Foynes station, co Limerick (1864)

An early and important part of what became the Limerick to Tralee railway (the ‘North Kerry’ line) was the track to the port of Foynes in county Limerick, on the Shannon estuary, reached by the GS&W in 1864. An impressive stone-clad station building was attached to the simple wooden passenger shed, similar to those designed in Killarney, Tralee and elsewhere. Freight was always the primary concern, however, and this continued well past the end of passenger services in the 1960s. Ciaran Cooney has some excellent photographs of the station in both 1960 and 2002 on his website, which should be compared with the images below (March 2013). The line is now disconnected from the Irish railway network, and its future looks rather bleak. Here is the map link.

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