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Dublin Bus launches its Give It a Spin female recruitment campaign on August 20. They want to recruit 50 new female drivers and are calling on women to have a go and drive a bus!

Dublin Bus saw its first all-female class of drivers graduate in 2016 and are now hoping for more gals to join their team.

They will be hosting a series of female driver recruitment open days so why not head along and see if this could be the job for you?

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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You will even get a chance to drive a bus on the day, with the help of professional driving instructors. 

The first open day will be held on Saturday, August 24. If this date doesn’t suit you don’t worry they will be holding more open days.

On the day you can meet some of their current female drivers and inspectors who will share their personal experiences of working with Dublin Bus.

You will also get a tour of the Central Control centre, hear about the benefits of working for Dublin Bus and the team will go through the recruitment process with you.

Applicants must hold a valid category B (car) licence for a minimum of two years. All you need to do is email opendays@dublinbus.ie to register your interest. They’ll email you with the details.

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It's that time of the year again, when Irish people suddenly realise their obsession with rap music and flock down to Marlay Park for a sunny weekend of cans and tunes.

Like every major festival, Longitude has some valuable information regarding safety, rules, entry and transport that you all have to read before making the trek down.

First of all, the gates open at 1:30pm each day, and if you arrive to the event intoxicated then you unfortunately won't be permitted entry this weekend.

This year is set to be bigger than ever, with none other than Chance the Rapper, Cardi B and A$AP Rocky headlining the sold-out festival.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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In terms of the weather, it's an outdoor event and the show must go on, in rain or shine. Longitude have released advice for dress code and crowd control:

-Please check weather conditions and dress appropriately but remember no umbrellas. There may be strobe lighting, lasers and pyrotechnics used at these events.

-Note location of Entry / Exit Gates, Emergency Exits, First Aid Posts and Water Points.

-Patrons are advised to be aware of their own personnel safety and security while attending these events. They should ensure the security of personal belongings while on route to and from and during the event i.e. purses/wallets/tickets/mobile phones. The promoter accepts no responsibility for lost or stolen items.

-Any form of anti-social behaviour, crowd surfing, moshing or public urination will not be tolerated. The promoter reserves the right to refuse admission, or to remove from the venue, anyone taking part in these activities without a refund.

-Please move slowly and quietly when exiting the festival site and co-operate with stewards’ directions. Do not rush the exits, hang back until the main throng has dispersed for an easier journey home.

-Please co-operate with stewards and Gardaí and follow any loudspeaker announcements.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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An Garda Síochána has a strict zero tolerance policy regarding alcohol consumption in public, as well as any illegal criminal or anti-social behaviour. Be on your best behaviour, lads.

The Gardaí have also asked ticket-holders to respect the property and privacy of residents in the vicinity of Marlay Park, who are going about their day as normal. 

More notes include a ban on littering in the community, and warnings against urinating in public, anti-social behaviour and illegal parking. Stewards and security will take measures to ensure the safety of all.

Travel & Transport

Transport to and from the venue is a matter for individual ticket-holders, so definitely make sure to plan and book your return travel arrangements as far in advance as possible.

Longitude have encouraged all attendees to use the available festival bus services or public transport to get to the show. If you are driving or being dropped off, try and carpool. Allow at least an extra twp hours travel time to and from the venue.

Marathon Travel are operating a bus service from Custom House Quay, in the City Centre direct to the Marlay Park Coach Park; Check out the Bus Hire website for tickets and more route info.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Travel Master are operating bus services from the following counties: Cork, Kerry, Waterford, Tipperary, Limerick, Kilkenny, Carlow, Laois, Galway, Westmeath, Meath, Sligo, Leitrim, Longford, Mayo and Roscommon to Marley Park

Check out their website here for ticket and route information.

Luas

Take the Green Line to Dundrum Luas station for the Dundrum Luas Shuttle. More route info is available here.

Dundrum Luas shuttle: Marathon Travel will operate a shuttle bus between Dundrum Luas station and Stonemasons Way, near the festival site. Visit their website here for tickets.

Swords Express are operating a special return bus service from Malahide roundabout at the Swords Pavilions Shopping Centre (R106) direct to Marlay Park.

Private buses

There is coach/bus and minibus parking available within Marlay Park, access is via College Road. It's advised that you notify the company by registering with them in advance, by emailing enquiries@festivalrepublic.com with the following info;

Your name, the number of passengers, the coach company, the name of your driver and finally the date and time of arrival and departure

If you are travelling to site using a private hire bus, coach or minibus, make sure to ask your driver to use Junction 13 off the M50.

