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History

Guinness Brewery Tramway

I found this video on YouTube which is a concise history of the tramways/railway serving the Guinness Brewery in Dublin.

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IH News 2024

Calls to clean up Dublin’s pedestrian ‘tunnels of terror’

The headline had me excited – I thought there was hitherto hidden version of the Greenwich Foot Tunnel in Dublin that had escaped my attention. Sadly, no. Just a clickbait headline.

The “tunnels” referred to are the pedestrian underpasses that grace Sandwith Street, Upper Erne Street and Macken Street in Dublin, design features of the Dublin & Kingstown Railway that were insisted on by the Wide Streets Commissioners. The article references 3 other “tunnels”, however, these are standard road underbridges with no side arches for pedestrians.

The article calls for Irish Rail to engage in a regular cleanup of the underpasses. I would have thought that this was a Dublin City Council responsibility?

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Events

Difflin Lake Railway – 24 hour trainathon

This site doesn’t do trains normally, however, there is always an exception to the rule.

Donegal Daily is reporting that the Oakfield Park demense in Donegal will be hosting a 24 hour trainathon on the Difflin Lake Railway from 6pm on Saturday 25th May to 6pm Sunday 26th May 2024, to raise funds for Relay for Life Donegal, a cancer charity.

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Events

Birr Engineering Festival

The inaugural Birr Engineering Festival will take place on 18th – 20th October 2024.

Further details can be found here.

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IH News 2024

Kilmacthomas station building

The Irish Examiner reports that Waterford City and County Council are to convert the former station building at Kilmacthomas on the Waterford – Dungarvan Greenway to tourist accommodation.

The plans (part of a bigger scheme to do likewise with a former bank building in Lismore) will see the station building have 2 units capable of hosting 4 people. A separate unit will also be built to house a model railway based on the former railway line. The ongoing management of the venture will be managed by third parties.

industrialheritageireland.info commends WCCC on these initiatives.

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IH News 2024

Farewell to Yorkgate and Great Victoria Street

I was up in Belfast today, taking photographs of Yorkgate station building and Great Victoria Street station. The specific reason for an urgent trip to Belfast was the impending demolition of both.

In the case of the latter, Translink are developing a new bus/rail interchange station, to be called “Grand Central Station” and due to the layout of this, Great Victoria Street station (which only reopened in 1995) is to close on 10 May 2024, after which it will be demolished. Its replacement is not due to open until 2025.

Separately, Translink have built a new station building at the renamed Yorkgate Station (now York Street, although the platform signs as of today still said Yorkgate) and the old (1992) building and footbridge are to be demolished on 6 May 2024.

I also took the opportunity to take a photograph of the site of Queen’s Quay station and visit Magheramorne – the latter was the last open station in Ireland that I had never visited, a status it lost today.

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History

Cornish design engine houses

I found this video on YouTube today, which explains what a Cornish design mine engine house is.

Whilst this uses examples from Cornwall, the man engine house in Allihies, Co. Cork, which was successfully conserved by the Mining Heritage Trust of Ireland, is a Cornish design engine house and is the only example of its kind in Ireland.

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Events

Pierce’s Foundry, Wexford

A talk about the history of Pierce’s Foundry, Wexford, will be hosted by the Wexford Historical Society on 24th April 2024 at 8pm in Clayton White’s Hotel in Wexford.

All are welcome – entry is free to Wexford Historical Society members, with an entrance fee of €5 for non-members.

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Events

Castlecomer Railway

There is a talk on the Castlecomer railway branch, focused on the intermediate station of Corbetstown, being held in The Cave Bar, Corbetstown, Co. Kilkenny at 8pm on 16th April 2024.

Admission is free and all are welcome.

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History

Limerick’s first car registrations

Of what relevance to IH is car registrations, in Limerick or anywhere?

There is no direct relevance, however, as newfangled and expensive inventions, the first motor cars were, unsurprisingly, owned by people with money and familiarity with machinery.

Per this Limerick Post article, in Limerick, this happened to be members of the Goodbody family, the Quakers from Clara of milling fame. Another early entry on the list of Limerick motor registrations was Cleeve’s Condensed Milk Factory in Limerick.