Omeath Carlingford & Greenore Railway

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Re: Omeath Carlingford & Greenore Railway

#31 Post by charlotte st » Sun May 04, 2008 6:27 pm

My mother grew up in Greenore, no. 3 Euston Street was her home. She told some wonderful stories about her childhood and walking to the train station to get the train to school in Dundalk. One of my favourite stories was of her, my uncle and friends watching the visitors in their evening dress going into the hotel for various functions. The boys would shout to the ladies to sneak them into the hotel under their crinoline skirts. I never heard of anyone actually allowing the boys to hide there, but a story worth relating.

Her father, James Murphy, had worked for the railway for a number of years. After her mother died, my mother had to leave school to take care of the younger children so that he could continue to work to provide for his family. She was only thirteen years old when her mother died during childbirth, the baby also died. That was in Dublin and in Dundalk, my Grandfather's mother died the same day. The baby was buried on his mother's chest and my Grandfather had three burials on the same day, his young wife (33) and child and also his mother.

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#32 Post by northbrook » Sun May 04, 2008 6:37 pm

And manys the time I visited that house with Jimmy Dinsmore R.I.P.

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#33 Post by Adie » Sun May 04, 2008 11:09 pm

A couple of really tragic, but very interesting stories about Greenore, thanks to Forest Wall & Charlotte St. for those!

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#34 Post by greenrooster » Mon May 12, 2008 6:06 pm

A few more photos i've rescued from an old book,these are all of the line between greenore and dundalk.The first is a map of the dundalk,greenore ,newry line and where the trains stopped.


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#35 Post by greenrooster » Mon May 12, 2008 6:08 pm

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#36 Post by greenrooster » Mon May 12, 2008 6:21 pm

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#37 Post by bornandbred » Mon May 12, 2008 6:48 pm

Great photos, greenrooster! What an ornate logo they had! The people of the area were certainly well served, in both directions, & so many halts between Greenore & Dundalk....just imagine the juggernauts that could be removed from the roads today if we still had this facility.

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#38 Post by northbrook » Mon May 12, 2008 9:34 pm

Great pictures greenrooster..........travelled on it once only from Omeath to Carlingford to get a leg of lamb from Woods the butchers, can`t remember why we didn`t get it from the usual butchers, Burns` of Omeath...............there must have been a fallout.........If it was still there, I would be on it as often as possible, it had to be one of the most scenic railways in Ireland, although the train journey from Donegal to Glenties must have been every bit as spectacular.....................

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#39 Post by greenrooster » Mon May 12, 2008 10:38 pm

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#40 Post by greenrooster » Fri May 16, 2008 8:16 pm

Did anybody know these viaducts existed?
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#41 Post by greenrooster » Fri May 16, 2008 8:23 pm

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#42 Post by northbrook » Fri May 16, 2008 8:24 pm

That`s what was known in Dundalk as the Metal Bridge..................................................I remember it, but I have never seen a picture of it, a cracker !!

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#43 Post by Adie » Sat May 17, 2008 10:43 pm

Great photos G.R., never new that viaduct existed! This is where the forum really shines!

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#44 Post by northbrook » Tue May 20, 2008 4:25 pm

This poem was penned many years ago by Arthur Bradley about the closure of the Greenore Line (to the tune `Let him go,let him tarry`) .............

THE GREENORE TRAIN

The month it was December,the year was fifty-one,
While the people congregated, down the line the train did run,
It was facing it`s last journey, right thro` snow and rain,
While bands they played and hundreds swayed to see the Greenore train.

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And now it`s gone forever and we`ll never hear again,
The Whistle in the distance of the good old Greenore Train

In eighteen hundred and seventy - eight, when first it started out,
Running up and down the line with travellers in and out,
And often `thro it`s windows,altho`it was a strain,
We`d view the sea and country from aboard the Greenore train.

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Now from the junction up above, it ran down to Quay street,
To the rustle and the bustle, of lots of tramping feet,
Where I saw the firemen,and said `it`s very plain,
You`ll hardly ever fire again the good old Greenore train.

