Monday 27 March 2017

Keep track of rebel names at your local train station

In memoriam

Former transport minister Leo Varadakar at Pearse Station in 2013 to officially open the new entrance to the station.
Former transport minister Leo Varadakar at Pearse Station in 2013 to officially open the new entrance to the station.
A sign for Heuston Station in Dublin.
Mac Diarmada Station in Sligo.
O'Hanrahan Station in Wexford.
Daly Station in Bray, Co Wicklow.

ONE of the most visible tributes to the 16 men who were executed after the Rising was introduced on its 50th anniversary.

CIE, the state transport company (which was later broken up into Iarnród Éireann, Bus Éireann and Dublin Bus) renamed its 15 principal railway stations in their memory.

In Dublin that meant Amiens Street station became Connolly and Westland Row became Pearse (named after both brothers, who grew up nearby). CIE's headquarters at Kingsbridge was renamed after Seán Heuston, who had been a clerical officer in the Traffic Manager's Office there.

A special memorial to Heuston was unveiled at the station in 1966 by defence minister Michael Hilliard. The idea was proposed by the company's chairman, Todd Andrews, who had fought in the War of Independence and the Civil War - two of his sons and two of his grandsons were later TDs. CIE also had a 1916 symbol, An Claidheamh Soluis, mounted on the front of its buses.

The other stations renamed were in Cork (Thomas Kent), Limerick (Con Colbert), Dun Laoghaire (Michel Mallin), Waterford (Joseph Plunkett), Galway (Éamonn Ceannt), Dundalk (Thomas Clarke), Drogheda (Major John MacBride), Sligo (Seán Mac Diarmada), Bray (Edward Daly), Wexford (Michael O'Hanrahan), Kilkenny (Thomas MacDonagh) and Tralee (Roger Casement). GS

Irish Independent

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