The final leg of the tour takes us to Waterford, and a locally run heritage railway, and takes the scenic route back to Dublin.
John O'Flaherty takes off on Day 2 of our special Railway heritage tour for The Gathering: to Belfast
Train Enthusiast and intrepid traveller John O’Flaherty took to the rails to sample Iarnród Éireann’s Railway Heritage tour, developed for The Gathering. He wasn’t disappointed!
Start thinking green by booking your rail ticket to the parade! Here's some family day out ideas, and we can help you get there to be part of the celebrations!
Our new timetable has now been in place for six weeks - Jim Walsh, Operating Planning Manager, looks at the process to produce a timetable in detail, and how feedback from customers helps the process.
This week, we presented Customer Service awards to our staff in a range of areas, reward those members of the Iarnród Éireann team who excelled in high standards of customer care.
There's plenty of festive family events taken place around Ireland this Christmas. Here's just ideas of how to entertain the family over the holiday and we can get you there!
This Christmas, we're supporting St. Michaels House one of the largest providers of services to people with an intellectual disability in Ireland, who are bringing some Christmas cheers to Connolly and Heuston Stations!
Days (and weekends!) Out by Rail October Bank Holiday special! Comedy, Jazz plus lots more festival ideas for October!
There are festivals galore taking place all over Ireland this month, and particularly around the October bank holiday weekend. All can be reached by train and hopefully they can help brighten your weekend!
Woo-hoo, we won Best Corporate Blog at Blog Awards Ireland 2012. We report on the Irish blogosphere's big night out....
The Irish Examiner sent three of their journalists from Cork city to the Spire in Dublin's O'Connell Street, one each by train, bus and car. See how they got on....
.....for Best Corporate Blog at Blog Awards Ireland 2012!
Be-leaf it or not! Autumn leaf fall – why it affects train services, and what we do to reduce the impact
It's seen as a joke, a made-up excuse - we know, we know! But autumn leaf fall is a real issue for railways internationally. Pat Casey, Operations Performance and Control Manager, talks about low rail adhesion, and how we address it.
What a weekend ahead in Dublin, with the Tall Ships Race 2012 arriving in town. Whether you're in the Dublin area, or around the country, we have family tickets to get you to and from this amazing festival stress-free.
This week we're off to the Kingdom of Kerry, final destination Tralee! Tralee will certainly be in bloom this week as the Rose of Tralee festival gets underway.
One of Ireland’s most popular tourist destinations is Kilkenny City. Full of heritage, music, theatre, sport and lots more attractions, Kilkenny is a city that should definitely be added to your day out plans this summer.
We're heading to Ireland's oldest city for this Bank Holiday weekend. The citys' main festival Spraoi has something for all the family and is the great way to spend the extra long weekend!
Galway is festival city during the summer, so it's an ideal destination to visit with our great family offers. From the Arts Festival to the Galway races, and with loads of attractions, go West today!
Today's protest by visually impaired customers over poor automated announcements highlights a long-standing problem. Peter Smyth, Iarnród Éireann's Chief Mechanical Engineer, explains the issues and the actions being taken to address them.
There's still a month and a half left in the summer, and while the weather might not be guaranteed, things to do around Ireland are. Railway Lines over the rest of the summer will bring you ideas on great days out by rail, that are easy on the pocket as well. Beginning in the Dublin area....
Gary returns from Poland, and needless to say, it was anything but straightforward! Our final blog also looks back at the sights and sounds of the past two weeks.
Gary meets Mick McCarthy and another legend of Irish football, as Poznan gets set to bid the Irish fans a fond farewell, and the lads get set for the Italy game.
The fans take in the latest Roy Keane outburst, and watch Poland follow Ireland out of the tournament. And then the heavens opened.... it's the Euro 2012 blog.
A quiet Poznan reviews the reaction to the Spain game, and Gary watches the England game hoping for a Three Lions win - for complex reasons!
The fans are back from Gdansk, with despair at the football, but pride in their own performance. Gary O'Reilly's Euro 2012 blog, after the Spain hammering.
Gary and Kenna are persuaded to go Polish for the night. Free food and bar had nothing to do with it. The latest chapter from the best Euro 2012 fan blog.
Gary's escaped the campsite, and the Poznan mood is upbeat again! An encounter with Hector, a Fr Jack-a-like, and the Irish become Polish fans for a night. Our latest instalment of the fans' eye view of the Euros!
Elation and despair, at the match and elsewhere. And that Andy Gray photo! It's the latest chapter from Poland.
....they'd be the worst in the world. Outsinging the Croatians on the Berlin to Poznan train, treated like celebrities at Poznan Station, mixing with celebrities there too, but the campsite reveals that not everything does what it says on the tin. But hope and optimism are building ahead of tonight's Croatian clash.
It's day 4 of Gary O'Reilly's Euro 2012 blog.
Gary's about to leave Berlin for Poznan, but not before seeing the sights (sort of!), and being swept up in a tide of humanity descending on Berlin Boerse..... will the German capital ever be the same again?
"An aerial view of Europe today would look like an army of green ants invading Poland, and we have them surrounded" - Euro 2012 blog, day 2!
Gary's made it as far as Berlin, but not without some unintentional diversions en route. Picking up friends along the way, landing at a hostel besieged by Irish fans, the atmosphere is building....
Gary O'Reilly, winner of our InterRail trip to Euro 2012, will be blogging throughout his journey and the tournament for us. He was beyond excited to win... but then he had to decide who to bring with him....
We've sifted through the entries, including loads of really strong ones, and we have a winner..... Our guest blogger for Euro 2012, heading there by InterRail to see all of Ireland's group games is.....
This weekend's signalling works will affect Northside DART, Northern commuter and Belfast Enterprise services. Tourism and business interests are understandably concerned at the impact on their business. Don Cunningham, Assistant Chief Executive Engineering, outlines his thoughts on the issues faced.
We’ve just recorded our strongest ever quarter for punctuality on the rail network in Ireland. Statistics like that tend to prompt all sorts of reactions, so Ronan Kelly, our Train Performance Manager, gives us some background to the punctuality and reliability stats.
Just weeks after the Cobh rail line celebrated its 150th anniversary, the eyes of the world will be on Cobh next week as it marks the centenary of the RMS Titanic’s maiden – and only - voyage.
Can you believe it? Forty years ago today, on 1st March 1972, a new product - the InterRail pass - was introduced on a temporary basis to allow young people travel Europe. It was so popular, it's still with us today. It's got us all nostalgic - and if you're the same, and you want a chance to ride the rails of Europe, share your InterRail memories - or dream InterRail trip you're planning - to be in with a chance of a free InterRail pass.
On 22nd February, Iarnród Éireann hosts a major seminar - Rail Vision 2030, The future of Rail Transport in Ireland.
Speakers include the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Leo Varadkar TD, the Chief Executive of Iarnród Éireann, Dick Fearn, the Chief Executive of National Transport Authority Gerry Murphy, and Bernard Feeney of AECOM presenting a major study on Strategic Rail Investment Needs up to 2030.
See it streamed live here from 08.30 to 11.30.
.....Railway Lines, our new irishrail.ie blog! Our aim is to give you more information – on our plans, our services, on what goes on behind the scenes, and on issues of concern to you, and to hear what our customers think. We have quite a few ideas of different topics we think you might be interested in. However, we’d love for you to tell us what you’d like to see covered, so we can make sure this blog is as relevant and informative for you as possible.