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Then the driver as he waved goodbye, he gave another peep -
And drove across the Metal Bridge where the water is so deep,
And then down to Bellurgan where now there is much pain,
Sure, they don`t know what their going to do without the Greenore Train.


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From there it called at Gyles Quay, where Big Bill made his stand,
And then it stopped down at the Bush - some call it No Man`s Land,
It took in all the Cooley spuds and also lot`s of game,
For years it served the country well, the good old Greenore Train.

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It ended it up in Greenore, from where it got it`s name,
And everybody wants to know, will it ever run again,
For the way it served the country, indeed it was a shame,
To strike it such a drastic blow,the good old Greenore Train.

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Now it`s lying in the boneyard ,some sixteen miles away,
The price the working man will pay,it`s hard for me to say,
And if fourty thousand pounds were spent, it wouldn`t be in vain,
If only just to see again, the good old Greenore Train.

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Now that we are in fifty - two, I`ll make it very plain,
And everybody else,I`m sure, will say the very same,
Has another chapter closed that was started by a brain,
Let`s `Au Revoir` but not goodbye,to the poor old Greenore Train.

Chorus......................................

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#45 Post by northbrook » Thu May 22, 2008 12:09 pm

greenrooster wrote:A few more photos i've rescued from an old book,these are all of the line between greenore and dundalk.The first is a map of the dundalk,greenore ,newry line and where the trains stopped.

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I remember the Metal Bridge in Dundalk or the Ballymascanlon Viaduct, but strangely I don`t remember it been removed, from what I can remember it was situated just West of the harbour, the new road bridge leading to the Ring Road is probably on the same site, from there the track would have gone into the Quay Street station, which still exists.......A very good friend of mine Declan Gibson, had his Design Studio in that building for many years, sadly Declan died in June 2000, a big loss to Dundalk in general and the music world in particular.

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#46 Post by charlotte st » Thu May 22, 2008 8:42 pm

Just to say that my uncle Larry called for a visit yesterday and enjoyed looking at thee pictures on this thread as he had been working on the Greenore/Dundalk railway line when he was young. It took him back through the years for a while.

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#47 Post by northbrook » Thu May 22, 2008 8:49 pm

A great man Larry..........used to enjoy playing bowls with him , tell him he and I will pay a visit to Greenore this summer, that`s a promise.......................

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#48 Post by charlotte st » Thu May 22, 2008 10:58 pm

Will do Northbrook! He would enjoy that!!

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#49 Post by greenrooster » Fri May 23, 2008 11:57 am

This one's for you northbrook!
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#52 Post by northbrook » Fri May 23, 2008 12:52 pm

The facade hasn`t changed but the footpath comes right up to the entrance now...........................

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#54 Post by greenrooster » Wed Jun 04, 2008 5:01 pm

This might bring back memories to a few!!
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#55 Post by Liz » Wed Jun 04, 2008 5:09 pm

Super greenrooster, I can almost smell the unique scent of the old carriages. :-):-)

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#56 Post by northbrook » Wed Jun 04, 2008 5:38 pm

Great photos , if only they were still around..................................

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#57 Post by StLouisGuy » Thu Jun 05, 2008 5:08 am

Wow, and the straps are still on the windows! Great photos Greenrooster. And they do bring back some wonderful memories.

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#58 Post by Eugene » Thu Jun 05, 2008 9:18 am

Liz wrote:Super greenrooster, I can almost smell the unique scent of the old carriages. :-):-)
I agree Liz.,......great pic greenrooster.

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#59 Post by Adie » Thu Jun 05, 2008 11:37 am

Great photo G.R. I haven't seen the inside of these carriages since 1965! All the memories just flood back! Wonderful! :cheers:

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#60 Post by charlotte st » Fri Jun 20, 2008 9:50 pm

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My uncle Larry came to visit today and gave me this newspaper article to add to this thread. He says it's from 1951.

Hope you all find it interesting.

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