'Definitive' history of North Kerry Line to be launched

FAMILIES whose histories are intertwined with life on the old railway line from Listowel to Kilmorna are urged to attend the launch of a new book next month described as the 'definitive' history of the old route.

The North Kerry Line, written by railway historian Dr Alan O'Rourke, is to be launched at the Lartigue Monorail Museum in Listowel at 8pm on Monday, November 25, next.

But the night won't be complete without the presence of those whose family histories are associated with the line - who are best placed to help Dr O'Rourke and the Lartigue research the staff who operated the railroad.

"It's hoped to bring together North Kerry Line-associated families on the evening to make a start at recording the staff that worked along the line and also to take photographs of surviving NK line staff and families," Lartigue member Michael Guerin said. The North Kerry Line is to be launched by Lartigue Monorail redevelopment founder and Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Jimmy Deenihan.

The book is published under the auspices of the Great Southern Trail.