If you were looking forward to a leisurely glass of wine on your next train trip, then we have some bad news.
According to RTÉ, no alcohol will be served on the 1pm service from Galway to Dublin from this Sunday and customers attempting to bring their own alcohol on board will have it confiscated. Iarnród Éireann has said that the decision comes following “persistent complaints from customers about regular instances of anti-social behaviour connected to excessive alcohol consumption on the Galway to Dublin service”.
Similar restrictions have previously been introduced on other routes, with an alcohol ban introduced on certain trains between Waterford and Dublin last May.
“The decision was taken to make these services alcohol free because we have large groups of people travelling – particularly on stag and hen parties – that may in some instances engage in the over consumption of alcohol and this can be intimidating to other customers,” said spokesperson Jane Cregan.
“It is a measure we take reluctantly, but we must act when our customers are regularly having their journeys disturbed by a minority.”