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Saturday 10 December 2016

Cabbie Ken's passengers hail his humour and helpfulness

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Blackhorse Ave. 98 fm best of Dublin, taxi driver, Kevin Kelly, nominated by his daughter Katrina Kelly
Blackhorse Ave. 98 fm best of Dublin, taxi driver, Kevin Kelly, nominated by his daughter Katrina Kelly

IF there is one thing Dublin is not short of it is taxi drivers, but cabbie Kevin Kelly is hoping that he will be named the cream of the crop.

Mr Kelly has been on the job for 34 years and his passengers love his good humour and his willingness to help.

The Cabra man (57) said he was surprised to hear he had been nominated in the Best Taxi Driver category in the 98FM Best of Dublin awards.

The job "has its moments," he joked but said that he enjoys being behind the wheel.

"It is very enjoyable. Most people you meet are sound. You get a buzz off them," he said.

Though he used to work late into the night ferrying revellers around the city he said he has decided to "leave that to the younger lads" now.

At the moment Kevin focuses on airport runs and he enjoys greeting visitors to the city, as well as those who are returning home.

Chatty

"They often ask me where the best place to go is and things like that," he said.

"I tend to be chatty only if they want to be chatty that's the best way to be."

Dad-of-three Kevin said he learned about his nomination the old-fashioned way.

"I got a phone call because I don't do Facebook or any of that," he said.

"Since then, I've had a lot of people mention it to me," he added. "It's nice to be recognised."

This year marks the second annual award ceremony that is designed to recognise the best the city has to offer.

Nominations range from overall Best Dub to the best place to grab a coffee or take someone on a date.

The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on May 27 where all nominees will be treated to a night of glamour.

98FM host Adrian Kennedy will give out the prizes.

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