Cheery bus driver gets nod for award
'Best Bus Driver' nominee Sean Delaney said his love for his job makes it much easier to do.
Sean was very surprised when he discovered he was one of five nominated in the bus-driving category of the 98fm Best Of Dublin Awards.
Five different bus passengers put his name forward.
And one passenger said that Sean often goes out of his way to help his passengers and seems to always has a smile.
Sean said : "Life is short so it's good to know the value of a smile. A smile is better than a frown.
"Often, the bus driver is the first person someone sees in the morning so it's good to be nice or maybe cheer them up."
Sean (43) has been a bus driver for 16 years and has been driving the 140 route for four years.
"The job is much easier when you get to know people travelling regularly," he said.
"I think I have a great job. Every day is different."
Two passengers paid tribute to Sean recently when he discovered an elderly man had boarded the wrong bus. He parked his bus and took him by the hand across the road and made sure he boarded the correct bus.
Sean and his wife Anita live in Carton Way, Ballymun, with their 17-year-old twins Shauna and Ross.
One of his regular passengers, Emma Somers of Castledermot, said: "He's the best Dublin Bus driver. Helpful and friendly."
Another regular passenger, named Shauna, said Sean is well-known on his route for being "kind and respectful".
And bus commuter Ross told the 98fm organisers: "I just think it would be deserved to highlight him as he is always going out of his way to help his passengers, and always has a smile in work."
Other nominees for Best Bus Driver include: Stephen Douglas -"kind and friendly;" Brian McLoughlin - "courteous and helpful;" David Horan - "a gentleman, always has a smile;" and Richard Saunders -"friendly, polite and funny".