Nenagh railway station to celebrate its 150th anniversary

Milo McGee, father of Cllr Lalor McGee, working at Nenagh station Picture courtesy of Brendan Treacy Collection
Nenagh railway station will mark the 150th anniversary of the arrival of the railway to the town on Saturday, October 12, with a host of activities.

Nenagh railway station will mark the 150th anniversary of the arrival of the railway to the town on Saturday, October 12, with a host of activities.

The day, which is being co-ordinated by Nenagh Community Rail Partnership and Irish Rail, will include a toy train that will offer free trips around the town, starting and finishing at the station.

“We have secured the little train that brings visitors around Kilkee for the celebrations and we are looking forward to bringing people around the town on short trips,” said Cllr Virginia O’Dowd of the rail partnership. She pointed out that the train will be free of charge and should add to the air of festivity that will surround the celebrations.

“We also have musicians arriving on the morning train from Cloughjordan, along with members of the Nenagh Players and their friends who will dress in period costume,” she said.

Cllr O’Dowd said the musicians will be taking time out from the Cloughtoberfest in Cloughjordan, where they will be performing as part of the gypsy jazz festival.

Irish Rail is inviting former rail staff to the event, and the partnership is hoping all those who had family connections to the line will show up and will unveil a plaque to mark the occasion.

“We have been fortunate to have sourced the original water column that belonged to the station and that is being cleaned up and will be mounted inside the station grounds,” said Cllr O’Dowd. “I want to thank Paddy Mackey, custodian of the water column, for all his help, along with John Spillane of Spillanes Precast Concrete Ltd, Cunnahurt, who cleaned it up, Irish Rail and Nenagh Town Council. This is a real piece of heritage that goes back to the opening of the station in 1863. It is wonderful news that it is to be re-instated” Cllr O’Dowd also thanked local photographer Brendan Treacy, who has put together a slideshow of old photographs of the station and its staff, and these will be shown in the station on the day.