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Kiltimagh Museum

The Railway Station

Kiltimagh, County Mayo, Ireland

Because it was the last link with home for so many of our relative who were forced to emigrate in search of work, the Railway Station always had a special place in our affections. In the 40s and 50s all the necessities of life were transported by train - sugar, flour, spirits, newspapers - even films for the local cinema - while out goings included cattle, sheep, pigs, beet and eggs.

That was also the era when McAlpine's Fusiliers filled the pubs of the town on Fair days, recruiting men for the building industry in England. As work was scarce here, people were only too glad to have job prospects. The result was that on Friday mornings, the platform of the station was thronged with anxious men on their way to a new life and the heartbroken, disrupted families they were leaving behind.

The last passenger train passed through the Station in 1963, and the last goods train in 1979. The loss of the station was a huge blow to the morale of the town and our hopes for its expansion. With no prospects for work here, we were back in the old, unending cycle of emigration and depression, which because of the world wide recession meant there were no longer any havens for willing workers.

However, in the 1980s, we set out to transform the social and economic life of the town with the formation of IRD. The derelict station epitomised all that we wanted to change and so we set to work on transforming the Goods Store into a Museum. Two carriages were bought to commemorate the many emigrants of the past and our optimism about our future was reflected in the carnival atmosphere that accompanied the breath of life once more into the Station as the carriages were delivered.

The former Stationmaster's house is now an Exhibition Centre, with regular art exhibitions, while the once derelict park is now an amenity area, featuring work of leading Irish artists and local people.

And so our Museum is a community enterprise which reflects the power, confidence and maturity of a community to shake off the shackles of depression and look forward with confidence to the future.

Opening Hours

Daily 2pm - 6pm June to September

Come and share our experience for yourselves. You will be most welcome.

Kiltimagh Railway Museum
Kiltimagh
County Mayo
Ireland

Tel: + 353 (0) 94 938 1132
Email: solanb@gofree.indigo.ie

Publications

  • Parish History, Kiltimagh, Our Life and Times, by Peter Sobolewski & Betty Solan. Price £15 (plus postage)
  • Sean Lavan, produced in conjunction with Kiltimagh GAA: Price £3 (plus postage)

| Kiltimagh Museum | Railway History |
| Raftery | Mike Hogarty | Father Denis O'Hara | Gene Tunney | Sean Lavan |

Items of interest to be viewed at Kiltimagh Railway Museum
| Abacus Ball-frame | Apron | Barber's Pole and Chair | Bedspread or Quilt | Bicycle Permit | Clay Pipe | Copying Press | Cosmetics | Doll | Farming Implements | Gas Lamp | Gas Meter | Gold medal | Life Jacket | Model Locomotive | Locked draws | Glass Case | Olympic Crest 1924 | Police hat and badge | Pottery Hot Water Bottle | Ration Book | Replicas of Boston Famine Memorial | Scales | Scales for eggs | School Clock | Sculpture of the Station Master | Sketch of Raftery | Staff Key | Sundial | Sword | Wooden Trap | Wooden Cradle |

 

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