Is there such a thing as upper-class rail service for inter-county travel within Ireland

We are 2 not quite senior couples traveling for 12 days through Ireland for the 1st time. We're thinking about taking trains from Dublin to Cork, & Cork to Kilarney (with the balance of travel by private car) & need to have access to help with luggage as well as very comfortable seating. Is there a way to purchase & ensure upgraded service including RedCaps (like in the US) for help with luggage, upper class seating and possibly food and drink service seat-side? Also, we'd all like to be able to ensure great views so we can take in the beautiful scenery. Are there big window rail cars? Suggestions are greatly appreciated!
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) April 04, 2016 21:29
    Hi Robbylee,

    There are direct trains from Dublin to Cork and from Cork to Killarney.

    The trains from Dublin to Cork only have regular 1st class and 2nd class.

    The direct trains from Cork to Killarney don't have 1st class seating. These trains only carry 2nd class seating.

    The windows are your standard train windows, but this would still allow you to take in the views.

    On trains in Europe, there usually would not be any class of service above 1st class.

    Also, trains in Ireland are all one level. They do not have trains with upper-decks.

    You would purchase tickets by entering a route on our homepage (www.raileurope.com). You would do one search for trains from Dublin to Cork and another search for trains from Cork to Killarney. Trains in Ireland can only be booked once within 60 days of an intended date of departure.

    You might be able to try requesting luggage assistance from attendants at the stations or on board the train, however, actual porter service is no longer offered at rail stations in Europe.
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  • Thank you, Jeff for your in-depth reply.

    We're using Brendan tours for a locally hosted trip. They include the trains as previously mentioned. Now I'm wondering if we'd be better off renting a car/van or do you think we'll be fine traveling 1st class from Dublin and 2nd on the latter leg of the trip?

    Also, is there another option for travelers with luggage. Odds are we'll each have several pieces of luggage so I'm concerned about regular commuters as well as space for all of our bags.
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) April 05, 2016 20:52
    You're welcome, Robbylee.

    Generally, you would carry your own luggage when traveling on trains in Europe. With regard to most trains, the general rule is that you can take as much luggage as you can carry. A typical amount of luggage per person is 2 large items, plus one smaller item. Trains provide sufficient space to store luggage. There is space between seats or in the overhead racks. In many cases, there is also space at the ends of each train car.

    If you need assistance at the stations, you would have to inquire locally. If you wish, you can try contacting the national tourist board of Ireland. Their website is: www.tourismireland.com.

    I wouldn't have any information about driving in Ireland, but trains are a great way to travel to the specific destinations you mentioned.
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