8 October 2021 No Comments by The Northern Standard

This evocative image of “Driver Joe” was taken at Monaghan Railway Station on December 19 1959, just 12 days before the closure of the railway route. The passenger train pictured was the last one to use the line. The railway had been officially closed to passengers in 1957 although periodic “specials”, such as those bringing supporters to GAA matches, continued to operate for a time. The picture, from the National Library of Ireland archives, is featured in the book Old Ireland in Colour 2, which has just been published.

The original Old Ireland in Colour was the best-selling book in Ireland when it was released last year and its sequel has already generated intense interest. The books, published by Merrion Press, contain a wealth of historical images which have been painstakingly colourised and restored, and placed in context by a short commentary.

• Periodic calls have been made at local and national political level to reintroduce a railway route in Co Monaghan but there have thus far been no indications that such a project features on the Government policy agenda. However, in the revised National Development Plan released by the Government on Monday, reference is made…

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