Over 350 put on their skates for annual Tipp trip to ice rink

More than 350 people took part in this year’s rail trip along the Ballybrophy line to Limerick on Ice over the Christmas holidays.

More than 350 people took part in this year’s rail trip along the Ballybrophy line to Limerick on Ice over the Christmas holidays.

The trips were organised over three days and Irish Rail catered for the extra demand by putting on four carriages each day, double the normal capacity.

“We were thrilled with the numbers participating each day,” said Virginia O’Dowd of Nenagh Community Rail Partnership. “It brought families and friends together for a fun day out at a very low cost.”

She thanked Irish Rail and their staff at the stations along the line for their courtesy and professionalism in dealing with such large numbers each day. Ms O’Dowd also thanked Limerick on Ice for their special offer for those who took part.

“We are already looking forward to going back again next December, which will be our 12th annual trip using the line,” she said.

Ms O’Dowd pointed out that as well as having a day out, the trip serves to highlight the line and the value it offers for getting to Limerick and Dublin, as well as visiting towns along it.

Rail partnership member Duncan Martin, who organised the Cloughjordan and surrounding area trip said: “This shows what can be achieved by co-operation between Irish Rail and community groups. Let’s do it more often.”

Roscrea trip organiser and partnership member Jack Doherty said: “It was a great day out enjoyed by all. Irish Rail and LImerick on Ice were very good to us and helpful in putting it all together.”

Irish Rail’s Limerick business development manager Jim Gallivan said: “The Nenagh Rail Partnership annual promotion to the Limerick on Ice event attracted record numbers this year. Now available over a three-day period more than 350 people, young and old, travelled on the morning service from Ballybrophy to Limerick calling at Roscrea, Cloughjordan, Nenagh and Birdhill. Iarnrod Eireann doubled capacity on the regular services to cater for this increase in demand. In an effort to encourage people use the branch line, Iarnrod Eireann have extended their Saturday promotion fare of just €6 from Nenagh line stations to Limerick to be available from Monday to Saturday. This fare applies on the 10.05 service from Ballybrophy and returning from Limerick at 16.55hrs and will be available until further notice.”