Iarnrod Éireann To Offer Free Trips To Tiperary Groups

Iarnród Éireann Irish Rail have launched the 2015/16  programme for The Journey’s on Us, an initiative to support organisations and groups in the voluntary, community, sporting and charity sector on RTE programme Countrywide last Saturday morning.


“The Journey’s On Us”, will provide 100 groups with a free group travel return journey for up to 50 people per group, meaning 5,000 free journeys are on offer across any of the company’s services.  The travel facilities will be ideal in particular for organisations bringing a group to a special event, or as part of a specific support to the members of the group which requires travel.


Iarnród Éireann Chief Executive David Franks said “Voluntary organisations are the life blood of communities across the country.  However, like everyone, their budgets have been cut.  We know there are youth, sports, music, voluntary, charity and other groups in the community who would benefit greatly from being able to undertake initiatives which involve a travel cost, but have had to scale back.  We in Iarnród Éireann, through The Journey’s On Us, want to do what we can to help such groups achieve their goals, and say thank you to the organisations which play such a vital role in the daily lives of communities.  The initiative is now in its fourth year with the interest and amount of groups applying has grown significantly each year, which we are absolutely delighted with.”


The company is inviting all community, voluntary, sporting and charity groups to apply for the 100 group travel trips available. Entry forms are available at all Ianród Éireann stations or online atwww.irishrail.ie/journeys . Entry forms can be filled out online, emailed to journeys@irishrail.ie or by post to Corporate Communications, Iarnród Éireann, Connolly Station, Dublin 1. The closing date for receipt of entries is Monday 19th October.


Last year, over 900 groups applied for the scheme, and organisations ranging from Men’s Sheds to choirs, Special Olympics to Girl Guides, and groups representing youth and the elderly, benefited from ‘The Journey’s on us’.  This year we will also offered a special Prize for the winning group that submitted the most interesting and inspirational account of their day travelling with us.


We are delighted to welcome RTÉ Radio 1’s Countrywide programme on board this year and are really looking forward to working with Damien, Brenda, Ian and all the crew.  The initiative is being supported nationally by RTÉ Radio 1’s Countrywide programme , and Brenda Donohue is joining customers and staff at Killarney Railway Station, in the morning to launch “Journey’s on us” 2015.    Countrywide will also feature some of the successful groups throughout the year on the show.


All applications will be considered by an adjudicating panel and successful groups will be notified from 7th November onwards. For further information and to see terms and conditions please log ontowww.irishrail.ie/journeys


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