No availability on trains to Cork, Limerick and Kerry as 40,000 attend All Ireland final
"Unfortunately no trains to Cork, Kerry or Limerick out of Dublin this evening will have any availability.”
Irish Rail has confirmed that there is no availability left on trains to Cork, Limerick and Kerry out of Dublin this evening as 40,000 people are set to attend the All Ireland hurling final in Croke Park today.
The 40,000 capacity match is the largest crowd at an event since the pandemic began, however, due to trains running at 75% capacity due to Covid-19 restrictions, people hoping to travel for other reasons today may have difficulty.
An Irish Rail Spokesperson said on Sunday that all trains including services after the match takes place this evening are fully booked.
Booking tickets ahead of time will also be mandatory on Sunday with no tickets available to purchase at stations, Barry Kenny confirmed.
“If you don’t already have a ticket, there will not be tickets available at the station - you won’t be able to board without a pre-booked ticket," he told Newstalk.
“Those who have been lucky enough to book their train in advance, you must travel on the specific train you have booked.
“For people who perhaps aren’t travelling for match purposes or were hoping to travel for other reasons… unfortunately no trains to Cork, Kerry or Limerick out of Dublin this evening will have any availability.”
It comes as Limerick hurling fans have been urged to limit their social activity after the All-Ireland final on between the county and Cork due to the "high rate" of Covid-19 circulating in the community.
Limerick City and County Council, The Department of Public Health Mid-West, Limerick GAA and An Garda Síochána appealed to members of the public and businesses in a joint statement to support the Limerick senior hurlers safely.
"Due to the social nature of this high-profile sporting event, the current baseline of cases in Limerick city and county, and the highly-transmissible Delta variant, there is a high risk of infection for people who are unvaccinated or not fully-vaccinated if they engage in social activity that is outside Public Health guidelines this weekend," the statement reads.
Mayor of the City and County of Limerick Daniel Butler said: “Having your county in an All-Ireland final is such a great occasion, with the excitement in communities growing as the final approaches. I know that Limerick supporters are some of the best and most passionate in the country, and we are hoping for a good result on Sunday.”
“But we must remember that we are still living with Covid-19 and I’m appealing to everyone to enjoy the match and celebrate the Limerick hurlers in a safe and responsible manner.”