1858 – Railway Station, Foynes, Co. Limerick


Designed to serve the Patrickswell, Adare, Askeaton and Foynes regions, the Foynes-Limerick rail line was first opened as a passenger line in 1858. The railway station cost £3,400 to build and is still largely intact although very run down. Once an integral part of harbour and railway life especially in the 1940s with the arrival of the flying boats, it was closed in 1963 to passenger traffic. The line continued to provide freight services until 2001. In late 2022 Irish Rail commenced works on the Foynes-Limerick rail line as part of a €104m overhaul programme to reintroduce freight on the line.