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The best and worst things about getting the train in Ireland

The joys of public transport.

HEADING DOWN HOME for the weekend, or maybe on a nice little trip down the country?

If you’re taking the train, here are some of the perks and the pitfalls that await you…

Perks

A dog might get on

These dogs have all taken solo trips on the train in recent times:

This little divil took a trip to Connolly Station in March (Pic: Irish Rail)

Lady arrived a Malahide Dart Station just before Christmas, and ended up in a new home (Pic: Irish Rail)

Patch hopped on the train from Kilcock to Pearse Street before being reunited with his owner (Pic: Irish Rail)

You can have a sherry


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There are toilets

Because you’ll need them after all the sherries.

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You can pick whatever name you want when you’re booking the tickets



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You can plug in your phone/tablet/laptop


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Pitfalls

Delays

Caused by things like this flooding at Waterford station:


Pic: Irish Rail

You might have to sit facing a total stranger for 3 hours…

… occasionally accidentally hitting your foot off their foot and muttering “sorry”.

You can’t have a sherry

Some people ruin it for everyone.

Some people have too many sherries

It’s fairly pricey

Booking a train journey of any considerable length in Ireland is not for those who are faint of heart or wallet.

The toilets may be challenging


Care to share your good, bad or ugly train experiences with us? Let it all out in the comments…

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