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10 May 2017

Festival fun for all the family with Iarnród Éireann

For all memorable days out, getting there is half the fun. Iarnród Éireann have this bit of your adventure covered with family tickets, seat reservations, wheelchair accessibility and free Intercity travel for under 5’s. There’s wifi on board, plenty of room for buggies and bags, good catering and large tables for picnics, colouring, card games….

But what about when the train pulls into the station. Here’s some ideas for fun family festivals where no car is required to put in your diary this summer.

Limerick (Colbert Station)

The People’s Park in Limerick is a stone’s throw from Colbert Station. From the 1st to the 5th of June, The Limerick International Food Truck Festival will take over the park. More than 60 food trucks from 14 countries take part in the European Food Truck Association’s annual festival along with local and national traders. Even the fussiest little eaters will have a ball, sampling flavours from around the world in a carnival atmosphere.

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Drogheda (MacBride Station)

Taking place in Drogheda Port on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th June, The Irish Maritime Festival celebrates our maritime history alongside brilliant musical performers, delicious food and lots of family friendly fun. Children will be awestruck watching the Peter Pan Aerial Show performed from the mast of a beautiful tall ship. Grown-ups can taste all that the region has to offer at “A Taste of Ireland’s Ancient East”. And everyone will enjoy meeting the fabulous crew of the Irish Coastguard and Boyne Fisherman’s Rescue and learning about all they do. A weekend of memories in the making.

Cork (Kent Station)

The Cork Midsummer Festival will take over the city from the 16th to the 25th June.  This celebration of contemporary arts and culture will feature a host of unusual experiences in unusual places. Our pick is Picnic in the Park on Sunday 18th.  There is a whole afternoon of free arts entertainment and activities planned throughout Cork’s fantastic Fitzgerald Park.  It’s about a 30-minute walk from the station so wear comfortable shoes. The park will be alive with high energy events, installations, dance and music with drop-in workshops taking place throughout the day.  There’s even a giant Maypole – What more could you want?

Galway (Ceannt Station)

It’s easy know we live on an island.  We have another Maritime Festival as our pick of the top summer festivals. Seafest takes place in Galway Harbour, just minutes from Ceannt Station. From June 30th to July 2nd, you can discover all about our oceans, including the creatures that live beneath, how we explore our seas, the ships that transport us and  fascinating tales from the deep. The whole family can take part in interactive activities, watch demonstrations and take a tour onboard a ship. The festival covers all things marine – from seafood cookery to science, cultural history to deep sea exploration and much more!  The focus for the weekend is fun and most events are free!

For lots of inspiration for fun family days out, check out, where you’ll find events to suit everybody, both on your doorstep or at the end of the line…


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