National coach services

Matthew’s are operating a return service to Marlay Park, with stops in Dundalk, Monasterboice, Drogheda and Meath.

Farrelly’s Coaches are operating return bus services from Galway, Castlebar and Athlone.

JJ Kavanagh & Sons are delighted to be operating bus services to Marlay Park from Limerick, Nenagh, Roscrea, Portlaoise, Waterford, Kilkenny, Carlow and Clonmel.

Fosters Coaches are operating a commuter service from Monasterevin to Marlay Park.

Kelly Travel are operating a return bus service to Marlay Park from Limerick – Nenagh – Roscrea, Tipperary – Cashel – Portlaoise, Ennis – Shannon and Mitchelstown – Cahir – Ballacolla.

Irish Concert Travel are operating a return service to Marlay Park, with routes travelling via Donegal, Sligo, Ballina, Castlebar and Galway.

Wexford Bus are operating a return service to Marlay Park, with stops in Wexford, Enniscorthy, Gorey, and Arklow.

For booking information, take a peek at the Longitude website here.

Dublin Bus and Go Ahead will just be operating their regular scheduled service and won't be running extra services for Longitude.  It's recommended that you plan alternative means of transport to and from the event.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Attendees who will be getting picked up by family and friends following the festival are advised that road closures are in place. Longitude's recommended collection point is at Our Lady’s School car park on Ballinteer Avenue.

Buses, including minibuses, will NOT be permitted to pick-up/drop-off in the local area and must use the College Road car-park instead.

A taxi pick up area will be set up at the Supervalu on Ballinteer Avenue. The promoter can't guarantee there will be taxis available after the event and advises you plan and book your return travel arrangements in advance. 

Traffic and parking delays are inevitable, so plan your route in advance and keep an eye on AA Roadwatch for reports on traffic, road works, delays etc happening along your route.

Please note that there is limited parking available in Marlay Park. The car parks will open an hour prior to the gates opening time on your ticket; 12:30pm.

The festival strongly urges you not to try and park illegally in areas around Marlay Park, in local estates or outside local homes. You'll definitely get clamped or towed so don't test them, people.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Entry

Longitude have asked ticket-holders NOT to bring backpacks or large handbags. Bags larger than the size of A4 won't be allowed entry, and there will be no cloakroom or storage facilities on site.

Bags smaller than A4 will be searched at the entry point, to avoid lengthy queues, Longitude strongly advise that you don't bring a bag. Easy for the boys, harder for the girlos.

Any bags or items left at entrance or the surrounding area will be removed and thrown out. The festival has a strict no alcohol policy, implemented on private buses and public transport heading to the site as well.

There will be a meeting point inside both arena entrances, and wristbands removed from the wrist or tampered with in any way will be noted as invalid and won't be replaced.

Longitude also advise you not to buy tickets from unofficial sources.

Prohibited items

Alcohol, Glass, Aerosols, Spray cans, Illegal/unidentifiable substances, Inflatable and fold up furniture, Umbrellas, Flares and metal reusable bottles are a number of items that are not permitted on site.

Searching is a condition of entry. Any item(s) which may be reasonably considered for use as a weapon, or which may cause danger or disruption to any other persons at the event, will be confiscated. Please allow plenty of time to get into the event, and for festival entry procedures, ticket checks and searches.

No professional cameras or cameras with a detachable lens, video cameras & audio recording devices, iPads or GoPros are allowed either, so leave the professional photography penchant at home.

Any items deemed prohibited will be confiscated and not returned. The full list of items are on the website here.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Age policy

No unaccompanied under 16’s are allowed on site. All under 16’s require a ticket to the event and must be accompanied by a ticket holding adult, parent or guardian over 18.

You may be asked to prove your age with photo ID or you will be refused admission. Acceptable forms are: Passport, Garda Age Card, Driving Licence Acceptable forms of ID for Under 18’s are: School or College ID PLUS a colour copy of your in-date passport.

All ID’s must be in date, and all Longitude bars operate a Challenge 21 policy. Some areas on site are over 18’s only (Logic and Heineken Live Your Music) Acceptable forms of proof of age are: Passport, Garda Age Card, Driving-Licence.

Disabled access

Disabled customer parking is accessed via College Road. Please contact access@festivalrepublic.com to register and for other non-ticket related enquiries.

If you have any general queries or accessible requests that has not been addressed in the event information provided.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Ticketmaster

Credit Card/Box Office collections will be located at the entrance off Grange Road, opposite Centra and Lidl, and College Road Arena Entrance in the coach and car parks.

For non-ticket related queries please email enquiries@festivalrepublic.com. The festival will take place this weekend, from July 5 to July 7. 

