Nenagh councillor suggests Polar Express for Christmas countdown

A call has been made by Cllr Conor Delaney to try and bring the road train that was in Nenagh for the 150th anniversary celebration at Nenagh railway station back to the town for Christmas.

A call has been made by Cllr Conor Delaney to try and bring the road train that was in Nenagh for the 150th anniversary celebration at Nenagh railway station back to the town for Christmas.

“We could have a Polar Express,” he said. “It would bring a buzz to the town and would be worthwhile doing.”

The train was leased from Kilkee Development Association and sponsored by Cllr Virginia O’Dowd as part of the 150th anniversary celebrations to mark the opening of Nenagh railway station. It ran free trips from the station around town on the day and close to 2,000 people are estimated to have enjoyed a trip on the train.

However, town manager Marcus O’Connor was pessimistic about the OPW giving the go-ahead for a Santa grotto in the newly-restored Nenagh Castle, where the Polar Express could drop people off. He told Cllr O’Dowd that permission would probably be required from the OPW, but they did not want the castle “lit up like a wedding cake”.

Cllr O’Dowd was congratulated by councillors for her role in organising the celebrations at the station. Cllr O’Dowd is a member of Nenagh Community Rail Partnership.

“It was a fantastic day,” said Cllr Tommy Morgan, while Cllr Lalor McGee said the train was a “huge success”.

The councillors also congratulated the organisers of the town’s community festival, Spleodar, and the volunteers who helped at the closing fireworks display.

The organisers of Nenagh.ie’s inaugural 10k run on the October Bank Holiday Monday were also congratulated by the councillors