Limerick Colbert railway station

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Limerick Colbert
Iarnród Éireann
Limerick Railway Station
Location Limerick, Parnell St
Republic of Ireland
Coordinates 52°39′32″N 8°37′26″W / 52.659°N 8.624°W / 52.659; -8.624Coordinates: 52°39′32″N 8°37′26″W / 52.659°N 8.624°W / 52.659; -8.624
Owned by Iarnród Éireann
Operated by Iarnród Éireann
Platforms 4
Structure type At-grade
Other information
Station code 40
Key dates
1858 Station opened as Limerick
1966 Renamed Limerick Colbert Station
Limerick to
Galway Line
Western Railway Corridor
to Claremorris and Sligo
Dublin–Galway Line
Limerick Colbert
Limerick to
Ballybrophy line
Dublin–Cork main line
Dublin–Cork main line
Limerick Colbert
Limerick to Rosslare line
Limerick Colbert
to Foynes
Western Railway Corridor
to Galway
Limerick–Ballybrophy line
Dublin–Cork line
Limerick Junction
River Suir
Dublin–Waterford line
Mallow–Waterford line
Waterford West goods yard
Waterford Plunkett
to New Ross
River Barrow
Campile 2010
Ballycullane 2010
Wellingtonbridge 2010
Bridgetown 2010
Dublin–Rosslare Line
Rosslare Strand
Rosslare Europort 2008
Rosslare Europort

Colbert Station serves the city of Limerick in County Limerick. It is on Parnell St, and is the main station on the Limerick Suburban Rail network. Colbert Station has approximately 2,500 rail passengers a day travelling on four rail routes. The Bus Éireann bus station on site services approximately one million passengers a year, with 125 buses departing each day.[1]


The station is the terminus of the Dublin–Limerick, Limerick–Nenagh–Ballybrophy and Limerick–Ennis–Galway lines.[2] Connections for Cork, Clonmel, Carrick-on-Suir, Waterford and Kerry stations such as Killarney, Farranfore and Tralee can be made at Limerick Junction.

The Limerick–Sligo line is operational to Athenry only. It is planned to be reopened on a phased basis as the Western Railway Corridor.

Bus Éireann's Limerick depot is adjacent, offering Intercity, Express and Eurolines services.

Connecting to Shannon Airport[edit]

Buses connect the railway station to Shannon International Airport.


The station in 1907.

The station opened on 28 August 1858, replacing a temporary station 500 m further east, which had operated from 9 May 1848.[3] It was built by the Waterford and Limerick Railway (W&LR) which ran its first train, as far as Tipperary, on Tuesday, 9 May 1848, with intermediate stations at Killonan, Pallasgreen and Oola (all since closed). Two months later the GS&WR connected their Dublin–Cork line with the W&LR at Limerick Junction, near Tipperary. This work was carried out at the height of the Irish Potato Famine, resulting in extreme financial difficulties for the company.

Originally named "Limerick", the station was given the name Colbert on 10 April 1966 in commemoration of Cornelius Colbert, one of the executed leaders of the Easter Rising of 1916.

The direct line to Cork and the North Kerry line to Tralee were dismantled during the 20th Century.

Parts of the video for the Westlife song "My Love" were filmed at Colbert Station.[4]

Proposed closure of Limerick–Nenagh–Ballybrophy line[edit]

A January 2012 national newspaper article suggested that Irish Rail was expected to seek permission from the National Transport Authority to close the line.[5] However the announcement on 20 February 2012 of an enhanced timetable for the line means that this threat is lifted, at least for the time being.[6]


Conditional planning permission has been granted by Limerick city and county council for €16.8m redevelopment of Colbert Station in December 2014.[7]

Plan includes

Phase 1. A new pedestrian plaza limestone paved area of 3,350 sqm replacing the current car-park and disused fuel station on site.

Phase 2. Knocking existing toilet block to make way for a new bus station, with the current bus station being converted into the access area for a new 235-space car park.

Phase 3. Significant refurbishment of the interior of railway station with new finishes throughout and provision of a new ticketing office and retail units.

Funding has been secured for phase one and work will begin in Q1 2015.[8] There is no timetable in place for construction of phase 2 and 3 but work on the design and planning will proceed in 2015.

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

Preceding station Iarnród Éireann Iarnród Éireann Following station
Terminus   Intercity
Dublin–Limerick via Thurles
Terminus   Commuter
Terminus   Commuter
Limerick Suburban Rail
  Limerick Junction
Terminus   Intercity
Limerick Suburban Rail