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Phoenix Park

Have a look inside this tunnel running under the Phoenix Park

Daily services are launching soon. / YouTube

UNDER PHOENIX PARK lies a little-known railway tunnel.

The almost 700-metre-long passage was built in 1877, but has never been used for daily passenger services save for the occasional special service for GAA matches, most common prior to the construction of the Luas.

It is generally used for freight or transferring trains between Connolly and Heuston.

Following refurbishment works, Irish Rail will run a service through the tunnel from Kildare to Dublin Heuston line straight through to Drumcondra and on to Connolly.

We got to hop on a train travelling through the tunnel earlier this week, while‘s cyclist-in-residence Daragh Brophy roughly traced the path above ground. has teamed up with Irish Rail to offer 100 free round trips to groups and organisations in the voluntary, community, sporting and charity sector this coming year. Each group can have up to 50 people per group travelling. That is FIVE THOUSAND free train trips across any of Irish Rail’s services. If you want to nominate a group for #JournalJourneys click below.

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