Community rail group’s annual trip attracts over 350 people

Cllr Virginia O'Dowd
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 which organised the trips. “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.

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 event attracted record numbers this year Iarnrod Eireann have extended their Saturday promotion fare of just €6 from Nenagh line stations to Limerick to be available from Monday to Saturday.