So there you are, en route from Kingsbridge railway station in Dublin to Westport in Co Mayo. Or, as it might be, from Westport to Dublin. Either way, the journey takes at least three hours.
What you would like, of course, is to lengthen the journey by making a little stop along the way. In particular, you would like to stop in Roscommon to see the Church of the Sacred Heart. You could get off your train, visit the church and then catch the next train. You might even be able to do the same in Castlerea.
That is according to Senator Terry Leyden of Fianna Fáil. Now that the Shannon stopover, which hijacked transatlantic passengers en route to Dublin, is no more, the good Senator proposes an equivalent for the railways.
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Tagged Kingsbridge, railway, Roscommon, Terry Leyden, Westport
An unidentified sister-ship of the MGWR Royal Canal steamer Rambler went fishing in the west of Ireland ….
Posted in Economic activities, Extant waterways, Industrial heritage, Ireland, Irish inland waterways vessels, Operations, Rail, Steamers, The fishing trade
Tagged boats, canal, Clew Bay, fishing, Ireland, launch, Midland Great Western, Royal Canal, steam, steamer, vessels, waterways, Westport, workboat