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Niall Deeney

2023 All-Ireland SFC: Special bus services from Tyrone and Derry for quarter-finals welcomed

A special bus service will operate to take fans to Dublin for the forthcoming All-Ireland Gaelic football quarter-finals, it has been confirmed.

On Saturday, when Tyrone take on Kerry in Croke Park, a special bus service will leave from Strabane with multiple stops between the bus centre and Aughnacloy.

And on Sunday, when Derry take on Cork, a special service leaves from Foyle Street with a stop on the way in Dungiven.

Read more: Armagh and Tyrone set for Saturday double-bill at Croke Park as GAA confirm quarter-final details

Foyle MLA Mark H Durkan welcomed confirmation from Translink of the special bus services.

Earlier, he said: "I've been liaising with Translink ahead of Sunday's GAA quarter final to ensure special travel arrangements, both bus and rail, are in place for supporters travelling from Derry to Dublin.

"Derry GAA has gone from strength to strength and I hope that public transport links will be accessible on the day to ensure that fans can get out and show their support."

And following confirmation, the SDLP man said he is "pleased that Translink has agreed to my proposals and will put on a bus service special."

Translink said tickets must be purchased in advance and are available online only, non-refundable and non-transferable.

The return bus departs 30 minutes after the end of each match.

The Tyrone service departs Strabane bus centre at 9.30am on Saturday, while the Derry service sets off at 7.30am from Foyle Street bus centre on Sunday.

Kerry vs Tyrone takes place at 3.45pm on Saturday, followed by Armagh vs Monaghan at 6pm.

Derry play Cork at 1.45pm on Sunday, with Dublin and Mayo contesting the other quarter final at 4pm.

Saturday's games are due to be shown by streaming service GAAGO, while Sunday's matches are due to be broadcast by RTE.

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