The Lough Athalia railway bridge

The coming of the railway line from Dublin to Galway was one of the most significant events in the history of our city in the 19th century. It opened up the city and its environs in a commercial and in a tourist sense, making Galway accessible to the rest of the world. It was a major engineering achievement, regarded as the first indication of Galway’s future greatness both as a mercantile and manufacturing city.

The plan originally was to have the terminus at Renmore but a number of citizens, including Father Daly, convinced the authorities to build a bridge across Lough Athalia and extend the line into the heart of Galway.

A local newspaper of May 1851 reported on the forthcoming opening of the new line as follows... “Forthill has at last been cut through, and wagons are running across Lough Athalia Bridge with building stuff for the space beyond. The terminus will soon be ready to receive the iron roof which is landed on our wharf, and every portion of the work is in such a state of forwardness that we may certainly calculate on the opening of the entire line against the 1st of August. This is glorious news for Galway”.


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The Lough Athalia railway bridge

The coming of the railway line from Dublin to Galway was one of the most significant events in the history of our city in the 19th century. It opened up the city and its environs in a commercial and in a tourist sense, making Galway accessible to the rest of the world. It was a major engineering achievement, regarded as the first indication of Galway’s future greatness both as a mercantile and manufacturing city.


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