We took the train in from Dublin to Killarney. The train ride cost about $40 US roundtrip. The cars held about 35 people and we were seated in "booth" type tables. The train ride itself was an experience. There was a "hen party" on board going to Killarney for the weekend. I found out that this is a popular term for a pre-wedding party for women. The bride to be and about 15 of her friends were on board. They were certainly out for a weekend blow out which clearly started the minute the train left the Dublin station. There was a great deal of drinking, singing and fun on the train and we were entertained quite well on our voyage to Killarney.
The country side on the way was exquisite. We passed several small towns and rural areas. Since it was the beginning of September we saw many farmers out starting the harvest of the crops. I couldn't help but notice how similar it was to my home state of Kentucky.
When we left Killarney to head back to Dublin on Sunday, the "hen party" was on board also. It was a much quieter ride home and many of the members of the party look a little worse for the wear. They did seem to have a wonderful time and it was a great deal of fun being an observer.