Upcoming Outings

For over 70 years the IRRS has held hundreds of outings to locations of railway interest, both in Ireland and abroad. The nature of outings and activities have evolved with the developments of Irish railways. Examples include visits to Irish railway engineering facilities (exclusive to IRRS members) and diesel hauled excursion trains to unusual locations. Forthcoming Society outings are detailed below.


Saturday 08th & Sunday 09th June 2019

Two-Day Outing to the Bluebell Railway, East Sussex, UK

The Society has arranged a two-day outing to visit the Bluebell Railway in the UK on Saturday 08th and Sunday 09th June 2019. We will travel from Dublin to London (Gatwick) by Aer Lingus flight. A preserved Routemaster bus will take us to the Copthorne Hotel, London Gatwick, for overnight accommodation, to drop off our luggage before heading to the Bluebell Railway at East Grinstead. On Sunday we will return to the Bluebell Railway once again for a second day of events, where lunch will also be included. The bus will then bring us to London Gatwick that evening to return to Dublin by Aer Lingus flight.

Full details of this outing, including Timetable and Fares are available on the BOOKING FORM

Prices quoted for this outing include:

  • Admission to the Bluebell Railway and associated train journeys, works / museum visits
  • Overnight accommodation (bed & breakfast) at Copthorne Hotel, Gatwick (per person sharing basis)
  • 3-course evening meal (plus tea / coffee) at Copthorne Hotel, Gatwick on Saturday evening
  • Bus transfers to / from London Gatwick airport to the Bluebell Railway and hotel in Gatwick
  • Sunday Lunch carvery in the Birch Grove Suite at the Bluebell Railway on Sunday

As the number of Members & Guests on this outing is limited to 50, please return your booking form and payment as soon as possible.


Friday 19th July 2019

Outing to ESB Ardnacrusha Power Station, Co. Limerick

An outing has been arranged to visit the ESB power station at Ardnacrusha, Co. Limerick on Friday 19th July 2019, once home to an extensive narrow gauge railway system (see ESB Archives). The group will travel to and from Limerick by service train; via Nenagh on the outward journey and Limerick Junction on the return. Lunch (optional) will be available at the George Hotel, Limerick. A coach will be available to take Members to and from Limerick Station and Ardnacrusha Power Station. Please note there are approximately 100 steps to climb during the tour of the power station.

Full details of this outing, including Timetable and Fares are available on the BOOKING FORM


Email programme@irrs.ie for queries regarding the above outings. For details and photos of previous IRRS outings, click here.