St. Patrick’s Day

St Patricks Day Parade

Happy St. Patrick’s to all of the Airport Hopper Fans!  It is an incredible achievement for such a small country to have such a  huge global impact and parades and events will take place all of the world.  As always, the local parades are the highlights of St. Patrick’s Day festivities.

To facilitate the parades  & Traffic Management Plans, we  are unable to service the following stops on the 17th of March.

Maynooth Airport Hopper Service:

  • Tesco Extra Maynooth between 10:45 and 14:00
  • Main Street Leixlip between 12:30 and 15:00
  • Circle K Main Street Lucan & Chalet Gardens between 12:30 and 18:00

Tallaght Airport Hopper Service:

  • Mill Centre Clondalkin between 13:00 and 17:00

St Patricks Day Parade

St. Patrick’s Day Local Parades:

The Airport Hopper Team are proud supporters of our local community. If you are staying at home for St. Patrick’s Day ? Be sure to check out your local parades.

Tallaght St. Patrick’s Day Parade:

Parade starts at the college gates, turn left down the Old Blessington Road, turn left at The Dragon, continue down Main St, turn left onto the Greenhills Rd & finally turn left back into the college grounds. The parade starts at 1.30 pm sharp & should finish by 2.30 pm. Road closures will be in operation from 12.30 pm to 3 pm approx.

Clondalkin St. Patrick’s Day Parade:

The parade will start at Clondalkin Sport & Leisure Centre, Old Nangor Road at 2.30pm. The route is: Old Nangor Road, Orchard Lane, Main Street, Tower Road. The review stand is Tower Road (Tuthill’s Car Park).

Maynooth: St Greenfield shopping centre, Straffan road to Tesco travelling via Main Street to the Tesco. Road a 10, parade at 11, Road Closures from 10:45  – 1pm :

Leixlip: marching groups will assemble in Scoil Bhride and the vehicles will assemble at the Ryevale Lawns Junction Parade starts at 1, walking down towards the village will pass through the main Street to finish at Mill Lane. Should be complete and roads reopened by 2.30.

Lucan:  The main street in Lucan will be closed from 2pm – 5.30pm on St. Patrick’s Day to facilitate the Parade.

 

10 Tips on travelling with a Baby or Toddler.

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Travelling with a toddler or Baby can be nerve wrecking. The thoughts of being in a confined space with an upset toddler and judgemental fellow passengers is guaranteed to give the most hardened travellers the chills!

The team at ‘Hopper HQ’ have put their heads together to come up with the top 10 tips in making your trip stress free.

  • Leave your expensive ‘Travel System’ at home and invest in a low cost lightweight stroller. Top Tip, Don’t check in the Pram, instead bring it down to the plane where it can be safely stored for you.
  • Make JR comfortable – a travel pillow and blanket are great investments for a Jr. Jetsetter.
  • Unfortunately babies ears pop and the usual tricks that work with adults don’t work on babies ( sucking hard boiled sweets, blowing nose and wiggling jaws to release the pressure). Instead, avoid feeding your baby until take off. The sucking motion should prevent their ears popping. Rookie mistake don’t give it to them too early or they will not drink at the crucial moment. Typically Baby formula is exempt for the 100ml liquid rule, however you can always pick some up in Airside in the Airport. Bring double the amount of Food you think you need, you do not want to be delayed with a hangry child.

Keeping them entertained.

  • If possible avoid bringing toys with small pieces, trust me its better off avoiding a melt down when it falls onto the ground (with no leg room)
  • Normal Screen Hours Limitations does not apply when travelling. Download all of your children’s favourite cartoons. Top tip be kind to your other passengers and don’t put on any volume. Chu Chu TV is baby crack and guaranteed to keep Lil uns amused for a few hours. Ensure all devices are fully charged (and be prepared to purchase an additional battery pack if needed
  • Change your baby just boarding the plane, Airplane toilets are always compact which make changing a wriggling baby challenging. Always ensure that you have nappy and spare change of clothes in your carry on luggage. I won’t elaborate on this one but … it’s a mistake that you don’t make twice. (yes I am still scared by that adventure)

Feel the Fear and do it anyway.

