Iarnród Éireann News

Upcoming Line Improvement Works

08 May 2019

Here you will find a complete list of planned engineering works and changes to Iarnród Éireann rail services.

Service Arrangements

Line Improvement Works

Iarnród Éireann is continuing its programme of line improvement works on selected Saturdays, focusing this year on the section between Newbridge and Ballybrophy.

The annual investment of €10 million in line improvements will lead to higher reliability, smoother running of trains and with other works deliver consistent 160kph speeds (100 mph). This will deliver journey time improvements for customers.

We advise customers to check their journey details prior to travelling. For a full list of available services on your day of travel, please check our Journey Planner for all timetable query or click on your route below for a summary service arrangements.

Engineering Works PDF Timetables

  • 8th June (PDF not currently available)
  • 22nd June (PDF not currently available)

Upcoming Engineering Works 

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Belfast Services

Saturday 27th July to Friday 23rd August

Due to engineering works between Portadown and Lisburn the following service alterations will operate;

  • Belfast services will operate as a train between Dublin Connolly and Portadown only
  • Customers traveling to and from Belfast are to change at Newry for a connecting bus transfer

Cork, Limerick and Tralee Services

Saturday 8th and 22nd June

Due to Ballast Cleaning Works between Lisduff and Thurles on Saturday 8th June, the following services alternations will apply;

  • Cork services will operate every hour in each direction with altered timings, please check the journey planner for full details
  • Limerick services will operate every hour, connecting to and from all Cork services at Limerick Junction
  • Tralee services will operate every 2 hours, connecting to and from Cork services at Mallow
  • 17:05hrs Dublin to Tralee is cancelled. Passengers should board the 17:05hrs Dublin to Cork service and change at Mallow. Please note that there will be a delay of 25 - 30 mins from Mallow to Tralee
  • Nenagh Line customers, please change at Ballybrophy as normal for connecting services

Monday 25th March to Friday 31st May

Please note that due to engineering works, the following services will operate as bus transfers from Monday 25th March to Friday 31st May inclusive.

Mondays to Fridays:
  • 07:45hrs Nenagh to Limerick will be bus transfers from Nenagh to Birdhill and a train from Birdhill to Limerick
  • 10:05hrs Ballybrophy to Limerick will be a bus transfer
  • 10:05hrs Ballybrophy to Limerick will be a bus transfer, this service will operate as normal on the 11th and 18th May

Cork Commuters

Please check the journey planner above for full details.


A major project to replace the life-expired 19th century Pearse Station roof has begun. More information on the Pearse Station Roof Replacement can be found by clicking on the link. 

Please check the journey planner above for full details.

Galway and Westport Services

Saturday 8th and 22nd June

  • Services between Galway and Dublin will operate as normal with the exception of the 11:00hrs Galway to Heuston service, which is deferred to 11:05hrs
  • Services between Westport and Dublin will operate as normal

Northern Commuters

Please check our Journey Planner for more information. 

Portlaoise and Newbridge Commuters 

Saturday 8th and 22nd June

  • Portlaoise to Dublin Heuston will operate with some minor changes, please check the Journey Planner before travel

Rosslare Services

Please check our Journey Planner for more information. 

Waterford Services

Please check our journey planner for full details.

Accessibility on Iarnród Éireann Services

We are better able to assist you if you contact us as far in advance as possible, but try to give at least 24-hours' notice of your journey. You can contact us by emailing access@irishrail.ie or calling (0)1 836 6222 (Monday - Friday 08:30-18:00hrs excluding public holidays). 

For DART Accessibility information, please see our new DART Accessibility section

Catering on Rail Iarnród Éireann Services

On affected services, a trolley service will be provided on all InterCity services. Dining car and restaurant car facilities will not be available.

How can I reserve a seat on an Iarnród Éireann Service?

When you purchase an Adult, Child or Student ticket on this website or through our call centre (01-8366222) you are given an assigned seat as part of the price

Customers who are already in possession of or purchasing on the day of travel a valid standard class ticket(s) such as Family Tickets, Day Return, Open Return, Weekly, Monthly, Annual, InterRail and Free Travel pass holders can reserve a seat on a service for a small fee per person each way

Iarnród Éireann Irish Rail apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Engineering Works