A CENTURY AND A HALF An Taoiseach Enda Kenny, TD, joined Station Manager of Claremorris Station, Dolores Keaveney to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the railway coming to Claremorris.?Pic: Michael McLaughlin
Taoiseach joins Claremorris Station’s 150th celebrations
A PLAQUE commemorating the 150th anniversary of the railway coming to Claremorris was unveiled by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny at a ceremony at the station on Saturday.
Claremorris Station opened on May 19, 1862 and Mr Kenny joined the current station manager, Dolores Keaveney as well as a number of residents in marking the important milestone in the life of Claremorris.
The Station was blessed by Fr Peter Gannon and refreshments and children’s entertainment were provided. Members of the public were invited into the old signal cabin to peruse old photographs and memorabilia.
A spokesperson for Iarnród Éireann said: “We are delighted to welcome An Taoiseach to Claremorris today, it is great that he could join in our celebrations to mark 150 years of the railway to Claremorris, it is fitting to mark this historic occasion and we hope that the people of Claremorris will continue to use the station for another 150 years and beyond.”
When the station first opened it was as part of the then Midland Great Western Railway and was an important station on the Westport route. The station once had lines radiating out of it in five directions and currently serves the Dublin Heuston and Westport services.
Previous lines included that to Collooney opened in 1895, the Ballinrobe branch opened 1893 and the 1860 built line to Athenry which remained in use for freight until the late 1990s, now disused but still in situ. The line to Athenry was due to be reopened as part of the Western Rail Corridor project but has been deferred indefinitely by the government.
The old signal cabin at Claremorris is a listed building and of significant historical importance. Claremorris is today a busy intercity station with eight services per day and 424,000 customers passing through the station in 2011.
The Dublin Heuston to Westport Services achieved record punctuality in the first quarter of 2012 with 97.63 per cent of trains arriving on time. Claremorris has regularly featured highly in the Iarnród Éireann Best Station Awards and has once again been shortlisted in this year’s competition, which will take place on June 6 next.
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