Monday 22 January 2018

Ticket to ride helps beat the ban on boozing

Ciaran Byrne

A DART ticket got me into the most exclusive club in Dublin yesterday.

While hundreds of people attended the Stations of the Cross on Good Friday, others were headed for an entirely different sort of station.

No pubs open? No problem. If you are a fare-paying customer of Irish Rail, you get to buy pints in the Oslo Bar in Connolly Station on Good Friday.

Yesterday, three burly doorman screened every newcomer for train tickets.

Word had quite obviously spread that a €2.10 single to Portmarnock would lead to the promised land.

"Three Guinness," bellowed a drinker at the barman who was working flat out to quench the enormous thirsts of the almost 100 people inside.

According to a Dublin guide, the Oslo"does just fine for a pint while you're waiting for a train".

And boy, there were lots of people waiting for trains yesterday.

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