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Posted by on Jun 1, 2010 in Headlines, Transportation | 21 comments

Explore Ireland by Rail

This July, Liam and I are back in Ireland traveling to some of the country’s most beautiful locations. While we’re there, we’ll begin a new project I feel very passionate about. We’ll be exploring the Emerald Isle by train — stopping in various towns and cities along the way to show the sites and experiences that await.

In true Irish Fireside form, we’ll be sharing the journey with our digital friends (that’s you!) with a steady stream of blog entries, HD videos, Twitter updates, Flickr uploads, Facebook posts and podcast episodes.

Sound like fun? We think so too. Plus, we’ve got on board along with our many friends dotted across Ireland to help us uncover the ins and outs of traveling by train in the Republic.

Support the Project

You’re invited to suggest your favorite destinations along Ireland’s rail system. We’d love to hear what you recommend. Email or leave a message on our comment line at 414-292-9269.

Since we’re funding this project out of our own pockets, we’re looking at every opportunity to help offset costs… media discounts, partnerships and sponsorships (these relationships will be disclosed). Our biggest expenses will include travel, accommodations, tech equipment and data hosting. If you are connected with a potential partner or sponsor, let us know.

We’re also inviting our fans to help out with micro-payments of $5, $10 or more. These small contributions can really add up and help put a dent in our expenses and allow us to do more and share more.

Every donation will get a mention on our Wall of Honor that will go on the front page of For those who give $25 or more, we’ll be sending a postcard from Ireland… the real, handwritten kind you can hang on the fridge. And for those who can afford $100 or more, we’ll be sending a special gift from Ireland.

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If you’d like to make a contribution in honor of someone or remain anonymous, just drop us a line and let us know how you’d like your donation listed on our site.

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  1. That is wonderful idea. I will be interested to see if you can post a doable route that may be taken just by rail, and what there is to see in that manner. Often thought about not having a rental car in Ireland and trying to do just that, but have not been able to pull it off. Hope your effort in that regards goes splendidly, and I will be anxious to see how it can be done!

  2. Curtis – Ireland by train can most certainly be done.

    Our plan is to highlight the towns, cities and sites that are most easily accessible by train and suggest some itineraries — ones that won’t sacrifice all the off-the-beaten-path sites.

  3. Sounds like a great trip! I’ll have to take a look at a map of Ireland’s rail system and come up with some suggestions. Never thought of traveling by rail through Ireland, but after your trip I just might!

  4. a great idea, and creative funding too. I’m thinking about doing a similar thing in winter, when the island takes on a wholly different aspect. mine would be by bus though…

    looking forward to hearing how you go, and what destinations you will choose. should you be heading north any at all, I would definitely recommend Newry and Derry, though it’s a bit of a logistic journey to get to them by train if your main trips are to the south. In the republic, Galway, Sligo, and Ennis are among the places I’d suggest which are on the railway.

  5. Can’t wait to see how this goes. I was interested in doing this too, but too inexperienced in Irish Travel to try it. Now that I have driven every road in Ireland I am ready to try something else! Wish I was going too.

    Looking forward to the blog,


  6. This is a great idea! Putting two of my favorite things together – Ireland and traveling by train. I’m looking forward to the reports.

  7. I was told train travel was unreliable in Ireland. I guess you guys will be able to confirm or deny that claim after this summer.

    Thank you so much for doing this, I am looking forward to it.

  8. Great idea! And timely as well. Now that seniors can travel the rail system in the Republic for free it is a great opportunity for us older folks. I’ve always enjoyed train travel – the older, the better as far as I’m concerned. (The Durango – Silverton in CO., Cumbres and Toltec in northern NM, and the Grand Canyon & Verde Canyon in AZ). Ridin’ the rails -Yeehaw!
    Can’t wait to hear about your trips and start making our own plans. Slainte, Jim

  9. A cool idea. How is train travel in Ireland compared to train travel in Europe?
    Have you ever tried traveling in Ireland bny motor scooter 150cc and above?
    I did it in Bermuda; it’s scooter heaven there.


  10. Ireland has a new fleet of trains, and I’ve found the rail system to be quite reliable and enjoyable. The biggest drawback is that the routes tend to spoke out from Dublin, so it doesn’t always get you where you want to go in the most efficient manner and Sundays can have limited service.

    Many smaller towns… and the entire county of Donegal aren’t serviced by trains, so a combination of bus and train is required.

    I’ve never traveled by motor scooter. I will say that the weather can be a challenge for any kind of travel that doesn’t protect you from the elements. I have a feeling Ireland could be a much different experience from Bermuda depending on the weather.

  11. Such a great idea for your next roadtrip! The very first time I visited Ireland, I did a week traveling around by train. I love the train. Anywhere the main train lines couldn’t take me, the national and local buses could, so I was able to get to everything I wanted to see. It was a fun trip!

  12. VERY cool!! i love it! can you look around and report back on accessibility? thanks!

  13. I won one of those gorgeous tiles a couple of Christmases ago and it would look really great displayed with the new one.

    Just commenting to give myself a chance to win.

    I am all in for the train trip. Too bad I’m going back next summer instead of this. A GTG would be such fun.

  14. What an awesome idea, Corey. It’s a whole ‘nother world traveling by rail. Look forward to the photos and blogs. As always, I’m with you guys in spirit! Safe travels :) – Kat

  15. Will be in Ireland from 15 July through 1 August — mostly in the SW. Perhaps our paths may cross?

    In any event, I hope your Road Trip goes well. Train travel is an Enlightening Experience.

  16. Thanks for all the support!

    Tony – appreciate the link to the form… we’ll add it to the resource page we’re working on.

    Bob – You never know… we might be near each other. Don’t have the details worked out enough to know when I’ll be in the SW though.

  17. With all the great comments. I’m really looking forward to the trip……


    PS…..It’s a beautiful day in Ireland today….sorry all of you aren’t here!


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