The BBC have an article about Mitchell House, which is a special education school in Belfast. The IH connection is that the school was founded on foot of the Mitchell family (involved in whiskey distilling) donating the family home – Marmont House – for use as a school for those with physical disabilities.
Based on my recent trip to West Cork, where a substantial number of stations have disappeared completely, to the extent that I was not able to get near to where they were, I have added a new default image for those stations where I have not yet had a chance to take a photograph.
The existing image has been replaced with one stating “PHOTO NOT TAKEN YET” and going forward, I will use an image stating “NO PHOTO AVAILABLE” for sites where access is not possible.
The BBC are reporting that a windmill in Saintfield, Co. Down, that was damaged in a storm over 200 years ago, is to be restored, along with the creation of a park. Per the BBC, the project “will also restore a section of the old Belfast and County Down railway line.”
I suspect the latter will be as a greenway, rather than as a railway.
Every so often, the MSM provides information you were unaware of and so it is with this story.
I was aware that there had been a siding for grain off the former Portlaoise to Kilkenny line, with the result that a section of the latter was retained/reinstated, however, I assumed that with Irish Rail having a tendency to remove redundant railway sections, rather than maintain them, that this was gone.
From the photo at the above link, this is clearly not so.
Regular viewers of the site may have noticed the lack of updates (apart from blog postings) in recent months. This is because I have been doing work behind the scenes – in particular, creating web images for my older digital photos to add to the gazetteer.
The plan is to complete the processing of this (some 2,700 odd as of today) and wait until all are loaded onto the site before creating photo gallery pages for each location, which will link to the photos.
I have also been visiting some of the railway stations that I have not photographed – these last few days saw me in West Cork, where I visited most of the former stations west of Bandon, as well as the Kinsale branch, the Cork and Macroom line and parts of the Cork and Muskerry Tram. These station photos will be added to the relevant station pages shortly.