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The real Belfast Central Station

We all knew that Belfast Central Station was anything but central and the reopening of Great Victoria Street in 1995 proved that.

The name “Belfast Central” has been consigned to history, however, Translink have decided to name the new bus/rail interchange station at the Europa Bus Centre/Great Victoria Street station as “Belfast Grand Central Station.”

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Mayfield House, Portlaw

Portlaw, Co. Waterford, was an industrial town, built by the Malcomson family, local industrialists who developed a cotton mill in the town and were also active in other businesses including shipping and local railways.

Mayfield House was built for the family and later became the offices for Irish Tanners, who had operations in the town and elsewhere (co-incidentally, the father of an uncle by marriage of mine was a senior manager in the company).

The building has been empty since 1994 and has fallen into dereliction. The Irish Examiner reports that it has just been sold at auction for €300,000, with plans to restore it to use as a luxury hotel.

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Dunboy Castle sold again

Dunboy Castle on the Beara Peninsula in Co. Cork was the home of the Puxleys – owners of the copper mines at Allihies.

There was a Celtic Tiger era project to convert the ruined building into a luxury hotel, but this obviously died along with that era.

The Irish Examiner reports that the castle has been sold again and plans to complete the re-development and open the venue as an 84 bed hotel are proposed.

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Belfast Central Station

Opened in 1976 to replace Great Victoria Street and Queen’s Quay, Central Station in Belfast was supposed to spawn a regeneration of the area around East Bridge Street – something that never happened.

Things moved on and the real “central” station – Great Victoria Street – reopened in 1995, along with a new section of railway (the Blythefield curve) to make Great Victoria Street usable as a proper central train station. In recognition of this loss of status, in 2018, the station was renamed “Lanyon Place” and any pretence at centrality was abandoned.

Things move slowly in the public sector – by pure chance, I was passing by Lanyon Place on a train today and happened to see staff taking out the old “Belfast Central” platform signs from a side entrance and loading same into a van.

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Allihies Mine ledgers restored

The Irish Examiner (soft paywall) reports on the restoration of a number of historic cost books and ledgers from the mines in Allihies in Co. Cork.

The original records were donated to the museum c.20 years ago and have now been restored thanks to a grant from the Heritage Council.

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Blade bridge installed in Cork?

Google gave me a link to this website, which reports that a footbridge made of repurposed wind turbine blades has been installed in Cork, apparently the second such example globally.

Unfortunately, the article doesn’t say where in Cork! However, I found this article, which states that it is now in situ as part of the Greenway under construction between Midelton and Youghal.

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Cork Sewer Vents

Have you spotted any sewer vents in Cork City?

Cork City Council have a database of sewer vents but are uncertain if they have all such vents located and are calling for public help in identifying any missing ones.

If you spot a sewer vent in the Cork City area, Simon Lyons of the City Council is asking that you take a photo and tweet this to him @ThePoliteEng along with details of where the vent is.

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Killucan Station

RTE are reporting on the campaign to re-open Killucan Station in Co. Westmeath on the Dublin – Sligo line. I think the supporters of this are on a hiding to nothing. I don’t see the population base necessary to have such a station and playing on a GAA special in 1950 being packed is not reflective of today’s society.

IMHO, if a station were to be built between the former Hill of Down and Killucan Stations, especially if an SDZ for housing was adjacent, this might work as there could also be traffic from Kinnegad, but I can’t see the economics of it otherwise.

As a separate project, IR should consider a dynamic loop between such a new station and Killucan, thereby extending the range of track over which trains can pass on the otherwise single track line between Enfield and Mullingar.

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We never learn

RTE reports that €35m of funds received under the Brexit Adjustment Reserve Fund will be spent to “rejuvenate public piers and harbours”.

Laudable as this may be, I am at a loss to see how, exactly, this promotes economic development as a means to ameliorate the negative impact of Brexit. The move stinks of pork barrel politics.

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Grand Canal towpath closure notice

Waterways Ireland have advised a 4 week closure of the towpath between Lock 12 and Hazelhatch on the Grand Canal, to facilitate site investigation works in conjunction with the proposed greenway extension from Lock 12 to Hazelhatch.