Irish Rail Celebrates 1916 and The Future
Iarnród Éireann has launched its 1916 commemoration programme.
50 years after 1916 the State renamed fifteen stations on the rail network after the executed Leaders of the Rising. This year, to mark the centenary, Iarnród Éireann partnered with the Royal Irish Academy to enable daily commuters, tourists and visitors to learn more about the people whose names are celebrated in these stations.
Sixteen display panels have been unveiled at Pearse Station, each of which will also go on display at the station named after each leader around the network (Pearse Station was named after both Padraig and William Pearse).
Other commemoration projects includes:
- Bringing the stories of the lives of all 42 major figures featured in the RIA’s “1916 – Portraits and Lives” publication to tens of thousands of daily commuters on the DART, with advertisement panels now on display in the majority of the DART fleet. There are also a number of wrapped DART carriages displaying more images to engage with daily commuters.
- Network wide commemoration programme with an event to remember the life of each of the sixteen leaders planned for each station between April and July 2016.
- A collaboration with the Irish Railway Records Society detailing the role of the railway in the events surrounding the 1916 Rising, is being launched in Heuston Station on 31st March next.
The full programme can be seen here
Committed to enhance their services during 2016 and on the long run, Iarnród Éireann plans to offer a strong public transport alternative to road congestion.
The next steps include:
- Introduce an increased DART frequency, moving from every 15 minutes to every 10 minutes in the coming weeks.
- Open the Phoenix Park Tunnel line to daily commuter trains, giving a Kildare to Connolly to Grand Canal Dock service from Quarter 4 in 2016. This €13.7 million project funded by the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport through the National Transport Authority – together with ongoing resignalling works – will offer new connections and a higher frequency of services to commuters.
- Continue our investment in track improvement works between Hazelhatch and Portlaoise to improve journey times on an Intercity rail corridor operated by trains to/from Cork, Kerry and Limerick.
A strengthening country requires transport infrastructure to meet growing demand and rail transport is ready to play its part in ensuring the economy, the planning and the future sustainability gains maximum benefit.