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This cache is a cache and dash close to the Central Park Luas stop. Cache is a micro containing logbook only. Bring your own pen. Use ultimate stealth and re-hide it carefully to avoid the muggle commuters spotting it.
LUAS is a state of the art light rail transit system serving the greater Dublin area. Veolia Transdev Ireland operate Luas on behalf of Railway Procurement Agency, the authority responsible for the procurement of railway infrastructure systems in a public - private partnership.
The idea for a new tram or light rail system for the city of Dublin was first suggested in 1994, by a Dublin Transportation Initiative (DTI) report, which referenced the original Dublin tramways, once running over 60 kilometres (37 mi)and reaching most parts of the city.
Construction finished in February 2004 and a period of testing and driver training began. 30 June 2004 was decided on as the official launch date of the Green Line. The first tram went into service for the general public at 3 p.m. Several days of free ridership and a family fun weekend took place to launch the system. The Red Line opened on 26 September 2004, with six days of free travel for the general public.
To date, the busiest day on the LUAS system was Friday, 21 December 2007 when 145,000 passenger journeys were recorded. The LUAS had 25.4m passengers in 2009.
An extension to the Luas Green Line at Cherrywood in south Co Dublin was officially opened in Oct 2010
The new 7.5km line cost €300m to build and is expected to add over two million passenger journeys a year to the tram network.
There are now nine new stops on the line. They are at Central Park, Glencairn, The Gallops, Leopardstown Valley, Ballyogan Wood, Carrickmines, Laughanstown, Cherrywood and Brides Glen. There are also two ghost stations (they have been built but are not being used). Central Park is the first stop on the extension.
The new Luas green line passes through some interesting and historic areas and many who use the service will be unaware of the WW II memorial located close to the Central Park stop.
Leopardstown Park Hospital is a publicly-funded hospital in Foxrock offering healthcare to elderly patients and war veterans. Leopardstown Park Hospital was established in 1917 as a hospital and home, for the care and treatment of soldiers who have been disabled or injured in the British Armed Forces. The hospital continued to operate for more than 50 years caring for ex-service personnel. The hospital has become home to many disabled soldiers, which of course it still is today. By the early seventies the number of residents had decreased to less than half of the total beds in use.
On 1st April 1979, Leopardstown Park Hospital Board took over full responsibility for the running of the hospital. Since then the Board has worked tirelessly to develop and improve the facilities of the hospital and cater for its traditional role in the care and treatment of ex-service personnel. A new challenge for the Board was to develop a hospital which can meet the needs of the Modern Irish Health Services and in particular the needs of the older persons from South East Dublin.The early eighties saw the first female patient admitted to the hospital for long-stay care.
In December 1980 the former nurse’s home was converted into a Welfare Home for 20 patients, now named the Clevis. With major refurbishments complete in the Clevis Welfare Home in 2008 the total capacity is now 30. With further developments taking place over the years the total Hospital capacity is now 171.
Since the early eighties a Day Centre has now been opened and located in the spacious concert hall and adjacent rooms. The centre caters for approximately 260 clients per week, who enjoy both social and therapeutic activities. Some years ago the centre was extended over 7 days per week.
A second day centre for clients with dementia is available in the Carman Day Centre five days per week. This day centre looks after 40 clients per week.
As with many in the Sidetracked series, access is easiest for network commuters.
Car parking on the hospital grounds is free for visitors the first two hours and operates on a ticketed barrier system.
There is paid parking available in the basement of Bewleys Hotel on the other side of the station, and some roadside parking in the business park on the Leopardstown side. Access from the roundabout to the business park and grounds of Leopardstown Park Hospital is available during normal business hours, but the security guard will allow access to visitors to the Hospital grounds at weekends and evenings as required...
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