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Formalities finished with the cutting of the cake, which was performed by John Dillon Leetch, a life time supporter of the Chamber.

It was another big day for the people of Ballyhaunis, two weeks in a row, when they celebrated the 150th Anniversary of the Railway Station. A small number of people were contacted who were connected in some way with the station. But a general invite was open to anyone who had any interest in celebrating the anniversary with the people of Ballyhaunis. Boy did they come. People travelled from all over the West of Ireland. People came who were supplied with machine parts delivered to the station. People came who's forefathers had salt delivered to the station for curing meat. People Shoes Nike 2018 Men

Last to speak was John Cribbin, local Councilor. John gave a brief summary of the historical event which was taking place today. He covered the prosperity it brought to the area and also touched on the sadness associated with people leaving.

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The event was organised by Ballyhaunis Chamber of Commerce. It commenced when a number of passengers dressed in period outfits arrived on the 3.10 train. They were greeted by 100 of people who were there for the occasion. Another group of people in period dress performed a reception for the returned emigrants. Martin Fitzmaurice, President of Ballyhaunis Chamber said it was very important that the event was marked and we in the Chamber took on the task. Martin spoke about all the emotion that was present on the day. Some people had tragic memories of times when relations left home, some never to return. But it also brought prosperity to the region in the form of markets for livestock, supplies of hardware, salt etc It opened up all new markets to the West of Ireland.

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´╗┐Ballyhaunis Railway 150th Anniversary Celebrations

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This was followed by Noel Armstrong, a local resident who has just retired from Irish Rail. Noel spoke about his life on the rail, starting back in the 70's and went through the different positions he worked. He told how he was born at a gate house as his mother worked for the railway and he eventually ended up working also for them. He outlined how many people were employed at the time and how this has been reduced to one full time attendant Nike Shoes Volt

There were a number of speakers present on the day.

All who attended enjoyed the fine afternoon and the stories and life experiences of all who spoke. They were very complimentary of the arrangements made by Ballyhaunis Chamber of food, music, decorations around the station. Ballyhaunis Chamber also erected a wall plaque to mark the occasion; Father Kieran Waldron prepared a special blessing of the station and blessed the plaque as a symbol??

now. At one time it was a big employer as good as a factory.

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Anne Cunnane CEO of Ballyhaunis Chamber and her staff Katrina Legg Teresa Grogan. He gave special note to Aine Cribbin who put a lot of work into arranging the event.

Next up was Patsy O'Brien, who is a present employee of Irish Rail. He spoke about his life on the railway and his family associations. He talked of Nike Shoes 2017 Women friends he made along the way and a few hairy stories of incidents that happened down the years. He told people that it was the busiest line in Ireland commercially serving Baxter, Coca Cola, Timber etc

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Firstly Oliver Hannon spoke. His people owned a trading business which had its own spur from the track to their premises to deliver supplies. He spoke on Nike Sneakers Green And White

People who dressed up in period dress were: John Dillon Leetch, Evan Fitzmaurice, Maura O'Dowd, Noelle Keegan, Katrina Kyah Legg, Lydia Biesty, Connor Freeman, Jimmy Hopkins Aine Cribbin.

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Enda Caulfield, Martin Gavin Mike Griffin for decorating the station.

Ballyhaunis Railway Turned 150 this month. The event was organised by Ballyhaunis Chamber of Commerce. It commenced when a number of passengers dressed in period outfits arrived on the 3.10 train. They were greeted by 100's of people who were there for the occasion. Another group of people in period dress performed a reception for the returned emigrants.

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Martin thanked all who contributed to the success of the wonderful occasion:

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the history of the arrival of rail to the West. Oliver is really into the history of Irish Rail and has a massive collection of actual model trains at his home, which he has collected over his life time. He has infinite knowledge of all aspects of the history of the railroads in Ireland and imparted a summery of this with great passion.

Part sponsors of the event: Ballyhaunis Credit Union, represented by Mary Henry. Major Equipment represented by John Murphy.

came whose relations worked on the railways present and deceased. Hundreds of people came and heard some very interesting stories from speakers who were organised for the day.

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