New Local Link route to improve connectivity between Thurles, and Limerick City via Newport and the University of Limerick.

The service is funded by the National Transport Authority and operates three daily return services from Thurles to Limerick. It serves Newport, Ballycahill, Upperchurch, Kilcommon Cross, Rearcross, Newport, Knockbrack West, University of Limerick Castletroy and Arthurs Quay in Limerick City.  This rural-transport funded service is a mainstream public transport service available to everyone.

The 391 provides greater connectivity than ever before for these communities in Thurles and Newport who can now avail of quality public transport at local level direct to Limerick City and the University of Limerick. It also provides a stronger link to national bus and rail networks in Limerick City.


This project represents a significant investment in rural transport specifically and public transport generally by the state.

NTA CEO Anne Graham said: “Providing a decent public transport option for people in rural areas is a critical element of what the NTA is about.

“Local Link is already a great success story and has become a permanent part of Ireland’s public transport system.

“With services like the 391 we have an opportunity to provide for rural Ireland, a public transport service that is better integrated with other national services and that is more useful to more people.

“The Government’s ‘Ireland2040’ plan makes a commitment to the future funding of Local Link, which means that the programme will not only survive, but will thrive and develop at the heart of rural communities in the years to come.”


Local Link Tipperary Manager, Anthony Moroney said: “This service is a considerable investment by Local Link Tipperary in conjunction with the National Transport Authority and Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport in the transport infrastructure of rural Tipperary.  It provides transport links for rural villages and town lands to allow residents access the various employment, educational and social opportunities of Limerick City, Thurles and Newport. We are delighted to note passenger numbers using this service so far are exceeding expectations”