Moyasta Junction, County Clare

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Where: Railway House, Moanmore Lower, Moyasta, Co. Clare, Ireland

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When: 01 September 1950

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We have been to Moyasta before, albeit in a different context. I have always had a liking for the West Clare Railway, I like the fact it was narrow gauge and that Percy French song was always a favorite.

Today's contributors offered extra context on the narrow-guage West Clare Railway, and why and how its reliability came to be parodied by French in his 1897 song "Are ye right there Michael". It was also great to hear that the station sees traffic and passengers again - having reopened in recent decades as a railway heritage line.....

Photographer: James P. O'Dea

Collection: James P. O'Dea

Date: September 1950

NLI Ref.: ODEA 4/51

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    derangedlemur

    • 11/Oct/2016 06:11:08

    Streetview: www.google.ie/maps/@52.6679254,-9.5356649,3a,60y,23.41h,8...

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    derangedlemur

    • 11/Oct/2016 06:11:19

    OSI: maps.osi.ie/publicviewer/#V2,496147,658573,11,9

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    derangedlemur

    • 11/Oct/2016 06:12:19

    Is it some sort of heritage line? It's cluttered up with historic rolling stock in Streetview.

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    B-59

    • 11/Oct/2016 06:31:29

    It is a heritage line, s. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West_Clare_Railway www.westclarerailway.ie/

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    B-59

    • 11/Oct/2016 06:32:56

    The song: www.youtube.com/watch?v=7w7eH6JuL50

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    DannyM8

    • 11/Oct/2016 06:53:46

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] Did I hear about a court case between Percy French and the Wast Clare Railway over that song?

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    B-59

    • 11/Oct/2016 07:10:48

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] Seems so: "The West Clare Railway was the topic of Percy French’s song written in 1902, “Are Ye Right There Michael, are ye right?”, deriding the poor time keeping and poor track quality of the time. Though amusing, some complained that this jesting nevertheless did little to further the cause for keeping the line open. However it is still the most famous railway song extant and was the subject of an unsuccessful libel action by the Railway Directors against Percy French. Because of a slow train and the decision of the driver to stop for no apparent reason while en route in Corofin, French, though having left Sligo in the early morning, arrived so late for an 8 PM recital, which he was due to give that the audience had left. The ballad caused considerable embarrassment for the rail company, who were mocked in music halls throughout Ireland and Britain because of the song. It led to an unsuccessful libel action against French. It is said that French arrived late for the libel hearing at the court, and when questioned by the judge on his lateness, he responded “Your honour, I travelled by the West Clare Railway”, resulting in the case being thrown out." www.skibbereeneagle.ie/ireland/west-clare-railway/ s. also en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Are_Ye_Right_There_Michael

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 11/Oct/2016 07:12:37

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] There are a couple of comments from James Beattie on YouTube... "The owners of the railway entered an action for libel against Percy French (the writer) who entered a counter claim - for being the cause of making him late for a professional engagement. The railway company backed down and made a payment in his favour. The West Clare Railway is now defunct. The engine was called "Bessborough" still stands at Ennis station. The original "Michael" is said to have been Michael Talty who died aged 99 in 1957." & "Percy French actually won the case and was awarded one penny by the judge. he had to pay his own legal costs. The West Clare Railway closed in 1957. the tracks taken up and the land sold back to farmers. What a pity?"

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    O Mac

    • 11/Oct/2016 08:16:07

    It's unusual to see an O'Dea that isn't square format.

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    DannyM8

    • 11/Oct/2016 10:05:10

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] well spotted.

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    DannyM8

    • 11/Oct/2016 18:45:16

    I think we will need two blasts of the sudden death Klaxon to go with this report. www.youtube.com/watch?v=k2VhB7vaZI0 [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/30229558746/in/dateposted/]

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 11/Oct/2016 22:21:26

    Thanks [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] - certainly a klaxon-worthy (double) misfortune to report there. May have to listen to French's parody song again - to lift the spirits somewhat. Great to hear that the line is in use again as a heritage railway!

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    Wildrover51

    • 15/Oct/2016 21:50:36

    Plain of the Fat Lazy Woman?!

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 16/Oct/2016 06:41:32

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/wildrover51] Plain of Asta? en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moyasta

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    Wildrover51

    • 24/Oct/2016 01:24:37

    Magh, f. (gs. maighe, npl. ~a, gpl. ~). Lit: Top: Plain Geasta, m. (gs. ~, pl. ~í). Guest. ~ ósta, (i) guest at inn, (ii) fat lazy woman.