IH News 2021

Ballinamore Junction project

The former railway station in Ballinamore, Co. Leitrim, was used as a secondary school for many years but ceased to have this function a long time ago as a purpose built school replaced it.

Shannonside are reporting that construction work on redeveloping the complex, to be used as community facilities, has commenced. These will see the complex used as a Digital Hub/Enterprise Centre, Arts Space, Youth Facility, Genealogy/Family Research Centre, Trail Head for the Cavan‐Leitrim Greenway and hard and soft landscaping of the attendant grounds as public open space.


Clongriffin Station

Many years ago, when the Kildare Route Project was being proposed as Irish Rail’s Celtic Tiger vanity project, I (unsuccessfully) lodged an objection to same, suggesting that an alternative (and cheaper) method of improving capacity between Inchicore and Hazelhatch and Celbridge would be to 4 track the stations and have commuter trains pull into the loops at such stations to allow mainline trains to overtake.

I was out and about in Dublin yesterday, which included taking me to Clongriffin Station. The DART I was on pulled into the loop on the Down side of the station and waited. The reason for this – to allow a Belfast bound train to overtake.

Amazing what can be done when you don’t have access to taxpayers’ money to spaff up against a wall.


Out and about in Dublin

I spent yesterday riding the rails in Dublin – my first time on a train in over 2 years.

One of the things I noticed was this appalling act of virtue signalling (apologies for the poor quality – daylight was fading when I took this shot):

Facemask on train

For the benefit of the slow of learning, there are over 30 studies on the effectiveness of facemasks which show that they make no difference – even where properly applied in a medical setting, never mind when improperly applied and re-used as is the case amongst the sheep.


Poolbeg Chimneys

RTE is running a series on their website called “100 buildings“, which is a select look at 100 Buildings of 20th Century Ireland.

One of the structures featured is the Poolbeg Chimneys in Dublin.

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Cork – Macroom railway trackbed drone footage

There is drone footage on Youtube of the former Cork to Macroom railway trackbed visible again, due to low water levels in the reservoir beneath which it lies. What is interesting about the footage is that it was taken by Cork North-West TD Aindrias Moynihan (who said TDs aren’t good for something!)