Buncrana railway station

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LocationBuncrana, County Donegal
Original companyLondonderry and Lough Swilly Railway
Post-groupingLondonderry and Lough Swilly Railway
Key dates
9 September 1864Station opens
6 September 1948Station closes for passengers
10 August 1953Station closes

Buncrana railway station served Buncrana in County Donegal, Ireland.

Railway use[edit]

The station opened on 9 September 1864 on the Londonderry and Lough Swilly Railway line from Londonderry Graving Dock to Buncrana. It was designed by the Derry architect Fitzgibbon Louch.[1]

On 30 July 1922, during the Irish Civil War, Buncrana was captured by the Free State forces from Anti-treaty forces. The Free State forces held the railway station and all the roads entering the town. Later that day, 100 Free State troops commandeered a train at Buncrana station and proceeded to take Clonmany, Carndonagh and other locations on the peninsula.[2]

It closed for passengers on 6 September 1948.[3]

Freight services finished on 10 August 1953.

Post railway use[edit]

The station buildings still exist. They were purchased in 1952 by Dan and Molly Porter and have been converted to a public house – The Drift Inn.[4] It is recorded on the Record of Protected Structures in the National Inventory of Architectural Heritage of Ireland.


Preceding station   Disused railways   Following station
Lisfannon Links Halt   Londonderry and Lough Swilly Railway
Londonderry- Carndonagh


  1. ^ The Buildings of Ireland, North West Ulster: The Counties of Londonderry, Donegal, Fermanagh And Tyrone. Alistar Rowan. Yale University Press
  2. ^ "REBELS ARE ROUTED IN DONEGAL TOWNS; Free State Troops Capture Gar- risons at Letterkenney, Buncrana and Cardonagh. ENDS BRIGANDAGE THERE Raiders Had Terrorized the District for Weeks, Frequently Holding Up Trains" (PDF). The New York Times. 1 July 1922.
  3. ^ "Buncrana station" (PDF). Railscot - Irish Railways. Retrieved 2008-05-24.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-03-25. Retrieved 2012-04-13.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)