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Thursday 15 November 2018

Sligo station the scene of Civil War attack

Above: Debris at Sligo Railway Station after it was mined and burned during the Civil War in January 1923; right: the burnt out shell of the railwat station after it was set on fire during the Civil War attack. Pictures courtesy of Padraic Kilgannon
Above: Debris at Sligo Railway Station after it was mined and burned during the Civil War in January 1923; right: the burnt out shell of the railwat station after it was set on fire during the Civil War attack. Pictures courtesy of Padraic Kilgannon

SLIGO RAILWAY station was attacked during the Civil War.

On January 11th, 1923, the railway terminus was mined and sprinkled with petrol by armed men.

The building was totally destroyed.

Seven engines were sent down the line towards the goods' yard.

One of them smashed through the concrete wall and plunged into the harbour.

Damage was estimated at £80,000.

Earlier, on November 15th, 1922, the Sligo railway signal box was destroyed.

On December 14th, 1922, armed men detached an engine from a train near Ballymote and sent it full steam ahead.

It was 'derailed' by officials on to a bank, without causing loss of life.

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