dublin City. Connections are also available at Cashel with Bus Eireann Route X8 for journeys towards Cahir, Mitchelstown, Fermoy and Cork City.
Full details of the new service are available from M&A Coaches on (056) 8833454 or at www.mandacoaches.com