Railway Footbridge at Churchtown, Dublin

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Where: Dublin, , Ireland

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When: 21 January 1959

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One of our Flickr regulars, Niall McAuley, requested this photo from our O'Dea Collection. He thought from our catalogue description that it might be beside his old primary school in Dublin, but there was no digitised image for him to check.

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Date: Wednesday, 21 January 1959 (long before Niall was born!)

NLI Ref.: ODEA 8/27

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Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
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    Swordscookie

    • 09/Jan/2013 09:16:13

    Is that where e used to go when he was mitching;-). I doubt he can see his school from that one?

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    Niall McAuley

    • 09/Jan/2013 09:17:41

    Thank you! And yes, I'm sure this is the iron footbridge at Farrenboley National School, crossing the Harcourt Street railway line from Lower Churchtown Road to Columbanus Road.

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    robinparkes

    • 09/Jan/2013 09:20:25

    Would that be Taney National School and, of course, that's the Harcourt Street line. A sister-in-law of mine taught in that school. That line has always fascinated me. It's good the line was preserved or we wouldn't have the LUAS Green Line. I could tell a story about that school, the disused line, a set of car keys and a naughty pupil but daren't :D

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    eyelightfilms

    • 09/Jan/2013 09:22:07

    Na Glasáin?

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    Niall McAuley

    • 09/Jan/2013 09:23:57

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/swordscookie] Oi! I didn't where I am today by mitching off school! Here is the same bridge in 1994, in bits: Farrenboley This is now the site of Windy Arbour Station on the Luas green line.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 09/Jan/2013 09:36:28

    Calling all Flickroonies! Please see call to arms...

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    Niall McAuley

    • 09/Jan/2013 10:16:08

    More Harcourt Street Line: December 31, 1958 Sold!

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    blackpoolbeach

    • 09/Jan/2013 11:16:24

    Most railways today use flat-bottomed rail. Blackpool Tramway still uses bullhead rail on curves, where a check rail is needed.

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    DannyM8

    • 09/Jan/2013 15:15:12

    Only in Dublin educational graffiti!!! http://www.flickr.com/photos/nicola-t/129045379/

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    Swordscookie

    • 09/Jan/2013 21:59:21

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley Thats how I got where I am today so I always suspect others to be the same.

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    Josay Photograph

    • 10/Jan/2013 00:14:43

    Good work, wonderful white, and black

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    thesecretpolaroid

    • 10/Jan/2013 00:58:00

    Love the vanishing point

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    PaganTree

    • 19/Jan/2013 22:16:13

    Hello! Does anyone happen to know what camera/camera type O'Dea shot with? Please Help! Thanks.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 20/Jan/2013 13:28:37

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] I don't know, but perhaps http://www.flickr.com/photos/flyingsnail/ might. He's one of our resident railway experts...

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    Niall McAuley

    • 27/Mar/2013 21:15:31

    Yes, this is looking past where Windy Arbour station is now towards town,

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    Niall McAuley

    • 04/Sep/2013 10:33:37

    This bridge was not as old as some which still survive. The bridge at Clonsilla is from 1850, but this one is not on the 1907 OSI 25" map. It may only date from the 1950's, when the houses in Farrenboley and Our Lady's National School were built here.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 04/Sep/2013 10:43:14

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley So, then it would have been pretty new when James O'Dea took this photograph at the start of 1959...

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    Niall McAuley

    • 04/Sep/2013 11:34:52

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland Yes, although the line was already closed by then! It may have only been in proper use, crossing an active railway line, for less than 10 years. The line closed at the end of 1958, the rails were lifted during 1959. The bridge remained in use for some time after that, until a pathway was built straight across where the footpath crosses the Luas line today, and the entrances to the bridge were bricked up. The footpath would cross about where the fence on the right ends beyond the bridge in this picture.

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    sharonmcflanagan

    • 15/Jan/2016 11:57:33

    I have this foot bridge in my possession and its currently up for sale.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 15/Jan/2016 12:19:21

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/eeyore2502 Hi Sharon, are there any dates written anywhere on what's left of it?

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    sharonmcflanagan

    • 15/Jan/2016 12:32:28

    Hi Niall, I have just uploaded to my page current pictures of the bridge. We haven't spotted any dates on it. www.flickr.com/photos/eeyore2502/?

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    Niall McAuley

    • 15/Jan/2016 12:35:25

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/eeyore2502 Wow, it looks great! A bit big for my garden, though.

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    sharonmcflanagan

    • 15/Jan/2016 12:40:48

    :) you need a bigger garden

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 15/Jan/2016 21:05:56

    Wow https://www.flickr.com/photos/eeyore2502 - there's a story there surely. How does one acquire a piece of railway history of that size? (Though clearly from the photos a low-loader is involved at some point... :) )