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Tuesday, 14th March 2023

Extra train services for St Patrick’s Day parade and Six Nations rugby final

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Drogheda train station will be a lot busier than this at the weekend!

Iarnród Éireann has announced their rail travel arrangements for the St Patrick’s Bank Holiday weekend.

Service alterations will be in place on St Patrick’s Day, Friday 17th March, and on Saturday 18th March.  These will include:

Extra trains for Dublin’s St Patrick’s Day Parade, and extra late-night DART and Commuter trains for St Patrick’s Day

Extra DART and Intercity trains for fans going to the Ireland v England Six Nations final.

Full service details are available at www.irishrail.ie or the Iarnród Éireann app.  Customers travelling by Intercity are advised to book rail travel in advance, particularly at busiest times, through the website or app also.

Full service arrangements are as follows:

Bank Holiday Friday 17th March, St Patrick’s Day

DART and Commuter services

A Sunday service will operate, with extra DART and Commuter services (from Howth, Malahide, Bray, Greystones, Maynooth, Longford and Dundalk) operating before and after the St Patrick’s Day parade. 

Passengers are advised to allow sufficient time to travel to the Parade, which begins at 12:00hrs, with high demand expected.   Customers are advised that Tara Street Station will be closed until 16:00hrs, to facilitate Garda crowd management arrangements for the Parade.  Please use Connolly or Pearse Stations during this time.

Late night trains

The following trains will operate after midnight on DART and Commuter routes, serving all stations unless otherwise stated:

  • 00:20hrs Pearse to Maynooth
  • 00:30hrs Pearse to Howth
  • 00:30hrs Connolly to Greystones
  • 00:40hrs Pearse to Dundalk (serving Tara St, Connolly, Howth Junction and then all stations to Dundalk)
  • 00:50hrs Pearse to Kildare (serving Tara St, Connolly, Drumcondra, and all stations ParkWest to Kildare)

Intercity routes, Cork Commuter: A revised timetable is in operation.  Please check www.irishrail.ie  or the Iarnród Éireann app for times.

Extra services on Saturday 18th March for Ireland v England rugby match

A Saturday service will operate on all routes, with the following extra services for the Ireland v England Six Nations match at the Aviva Stadium.

Extra DARTs operating before and after the match. 

Please note Grand Canal Dock Station will be closed at full time (18:20hrs to 20:05hrs) to facilitate Garda crowd management arrangements for the match.

Extra 21:35hrs Dublin Heuston to Cork (with connection to Limerick) service will operate.  This train must be booked in advance, at www.irishrail.ie or the Iarnród Éireann app.

 Sunday 19th March

A normal Sunday service will operate.

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