There are some new commuters on Dublin’s DART service from this week, as seals, goats, newts, and more appear beside rail customers on their journeys.
The Dublin Bay UNESCO Biosphere partnership, of which Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council are part of, have joined with Iarnród Éireann to raise awareness of the Biosphere.
A series of 12 specially designed window illustrations will promote the biodiversity which exists just outside the windows of the DART, as the various wildlife “hold on” to the windows on their journey, across 32 of the carriages on the iconic green fleet.
Councillor Mary Hanafin, Cathaoirleach, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Caroline Conroy and Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Howard Mahony joined with Iarnród Éireann at Connolly Station to unveil the campaign.
The illustrations, on display throughout 2023, give a glimpse of the character of the animal and marine life, and displays some of the flora that thrives within the Biosphere also.
Dean Eaton, Biosphere Coordinator for the Dublin Bay Biosphere Partnership, said: “The Dublin Bay UNESCO Biosphere is committed to supporting sustainability development activities within Dublin Bay and we’re delighted to partner with Iarnród Éireann, an organisation which offers sustainable travel to Dublin commuters and visitors alike. This project will bring our wonderful wildlife a little closer to DART passengers and we hope these caricatures will pique people’s interest to discover more about our internationally important wildlife and the biosphere they call home.
Jim Meade, Chief Executive of Iarnród Éireann, said: DART customers and Iarnród Éireann staff alike are privileged to travel to, through and work in a UNESCO-designated Biosphere such as we have in Dublin Bay. We are excited to work with the Dublin Bay UNESCO Biosphere partnership to bring the biodiversity of the Biosphere to life for our customers with these fun illustrations. Kids and adults alike will love them, and we hope it encourages our customers to explore the biodiversity on their doorstep, and travel sustainably while doing so.”
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