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Tuesday 3 October 2023 Dublin: 16°C
# Take a Break
This woman is marrying her 'Train Boy' - and they had a special journey this morning
Take a break and have a read of this little love story.

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MOST OF THE time when you spot someone staring at you on public transport, you’ll ignore them and bury your head in your phone, hoping the horrifically awkward experience will be over soon.

Geraldine McCauley was faced with this today during her morning commute when she saw a woman looking at her.

“I was thinking, do I know her? Am I supposed to say hello?,” she told Newstalk.

The woman approached Geraldine, and welcomed her to her “last journey” – an ominous-sounding greeting, but not when the Geraldine was on her last trip before heading off to get married to her fiancé Ciaran O’Keeffe.

The couple met on the platform at Coolmine Station in 2013. Ciaran plucked up the courage to talk to Geraldine, who had already noticed him, referring to him as “Train Boy” to her friends.

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They have been making the journey together ever since

Ciaran got in touch with Irish Rail for help with planning the pair’s railway-themed wedding, and so the rail operator decided to organise a surprise for them this morning on the 07.06 commuter service from Coolmine to Dockland.

The woman who had been staring at Geraldine brought out champagne and flowers, and even a singer to serenade the couple.

“There was a photographer snapping away pictures,” she said, “I was like, what is going on here? This is absolutely nuts.”

It was just all really surreal.

“My friends call me tiny tears so I was crying at everything but laughing as well,” she told Newstalk.

Ciaran’s very romantic, he does pull it out of bag every so often, so this doesn’t surprise me at all.

A spokesperson for Irish Rail said: “We hope Geraldine makes a punctual arrival at the wedding and doesn’t keep Ciarán waiting too long for her to move down the aisle and take her seat next to him one more time.”

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