SPEAKING FROM EXPERIENCE (see photo), anyone expecting to use seamless bus services in Ireland needs to be flexible. I ride Aircoach several times a month and during the past four months, it's obvious that more people are using public transportation. Three times this year, I could not border the Dublin-bound Aircoach service in Cashel because all seats were taken. Normally, you can work around this issue by purchasing your tickets online ahead of schedule. That doesn't work all the time either. I traveled Aircoach today with a paying passenger sitting on my lap. That's more than two hours in a very cramped position. But at least I had a seat, unlike two other paying passengers who were seated in the aisle. So if you're a summer backpacker, have a back-up plan. Ireland's intercity bus services are not what they seem.