Today we bring you a guest post from Paschal Cassidy about the campaign to save a historic railway station in Ireland.
In his own words Paschal tells us why this important piece of railway heritage needs to be safeguarded. It’s especially wonderful to learn that this campaign took root in a real railway wedding. Over to Paschal with the story..
I fell in love with Ballyglunin Station a few years ago after I first visited the place with my then fiancé Grace. In fact we both loved it so much that we got special permission to get married there last September. It was the first wedding ever in the station and hopefully not the last.
It was a very special day for many reasons but the location did add a huge sense of nostalgia and magic to the event. The station was made famous for its appearance in the 1952 Hollywood classic ‘The Quiet Man’ starring John Wayne and Maureen O Hara.
Fast forward to 2017 and this iconic station in Ireland’s County Galway hosts hundreds of visitors from home and abroad each year to breath in a piece of Irish movie history. They may not be able to do this for much longer if the roof on the station house isn’t dealt with IMMEDIATELY and this is where we need the help of the public.
The station roof has been in a bad state of disrepair for some time but now the local community who have worked tirelessly for years to keep this piece of Irish culture alive are facing the prospect of it collapsing.
Raising funds for a project like this is no easy task and over the years many improvements have been made by committed volunteers to keep the station standing, so we owe it to these people and all Quiet Man fans to keep the legacy alive.
We’re trying to raise €30,000 by the end of June 2017 in a fundit campaign called “save the quiet man train station” so hopefully people will row in behind us and get it over the line.
Remember that if they don’t manage to hit their fundraising target they get nothing. Donations start from 5 euro and up, with a range of special thank you rewards for sponsors, including mugs, calendars and archive prints. You can even support the campaign by holding your own railway wedding there.
Balyglunin Station was a stop on the Limerick to Claremorris Line which originally opened in 1860 as part of the Waterford, Limerick and Western Railway. The line was closed to passenger services in 1976. There have been commercial proposals to re-open services as a stop on the new Western Railway Corridor, but these remain in abeyance until sufficient funding can be found.
About the Charity Project
The Ballyglunin Railway Restoration Project is a registered charity based in Galway, Ireland (CHY20265). Their objective is to restore the Ballyglunin Railway Station back to its original splendour and develop the station as a heritage and arts centre. The project has been very successful so far in restoring the signal cabin and the storehouse.
You can find out more about the station and the campaign at: http://ballyglunin.com/
Or just go directly to their fundit page to make your pledge: https://fundit.ie/project/save-the-quiet-man-train-station
You can also follow the campaign’s progress on their facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/BallygluninRailway
Please consider supporting it, thank you!