Taking the train to Croker this weekend? Then, book in advance

Gaelic football fans travelling from the west to Croke Park this weekend are reminded that advance booking for Intercity rail travel remains mandatory.

It’s as large crowds are expected for this weekend’s All-Ireland Football Championship Semi-Final on Saturday, and All-Ireland U20 Football Final on Sunday, both in Croke Park.

On Saturday Mayo face Dublin and on Sunday Rocommon take the field against Offaly.

Advance booking is necessary to manage the 75% of on-board capacity available for use under current public health measures.

While extra services have been added on Saturday (to/from Westport and Ballina) and Sunday (to/from Athlone), already a number of services are sold out over the coming weekend, with more expected to sell out in advance.

Barry Kenny is corporate communications manager with Iarnrod Eireann: