Dublin Pearse railway station

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Dublin Pearse
Baile Átha Cliath Stáisiún na bPiarsach
Iarnród Éireann
Pearse Station, Westland Row, Dublin - geograph.org.uk - 376253.jpg
Location Westland Row, Dublin 2
Republic of Ireland
Coordinates 53°20′36″N 6°14′54″W / 53.3433°N 6.2483°W / 53.3433; -6.2483Coordinates: 53°20′36″N 6°14′54″W / 53.3433°N 6.2483°W / 53.3433; -6.2483
Owned by Iarnród Éireann
Operated by Iarnród Éireann
Platforms 2
Structure type At-grade
Other information
Station code PERSE
Fare zone Suburban 1
Key dates
17 December 1834 Opened, as Westland Row
1966 Renamed Pearse
2007 Renovation commences
2013 Renovation completed
A Commuter 2700 Class crossing the bridge in Arrow Livery
The interior of Pearse Station

Dublin Pearse (Irish: Stáisiún na bPiarsach) is a railway station on Westland Row in the Southside in Dublin, Ireland. It is Ireland’s busiest commuter station with 8 million passenger journeys through the station in 2014.


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 full renovation while the disused Platform 4 was shortened.

The ticket office is open from 07:30 AM to 21:50 PM, Monday to Sunday.

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.

Pearse Station sign - (Irish: Stáisiún na bPiarsach)

Station renovation[edit]

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.[1] 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 first train, view from Cumberland Street, 1834

The station opened on 17 December 1834 as Westland Row Station,[2] 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 or its geographic location. A number of intercity routes operated out of the station in the past, these included services to Sligo, Westport and Galway over the Midland and Great Western Route via Mullingar, which were transferred to Pearse (then Westland Row) in 1934 with the closure of Broadstone Station on the north side of the Liffey. Some, later all, trains on the ex-Dublin and South Eastern Railway route to Wicklow, Arklow, Wexford and Rosslare also operated out of Westland Row, though the principal terminus for that route was, for many years Harcourt Street station. The upgrading of the Portarlington to Athlone branch in the mid-1970s saw Westport and Galway trains transferred to Heuston station, whilst Sligo and Rosslare trains were retimed to originate and terminate at Connolly.

City Centre Resignalling Project[edit]

The completion of the Irish Rail City Centre re-signalling project[3] will see an

  • increase in the number of Northern and Maynooth line suburban trains stopping
  • possibility of trains from Kildare also serving Pearse 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 began in March 2015 and is currently underway. It is expected to be completed by late 2016 or early 2017.[4]


Underground station[edit]

Pearse Station in 1993

The National Transport Authority planned an DART Underground 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 would have been constructed beneath the present Pearse station as a stop on the DART Underground route. This would have made Pearse station the key exchange point between the new (underground) and old (overground) DART lines. The DART Underground project was cancelled on 22 September 2015.[5]

DART 8100 Class on platform 1
Preceding station Iarnród Éireann Iarnród Éireann Following station
Tara Street   InterCity
  Dún Laoghaire
Tara Street   Commuter
Northern Commuter
  Terminus or Grand Canal Dock
Western Commuter
(City Branch)
Tara Street   Commuter
South Eastern Commuter
  Lansdowne Road
  Grand Canal Dock
  From 2016  
Tara Street   Commuter
South Western Commuter
  Grand Canal Dock
Tara Street   DART
Line 1
  Grand Canal Dock
Docklands   DART
Line 2
  St Stephen's Green

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