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While we're delighted that Dublin plays host to some of the biggest names in music on a regular basis, if you're not from the Big Smoke, the costs of concert attending can get steep. 

There's the cost of getting up to the capital from wherever in the country you hail, getting back home again AND if you're relying on public transport, there's a chance you might have to shell out for an overnight stay after the concert. 

Irish Rail is taking steps to combat this, and with Taylor Swift taking to Croke Park stadium this Friday and Saturday, the train authority has decided to add additional services to run after the concert to get you home safe. 

If you're from Galway or Cork, you;'re in luck, here are the times of the additional services after the gig: 

  • Dublin Heuston to Galway 00:30hrs
  • Dublin Heuston to Cork 00:40hrs

As for getting to the gig, an extra train at 9.05am has been added from Tralee to Dublin Heuston. 

If you're planning on getting any of the extra trains, it's worth noting that pre-booking as a must. 

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Iarnród Eireann have informed the public that service has resumed following a tragic incident in Sallins, Co Kildare.

Earlier this afternoon, they informed passengers on Twitter that service to and from Heuston had been suspended.

"All services suspended through Sallins, emergency services attending tragic incident on line north of station. All services to/from Heuston disrupted until further notice," read the initial tweet.

They updated passengers in the hour that followed and confirmed that disruption was ongoing and significant delays should be expected.

However, their recent tweet confirmed that while delays were still to be expected, service had resumed and routes should soon be operating on schedule.

Twitter users have expressed their sympathy over the incident, and received further updates from the company with respect to individual enquiries.

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Authorities are at the scene of what has been described as a 'serious rail accident' in the south of France. 

A regional train collided with a school bus in the region of Perpignan, killing four children. 

The victims are said to be aged between 13 and 17, according to The Guardian.

A further nine people were injured in the accident, which occurred at a train crossing. 

Emergency services have been mobilised in the area. 

One witness told French publication L’Indépendant that the impact from the incident was 'violent.'

'We thought the train was going to come off the rails and turn over,' they said.

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A woman has died after being struck by an oncoming train in Dublin this afternoon.

The incident occurred at approximately 2.30pm near Raheny DART station.

Gardaí and emergency services are at the scene.

There is major disruption to rail services as a result, with DARTs only operating between Clontarf and Greystones.

Dublin Bus is accepting valid train tickets for now.

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If you're travelling home today for Easter, then beware of disruptions on Irish Rail services.

The company announced that it will be carrying out "Easter engineering" works, which means services such as the DART and Intercity trips will be delayed.

Today, Easter Sunday, the DART will only operate between Connolly and Greystones, due to a line closure between Connolly and Howth/Malahide/Skerries.

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This will also cause disruption to Northern Commuter and Enterprise services to Belfast and Drogheda.

The Intercity services will run on a Sunday time table, however, the rail carrier warned that there will be some cancellations to trains throughout the day.

If you need to check out more, visit this website.

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If you were hoping to use the train or Dart to get home to see the family this Easter weekend, listen up.

There is major disruption to Irish Rail routes and services due to maintenance and improvement works going on on the line. 

"Customers using our services to and from Heuston, and all connecting services are advised to re-check your times before travelling on affected dates," reads an Iarnród Éireann statement. 

The works will affect train services on the Cork, Tralee, Limerick, Galway, Wastpoert and Waterford lines.

"Iarnród Éireann is continuing its programme of line improvement works on the Dublin to Cork line, focusing this year on the section between Hazelhatch and Thurles."

"The annual investment of €10 million in line improvements will lead to higher reliability, smoother running of trains and with other works deliver consistent 160kph speeds (100 mph)."

"This will deliver journey time improvements for customers."

You can check how your train service will be impacted here

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Bus Éireann has announced an all-out strike, which is in place since midnight last night. 

Talks between five trade unions lasted more than three hours yesterday, and SIPTU’s transport sector organiser, Willie Noone, said the “time for talking is over.”

Now, Iarnród Éireann is being affected by the strike. 

"Iarnród Éireann has advised customers that there will be significant disruption to Intercity rail services today, Friday 24th March, arising from picketing associated with the Bus Éireann dispute," reads a statement from Irish Rail.

"Iarnród Éireann is not a party to this dispute."

Limited services will be available on the Dublin/Cork, Dublin/Limerick, Dublin/Galway, Dublin/Sligo, Dublin/Waterford and Dublin/Rosslare lines.

The 09:00am Sligo to Connolly service and the 09:40am Connolly to Rosslare service are both cancelled. 

The 12.00pm Dublin/Cork service has also been cancelled. 

Feature image: Irish Rail/Twitter

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Chanel No. 5 is one of the most popular perfumes in the world, but soon it could be no more.

A French railway company, SNCF, want to build a high-speed train line through the fields that Chanel use for their perfumes.

May roses and jasmine flowers grow in these fields, which go into every bottle of No.5.

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The fashion house has released a letter, saying that if these plans go ahead, they will have to cease production of the iconic perfume.

"The construction of a viaduct and the regular passage of high-speed trains over these fields of flowers would force Chanel to cease supporting its artisanal activities in the region.

It continued to say that the flowers harvested there are "unique and exceptional… and indispensable for the creation of Chanel perfumes."

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These sought-after flowers are also used to created Coco, No.5 Eau Premiere and No.5 L'Eau perfumes.

SNCF is arguing that the new train line would improve travel between Marseille and Nice.

Chanel No. 5 was first commissioned in 1921, and was the brain child of Coco Chanel herself.

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Local media is this evening reporting that an axe- and knife-wielding attacker has injured at least 20 passengers on a train near Heidingsfeld in Bavaria in southern Germany.

Some of the victims' injuries are thought to be life-threatening, according to the BBC, although additional reports say many of those injured were witnesses who required treatment for shock. 

Multiple sources are also now claiming that the attacker has been killed; Sky News cites police spokesman Fabien Hench as confirming that the man was shot dead by police as he tried to flee the scene.

The motives behind the violent outbreak are also currently unclear, although ISIS supporters were quick to state on social media that the terror organisation was behind the incident. 

The train line between Wurzburg-Heidingsfeld and Ochsenfurt has been closed.

The identify of the attacker has furthermore yet to be unveiled. 

 

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Star of Orange Is The New Black, Lea DeLaria, lost her temper with a preacher on the Subway in New York yesterday morning.

The actress, who plays Big Boo on the hit Netflix show, can be heard in the video shouting at the preacher and telling him he does not have the right to tell other people what to believe.

 

Thanks @bredvad Here's one from thefoodlife.com shoot I did Friday. #ieatthrreforriam

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However, when the man fails to stop his preaching, she marches up to him angrily and says she won’t stop talking until he does.

This is just making us even more excited for Boo’s return in the next season of OITNB. 

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Today’s epic fail goes to Irish Rail (sorry)!

The company took to their Twitter account this morning to announce that the Drogheda-Bray train would be delayed due to an ill passenger…

Unfortunately for them, but fortunately for everyone else, “ill” was typed as “bill” and so the great sarcastic Irish humour quickly came into play, resulting in comedy gold.

People were very, very worried about the wellbeing of poor Bill, with many writing: “Is Bill ok?”

We do of course hope that the ill passenger on board was ok, too.

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This train is amazing! We don’t know about you, but a pet hate of ours is sitting backwards on a train journey for hours on end. This Japanese train automatically twirls the seats around so that they ALL face forward, everytime!

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