  • Leave extra time … A lot of extra time as everything with a Baby takes 100% Longer than anticipated.
  • If your baby has a different  Surname, it’s always advisable to bring a scanned copy of the birthcert.
  • Don’t panic, remember we have all been there 🙂
  • Remember Children under 3 travel free on the Airport Hopper. Our friendly drivers will be happy to help you put your luggage and pram on board.

Follow the above tips on travelling with a baby for a stress free holiday!

 

Last Minute Ski Holiday

 

Grab Life by the Skis – the Slopes on a last minute ski holiday are waiting for you!

Ski Slopes

 

  • Basic Ski Gear to bring on a last minute Ski Holiday

     

      • Helmet – Don’t even think about hitting the slopes without a good helmet. Lifes too short for regrets!
      • Googles or Polarized Sun Glasses
      • Proper Ski Socks which have  extra padding on the Shins.
      • Breathable ski jacket,
      • Layer up!  Bring a few a thin wicking or thermal top, a fleece and a pair of ski or waterproof trousers.
      • Sunscreen, okay it could be -10 outside but you can burn quite badly on the slopes.
      • Don’t bother bringing lots of clothes, Trust me you will spend the vast majority of your time in Salopettes and Thermals. Naturally replace your High Heels with Snow Boots ( I am never wearing Heels again!)Ski Equipment to bring on the Airport Hopper

Things to know before you go!

  • First time skiers enroll in a ski lessons, If you can Private Ski Lessons are invaluable and will make a huge difference to your abilities. Better still  head to Kilternan to practise your skills on the Dry Slopes.
  • Ski Boots hurt! Take Magnesium and Arnica to help with the stiffness. If you are lucky enough to own your own Ski Boots break them in before you go!
  • Après Ski can be wild, don’t go to crazy and don’t hit the slopes under the influence!  Prepare for a lot of Hot Chocolate

  • That brings me on to my next point – Insurance, under no circumstances, Ever, Go on a ski holiday without full Insurance, you will have the time of your life however if anything goes wrong Travel Insurance is invaluable.
  • As European Citizens, you are entitled to Free Health care with a valid European Health Insurance card, Apply for this online. Learn More Here ( This does not negate the  need for Travel Insurance.
  • Ignore the children zipping by, the chances are they were born with skies on their feet 🙂

Lift Passes are expensive! Don’t forget you can save 20% on the standard price Airport Hopper ticket. Let us know in advance if you are bringing Winter Sports Gear so that we can insure that we have enough space.


Check out these great deals for a last minute Ski Holiday from Dublin

  • Crystal ski Deals Here
  • Top Flight Ski Deals Here
  • Travalue Ski Deals Here
  • SnowTrek Ski Deals Here

Christmas Time on the Airport Hopper

Christmas Message from the Airport Hopper Team

Airport Hopper Service over Christmas 

Ho Ho Ho and a very Merry Christmas to you all!

Reminder we are operating a full service every day except Christmas & St. Stephen’s Day. At which stage our lovely drivers will take a well deserved rest indulge in some Christmas Pudding and spend quality time with their families. Check out our Maynooth Timetable & Tallaght Timetable. While we will be operating a full  schedule,  we are at the mercy of traffic which is out of our control! Typically inclement weather (which we are  already getting a blast of) and heavy traffic are recipes for heavy traffic and possible delays! We will do our best to keep you updated  however please log onto our  Real Time Positioning Tracker which will tell you the location of your nearest Airport Hopper Shuttle.  Don’t forget to ‘Hail the Hopper’ to let us know that you will be joining us on board.

Dublin Airport at Christmas

There is something particularly magical about Dublin Airport at Christmas Time. You have the excitement of people returning home for Christmas  and even those leaving our shores to visit friends and family. While the atmosphere is electric, our sources at the Airport told us that it is particularly congested at present.  Get through Security early and pick up some last minute presents in the Loop 🙂 Soak up the festive atmosphere.  Here are some of the delights that await you at Dublin Airport.

