The real Celtic Tiger is alive and well in the Howth transport museum — where its throaty purr can be heard regularly as it revs up before heading off to appear in yet another movie.
C.I.É/Bus Átha Cliath/Dublin Bus, 1983 to 2000. This is one of the most recent additions to the Museum collection and its significance is the fact that this was the final design of double decker bus built in the Republic of Ireland and unique to Ireland, although one was sent to Baghdad as a demonstrator. Altogether, 366 KDs were built in Shannon, Co. Clare. KD353 was allocated to Donnybrook garage and this type also went in to service in Cork, Limerick and Galway. The original colour scheme introduced by CIÉ had a thin black stripe separating the two shades of green, later changed to a reflective orange stripe by Bus Átha Cliath on its formation in 1987. It is powered by a Detroit Diesel 6V.71 two stroke engine with a very distinctive sound and is also on display in Howth