OVER 140 children and adults took part in this year’s annual Nenagh Rail Partnership trip to Limerick On Ice.
This is the eight year of the event run by the partnership, whose aim is to get more people using the local rail service.
“We have always had consistently high numbers for this trip. It’s a great opportunity for familes and friends to have a day out after Christmas and before going back to school following the Christmas holidays,” said Nenagh Rail Partnership chair, Nenagh Mayor Cllr Virginia O’Dowd.
“Right from the firt trip, Limerick On Ice and Iarnrod Eireann have been very supportive of us, giving us discounts on both the admission price to Limerck On Ice and on the rail fare.
“The partnership really appreciates their help and support,” she said.
The Mayor said that trips such as this week’s event showed how the line could be used and developed and urged local groups to think of ways of organising trips along the line.
Nenagh Rail Partnership has used the service for trips to Cloughjordan and Castleconnell for days out, and Mayor O’Dowd pointed to how sucessful this year’s special train to Croke Park for the All-Ireland as an example of how business along the line could be developed.
She also urged people working in Limerick to consider using the train, but pointed out that it was not just there for commuter use to and from Limerick or Dublin.
“People visiting the eco-village in Cloughjordan are encouraged to come by train. It could be used as part of a school trip or by Active Retirement groups. The problem is that if we don’t use it there is a danger we will lose it, and once it is gone it will be very hard to get it back, especially in the current economic crisis,” she said.