Tara Street railway station

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Not to be confused with Tara Station.
Tara Street
Sráid na Teamhrach
Iarnród Éireann
DART train at Tara Street station.jpg
Tara Street station
Location George's Quay, Dublin
Republic of Ireland
Coordinates 53°20′48″N 6°15′15″W / 53.34676°N 6.25414°W / 53.34676; -6.25414Coordinates: 53°20′48″N 6°15′15″W / 53.34676°N 6.25414°W / 53.34676; -6.25414
Owned by Iarnród Éireann
Operated by Iarnród Éireann
Platforms 2
Structure type At-grade
Other information
Station code 124
Key dates
1 May 1891 (1891-05-01) Station opens
List of railway stations in Ireland
The Loopline Viaduct Prior to Tara Street
Tara Street sign, (Irish: Sráid na Teamhrach)
Loopline bridge near Tara Street station

Tara Street (Irish: Sráid na Teamhrach) is a railway station in central Dublin, Ireland. It is adjacent to Loopline Bridge on George's Quay.

It deals with mainly DART trains and longer distance commuter trains. Commuter services go to (1) Maynooth and the western suburbs, (2) Balbriggan, Drogheda and Dundalk on the former GNR(I) main line and (3) Arklow and Rosslare Europort.


The station has two through platforms above street level with ticket areas and retail outlets at street level. The platform retaining walls, the stairwells and canopies were originally timber planking but upgraded to include escalators and fibreglass panels in the 1970s and 1980s.

More recent changes have seen new stairwells installed and platforms lengthened to reflect the increasing throughput. There are proposals to build in the airspace above the station and adjacent property has been acquired for this purpose.


The station opened on 1 May 1891.[1]

It is on the 'Loop Line' which was constructed towards the end of the 19th century by the City of Dublin Junction Railway, connecting the Dublin & Kingstown terminus at Westland Row (now Pearse Station) and Amiens St (now Connolly Station) on the Great Northern Railway (Ireland), and linked into the Midland Great Western freight line, thus joining up all the main railways in Dublin.


City Centre Resignalling[edit]

The completion of the Irish Rail City Centre re-signalling project[2] will see an

  • Increase in the number of Northern and Maynooth line suburban trains stopping
  • Possibility of trains from Kildare also serving Tara Street station

This will be made possible by the ability of the signalling system in the city centre to operate 20 trains per hour in both directions instead of 8.

The project is expected to begin in May 2015[3]


Tara Street is to under go a major redevelopment in the future [4]

The plans include a new office block of 15 levels with 14,990sqm of offices. 10 levels will be above a new station concourse with access to the new station from Tara Street and George's Quay.[5]

Preceding station Iarnród Éireann Iarnród Éireann Following station
Dublin Connolly   InterCity
  Dublin Pearse
Dublin Connolly   Commuter
Northern Commuter
  Dublin Pearse
South Eastern Commuter
Dublin Connolly   Commuter
Western Commuter
(City Branch)
  Dublin Pearse
  From 2016  
Dublin Connolly   Commuter
South Western Commuter
  Dublin Pearse

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