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Irish trains get switched on to wi-fi

Iarnód Eireann will initially introduce the service on the Cork-Dublin route.

Image: Eamonn Farrell/Photocall Ireland

IF YOU ARE travelling on the Cork – Dublin route by train this weekend, don’t forget to bring your laptop or smartphone with you – because Irish Rail are beginning to roll out free wi-fi on their services.

There might not be many real-life conversations taking place on board because from now on people will be able to browse the net while taking the 2hr 50 minute journey.

It will make commuting easier for those who take the train for work – and help the antisocial avoid talking to the person sitting next to them.

Dublin company FleetConnect has been awarded the contract to equip the trains with wi-fi, which will begin with the Cork-Dublin route and then move onto other trains, including the Intercity railcar fleet.

After a testing period, it will be extended to all of the CAF Intercity trains on the Dublin-Cork fleet by the end of September.

A spokesperson for Iarnród Eireann said:

With the proliferation of internet-ready Smartphones and tablet PCs, today’s rail passengers are increasingly coming to expect to be able to access wi-fi while on the move so they can work or be entertained throughout their journey.

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The decision to introduce wi-fi followed a successful trial on selected services last year.

Iarnród Éireann said connecting to wi-fi on the trains will be “simple” and that a dedicated helpline will be provided by FleetConnect.

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