The innovative coach company this week announced the Matthews.ie Ticket To Ride competition, aimed at bringing some relief to hard-pressed students and their parents. "We want four students, one from the Dundalk area, one from the Drogheda area, one who uses our Bettystown service and one from Dublin who travels up to college in this area to be able to travel with Matthews for free until Christmas," said Matthews.ie Managing Director Paddy Matthews. "We all know the expense that parents and students go to at the start of the school year and we wanted to do our bit to help. "One of the major factors behind Matthews.ie over the years has been the fact that students see the service as a low-cost, high-quality alternative to moving to Dublin. "Our cheaper ten-journey student tickets have proved to be invaluable to those who use our regular services to get to Dublin colleges such as DCU, ST Pat's, Trinity and DIT, or our special services to UCD - or indeed to DkIT or DIFE. "And our free wifi means that people tend to get some work done while they travel too!
"We thought that we would give away a semester travel pass to four students at this time of year, to ease the burden of college fees and other expenses. "To enter, all you need to do is send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the name, address and phone number of the entrant in the body of the email and nominate your nearest area - either Dundalk, Drogheda or Bettystown - in the subject line. "The closing date is Friday September 25 and we would encourage parents to enter on behalf of their student children as very often it is they who are bearing the cost."