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Baile Uí Bhróithe
Ballybrophy is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 52°54′N 7°36′W / 52.900°N 7.600°W / 52.900; -7.600Coordinates: 52°54′N 7°36′W / 52.900°N 7.600°W / 52.900; -7.600
Country Ireland
Province Leinster
County County Laois
Time zone WET (UTC+0)
 • Summer (DST) IST (WEST) (UTC-1)
Train Station in Ballybrophy, Ireland
The Ballybrophy water tower

Ballybrophy (historically Ballybrohy, from Irish: Baile Uí Bhróithe, meaning "townland of Ó Bróithe"[1][2])(townland of Brophy) is a village in County Laois, Ireland, with a population recorded in the 2002 census of 145. It forms part of the Borris-in-Ossory electoral area. It is best known for its railway station, which is at a junction on the country's main Dublin-Cork railway line.


Ballybrophy railway station is a connection point between the Dublin-Cork railway line and the Limerick–Ballybrophy railway line. Trains wishing to cross from the Limerick to the Dublin line must perform time-consuming reversals. The line is lightly travelled, because an alternative routing via Limerick Junction is quicker and more comfortable owing to newer track and fewer speed restrictions. The station opened on 1 September 1847.[3]

Owing to the branch line's turn south to meet the line at Ballybrophy, some of those who favour retaining the line have theorised that continuing the line east with a stop at the more populated Borris-in-Ossory, joining the line nearer Portlaoise would be better for Dublin connections. However, in addition to the substantial capital cost of this work, substantial parts of the line would still need to be relaid nearer Limerick in order to eliminate severe speed restrictions. Upgrades to the N7 road also dissuade people from railway usage.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Placenames Database of Ireland (see archival records)
  2. ^ A. D. Mills, 2003, A Dictionary of British Place-Names, Oxford University Press
  3. ^ "Ballybrophy station" (PDF). Railscot - Irish Railways. Archived (PDF) from the original on 26 September 2007. Retrieved 2007-09-05.