Was surprised to find this deal on the Irish Rail web site for travel today. Three of us left Heuston Station in Dublin at 1130 and were in Galway at 1410, just over 2.5 hours later, so pretty decent value for rail travel. We sat across from each other at a table in the lead car (seat assignment included in the booking). Fare was offered outside peak hours. Had expected the ticket inspector on board would question our tickets, which I had printed out the day before at a ticketing kiosk in Connolly station in Dublin which was along our route of travel, but not a peep. Appears the 1 euro rail fares may be in reaction to new service offered by a GoBus.ie between Dublin and Galway as they have posters about town here in Galway with the 1 euro fare. Checking their web site they offer wifi on their buses where the rail line did not. May consider that for future trips. Bus is only about 30 minutes longer than rail on this route. Also seeing winter discounts here in Galway for tours. Off to the Cliffs of Moher and Doolin tomorrow on a day trip for 20 euros ($US27), 20% off the normal 25 euro price, with Lally Tours. This tour takes seven hours so pretty decent value here, too. Had thought about Aran Islands but just too windy out here today to want to do a small ferry crossing to Inis More.