The Ambulance Trains

DRHS present a lecture on The Ambulance Trains in Ireland during the First World War by Mr.Charles Friel at 3.00pm on Saturday December 1st at The County Museum, Jocelyn Street, Dundalk.

Charles Friel brings us the hidden stories of two Ambulance Trains which operated in Ireland during the Great War of 1914 to 1918 transporting casualties to hospitals.   One train provided by GNR(I)was based in Belfast while the other based in Dublin came from the Great Southern and Western Railway. Both trains were converted from existing carriages and vans either at Dundalk or Inchicore.

The fully illustrated talk will use many Dundalk Works drawings as well as maps, diagrams and photos to tell the story of “The Hospital Train”. The research is still ongoing and the talk will include some very recent discoveries.   Voluntary contributions at door.  Tea/coffee available afterwards.

Exhibition of Photos, Artifacts and Memorabilia from the GNR[I] Railway

Photograph by kind permission of the Kavanagh Family

To commemorate the 60th Anniversary of the closure of the Ardee Road Works Dundalk Railway Heritage Society presents an Exhibition of Photos, Artifacts and Memorabilia from the GNR[I] railway in Dundalk From Wednesday 7th Nov. to 20th Nov. 2018 9.30 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. and 2.00 to 4.00 p.m. each day Monday to Friday only in the Louth County Archives, Old Gaol, Ardee Road, Dundalk. Admission FREE

Lecture on Architecture of the GNR(I) by Siobhan Osgood

Thursday 24th May 2018, County Museum, Jocelyn Street, Dundalk at 7.00 pm

My journey of discovery into Irish railway architecture started in Dundalk. From my initial alighting at the station to wanderings around the residential streets and former GNRI engineering works, I was captivated by the clear architectural communality one railway company had managed to create. I’ll be sharing my findings alongside digitised drawings from the IRRS archives in Dublin and anyone with an interest in local history, architecture or industrial heritage will hopefully find it interesting and entertaining.
Siobhan Osgood
“Siobhan Osgood is a scholarship student at Trinity College Dublin who is writing a doctoral thesis on the architecture of the Great Northern Railway under the supervision of Professor Christine Casey. Her MPhil dissertation on the GNR at Dundalk won the dissertation prize of the Association of Industrial Archaeology Journal in 2017 and will be published in article form in its forthcoming 2018 journal. ‘This is a most exciting project by an innovative researcher and the first sustained study of the GNR’s architectural legacy. The Dundalk works provided the impetus to the wider study and Siobhan has received strong support from the Railway History Society”.
Professor Christine Casey

Launch of No 131 on Saturday 24th March 2018

Photographs courtesy of Charles P Friel

AGM 2018

Due to severe weather warnings, the AGM has been postponed. Update to follow.

Notice of AGM

The Annual General Meeting of Dundalk Railway Heritage Society will be held on Wednesday 28th February 2018 at the County Museum Jocelyn Street Dundalk at the hour of 2.30 pm.


1. Minutes of Previous Meeting.
2. Secretary’s Annual Report.
3. Hon. Treasurer’s Report.
4. Chairperson’s Address.
5. Election of Management Committee.
6. A.O.B.

The Unveiling Plaque commemorating Sir John MacNeill CE ,FRS,MRIA

The unveiling of a plaque commemorating Sir John MacNeill CE ,FRS,MRIA took place at Jocelyn Street Dundalk today.The DRHS have been involved in this project for the past 18 months.Some photos showing Des Casey, President DRHS and Dr.Kieran Feighan,President Engineers Ireland who performed the unveiling.Committee members who worked on the project, guests and Members of the Society also shown.