Railway Society to host presentation

THE Dundalk Railway Heritage Society will hold an inaugural introductory meeting in the County Museum in Jocelyn Street this Wednesday at 3.30pm and 8pm.

THE Dundalk Railway Heritage Society will hold an inaugural introductory meeting in the County Museum in Jocelyn Street this Wednesday at 3.30pm and 8pm.

The society, which was formed recently from an ad hoc committee of former employees of the GNR Goods Depot at Barrack Street, are looking to make contact with former colleagues and their descendants.

Last April the committee erected a commemorative plaque on the old Sugar Store off Barrack Street, which is now run by the HSE.

However, afterwards the committee felt that there was sufficient interest in forming a Railway Heritage Society in Dundalk, especially in relation to the many local families whose relatives had found employment in the old GNR Locomotive Works at Ardee Road and in the many other aspects of the railway system in the town and district.

Speaking to The Dundalk Democrat about Wednesday’s two sessions, chairman Des Casey said the event was being run in conjunction with Positive Ageing Week.

He said: “There’ll be two sessions on Wednesday at 3.30pm and 8pm and it will include a DVD and slide presentation of the railway history in Dundalk.

“There’ll also be a talk by well known railway historian, Charles Friel, from Belfast.

“The sessions are open to anyone with a history in the railway but we’d particularly like to see descendants of people who worked on the line, with a particular emphasis on the GNR group that closed in 1958 and was one of the largest employers in the town for many years.”

Admission on Wednesday is free of charge and everyone is invited to attend.

For further details see Peter Kavanagh’s column ‘Trip Through Time’ on page 38.