Christmas Message from the extended Airport Hopper Family

As you know the Airport Hopper is a Family owned business.  Local community and our amazing passengers are at the heart of our operations.  On behalf of the extended Airport Hopper family, we would like to wish our friends and passengers a very Merry Christmas full of all the things that make you happiest.  In addition, we would like to thank our loyal customers for your continued support over the year. 2018 has been an amazing year on the Airport Hopper.

We look forward to welcoming you on board the Airport Hopper in 2019.

 

Win a pair of Tickets for the Wicklow Mountains!

Our friends on the Wicklow Mountains Tour have generously given us a Pair of Tickets for their stunning Tour.

Enjoy a great day out admiring the Autumnal leaves in the Garden of Ireland! Walk in the Footsteps of St. Kevin in the  Monastic settlement of Glendalough which dates back to the 6th Century!

Highlights of the Tour

  • Enjoy a leisurely stroll around the  grounds or alternatively go for a hike with your guide in the Hills above Glendalough.
  • Take amazing photos at the Scenic Lough Tay also known as the Guinness Lake
  • Have your own PS I love you moment at the Bridge
  • Tour the visiting centre at the Glencree Truth and Reconciliation Centre.

 

All entries must answer the question correctly in order to be in with a chance of winning this fabulous prize!

The winner of the free tickets will be contacted by phone on Monday, October 15th at 12 noon

Please note entries made after 11:30 on Monday, October 15th will not be counted.

Enter our competition today!

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To win a  pair of tickets on the stupendous Wicklow Mountain Tour simply answer the following question.

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  •  5th Century
  •  9th Century
  •  6th Century

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Lucan Festival

Join us for Family Fun at the Lucan  Festival

It’s the final Hurrah of the Summer! While technically we are in Autumn, Lucan village is going to be hopping for their annual Village Festival.  It’s the 10th anniversary of this family festival which promotes life in the gorgeous village.  The Airport Hopper is delighted to take part in this year’s festival and to celebrate our integral part in the Lucan community. The Lucan Festival will take place of  3 Action Packed Fun-Filled Days:

Friday:

The festival will literally kick off with a bang with an amazing display of fireworks at the Weir in the heart of the village. Make sure that you are in place at 8.20pm as the firework will go off around 9 pm. Following the pyrotechnic display, raid your wardrobes and head to  Kenny’s Courtney’s and Carroll’s for the Annual fancy dress competition.

Saturday:

The scenic grounds of the Italian Gardens and Residence Lucan House will play host to the Festival Fundraiser.  Expect to see Falcon Display, Fighting Kites, Ukelele Band and Acrobatic Group.  Kids will love playing with Ivan the Viking, Mr Bubbles and the Messy Play Area for Tots.  This fundraiser will charge €5 for Adults and Children under 12 are free with an adult.  Children will also have to help round up the Gnomes which are roaming around the village!

Sunday:

This is the highlight of the festival and it promises to be an exceptional day. Come and find the Airport Hopper Team close to the Main Stage and get your face painted and have a chat with our friendly staff.  The Duck Race will be at 4:30 in the afternoon following the rafting over Lucan’s stunning wier.  Lucan Village will be rocking to the Sweet sounds of the Rock Stage with 8 bands strutting their stuff.  On the opposite of the village beside  Kenny’s Pub, you will find the second stage which will feature local Children’s  Groups and Community Entertainers.

Airport Hopper

Now for the bad news…To facilitate the Festival, we are not going to be able to travel through Lucan Village on Sunday. We will be travelling from Leixlip down the N4, re-entering at  Stop 10 the ST. EDMUNDSBURY (Opposite Woodies) Stop.  Please note we cannot serve  Stop  7 at Lucan Spa,  Stop 8 Topaz,  Stop 9 Chalet Gardens on Sunday the 9th of September. 

The Good news is that we have doubled our Week Day Peak Time Services from Maynooth to Dublin Airport travelling through Lucan.