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Iarnród Éireann to Offer Free Trips for Community, Voluntary & Charity Groups in 2014

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THE JOURNEY’S ON US!

IARNRÓD ÉIREANN TO OFFER FREE TRIPS FOR COMMUNITY, VOLUNTARY & CHARITY GROUPS IN 2014

Iarnród Éireann Irish Rail has today launched the 2014 programme for The Journey’s on Us, an initiative to support organisations and groups in the voluntary, community, sporting and charity sector.

“The Journey’s On Us”, will provide 100 groups with a free group travel return journey for up to 50 people per group during 2014, meaning 5,000 free journeys are on offer across 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 third year with the interest and amount of groups applying has grown significantly each year, which we are absolutely delighted with.”

The company has today invited 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 at www.irishrail.ie/journeys . Entry forms can be filled out online, emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by post to Corporate Communications, Iarnród Éireann, Connolly Station, Dublin 1. The closing date for receipt of entries is Monday 14th July, at 16.30hrs.

Last year, over 750 groups applied for the scheme, and organisations ranging from Men’s Sheds to choirs, Special Olympics to Girl Guides, and groups representing youth and elderly, benefited from ‘The Journey’s on us’.  Last year we offered for the first a special Prize for the winning group that submitted the most interesting and inspirational account of their day travelling with us.  The winner of the prize was Special Hands Activity Group from Kelly, Co. Meath.

The initiative is being supported nationally by RTÉ Radio 1’s Mooney Show, and Brenda Donohue is joining customers and staff at Ceannt Railway Station, Galway today to launch “Journey’s on Us” 2014.  They were joined by Galway Community Circus who were a winner of one of the trips last year.   The Mooney Show will also feature successful groups throughout the year.

All applications will be considered by an adjudicating panel and successful groups will be notified from July onwards.

For further information and to see terms and conditions please log onto www.irishrail.ie/journeys