Limerick Colbert railway station

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Limerick Colbert Iarnród Éireann
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Limerick Railway Station
Location
Place Limerick, Parnell St
Local authority Limerick
Coordinates 52°39′32″N 8°37′26″W / 52.659°N 8.624°W / 52.659; -8.624Coordinates: 52°39′32″N 8°37′26″W / 52.659°N 8.624°W / 52.659; -8.624
Operations
Station code 40
Platforms in use 4
History
1858 Station opened as Limerick
1966 Renamed Limerick Colbert Station
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Colbert Station serves the city of Limerick in County Limerick. It is on Parnell St, and is the main station on the Limerick Suburban Rail network.

Services[edit]

The station is the terminus of the Dublin–Limerick, Limerick–Nenagh–Ballybrophy and Limerick–Ennis–Galway lines.[1] Connections for Cork, Clonmel, Carrick-on-Suir, Waterford and Kerry stations such as Kilarney, Farranfore and Tralee can be made at Limerick Junction.

The Limerick–Sligo line is operational to Athenry only. It is planned to be reopened on a phased basis as the Western Railway Corridor.

Limerick to Galway Line
Galway
Oranmore
Athenry
to Claremorris and Sligo
Dublin–Galway Line
Craughwell
Ardrahan
Gort
Ennis
Sixmilebridge
Limerick Colbert
Limerick to Ballybrophy Line
Ballybrophy
Dublin–Cork main line
Roscrea
Cloughjordan
Nenagh
Birdhill
Castleconnell
Dublin–Cork main line
Limerick Colbert

Bus Éireann's Limerick depot is adjacent, offering Intercity, Express and Eurolines services.

Parts of the video for the Westlife song "My Love" were filmed at Colbert Station.[2]

History[edit]

The station in 1907.

The station opened on 28 August 1858, replacing a temporary station 500 m further east, which had operated from 9 May 1848.[3] It was built by the Waterford and Limerick Railway (W&LR) which ran its first train, as far as Tipperary, on Tuesday, 9 May 1848, with intermediate stations at Killonan, Pallasgreen and Oola (all since closed). Two months later the GS&WR connected their Dublin–Cork line with the W&LR at Limerick Junction, near Tipperary. This work was carried out at the height of the Irish Potato Famine, resulting in extreme financial difficulties for the company.

Originally named "Limerick", the station was given the name Colbert on 10 April 1966 in commemoration of Cornelius Colbert, one of the executed leaders of the Easter Rising of 1916.

The direct line to Cork and the North Kerry line to Tralee were dismantled during the 20th Century.

Connecting to Shannon Airport[edit]

Buses connect the railway station to Shannon International Airport.

Proposed closure of Limerick–Nenagh–Ballybrophy line[edit]

A January 2012 national newspaper article suggested that Irish Rail was expected to seek permission from the National Transport Authority to close the line.[4] However the announcement on 20 February 2012 of an enhanced timetable for the line means that this threat is lifted, at least for the time being.[5]

See also[edit]


External links[edit]

Preceding station Iarnród Éireann Iarnród Éireann Following station
Terminus   Intercity
Dublin–Limerick via Thurles
  Thurles
Terminus   Commuter
Limerick–Nenagh/Ballybrophy
  Castleconnell
Terminus   Commuter
Limerick Suburban Rail
  Limerick Junction
Terminus   Intercity
Limerick–Galway
  Sixmilebridge
  Commuter
Limerick Suburban Rail
 

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