Sligo Mac Diarmada railway station

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Sligo Mac Diarmada

Stáisiún Sheáin Mhic Dhiarmada
Iarnród Éireann
Entering Sligo station, 1948 (geograph 5308005).jpg
Sligo station, 1948
LocationKnappagh Road, Sligo, County Sligo, F91 K752
Republic of Ireland
Coordinates54°16′19″N 8°28′52″W / 54.272°N 8.481°W / 54.272; -8.481Coordinates: 54°16′19″N 8°28′52″W / 54.272°N 8.481°W / 54.272; -8.481
Owned byIarnród Éireann
Operated byIarnród Éireann
Platforms2
Construction
Structure typeAt-grade
Other information
Station codeSLIGO
Fare zoneR
Key dates
1862Station opened
1966Renamed as Mac Diarmada Station

Sligo Mac Diarmada station, also known as Sligo railway station, is a mainline railway station which serves the town of Sligo in County Sligo, Ireland. It is a terminal station, with two platforms. There is a passing loop at the approach to the station. It is named after Irish patriot Seán Mac Diarmada. Iarnród Éireann, Ireland's national railway operator, runs inter-city rail services between Sligo and Dublin on the Dublin-Sligo railway line.

History[edit]

The station opened on 3 December 1862,[1] when Sligo acquired rail links to Dublin. The Sligo, Leitrim and Northern Counties Railway linked to Enniskillen to the north in 1881. A link to Limerick and the south followed in 1895. The line to Enniskillen closed in 1957 and passenger services to Limerick closed in 1963. For many years CIÉ kept the latter line open for freight traffic, and although it is now disused, it forms part of the Western Rail Corridor redevelopment project.

The station building was burned down and destroyed on 11 January 1923 during the Irish Civil War. Seven engines were sent down the line to the quay and one crashed through a concreate wall into the harbour.[2]

Naming[edit]

In 1966 Sligo railway station was renamed Mac Diarmada Station after Irish rebel Seán Mac Diarmada from County Leitrim.[3]

Connections[edit]

Preceding station   Iarnrod Eireann simple logo 2013.png Iarnród Éireann   Following station
Collooney   InterCity
Dublin-Sligo
  Terminus
  Proposed  
Collooney   Commuter
Limerick-Sligo
  Terminus

Gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sligo station" (PDF). Railscot - Irish Railways. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2011-02-17. Retrieved 2007-09-07.
  2. ^ "Sligo station the scene of Civil War attack". The Sligo Champion. 27 November 2012. Retrieved 15 October 2017.
  3. ^ Gilligan, James (2006-12-19). "Restore name to Sligo rail station". Sligo Weekender. Sligo Weekender Ltd. Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2007-07-03.

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