Wednesday 18 October 2017

Victoria's station

When Queen Victoria visited Kingstown, Co Dublin, in April 1900 the fuss and fanfare had to be seen to be believed.

A special wooden pier was built at Kingstown Harbour (now Dun Laoghaire). But it was expensive and the OPW said the work, which went on all night and right up to the moment Queen Victoria set foot on Irish soil, was "most unsatisfactory".

Diplomatic notes about keeping the noise of train whistles down and mail boats not sounding their steam horns so as not to disturb Her Majesty were also exchanged across the Irish Sea, and a railway line was run to Killiney so that the royal visitor could gaze out over the bay.

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