That's the 411, folks. Enjoy the festival (in a safe and responsible manner, like your parents are watching you). Steer cleer of the mud at all costs.

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Dublin Bus have announced a shuttle bus schedule to the much-anticipated Metallica concert at Slane Castle, taking place on Saturday June 8.

Thousands of concert-goers will travel with the bus company to the rock band's first Irish show in ten years. It's safe to say the excitement is well and truly building.

Those attending the gig have been urged by an Garda Síochána to plan their routes to and from the gig in advance for safety;

"Gardaí wish to remind those attending Metallica at Slane Castle on 8th June 2019 to plan their travel in advance. Use public transport if at all possible."

Customers have been urged to book tickets as soon as possible to ensure their seat on the day. You can grab your shuttle tickets on the Ticketmaster website for the most convenient travel experience.

Buses will depart between 11am and 4pm from Western Way, Dublin 7 and the return service will operate directly after the event.

A discounted price of €30 for a return ticket (plus booking fee) is available up until May 26, while tickets purchased up until 3 June will cost €40 for a return ticket (plus booking fee).

For outbound journeys, it's important to book a time slot. Metallica fans also can't travel outside of their allocated time slot. Rules are Rules, ladies.

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There is limited availability for this service and tickets will sell out, so we'd urge you to book right now. No tickets will be sold on the actual day of the concert, so planning ahead is key.

A Dublin Bus spokesperson expanded on the new shuttle service;

“The reality is that if you take the bus you don’t have the hassle of finding a parking space, leaving more time to enjoy the concert and then travel home safely. It is so much more convenient. Dublin Bus takes the hassle out of travelling.”

There you go, people. You've no excuse to be wandering around the castle, lost amidst your fellow drunk rock fans.

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To the delight of commuters, Dublin Bus is introducing a brand new route this weekend.

Route 175 will be the first one to be run by the British company Go-Ahead. 

The route will service 65 stops across the city.

'Go-Ahead Ireland is delighted to launch their first bus route, the 175, running from UCD to Citywest,'  according to Go-Ahead. 

'This 24 km route, will pick passengers up from 65 stops (from UCD to Citywest), 63 stops (from Citywest to UCD) and will be serviced a fleet of 9 buses and 19 Go-Ahead Ireland drivers.'

It will also serve Tallaght and Dundrum en route.

The new route will accept cash and Leap Cards, and to journey further than 13 stages on the route will cost €2.60 on the Leap Card and €3.30 in cash for an adult fare. 

The route will not be available on the Dublin Bus App, but commuters can plan their route via the National Journey Planner app. 

The app also includes Luas, Irish Rail and ferry times. 

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Yas, queen. 

Dublin's annual Pride parade is on Saturday 30th of June and we cannot wait. Glitter: check. Flags: check. Unconditional love and support for our LGBTQ+ family and friends: double check. 

We're all about the festivities of Pride week, but do you reckon that you and your friends deserve a spot at the front and centre of the parade?  

Well, Dublin Bus has the Proudest Bus in Dublin! To honour Pride week Dublin Bus have unveiled not one, but two, Pride buses decked out in the Pride colours. 

Now they're offering you, their lovely customers, the chance for you and three friends to win spaces on the rainbow bus. All you have to do is go to the Dublin Bus Facebook or Twitter pages (@dublinbusnews) and tag three people you want to bring with you; it’s as simple as that!

They're so sound. 

"We all know our families and friends love us unconditionally, supporting us through thick and thin, whether it’s a quiet word, a wink or an arm around the shoulder," said a spokesperson for Dublin Bus. 

"This year Dublin Bus wants to celebrate these proud families and friends across Dublin and their LGBTQ siblings, parents, partners and pals by giving them a special experience at the top of the Dublin Pride Parade."

The parade this year will be led by  Grand Marshal Sara Phillips, Chair of Transgender Equality Network Ireland (TENI), Taoiseach Leo Varadkar along with Lord Mayor Mícheál MacDonncha and is expected to draw crowds of up to 30,000 people. 

This isn't the first time Dublin Bus has shown it's support to the LGBTQ+ community. It made headlines last year by launching comprehensive Workplace Gender Transition Policy and Guidelines. The policy shows employees and management of Dublin Bus how to provide a welcoming and supportive environment for employees transitioning.

Comprised in consolation with TENI, Phillips praised the move,calling it “one of the most progressive policies on transgender inclusion in the workplace.”

Dublin Bus has also been named one of the most progressive for inclusivity and supporting diversity among its workforce and was previously named a GLEN (Gay & Lesbian Equality Network) Diversity Champion.

So what are you waiting for? Get your Pride on with thanks to Dublin Bus! 

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The fact that the last Dublin Bus route ends before midnight has long been a bone of contention for night working commuters. 

However, Dublin Bus could soon be rectifying this by providing the capital with a 24-hour bus service.

A trial scheme for three main routes serving the city centre will be rolled out over the course of 2018. 

All going to plan, a 24-hour bus service will serve each route, according to The Sun

The routes will be north, south and west directions. 

'These routes will operate through the night,' chairperson of Dublin City Council Transportation Committee Ciaran Cuffe told Newstalk.

'I’m not sure if it will be hourly or every two hours, but I certainly think that the demand is there.'

'There’s quite a demand from night workers who simply want to get to and from home through the night, and that’s what a modern city needs,' he said. 

Fingers crossed one of those routes is passing our house…

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North Dublin commuters will soon see their journey times shortened with the introduction of a new bus service connecting Finglas to the Luas Green Line at Broombridge.

A preliminary agreement has reportedly been reached between the National Transport Authority and Dublin Bus, with both parties backing plans for the new route to be put in place as soon as possible.

Its understood that the service could be up and running as soon as March 2018.

Fine Gael Deputy Noel Rock said he is hopeful the new bus route may pave the way for the Luas being extended out to Finglas.

"Historically Finglas has been badly underserved by public transport," he said.

"I have campaigned for, first of all, a bus link to connect Finglas with the existing Luas line and then to demonstrate the demand that is there in order to maybe demonstrate the case for building out a Luas extension into Finglas in the future," the Fine Gael TD added.

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Get your change ready, as prices are set to increase for passengers of Dublin Bus and Luas services from December 1.

When it comes to Dublin Bus, most fares will not see an increase.

There is no change to fares for shorter journeys or for longer journeys.

However, fares for mid-range journeys are to increase by approximately 5pc.

This increase sees journeys which usually cost €2.05 will now cost €2.15 for those using Leap Cards. 

For those using cash, a mid-range journey usually costing €2.70 will now cost €2.85. 

According to Dublin Bus, 2/3rds of cash customers can beat the increase by moving to Leap Cards. 

Use of Leap Card will be up to 28pc cheaper than cash, according to a statement from Dublin Bus. 

When it comes to Luas commuters, Luas prices will rise by 5pc, bringing them in line with Dublin Bus prices. 

There will also be the introduction of a new €1.00 city centre fare for off peak hours. 

For those who use public transport enough to reach the €40.00 adult or €30.00 student weekly cap, you'll be happy to hear that no change will be made to this cap despite the fare hikes. 

When it comes to Iarnród Éireann, fares are to increase by 1.4pc.

Outside of Dublin, some bus fares will be decreased. 

Galway, Cork and Limerick and will see a decrease in Bus Eireann fares. 

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Commuter chaos continues this morning as transport companies work to repair the damages caused by ex-Hurricane Ophelia.

With Luas services down and lengthy rail delays expected, those travelling for work this morning have been advised to check social media updates before heading off on their journey.

This morning's public transport updates at a glance:

Ianród Éireann

All services return to normal on Tuesday morning with the exception of:

  • Limerick to Balybrophy via Nenagh services cancelled (bus substitution in place).

  • 09:45 Westport to Dublin Heuston cancelled.

Delays of 10-15 minutes on a number of Intercity routes including Kerry, Cork, Waterford and Rosslare expected due to clearing remaining debris off line.

Dublin Bus 

All services operating as normal with the exception of some minor diversions. 

Routes 7d, 59 and 111 are unable to serve Ulverton Road and are using Hyde Road and Castle Park Road.

Route 66 toward Maynooth unable to serve Collinstown.

Luas tickets can be used on Dublin Bus while the Red and Green lines are down.

Bus Éireann 

All services to return to normal, though updates are expected throughout the morning. 

Some delays and cancellations are to be expected due to fallen trees.

You can keep up to date with all the latest information here. 

Luas

No services until further notice. 

The situation is to be reviewed at lunchtime today. 

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Late yesterday evening, Met Éireann extended its Red Weather Warning to the entire country, meaning all schools and many businesses have been forced to close their doors for the day. 

As ex-hurricane Ophelia makes its way across the Atlantic and over the island of Ireland, transport companies across the country are gearing up for a day of disruption and travel chaos. 

This is where we stand so far: 

Luas

Both Red and Green lines are up and running though the company has asked customers to check social media for updates throughout the day. 

Dublin Bus 

As of now, Dublin Bus services are operating as normal, though 'significant disruption' is expected during off-peak times (9.00-18.00), including the possibility of no service during this time. 

