This page aims to give a brief overview of the other regional line traversing County Tipperary.
Timetable: The train service consists of two trains in each direction Mondays to Saturdays inclusive traversing the entire line supplemented by a Nenagh to Limerick commuter train on Mondays to Fridays inclusive. On Sundays there is an evening train each way.
Connections: to/from Dublin/Portlaoise/Cork are available at Ballybrophy station. A waiting room and toilets are available in Ballybrophy station. Some connections are also available at Limerick (to Dublin/Limerick Junction /Cork/Ennis/Galway).
Wi-fi: There is free-to-use Wi-fi onboard the trains and each station on the line has an eircom WiFiHub hotspot (details on the eircom website).
Rail Partnership: The line has its own rail partnership - one may wish to browse "Nenagh Rail Partnership" on Facebook.There is also a Facebook page for Roscrea station - "Irish Rail Roscrea".
Brief description of the line:
The line commences at the small County Laois village of Ballybrophy, where connections to/from Dublin/Portlaoise/Cork are available, though for most of its length is within North County Tipperary.
The first intermediate station is the heritage town of Roscrea which has several features of historical interest including a castle, Damer House, the round tower and high cross. Cloughjordan is the next station and there is an ecovillage near its centre. The following station serves Nenagh, the principal town in North County Tipperary.
Pleasant scenery, such as the Silvermine Mountains, may be enjoyed along the way before reaching Birdhill. This station is around 6km from Killaloe (which is picturesquely situated on the River Shannon at the Southern tip of Lough Derg). After crossing into County Limerick and serving Castleconnell station (reopened in the late 1980s) the Waterford-Limerick Junction-Limerick line is joined at Killonan (there’s a signal cabin here but no longer a station). Limerick city soon comes into view. Limerick Colbert station is the terminus. The city centre is within walking distance.
Roscrea round tower
West gable of 12th Century Church of St. Cronan
Approach to Cloughjordan from the railway station. Photo (c) B. Allan