Dublin Pearse railway station
Baile Átha Cliath Stáisiún na bPiarsach
|Place||Dublin (Westland Row)|
|Local authority||Dublin City Council|
|Platforms in use||2|
|1834||Opened, as Westland Row|
|Iarnród Éireann - Ireland railway stations|
|A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z|
Dublin Pearse, referred to on all station signage as Pearse Station (Irish: Stáisiún na bPiarsach), is a railway station on Westland Row in the Southside in Dublin, Ireland. It is Iarnród Éireann’s busiest commuter station with 7 million passenger journeys through the station in 2012.
It is the terminus of the Northern Commuter to Balbriggan/Dundalk and Western Commuter to Maynooth/Longford. DART and South Eastern Commuter (Dublin Connolly to Arklow) services also serve the station. As do InterCity services from Dublin Connolly to Rosslare Europort.
The station has two through platforms, 1 and 2. Until 2007, terminal Platform 3 was occasionally used for special services. A fourth platform also existed, but was unsuitable for modern trains and was used as a siding. This platform (and platform 5, which had been closed for some years and later converted into a car park) has been used as a set for movies including Michael Collins, Angela's Ashes, Nora and the 2005 remake Lassie. In summer 2008, Platform 3 was filled in as part of the station's partial renovation while the disused Platform 4 was shortened.
The station also has a café on the southbound platform. This was closed during autumn 2006, and reopened as SoBo Café in February 2007. A Spar convenience store, which had been operational in the station for many years, closed in February 2008.
There are public lavatories at the station.
It is the headquarters of Iarnród Éireann's DART/Commuter sector.
Until recently Pearse was the only one of Dublin's four terminal stations not the subject of a recent major upgrade project.
Major renovation commenced in 2007 with publicity erected in the station for this in March 2008. As part of phase 1, automatic ticket validation machines were installed on platforms 1 and 2. The front entrance of the station was changed. The former Spar shop was completely taken out of the station and the old ticket barriers were removed. Platforms 3, 4 and 5 were removed. New signage and CCTV cameras were added on both active platforms and, on Platform 2, a larger waiting area for passengers was provided.
A new southbound entrance (Pearse Street and Trinity Bio Science) was opened April 9, 2013. The new entrance to the station is open from 07.00hrs to 19.30hrs daily from Monday to Friday, and on Saturdays from 09.00hrs to 18.00hrs, and is in addition to the main entrance on Westland Row. It is envisaged that this second entrance will connect with the Dart underground system when funding becomes available.
The station opened on 17 December 1834 as Westland Row Station, the city terminus of the Dublin & Kingstown Railway, the first 'commuter' line in the world. The station was extensively rebuilt for the opening of the City of Dublin Junction Railway in 1891. During this process, the station was converted into a through station, although it retained three terminus platforms.
The station was renamed in 1966 after the Pearse Family, notably brothers Patrick and Willie as part of the Easter Rising celebrations when many Irish railway stations were renamed. Because of its proximity to Pearse St, many Dubliners refer to the station as "Pearse Street Station" – in December 2004 Iarnród Éireann even posted a list of station departures headed with that name – though that is not its name. Although a number of Intercity routes operated out of the station in the past (including, until the mid-1970s, the Dublin–Galway railway line), no Intercity services now terminate, though it is still served by Rosslare InterCity services.
The station was closed on 11 March 2008 due to roof damage, reopening the next day.
The present Station Manager is Mick O'Grady who is the youngest Station Manager ever of Pearse Station follows in a long line of railway staff in his family. Started by his Grandfather (Thomas), His Grandmother (Mary) was reward when her Husband Thomas was badly injured in a shunting accident with loose coupled non braked trains when working in the Guinness Railway yard Sidings in Heuston station (Kingsbridge). His Father Andrew (Andy), his uncles Christy & Tommy and his younger brother Andrew who is presently a driver on commuter services.
The Transport 21 initiative plans an Interconnector tunnel connecting Heuston Station to the northern DART network via the new Docklands railway station in Spencer Dock. As part of this project, an underground station with two additional platforms will be constructed beneath the present Pearse station as a stop on the Interconnector tunnel route. This will make Pearse station the key exchange point between the new (underground) and old (overground) DART lines.
|Preceding station||Iarnród Éireann||Following station|
South Eastern Commuter
|Grand Canal Dock|
|Grand Canal Dock|
|St Stephen's Green|
- Irish Rail Pearse Station website
- DART Underground
- Video tour of how Pearse Underground station will appear
- Eiretrains Pearse Station
- New entrance to Dublin Pearse Station opens - access to Pearse St & Trinity Bio-Science
- "Dublin Westland Row station" (PDF). Railscot - Irish Railways. Retrieved 31 August 2007.
- Irish Rail DART Underground webpage