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History & Down Memory Lane

 

1960s

 

1961:      Dorgan's Mini Coaches (DMC) is formed by the late Thomas Dorgan with his mother Frances Dorgan and the business is run from their home in Terenure, Dublin 6.

 

1962:      Thomas Dorgan excels in swimming and water polo and becomes one of Ireland's top sporting personalities.

 

1963:      DMC looks after the transport arrangements for the visit of US President John F. Kennedy.

 

1964-65: DMC brand their mini coaches yellow/brown/white.

 

1966:      DMC develops worldwide tourism links.

 

1967-69: DMC become major players in the transporting of national sport teams including rugby and soccer.

 

1970s

 

1970:      DMC looks after the transport arrangements for the visit of US President Richard M. Nixon.

 

1971:      DMC celebrates 10 years in business with a wine and cheese party at the Horse Shoe Bar, Shelbourne Hotel, St Stephen's Green, Dublin 2.

 

1971-78: DMC continue to build their reputation as Dublin's No. 1 mini coach company by providing a quality private hire service to the people of Dublin.

 

1974:      DMC tour driver, Charles Maguire, awarded Bord Failte driver award of excellence.

 

1974-76: DMC goes continental with trips organised to Lourdes and a successful water polo tour of Spain and France with the Half Moon Swimming Club,

Dublin.

 

1975-77: DMC comes under competition by newly established Campbell's Mini Coaches.

 

1979:      DMC becomes a major supplier of transport for Pope John Paul II's entourage during his Papal visit to Ireland.

 

1980s

 

1981:      DMC celebrates 20 years in business with a party in St Mary's Rugby Football Club for customers and friends.

 

1981-89: DMC operates a private bus service in Belfast Docks for Harland & Wolf staff.

 

1982:      DMC changes brand to Blue & white as the original company livery was copied by Campbell's Mini Coaches.

 

1984:      Frances Dorgan passes away at the age of 92 in Our Lady's Hospice, Harolds Cross, Dublin.

 

1985:      DMC enters the 53 seater bus market with a Vanhool due to customer demand.

 

1986:      Thomas Dorgan is elected president of Swim Ireland.

 

1986-89: DMC awarded American tour contract with American tour operator Celtic Tours through Terry Flynn Tours.

 

1989:      DMC enters the chauffeur car market.

 

1990s

 

1990:      DMC starts transporting film and music stars from all over the world

 

1992:      A 50/50 partnership is formed between Thomas Dorgan and Stephen Millar. Stephen Millar becomes Operations Manager.  This formation will change the name of the company from 'Dorgan's Mini Coaches' to 'Dorgan's Mini Coaches & Chauffeur Drive'. 

 

1993:      DMC start running their own tour program.

 

1996:      DMC move to new premises at Bluebell Industrial Estate, Dublin 12.  DMC organises a Treasure Hunt involving 36 minibuses.

 

1997:      DMC are proposed as a suitable member of the Coach Tourism & Transport Council of Ireland by JJ Kavanagh and seconded by Paul Kavanagh.  DMC invests one million euro in new vehicles.  Campbell Mini Coaches cease trading.

 

1998:      JUNE: A new company is formed with Stephen Millar, Thomas Dorgan and Brenda Mackin as directors and shareholders.  DECEMBER: Thomas Dorgan passes away at St Vincent's Private Hospital, Dublin.

 

1999:      Half Moon Swimming Club dedicates an annual 5Km swimming race in Dublin Bay to the memory of Thomas Dorgan.  The directors purchase a 5 acre site, 20 Minutes North of Dublin Airport.

 

2000s

 

2000:      DMC goes online with its new website and computerised booking system.

 

2001:      DMC is awarded bus/coach contract by Aer Lingus and Dublin Airport Authority and is on call 24 hours to cover flight delays and cancellations.

DMC celebrates 40 Years in business with a champagne supper in Clontarf Castle Hotel.

 

2004:      DMC changes it's name to 'Dublin Mini Coaches & Chauffeur Drive', a name which more accurately reflects the business' speciality.  DMC&CD acquires south Dublin based coach company 'County Coaches'. DMC&CD look after the transport arrangements for the visit of former US President Bill Clinton.

 

2006:      DMC&CD acquires south Dublin based coach company 'Busybus'.  During the Ryder Cup, DMC&CD transports 600 visitors during the tournament between Dublin and the K Club, Co Kildare.

 

2007:     DMC&CD transports the Irish Special Olympic athletes to and from their training camps as they prepare for the 2007 world summer games in China.

 

2008:     DMC&CD transports a record number of over 1000 people to and from the Punchestown Races during the Irish National Hunt Meet.

 

2009:     Despite the economic problems facing Ireland, DMC&CD continues to invest in new vehicles and staff and like many other Irish companies

they 'tighten their belts' in order to survive a tough year in business.   In May, DMC&CD become an official sponsor of The Irish Long Distance Swimming Association.

 

2010s

 

2010:    There is a baby boom among DMC&CD staff with 5 baby girls being born.  DMC&CD start preparing for their 50th Anniversary Celebrations in 2011. DMC&CD renew their sponsorship of the Irish Long Distance Swimming Association.  OCTOBER: DMC&CD launch their new website at Dublin Tourist Office HQ, 37 College Green, Dublin 2 - thanks to Keith McDonald of Extreme Ireland.

 

2011:    JANUARY: DMC&CD begin a year of celebrations of 50 years in business.  DMC&CD agree sponsorship of Ger Carty (Ireland's Top Master's Sea Swimmer) for his attempt to swim the English Channel in September FEBRUARY: US Film star Danny Devito chooses DMC&CD's new Mercedes Sprinter for his four day whistle stop tour of Ireland. JUNE: DMC&CD  sponsor Dublin based waterpolo player Christine Barretto who was recently selected for the South African Ladies International Team to compete in the Fina World Championship in Shanghai in July.  SEPTEMBER: DMC&CD are confirmed as the new official sponsor of the Trinity Mens and Ladies Waterpolo teams.  23/09/11 Ger Carty successfully swam the English Channel in 18 hours 52 minutes and raised welcome funds for cancer research in the process.  27/09/11 Ireland's first ever Children's Hospice was officially opened in Leopardstown by the President of Ireland, Mary McAleese.  400 guests were transported complimentary by DMC&CD's vehicles and chauffeurs. OCTOBER: 03/10/11 DMC&CD finished as one of the top three coach operator's for safety in Ireland's Fleet Bus & Coach Awards. 28/10/11 DMC&CD holds a function for customers, staff & suppliers in Dohney & Nesbits pub, Dublin 2 to celebrate it's 50th anniversary

 

2012:    JULY: DMC&CD took possession of a new 57 seater Volvo coach with Swedish chassis and a Spanish body.   DMC&CD sponsored Dublin open water swimmers Tom Healy and Rachel Ni Dubhghail in their English Channel attempts

 

2013:    JUNE: DMC&CD were proud to be the main transport provider to the Route des Princes cruise ship which was docked in Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin 20-27/07/13  AUGUST: Lucy Gaynor from Co Dublin sponsored by DMD&CD won the 17km Irish Championship swiming race in Lough Erne, Co Fermanagh  SEPTEMBER: DMC&CD were selected as a finalist for the Fleet Bus & Coach awards under the Best Livery& Corporate Identity section

 

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