When the ESB hydro electric station was built east of Macroom in the 1950s, it spelt the end of the line for the railway to Macroom as the flooding of the Lee Valley took in a significant portion of the route of the railway. CIE could have insisted on a new section of railway being built, but then as now, CIE did not want to run railways.
Most infrastructure within the valley was demolished before flooding, however, the railway bridge at Buingea refused to succumb. It remains to this day and can be seen if water levels in the reservoir are not too high. I have added a page for Buingea Bridge to the IH Wiki.
Below is a link to Google Street View taken from the spot where the route of the railway is crossed by the replacement road. Zoom into the centre of the photo and the bridge can be seen.
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Days Hotel Belfast - located in a lovely area of Belfast where the Union Jack flies from every lamppost and the kerbstones are painted blue white and red.
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