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Open day shows new Ballyglunin Station

Wednesday, 17th April, 2019 11:30am
Open day shows new Ballyglunin Station

The roof has been replaced on Ballyglunin Station.

Open day shows new Ballyglunin Station

The roof has been replaced on Ballyglunin Station.

SIX months after Ballyglunin lost its post office, the village is gearing up to welcome the re-opening of its iconic train station which it is hoped will become the focal point of the community.

Ballyglunin Railway Restoration Project has spent the past three years and in excess of €150,000 restoring the station which has iconic status, given its links with The Quiet Man.

A major fundraising campaign in 2017 raised over €30,000 through an international crowdsourcing campaign that had the backing of Hollywood A-listers Liam Neeson and Gabriel Byrne. This allowed for the historic building to be reroofed, while subsequent funding from Galway County Council’s Town and Village Enhancement Scheme and the Heritage Council of Ireland allowed for further extensive works to be carried out.

Mark Gibson, director of the Ballyglunin Railway Restoration Project, said the May bank holiday weekend would see the station opened up to the public to celebrate the community’s achievement.

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