Buncrana railway station
|Location||Buncrana, County Donegal|
|Original company||Londonderry and Lough Swilly Railway|
|Post-grouping||Londonderry and Lough Swilly Railway|
|9 September 1864||Station opens|
|6 September 1948||Station closes for passengers|
|10 August 1953||Station closes|
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.
It closed for passengers on 6 September 1948.
Freight services finished on 10 August 1953.
Post railway use
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. 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
- The Buildings of Ireland, North West Ulster: The Counties of Londonderry, Donegal, Fermanagh And Tyrone. Alistar Rowan. Yale University Press
- "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.
- "Buncrana station" (PDF). Railscot - Irish Railways. Retrieved 2008-05-24.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-03-25. Retrieved 2012-04-13.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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