The new ‘People's Bus’ arrived in Ballylanders this week to the delight and joy of the entire community in the south Limerick village.

It was an extraordinary effort by everyone involved in raising the €60,000 needed to purchase the new bus which has been adapted to accommodate wheelchair users.

In November 2016, a tea party was organised and enough money was raised to open a bank account for the new bus monetary collections.

A committee was then formed in early 2017 and the fundraising began in earnest, allowing themselves two years to raise the €60,000 required.

“We allowed ourselves two years because it was a huge undertaking,” committee member Juliette McSweeney told The Avondhu. 

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Jamie O'Flaherty
Jamie O’Flaherty works as a reporter in our Mitchelstown office. From Clonmel in County Tipperary, Jamie was educated at St Mary’s and Highschool Clonmel. He studied News Journalism at Coláiste Chathail Naofa and Sports Journalism with The Irish Academy of Public Relations. Previously, Jamie wrote for the Nationalist newspaper in Clonmel as a freelance journalist. He can be contacted on 087-2422734 or by email