A much loved and familiar face to children making thier way to school in Cahir has put away his keys and has retired from his bus driving role.
Richie Brett has been the reliable cauffeur for primary and secondary school students in the Clogheen and Burncourtr area for the last 40 years, with his Bus Eireann bus.
Now that he is turn ing 70 Richie says itâ€™s time to retire, but he will miss his young charges, and the funny thing she would overhear from them!
â€œIt was a lovely job,â€ Richie told The Nationalist, â€œI wouldnâ€™t have left at all but you canâ€™t drive children when youâ€™re 70. Listening to the yougn ones would keep you entertained.â€
Richie got to know his passengers well, and it wasnâ€™t unusual that heâ€™d drive a child whoâ€™s mam or dad had also used his bus - in one family he had even taken the granny to school!
He started out driving a school bus in the Tankerstown and Kilcoran area, where he collected children for 35 years, before transferring to a route in the last few years that took him through Clogheen, Burncourt and into part of the Ardfinnan area every day.
Richie brought children to Ballylooby NS and to Colaiste Dun Iascaigh in Cahir. His 53 seat bus would take 40 to promary school and on the secondary school run bring 30 into Cahir.
He likes ot keep busy, and says he has plenty of jobs to do around his home place and with neighbours, but Richie is also looking forward to taking his camper van to Killarney with his wife Alice. The couple have three sons Michael and Patrick, who live in the area, and Aidan who lives at home with them.