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Kilsheelan Scouts Group via Facebook Kilsheelan Scouts Group, one of last year's winners, on their trip.
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All aboard: 5,000 of you are going on a Journal Journey with Irish Rail
The full list of the winning community and voluntary groups is right here.

IT’S BEEN A fun month sifting through the impressive entries to our Journal Journeys partnership with Iarnród Éireann/Irish Rail and now the results are in.

There were 100 free group trips available – bringing up to 50 people per group – as part of the project to facilitate and reward the work of the voluntary sector all around the country.

Sporting clubs, community groups, charities, voluntary services – all were invited to tell us how a free rail trip would benefit their members and achieve their aims.

We have previously announced four weekly winners – but today we can reveal the FULL 100 groups travelling in the coming 12 months on Journal Journeys with Irish Rail.

Irish Rail CEO David Franks said: “We have been overwhelmed this year by the level of interest in Journal Journeys with Iarnród Éireann from voluntary organisations right across the country; we hope the winners will enjoy their trip. It’s our way of saying thank you for all the great work you do in your community.”

Susan Daly, Editor of, said Journal Media Ltd was delighted to be part of the effort and “looks forward to meeting some of the winners, travelling with them and learning more about the groups who are enriching local life all over the country, day in, day out, often without recognition”.


Connacht & Ulster

  • Ballinrobe Women’s Group
  • Holy Family National School
  • Westport United Youths
  • Mayo Geneology Group
  • Kiltane Rural Social Scheme
  • Erris No Name Club
  • Bohola Foroige Club
  • Carmelite Abbey Choir
  • Loughrea carers support group
  • Kiltullagh Pioneers AFC – U11
  • GRETB, City of Galway Youthreach
  • COPE Galway
  • Roscommon Further Education
  • Western gales gaelic4mothers
  • Castlerea Musical Society
  • Curlieu brownies
  • CLASP (Community of Lough Arrow Social Project)
  • Kilcar community singers
  • DVAS
  • Sligo Volunteer Centre
  • Strand Brownies
  • Leitrim Branch of Down Syndrome Ireland
  • Breffni Family Resource Centre
  • Ballinamore Sean O’Heslins GAA Club


  • Ballymore Community Association
  • Direct Provision Centre
  • Mallow Garda Youth Diversion Project
  • Cobh Family Resource Centre
  • Doneraile Active Retirement Association
  • Farranfore Development Association
  • North East and West Kerry Development
  • Lispole Brownies
  • Tralee International Resource Centre
  • Ballybunion Swim Club
  • Waterford School Completion Programme
  • Carbally Community Development Group
  • Little Conquerors
  • PACT Project
  • Tipperary Rape Crisis and Counselling Centre
  • Knockanrawley Resource Centre Ltd
  • Duhill Community Council
  • Moyne Templetuohy Girl Guides
  • Oola youth club
  • Clarina Scout group
  • Dóchas (Hope for People with Autism)
  • Limerick Mental Health Association
  • Newmarket-on-Fergus Scout Group
  • Ennis Girl Guides
  • Parteen GAA Camogie
  • 9th Clare Ennistymon Scout Group

LEINSTER (excl Dublin)

  • Mullingar Hockey Club
  • Offaly Dyslexia Group
  • 4th Carlow Leighlinbridge Scouts
  • Maynooth Education Campus Chamber Choir
  • 1st Meath Dunboyne Scouts
  • Thomastown United girls’ team
  • Chiele Community Choir
  • Wicklow Photography Club
  • Defence Force Veterans – Friends of Jadotville
  • 1st/10th Mullingar Scout troup
  • Wexford Tidy Towns
  • Children’s diabetes clinic, Wexford
  • Kildare Intercultural Action
  • Newbridge Family Resource Centre
  • Portarlington Community Employment Project
  • Hansfield ETNS
  • Edenderry Lions Club
  • Kilclonfert/Kilmurry Youth Club
  • Slieve Bloom Rural Development Society
  • St Killian’s Girl Guides
  • BKT Youth group
  • Johnstown Football Club
  • 7th Louth Coastal Scout Group
  • Longford Community Resources Ltd


  • Ballyfermot Advance Project
  • Jigsaw -The National Centre for Youth Mental Health
  • Sphere17 Regional Youth Service
  • Peader Kearney House
  • Out and About hiking club
  • City of Dublin YMCA
  • European Youth in Migration Forum
  • 63rd Dublin, Donabate Sea Scouts
  • Tus Nua Artane Coolock Family Resource Centre
  • Ballymun Adult Read & Write Scheme
  • Aislinn Education Support Centre for Survivors of Institutional Abuse
  • Snowflakes Autism Support
  • Diverse City AFC
  • Rialto Community Drug Team
  • Blue Drum
  • The GALs (get a life) over 50s group
  • Lucan United Football Club
  • Mendicity Institution
  • Gay Switchboard
  • Deaf Folk Dance Ireland
  • City of Dublin YMCA
  • Love Actually
  • Central Remedial Clinic School
  • Johnstown Active Retired
  • South West Clondalkin Community Safety Forum will be out and about meeting many of these winning groups every month in 2017 – stay tuned for video, pics and features on their work.

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