All aboard the love train for happy cou­ple

Irish Daily Mail - - News - By David Raleigh

A COU­PLE boarded the train on their wed­ding day yes­ter­day – six years af­ter meet­ing on Ir­ish Rail’s Dublin to En­nis ser­vice and then fall­ing in love.

A spe­cial ‘love train’ pulled into Col­bert Rail Sta­tion in Lim­er­ick to meet lo­cal bride Rachael Fin­u­cane and her Clare groom Der­mot Comer­ford as they stopped off on plat­form one on their way to their wed­ding re­cep­tion.

Met by red heart-shaped bal­loons and a heart­felt mes­sage on the de­par­ture gates to cel­e­brate their big day, the happy cou­ple went on board the lo­co­mo­tive of love to share their mem­o­ries of their first meet­ing on board the train.

Ms Fin­u­cane, a for­mer jour­nal­ist now work­ing in pub­lic re­la­tions, said: ‘We met on the train in April 2012 when we just hap­pened to be sit­ting be­side each other.

‘I had booked my seat on­line and when I ar­rived on board, there was this Clare man sit­ting in the aisle seat. He turned and said, ‘Well Rachael how’s it goin’, like he had known me all my life,’ she added.

‘He knew my name be­cause my name was up in lights over­head. ‘So we had a bit of a laugh about that.’ Mr Comer­ford was in­stantly smit­ten, she said: ‘When we ar­rived into Lim­er­ick Junc­tion, he of­fered to carry my bags.

‘He came with me and sat back down be­side me.’

Af­ter the pair said their good­byes at Lim­er­ick Rail­way Sta­tion, on what turned out to be their first date, Mr Comer­ford later de­cided to mes­sage Ms Fin­u­cane on Face­book, ask­ing her out on a date.

Ms Fin­u­cane joked: ‘I had a good feel­ing about him. I didn’t think he was the axe mur­derer-type.

‘At least we didn’t pass one an­other like trains in the night.’

Af­ter ex­chang­ing ‘I dos’ in an in­ti­mate cer­e­mony at Lim­er­ick’s Mary Im­mac­u­late Col­lege where they both work, they dashed to make the train.

Ms Fin­u­cane wear­ing a stun­ning white dress, and Mr Comer­ford dressed in a smart suit and tie, were greeted by Col­bert Rail­way Sta­tion man­ager Philip Con­way, be­fore step­ping on board a spe­cial Dublin-En­nis to re-en­act their first ro­man­tic rail jour­ney to­gether.

Speak­ing after­wards, a thrilled Rachael, who suc­cess­fully un­der­went treat­ment af­ter be­ing di­ag­nosed with a brain tu­mour in 2010, said: ‘To­day was a lot like the day I met Der­mot; when I saw him I was walk­ing down an aisle and I saw a hand­some man in a suit, and I thought this could be my lucky day, and it was.’

A dap­per Mr Comer­ford said: ‘Rachael is great, a won­der­ful per­son, very pa­tient. And, of course, she lis­tens to the man who chat­ted her up for hours on a train…I don’t think we’ll ever for­get to­day.’

The rail deal: Rachael Fin­u­cane and Der­mot Comer­ford

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