Papal trains: Irish Rail warn Kilkenny customers advance booking needed for travel

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The rail company is stressing that Intercity train tickets will not be available for sale on the day

The rail company is stressing that Intercity train tickets will not be available for sale on the day

Irish Rail has warned people travelling from Kilkenny for the upcoming Papal visit that there will be no access to trains without a ticket or reservation.

Iarnród Éireann has said that those attending World Meeting of Families events, including the Papal Mass in the Phoenix park on Sunday, August 26, at which up to 500,000 people are expected, should be be aware that advance booking of Intercity train travel is mandatory for this event.

The rail company is stressing that Intercity train tickets will not be available for sale on the day and that there will be no access for anyone to Intercity trains who does not have a ticket or reservation.

This applies to regular services, and extra trains which will operate from/to Cork, Kerry, Limerick, Galway, Mayo, Sligo, Rosslare and Waterford (Kilkenny).

For existing ticket holders, including free travel pass holders and season ticket holders, a reservation is essential for travel on August 26. Reservations for this date are free of charge, and can be booked by phone (Iarnród Éireann Call Centre (01) 836 6222 8.30am-6pm Monday to Friday excluding public holidays) or online at www.irishrail.ie

The Irish Rail Journey Planner can help you with departure and return times.

Seating will not be assigned on Intercity Services before and after the Pope's mass. An unallocated seating policy will be in operation. This means you will not be assigned a seat on your ticket. Customers are advised to make use of any available seats on the service


Customers must travel on the service they have booked on to ensure travel. The ability to change trains, cancel or seek refund will not be permitted