Shit by rail

Not an obvious issue for an IH blog, however, historically, there was a sewage treatment plant in Sutton, Co. Dublin which had rail line on which sewage was moved around the plant.

On the train to Skerries just now for the IHAI AGM, I noticed that the sewage treatment plant beside the railway at Malahide has a building with tracks emerging from underneath a door.

Women and the Munitions Industry in Ireland during World War I – The Dublin Dockyard War Munitions Factory.

Dublin City Council are running a series of lunchtime lectures in April under the heading “Irish Women and the First World War“. One of these, to be held on 17th April from 13:10 to 13:50 is entitled “Women and the Munitions Industry in Ireland during World War I – The Dublin Dockyard War Munitions Factory.”

The event takes place in the Council Chamber in City Hall, Dame Street, Dublin and is free of charge. No booking is required and the event is first come first served.

World War sidings on the Lisburn – Antrim line

During WW2, a siding was built off the railway between Lisburn and Antrim, on the section between Crumlin and Aldergrove stations, which ran to an aircraft factory at Gortnagallon.

This wasn’t the first wartime siding laid off this line as during the construction of the airbase at Aldergrove (now re-purposed as Belfast International Airport), a siding ran from north of Aldergrove Station to the site of the airbase. The use of railway sidings to aerodromes under construction in Ireland was not uncommon, Baldonnel and Tallaght Aerodromes in Dublin were provided with railways from Adamstown on the Dublin – Cork mainline and from the Dublin to Blessington Steam Tramway respectively.

Perusing the NI OS maps online today, I found a version of the 6 inch map that clearly shows the siding from north of Aldergrove station to the airfield site. The usual limitation of the NI OS Maps online applies – it is not possible to link directly to a specific location. For anyone interested in seeing the map, please use the link below:—1957-

and enter in the co-ordinates “314566,379953” in the “X-Y Coordinates” box on the left of the screen. It may be necessary to change the zoom level to see the overall siding.

Railway Archaeology of Ireland

To those who know me, I have been talking about this for so long that I probably have the reputation of the boy who cried wolf.

Cry no more as I have published the first chapter of my research into Ireland’s railway archaeology on a sub-site of this and intend to publish all chapters (16 in total) at the rate of 1/week over the next 15 weeks.

The link to the sub-site is:

Callendar Peat Postcard Company, Celbridge

One of the many interesting uses for peat that has been trialed in this country, was as paper/card and in this regard, there was, for a number of years, a factory in Celbridge, Co. Kildare, which produced this. Unsurprisingly, the end product was brown and of limited use, but peat postcards were a thing and I have one in my collection.

I was reminded of this recently on a Dublin Local History Meetup visit to Celbridge (co-incidentally, held about 3 days after I moved out of Celbridge where I had lived from 2004 until this year – I had to move out before doing the guided tour!).

As my belongings (including this card) were in storage, it has taken me until now, two weeks after moving into my new home in Dublin to unearth the card and photograph it for uploading.

Callendar Peat Company Postcard - front
Callendar Peat Company Postcard – front
Callendar Peat Company Postcard - rear
Callendar Peat Company Postcard – rear