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Thurles Rail Users To Expect Summer Disruptions

Thurles commuters, who can still afford to use Irish Rail’s Saturday services; delivering its passengers both to and from Heuston station (formerly Kingsbridge Station); are being warned to expect disruption over the coming summer months.

Engineering works are set to get under way between Hazelhatch and Thurles on the Dublin/Cork line, and Irish Rail are asking passengers to check Saturday train times very carefully, before using their service.

Hazelhatch (not a conventional village as such) is an area on the borders of Co. Kildare and South Co. Dublin, located approximately halfway between Celbridge and Newcastle on the R405 regional road map.  (Note: The main Southern and Western Railway to Dublin, from Cork, Limerick, Galway, Ballina etc., passes through Hazelhatch, which was first opened on August 4th 1846.)

Works however will not take place during the month of August or on any Saturdays  concurring with major sports fixtures or concert events.

The services (and Saturdays) which are expected to be affected in the coming weeks:-

  • Cork, Limerick and Tralee (on May 13, May 20, June 3, June 10 & July 1).
  • Dublin Heuston/ Cork services will operate every hour in each direction with altered times, full details of which will be available on irishrail.ie
  • Dublin Heuston/Limerick services will operate every hour, connecting to/from all Heuston/Cork services, at Limerick Junction.
  • Heuston/Tralee services will operate every two hours connecting to/from Dublin Heuston/Cork, at Mallow
  • The 17:05 Dublin Heuston/Cork service will be cancelled; with commuters heading for Tralee being asked to board the 17:05 Heuston/Cork service to change at Mallow.

Irish Rail further confirm that there will be no first-class carriages on the affected Saturdays, and they intend to either offer a new ticket or a refund to persons who have already booked a ticket for a train, and whose departure time has been either changed or cancelled.

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