Reviving Rural Rail

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What kind of visitors might be attracted?

  • Overseas visitors based in the capital without a car
  • Visitors looking for the real Ireland, rather than the usual tourist honey pots
  • Visitors looking for sustainable transport options
  • Families and visitors for whom rail travel is a novelty
  • Dubliners who do not own a car, including many young professionals
  • Walkers and cyclists.

Such visitors can build their schedules around existing rail timetables and can make a valuable contribution to passenger numbers and ticket receipts. This in turn helps to make the case for improved services – which in turn attract more passengers, in both directions.

This is a proven method of reviving rural rail services. It works best when all elements of the local community work with the railway company to promote and market the line in a Community Rail Partnership. This the key to success.

Our opening speaker on Saturday, who founded the UK-based Association of Community Rail Partnerships, will focus on this aspect. (See for some success stories.) Other speakers will cover a range of complementary approaches to developing rail-based tourism.

Outline of Programme

Friday 17th June 2011

6.00pm – 7.45pm   Registration

7.45pm   Mr. Alan Kelly, Junior Minister for Public and Commuter Transport

8.00pm  Seminar Dinner | After Dinner Speaker Mr. Don Cunningham, Director, New Works, Irish Rail

Saturday 18th June  2011

9.30am – 10.00am Registration

10.00am  - 10.45am Dr. Paul Salveson AcoRP

10.45am – 11.00am | Tea/Coffee

11.00am - 11.20am  Mr. Joe McGrath  
North Tipperary County Manager

11.20am - 11.40am | Lorraine Grainger
Green tourism packages

11.40 am – 12.30pm | Mr. Jim Deegan, Manager, Rail Tours Ireland /
Mr. John G O’Dwyer, Travel Writer

12.30pm – 1.30pm | Lunch

1.30pm – 5.00pm | Rail Tours Ireland, guided tour of Lough Derg lakeshore places of interest with local guides Mr. Declan Collison, walks and adventure holiday’s organizer; Liam Maloney, Lough Derg Yacht Club and Mr. John McNamara, Fly-fishing on the Shannon

5pm  Return to Nenagh by train from Castleconnell

Sunday 19th June 2011

10am – 11.00am | Guided Nenagh historical walk

11am | Seminar close

Seminar Fee:  €170

Bookings may be made to:

Dr. Duncan Martin
Nenagh Rail Partnership
24 Townsfield
Co. Tipperary

0505/42087. 086/8377906

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The Seminar organisers reserve the right to change any of the details of this programme to facilitate the safe and efficient running of this event.