25 years of DART! Join in the celebrations!
by Corporate Communications
Iarnród Éireann has announced a series of events to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the DART service.
On 23rd July 1984, the DART service began operating, and since that date, it has become one of the country’s greatest public transport success stories. It is an icon of Dublin, and has played a crucial role in the life of Dubliners over the 25 years, with almost half a billion passenger journeys made.
Because DART is such a significant part of the daily lives of so many people, Iarnród Éireann is marking 25 years of DART in ways that involve our commuters and will speak of the unique place DART has in Dublin’s landscape. Fun, music, poetry, dining and celebration will all feature throughout the summer months.
A unique advertising campaign to mark 25 years, featuring the work of renowned artists Graham Knuttel and Rasher, has just been launched across billboards around the city.
A series of special concerts entitled The Platform will be held at Pearse Station on Fridays throughout the summer, to allow commuters to share in the celebrations. These begin this Friday 10th July at 17.00hrs, with Captain Magic Wonderland.
Commuters also have the opportunity every day to win free travel on the DART for a month, with the Evening Herald, in Railing in the Years, which tests your knowledge of news and events across the 25 years of DART. A draw will take place amongst daily winners for free travel for a year!
The actual day of the 25th anniversary, Thursday 23rd July, will be one of celebration and goodies galore for commuters, and a unique event entitled DART 25 Live, with prominent contemporary Irish music acts and comedians will be held on board a special DART train in the evening. Acts performing will be Jerry Fish and the Mudbug Club, David Kitt, The Chapters, and comedian Eric Lalor. Tickets for this unique event will be available as part of a joint promotion with radio station Dublin’s 98. http://www.dublins98.ie/competitions/dart_25_live.php
DART will also team up with the Restaurants Association of Ireland in August to host Dining by DART in city centre stations, allowing commuters sample the signature dishes of some of Dublin’s best loved restaurants at their stations.
The popular Poet’s Corner feature, which has entertained DART customers for 22 years, is now giving budding poets amongst commuters the opportunity to be featured in Poet’s Corner, alongside Nobel Laureates and other renowned writers. Details are available here. http://www.irishrail.ie/news_centre/general_news.asp?action=view&news_id=349
If you haven't seen it, here's a chance http://www.rte.ie/player/#v=1051426 to watch RTÉ's special edition of Capital D, from 2nd July, marking the 25th anniversary of DART.
With 25 years under its belt, DART is set to embark on a new phase of expansion over the coming years. Under Transport 21, DART is set to be extended to the Northern line, Maynooth and Hazelhatch between now and 2015. Also in 2015, DART Underground, a 7.5 kilometre line running underground from Docklands to Inchicore, serving underground stations at Docklands, Pearse, St Stephen’s Green, Christchurch and Heuston, will open. This will allow the number of trains on all lines to increase dramatically, as well as connecting all rail modes together – DART, Commuter, Intercity, Luas and Metro - into an integrated network.