Tramway demolition, Howth, Co. Dublin

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Where: Dublin, Ireland

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When: 01 January 1969

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This is the demolition of the Hill of Howth Tramway.

The Howth Tram was a tram which circled Howth Head, near Dublin, Ireland, beginning and terminating at Sutton railway station. It operated from June 1901 to 31 May 1959 and was run by the Great Northern Railway (Ireland) (GNR), which viewed it as a way to bring more customers to its railway stations at Sutton and Howth.

Thanks to Niall McAuley and sharon.corbet for the location information.

I seem to remember reading of a scheme to reopen this tramway a few years ago?

Photographer: James P. O'Dea

Collection: James P. O'Dea

Date: October 20 1959

NLI Ref.: ODEA 17/16

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 06/May/2015 22:13:40

    I have Just added the following photo to our 50,000+ Views Album - thanks for viewing out photographs.

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    • 07/May/2015 08:47:50

    I think it has to be somewhere along the Carrickbrack road area OSI, as that's the part running along the road. But I'm not sure how that matches up with the background...

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    • 07/May/2015 08:53:40

    There's a slightly different angle of the same tram also available, this time recorded as in Sutton.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 07/May/2015 09:24:52

    The track is doubled here.

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    • 07/May/2015 09:36:35

    [] Then I'll go with this bit (OSI) matching with this current bus stop.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 07/May/2015 11:19:28[email protected] Looks good to me.

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    • 11/May/2015 21:02:31

    This is works car No.11 of the Hill of Howth tram system, used almost exclusively for maintaining and repairing the overhead line system and was usually operational at night time when the trams were not running - note the lack of hand-rails etc.., the men merely climbed the ladders and worked on the high platform without any protection. The car could be driven from each end and had a novelty of being equipped with a portable phone.

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    • 23/May/2020 14:58:58

    This is in Sutton close to and almost directly opposite the entrance to Howth Golf club and very close to the Holy Well which still stands. The pine tree in the left of this photo still stands. The field shown is in between St. Fintans Cemetary and the Holy well and it is believed there were some archaeological remains in this immediate area according to various well informed professional sources (Aideen's grave, the ancient portal tomb is c.600 metres away). 4 large houses (€1m+) have been built on the field in the last 3 years but the view is largely the same as shown here. To be more precise the photo is outside a private house by the name of Shandon which was constructed in the last 40 years. An archaeological excavation of the site was conducted in 2016 and no remains were found. Sites and Monuments Record No.: Du018-067 Licence number: 16E0348

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 23/May/2020 16:15:48[email protected] Hi James, good to see you here, thanks for your comments. Mary