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Sunday 4 December 2016

Luxury train trip goes back in time

Ireland has come a long way in recent years in casting off its twee, slightly backward image in the eyes of tourists.

So how refreshing it is to learn than an Irish version of the Orient Express has just been launched, with the rail journeys aimed at giving an authentic experience of modern, vibrant Ireland.

The Grand Hibernian train will not only give its guests the chance to kiss the Blarney Stone - there's more.

The press release also promises such non-stereotypical attractions as "fiddles and flutes that will get toes tapping in a traditional pub to the fabulous folklore tales of mischievous faerie folk, flame-haired pirates and ghostly banshees".

Welcome to 21st Century Ireland, ye merry travellers.

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