The Dundalk Railway Heritage Society have organised a bus trip to Armagh city on Thursday 12 June to take part in the commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the Armagh rail disaster which happened on 12 June, 1889.
This trip is for members only but anyone interested will be welcome to make their own way for the ceremony which will take place at The Mall at 10.30 am.
Many Dundalk families are connected with the famous rail disaster which was the worst in Europe for many years. It involved the derailment of a sunday school outing from Armagh to Newry on which nearly 1,000 persons, mainly children, were travelling. It resulted in 88 deaths and 260 injuries and the only good thing that arose from the incident was the passing of railway legislation regarding passenger trains which later saved many lives and prevented injuries.
A lecture named the ‘Pictorial Presentation of Greenore Past and Present’, will also be held in Long’s Pub at Grange, Cooley on Friday, 27 June at 8pm. This lecture is organised by the Cooley Genealogical and Historical Society and is being delivered by Damien Callan, a local railway history enthusiast, who will speak about places, paintings and bridges relating to the old Dundalk/Greenore Railway line and Greenore Hotel. Entry €5.