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Can I drink alcohol on intercity trains these days?

  • 04-12-2021 8:48pm
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    Registered Users Posts: 419 ✭✭ Raoul Duke III


    If I'm travelling next weekend (group of 4 of us), am I allowed bring a couple of bottles of wine and consume onboard? In a suitably responsible way of course.

    i.e. will anyone care, including train staff.

    Thanks!



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  • Registered Users Posts: 18,839 ✭✭✭✭ glasso


    literally a 5 second google search

    Computer says NO

    Latest update - 11 October 2021

    • Alcohol is prohibited on all services.


    www.buymeacoffee.com/glassopy



  • Registered Users Posts: 9,552 ✭✭✭ lord lucan


    Alcohol is banned on all services at the moment,if there's a CSO on the train they will tell you to put it away or possibly take it from you.



  • Registered Users Posts: 419 ✭✭ Raoul Duke III


    Thanks both.



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  • Registered Users Posts: 15,253 ✭✭✭✭ Spanish Eyes


    Does anyone check to see if passengers have bottles/cans on boarding the train? I have never seen anyone official on board apart from the trolley staff, and occasionally a ticket checker at intermediate stops. So who checks or challenges anyone?



  • Registered Users Posts: 18,420 ✭✭✭✭ Strumms


    It’s a pity we have so many numerous numb-sculls in this country though ruining it for the rest of us as well as well as no sort of deterrent from the law.

    get on a TGV, Eurostar, Renfe, you can bring on alcohol, purchase onboard , people do, ive done... a nice way to relax and wind down...

    Regulations need to be tailored for the clientele and risk assessments carried out obviously prohibits it.



  • Registered Users Posts: 1,187 ✭✭✭ thomas 123


    No its up to the passengers to call a helpline, then the cops are at the next stop. Only in Ireland...

    For the short flight ticket price you would expect at least a steward etc.



  • Registered Users Posts: 13,373 ✭✭✭✭ breezy1985


    You can buy or drink your own on UK trains too and they have all the same social problems we have. They are generally way more open then we are about licencing law in regards to trains, parks, cafes, late drinking etc.

    I bet if Irish trains had the huge passenger numbers the continental and UK trains have then EI wouldn't be long reopening the buffet cars to sell booze



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  • Registered Users Posts: 880 ✭✭✭ thefallingman


    I’ve seen lads using a brown bag, problem solved



  • Registered Users Posts: 13,373 ✭✭✭✭ breezy1985


    Is it really just a covid thing ?

    If so I stand corrected.



  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Home & Garden Moderators, Recreation & Hobbies Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators Posts: 20,520 CMod ✭✭✭✭ Pawwed Rig


    So they ban the alcohol and let the scummy behaviour continue



  • Registered Users Posts: 13,373 ✭✭✭✭ breezy1985


    They also let the drinking of alcohol continue most of the time from what I have seen. It's just officially banned



  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Home & Garden Moderators, Recreation & Hobbies Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators Posts: 20,520 CMod ✭✭✭✭ Pawwed Rig


    So the scammers drink away while decent people like the OP can't. Typical



  • Registered Users Posts: 13,373 ✭✭✭✭ breezy1985


    Or the OP could just have a drink too.

    Worst will happen is you will be told to stick it in a bin. I've seen plenty of nice normal not scobes drinking on the train



  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Home & Garden Moderators, Recreation & Hobbies Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators Posts: 20,520 CMod ✭✭✭✭ Pawwed Rig


    The op wants to follow the rules. It is just those that don't care about the rules that get to do what they want. The same guys were having their house parties while everyone else was in lockdown.



  • Registered Users Posts: 13,373 ✭✭✭✭ breezy1985


    Everyone thinks that it's everyone else breaking the law.

    My neighbours had parties, I just had a few illegal guests.

    Everyone else illegally parks, I just pop into the shops for a second

    I only go 5kph above the limit.

    When I beg the barman to serve past legal closing time it's different



  • Registered Users Posts: 10,435 ✭✭✭✭ Jamie2k9


    Is it really just a covid thing ?

    If so I stand corrected.


    Yes just Covid, in theory you cannot eat or drink anything on the train because face coverings are required. IE were the only place able to sell alcohol on Good Friday for many years once you had a train ticket...

    Alcohol is sold on most services apart from certain weekend exceptions though due to a complete ban which isn't strictly enforced. Years ago you would often have it confiscated (i.e. if you want to stay on the train and have it returned at destination) on banned services but this doesn't happen anymore and you would need to be really bad to have guards remove you.

    In the summer there was a group drinking on a train and someone tweeted Irish Rail who informed Control who informed the driver who got out to find the CSO to ask them to move carriages and continue drinking. How do I know, because they moved to my carriage and asked if I mind them drinking and said about the tweet. I then looked up the tweet and asked the CSO who confirmed. I had just assumed the driver running down the platform was to fix a door issue.

    This is the level of "enforcement" applied within IE...

    Now an area of confusion is your not allowed on DART/Commuter trains however aside from enforcement issues I am not sure if this is underpinned legally.



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  • Registered Users Posts: 13,273 ✭✭✭✭ whisky_galore




  • Registered Users Posts: 419 ✭✭ Raoul Duke III


    Actually, that seemed to be the prevailing mood. Plenty of booze being consumed on the train up and down although I didn't see any rowdiness. Must confess we joined in.

    No sign of any staff caring one way or the other!



  • Registered Users Posts: 17 bob425


    On a recent journey to Sligo , the checker was strict about it. No Drinking ! I suppose it really depends on the checkers.



  • Registered Users Posts: 793 ✭✭✭ cbreeze


    I think you can only remove your mask to take medication, not any kind of other food or drink.



  • Registered Users Posts: 609 ✭✭✭ Board Walker


    We were drinking after the last Saturday Ireland match in the Aviva. It was September on the special train. nothing was said to us and we weren't the only ones but we weren't making much noise either.



  • Registered Users Posts: 575 ✭✭✭ Economics101


    The real problem with drinking on Trains is because of people bringing their own booze on board. IE should allow drinking of alcohol which has been bought on the train. Mind you, one of the few benefits of minimum unit pricing is likely to make bring ultra-cheap slabs onto trains less affordable.



  • Registered Users Posts: 609 ✭✭✭ Board Walker


    Minimum pricing does not effect the price of alcohol on the train as its so expensive.



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  • Registered Users Posts: 575 ✭✭✭ Economics101


    Sorry I meant to say "brought onto the train" not "bought on the train".



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