Customers have also been warned they may experience delays and disruption on those routes that are in operation. 

Iarnród Éireann 

Train services on DART Intercity and commuter are currently in operation, with the exception of the following routes:

  • Limerick Junction to Waterford

  • Limerick to Ballybrophy via Nenagh 

A speed restriction of 80 kilometres per hour is also in place, resulting in delays of 15 – 30 minutes on the following services:

  • Cork to Dublin

  • Tralee to Cork and Dublin

  • Waterford to Dublin

  • Rosslare Europort to Dublin 

Bus Éireann 

As it stands, all Bus Éireann services nationwide have been cancelled between 5.00 and 14.00 today. More updates are expected later in the morning. 

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Dublin Bus have just introduced one of the most comprehensive Workplace Gender Transition Policy and Guidelines in the country.

The move comes as part of the transport company's Equality, Diversity and Non-Discrimination Strategy and has been devised in consultation with Transgender Equality Network Ireland (TENI).

Ireland's Gender Recognition Act was signed into law in 2105, meaning that any individual over the age of 18 can choose their true gender indentity.

According to Transgender Equality Network Ireland (TENI), companies need to be more aware what is happening and Sara Phillips, Chair, TENI said:

“TENI is delighted to work in partnership with Dublin Bus to create one of the most progressive policies on transgender inclusion in the workplace.”

“Dublin Bus is part of the fabric of our capital city and it is encouraging that they both, value their transgender employees and are working towards making Dublin a more trans friendly city.”

The new guidelines include recommendations for employees, managers and HR departments on how to support a fellow employee's transition.

“It may be daunting for an employee to approach their manager in the workplace on this issue. These guidelines were created to help foster dialogue and understanding of trans issues. Just as there are gay, lesbian and bisexual employees in Dublin Bus, there are also employees who are trans,” said Vivienne Kavanagh, Employee Development and Equality Executive.

As one of the largest employers in the country, Dublin Bus is considered to be one of the most progressive in terms of supporting diversity among its workforce.

Commenting on the launch, Ray Coyne, Dublin Bus CEO said “We are committed to managing a workplace that integrates, benefits from, and achieves equality for our diverse employees, as well as promoting an inclusive workplace that celebrates and supports diversity.” 

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Be honest; how many of you find yourselves pleasantly surprised to board a bus, and discover it is being driven by a woman?

If your hand went up, you’re not alone.

Admittedly, there’s still something vaguely thrilling about seeing a woman in the Dublin Bus driving seat, so we sat down with Theresa Lydon who has been traversing the highways and byways of our capital city for more than 30 years.

“I started with Dublin Bus back in 1984,” she tells SHEmazing. “There were very few women drivers back then.”

After explaining that the organisation now employs 98 female bus drivers, 51-year-old Theresa described how she rose through the ranks, and will go down in history as one of Ireland’s first female bus drivers.

“I was a conductor for 11 years before deciding to attend the Dublin Bus driving school in 1995,” Theresa says.

“After six weeks, I was fully qualified and have enjoyed every day since. I have a real sense of pride in my role. I get a kick out of it,” she admits.

Displaying a down to earth sense of humour, Theresa, who has worked the 37, 39, 122 and 220 routes throughout her career, admits that her presence in the driving seat has caused a stir on more than one occasion.

Recalling the moment an elderly man mistook her for a male driver, Theresa remembers: “He goes ‘Thanks very much, sir!’ And then he realised, but sure I didn’t mind in the slightest!”

On her first foray in the driving seat, Theresa remembers a very welcoming public: ”Ah, they didn’t expect to see you, but everyone just goes with the flow. No one really bats an eyelid.”

“Sure, you meet every walk of life in this job. You meet everyone.”

And with Dublin Bus celebrating its 30th birthday this year, there’s no better time for Theresa to reflect on a career which facilitated the collection of dozens of stand-out memories.

 

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As a member of her local folk choir in Ballymun, Theresa was once due to perform at a local wedding in addition to being booked to drive the Dublin Bus Wedding Bus.

Proving her many talents, not only did she drive the wedding party to the church,  she sang at the mass with her choir, brought the guests to the reception, and then got them home safely at the end of the night.

From ferrying drunk members of the public to Garda stations during her time on the Nitelink to facilitating the safe arrival of a Christening cake, Theresa’s time in the driving seat has been far from boring.

And it’s no real surprise she sees herself staying with the company until her retirement, saying: ”I get a huge amount of job satisfaction out of the role.  I truly love the job.”

Three cheers to that!

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