The unveiling of the plaque to commemorate the establishment of the railway transport system in Dundalk will take place on a Thursday-- not a Friday as stated in my notes of last week. I had the date correct, April 14, which is a Thursday not a Friday, an error spotted by most of my readers. It is now just over a week away and has attracted lot of attention, as it seems that a lot of present day Dundalk people have family connections with the old Railway Goods Yard at Barrack Street.
The date was chosen to suit the Hon. Robert John Jocelyn, the 10th Earl of Roden, who is travelling from his home in County Galway to perform the ceremony at 11 am. on that day.
It is hoped that he will have with him the ceremonial shovel which his ancestor, the 3rd Earl, used to cut the first sod for the railway line in his Demesne in October 1845.
The plaque will be affixed to the wall of the H.S.E. building beside the County Hall which is the oldest railway building still in existence in Dundalk. This building was originally an engine running shed for the servicing of the locomotives when the Dundalk/Enniskillen Railway Company established the first passenger railway station at Dundalk in 1849.
It was later to become better known as the ‘Sugar Store’ at the old Goods Yard when it was used to store this precious commodity there during the World War 11 Emergency period 1939-46. It was recently tastefully renovated by the Health Service and now serves as a medical centre for the area.