Feda O Donnell Coaches or Busfeda as it is now known is a fifty-year old family-owned and managed business which has become one of Ireland’s most successful coach companies.
The company’s origins go back to 1961 when Feda O Donnell returned from working in Scotland to set up a taxi service in his native Ranafast and in the surrounding area.
The Donegal to Glasgow route
After 10 years of local taxi work Feda purchased a 29 seat bus and began to bring people from all over the county to and from Glasgow. He also provided a service known locally as flitting to those people wishing to move, along with all their belongings back home to Ireland from places including Wales Leeds Glasgow and Edinburgh. Since marrying in 1976 his wife Brid has been an integral part of the ongoing success story.
The Donegal to Galway route
While attending University College Galway in 1981 Brid’s Brother Micheal Ferry recognised the need for a student bus service between Donegal and Galway. Feda then sent a bus to and from Galway on a Friday and again on Sunday and thus the Donegal – Sligo – Mayo – Galway bus service began. This route was developed over the following years and became the cornerstone of the companies service work. Micheal is still a part of the team and plays a central role in the running of the business.
Delivery of the first new coach was in 1992 and this came in the form of a 53seat Volvo B10m Plaxton Paramount. This was one of the first new coaches in the area and proved very popular with the daily and weekly commuters on the Donegal – Galway route.
In 1996 Sally Roarty a sister of Brid’s joined the company as an office administrator/secretary. Sally brought with her a wealth of accounting experience from her previous work in the civil service and has been an invaluable asset to the company ever since.
Private Bus Hire in Donegal
Although Bus Feda are probably best known for its services work we also carry out a significant amount of private charter, day trip and private tour work all over Ireland. We are currently the exclusive transport providers for Colaiste Bhride Rann Na Feirste, Colaiste Na Rossan, Colaiste Mhuire Loch an Iúir, We have worked with companies including Irish Welcome Tours, Abbey tours and Trafalgar to name but a few, We have recently agreed to supply Whites Tours with a full spec touring touring coach to carry German tourist on an eight day around Ireland tour from March to October.
We are also delighted to have recently been awarded the contract to provide all the transport and bus hire services needed by Excursions Ireland for on land activities to the cruise ships docking in Killybegs harbour which in 2016 will be 14 ships and potentially 10,000 visitors.
Your complete bus company
While the most part of the work carried out by Busfeda is service work the company also prides itself on the private charter, day trip and tour work it carries out and because of the high level of luxury vehicle with allways on FREE wifi operated by Busfeda all types work including school tours, Cross channel football trips and cruise ship day and excursions is undertaken. Busfeda is also responsible for transporting a large percentage of the Irish college Students to the Area to learn Gaelige during the summer months.
From its humble beginnings in the early sixties Busfeda has grown into a popular successful company with the commitment of consistently providing a high quality professional service and strive to meet the needs and expectations of our ever expanding customer base.