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Support your GAA County this summer with Iarnród Éireann


As the summer approaches another All Ireland Football and Hurling Championship begins with all the County teams hoping to improve on previous campaigns and realise their dreams and compete for Sam Maguire at Croke Park in September.

Up first is the Provincial Championships where each county will aim to become champions of their respective Province and guarantee themselves a Quarter-Final berth in the All Ireland Championship. For those that miss out, they'll have another chance in the qualifiers over the summer. 

In the All Ireland football Championship all the Counties will hope to knock Dublin off their perch and take Sam Maguire back home. Dublin will be hoping to be crowned champions in September for the third consecutive time.

2017 All Ireland GAA Championship

The All Ireland Hurling Championship is staged for the 130th time this summer. Tipperary are the team to beat in the Hurling Championship and will hope that they can defend the Liam MacCarthy cup this season against their biggest rivals.

This summer old rivalries will be renewed and the battle to be crowned All Ireland champions begins. Travel with Iarnród Éireann to support your county as they begin the journey to Croke Park in September.

Upcoming Fixtures

Below is a full list of fixtures from the senior Football and Hurling Championships that are easily accessible by train.

GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship

Saturday 22nd July

  • Cork Vs. Mayo, Gaelic Grounds, Limerick. Throw in 17:00hrs.

GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship

Saturday, 22nd July 

  • Clare vs Tipperary, Páirc Uí Chaoimh, Cork. Throw in 15:00hrs 

Sunday, 23rd July 

  • Wexford vs Waterford, Páirc Uí Chaoimh, Cork. Throw in 16:00hrs 
  • Additional Services: 19.00hrs Cork to Heuston

These services can be booked now online at

If travelling by Train to the games over the weekend, Iarnród Éireann Irish Rail is asking all GAA fans to pre-purchase their Rail Tickets through our website – especially if you are travelling from any of our Commuter Rail Stations in East Cork – i.e. Midleton, Carrigtwohill, Glounthaune or Little Island Stations to Kent Station, Cork.

Bus connections 

Gaa fans arriving at Kent Station, Cork should use the existing Bus Routes, which serve Kent Station – i.e. Route #205, #226 and 226A.

These bus services will serve Parnell Place Bus Station (first stop) where fans can connect into the # 202 Bus Service from Merchants Quay to Ballintemple (stop for Pairc Ui Chaoimh). On the return - Gaa fans can get the # 202 Bus Service back from Ballintemple (Stop for Pairc Ui Chaoimh) and change at Parnell Place for either the #205, #226 or #226A bus service to Kent Station, Cork.

Gaa fans can avail of “Free Parking” at our East Cork Commuter Rail Stations and can join our Commuter Rail Service from East Cork to Kent Station, which is a short journey into Kent Station (only 24 minutes).

Priority for customers who book online

Customers wishing to travel by rail need to book their tickets online as services will be extremely busy and priority will be given to customers who book their tickets online. There is limited availability on services so don't miss out and buy today.

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Students can also avail of our discounted student fares when booking online. Our student return fare to Dublin Heuston from Limerick is €23 and from Cork is €32.50. This also includes free reserved seating where applicable.

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*Subject to availability, quotas apply. Reserve Seat Only option is not available on additional services. Online Terms & Conditions apply.


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