Route
43
Swords Business Park
Swords Main Street

Pavilions Shopping Centre
Belcamp
Kinsealy
Balgriffen Cemetery

Kinsealy Court

Clare Hall Shopping Centre
Coolock
Malahide Roundabout
Malahide Road
Donnycarney
Fairview Park
North Strand
Connolly Station
City Centre
Dublin Bus route 43 started out as a simple route in 1985 operating from Clontarf Garage, using mostly 2 buses throughout the day. It linked Swords with the Malahide Road & Fairview unlike the traditional 41 routes which operated from Dublin Airport & Drumcondra. The timetable remained fairly static until early 2006, when it was extended from its terminus in Swords Village ( Main Street ) up to Swords Business Park, where large multinationals like DHL & Hertz Car Hire were based.
The timetable was further enhanced in 2007 with increased peak journeys, using buses supplied by Harristown as Euro duties.
Today, route 43 is incredibly busy in both directions throughout the day.
The terminus at Swords Business Park is also very photogenic & the route itself is trouble free.

Seen above operating route 43 is Clontarf Garage RA 274 on the 21st May 2007. This RA type was delivered in batch RA 264- 277 to Clontarf in 1996 in overall white Cityswift livery & used to launch super " route 27 Malahide Road Flyer " in May of that year. Having been cascaded & the Cityswift brand discontinued, these RA's are now usually allocated to short stint route 130 from Dublin City Centre via Fairview & Dollymount to Castle Avenue in Dublin 3. From time to time, the RA's appear on other Clontarf routes, such as the 43 above. This RA batch is set to withdrawn from Clontarf with the arrival of brand new Alexander Dennis Enviro400 double deckers during this summer ( EV class ).

For the moment, Clontarf operates the following Olympians :

RA 240, 241 originally from Donnybrook ,
RA 243- 244 originally of Summerhill ,
RA 248 from Summerhill/ Phibsboro,
RA 264- 277 & later Volvo engined RV 402, 404- 407, 423- 431, 463- 468
RV 497- 501 & 541

Route 42 feature

Cityswift feature

Donnybrook RA feature

Dublin Bus Route 43 timetable

Map of Swords Business Park
Dublin Bus route 43 at Swords Business Park
RA 274 usually wears a mega rear advertisement
Swords Business Park, with Hertz European Headquarters in background
RA 274 has been operating from Clontarf Garage since 1996
RA 274 's interior maintained to a very high standard
Short film on Dublin Bus Olympian class :
Dublin Bus Route 42B

Lower Abbey Street
Connolly Station
Malahide Road
Kinsealy
Swords Pavilions
Swords Main Street
Swords Bus Park
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Route 43 History


The current route 43 started on the 15th July 1985, using 2 single decker KC class buses, operated from Clontarf Garage. KC 110 had the honors of the first bus

The route used 2 universal boards split between morning & evening duties
It originally operated City Centre to Fletrim, just past the Roadstone quarry, but this involved the bus reversing/ turning on the road & it was deemed dangerous, so the route was extended to Swords Village within a few weeks of operation.

The direction through Swords was northbound through the Main Street terminating at the Hawthorn Hotel, while the citybound trip was clockwise out of the village northbound & using the recently introduced Swords Bypass before heading for Kinsealy.

First (? ) 43 timetable was
From Swords ( Kinsealy ) 0815R 0940 1105 1400 1540 1700 1820 2125 2245
From Talbot St. 0900 1025 1315 1440 1620 1740 2205 2330.
R - from Swords roundabout (Feltrim Lane).

When launched, it was a weekday service, but a Sunday service was added within a few months following the success of the route., providing a valuable link between Sword & Coolock
The first morning departure citybound ( 815R ) only operated from Swords roundabout to facilitate the newly constructed Kinsealy suburb & not have the bus full for its morning peak service.

The terminus was eventually turned around in Swords, with route 43 entering the village from the north & terminating on Main Street near Swords Castle.

The route continued to develop with strong passenger demand, by 2002 the first morning departure from Swords was " via Swords Industrial Estate ", the genesis for all services to operate to here , while there were also morning & evening services extended to/from Glen Ellan & now there was 3 buses allocated to the route.

On Sunday March 12th 2006, route 43's timetable was increased with a 60 % increase in departures in the morning & evening peaks. This was achieved with extra buses provided by Harristown Garage euro duties covering additional am & pm services, slotted in between the standard Clontarf operated departures.
The terminus was also extended beyond Main Street to Swords Business Park, which had a large business campus, including anchor tenant Hertz car rental & Danzas Freight ( DHL )

This date was also the introduction for cross city route 4 ( Ballymun - City Centre - St Vincent's Hospital )

Clontarf VanHool D 609, one of the first production AN68's delivered to CIE in early 1975 is seen on route 43 on Main Street Swords, the running board 2-43 can be seen on the dashboard & the Clontarf standard " via Connolly Stn " via blind.
Photo Darren Hall
Clontarf VanHool D 632 seen in the garage, possibly with the original " Swords " blind, D 632 is seen in 1987, just repainted from tan into the newly emerging Dublin Bus livery, the logos not yet applied which were still under development.
Clontarf VanHool D 648 at the traditional route 42/ 43 terminus at Beresford Place before the arrival of Luas.
Photo Darren Hall
Clontarf Leyland RH 55 seen on Gardiner Street on the 9th November 1996, with the unique " via Kinsealy Court " blind specifically created for route 43.
Photo Darren Hall
Clontarf Leyland RH 63 seen on Gardiner Street on the 18th October 1997
Photo Darren Hall
Swords Business Park
Swords Main Street

Pavilions Shopping Centre
Belcamp
Kinsealy
Balgriffen Cemetery

Kinsealy Court

Clare Hall Shopping Centre
Coolock
Malahide Roundabout
Malahide Road
Donnycarney
Fairview Park
North Strand
Connolly Station
City Centre
Swords Business Park
Swords Main Street

Pavilions Shopping Centre
Belcamp
Kinsealy
Balgriffen Cemetery

Kinsealy Court

Clare Hall Shopping Centre
Coolock
Malahide Roundabout
Malahide Road
Donnycarney
Fairview Park
North Strand
Connolly Station
City Centre
An early route 43 timetbale dating back to 1985 when the route was inaugurated, showing Swords at the terminus & just requiring one bus to operate the service.
Courtesy Craig Berry
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Swords Business Park
Swords Main Street

Pavilions Shopping Centre
Belcamp
Kinsealy
Balgriffen Cemetery

Kinsealy Court

Clare Hall Shopping Centre
Coolock
Malahide Roundabout
Malahide Road
Donnycarney
Fairview Park
North Strand
Connolly Station
City Centre
( ( (  W I D E S C R E E N ) ) )
Route 43 at Feltrim limestone quarry, the Feltrim Road twists & meanders around this high ridge seen in the background. Feltrim was close to the original 43 terminus.
Route 43 in Kinsealy village, now a thriving suburb, tucked in between Feltrim on one side & the M1 motorway & Swords just beyond.
Route 43 in Swords Business Park, with the recently installed low floor kerbing.
Route 43 at its terminus in Swords Business Park, home to the European headquaters for Hertz Car Hire, seen here in the background, where route 43 terminates outside.
Selected route 41 services also operate to the business part & Bus Eireann Drogheda/ Dundalk routes operate to the main entrance.
Recently delivered Volvo Gemini GT 63 operates a morning & misty departure from Swords Business Park to Dublin City Centre. ( March 2013 )