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Where: Connaught, County Sligo, Ireland

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We know that we have been to Sligo so many times recently but to be honest it is such a beautiful county that it deserves lots of visits. Today we are being taken by the wonderful Mr. O'Dea though his visits throughout the country were mainly to catalogue the closure of railway lines and stations. Was Ballysodare on the chopping block?

Photographer: James P. O'Dea

Collection:James P. O'Dea

Date: 5th November 1963

NLI Ref.: ODEA 37/58

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    John Spooner

    • 14/Sep/2023 08:10:04

    By 1981 the roof was in disrepair Sligo Champion - Friday 30 October 1981(Sligo Champion - Friday 30 October 1981)

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    John Spooner

    • 14/Sep/2023 08:21:48

    Is this what's left of it? Streetview PS I think the old station house is a bit further than the building on the left, better seen in this streetview from a viewpoint slightly to the right, with a vestige of the platform still visible.

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    Oretani Wildlife (Mike Grimes)

    • 14/Sep/2023 08:41:31

    That is some change over the years.

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    John Spooner

    • 14/Sep/2023 09:00:29

    MIND THE GAP! Miss J B Dodwell, a nurse, had a nasty accident at the station in 1904

    When leaving it the train at Balysodare she found (it is alleged) that the platform was lower than the floor of the carriage, and that there was a large space between carriage and platform. While trying to reach the latter she slipped and fell between it and the carriage. She had a narrow escape. "Fortunately the train was not in motion," said her counsel, but she was very much injured, and had to be taken on to Enniskillen.
    Miss Dodwell was off work for a month and was awarded £150* damages at Derry City Assizes. (Irish Independent - Thursday 23 March 1905) *£14,000 - £24,000 depending on which inflation calculator you use.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 14/Sep/2023 10:45:31

    From eiretrains: Ballysadare, Co.Sligo, is located on the Midland Great Western Railway's Dublin to Sligo line, and is the last station before Sligo itself. The station opened with the line in 1862, but closed to passengers in 1963 and to goods in 1975. The station had two platforms, but the up platform and signal cabin have been demolished since the track upgrading. The derelict station buildings and goods shed are on the down side. Until the late 1950s, Ballysadare Station was shared between CIE and the Sligo Leitrim and Northern Counties Railway, who operated trains to and from Sligo and Enniskillen. The line from Ballysadare to Sligo was worked as double track until 1959 when the SLNCR line closed, and was lifted soon after. At the north end of the station there as a long siding which diverged through a short rocky cutting into Ballysadare Flour Mill, but was lifted in the late 1960s.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 14/Sep/2023 10:55:41

    There is a branch line peeling off beyond the station and bridge heading to our left which used to serve Avena Mills, 500m West.

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    suckindeesel

    • 14/Sep/2023 11:56:59

    This photo was taken a few months after its passenger closure 17/06/63, still open for goods at that point. Final closure was 03/11/75. Ballysadare was the only intermediate station on Collooney to Sligo line.

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    suckindeesel

    • 14/Sep/2023 12:39:19

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/30369211@N00/ We’ve been to that mill before https://flic.kr/p/2nF7N3b

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    Niall McAuley

    • 14/Sep/2023 13:41:11

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/184711311@N04] So we have! IMPERIAL WEEK - The Mill (not) on the Floss

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    John Spooner

    • 14/Sep/2023 14:51:09

    The new sidings got a mention at the 130th half-yearly report of the Midland Railway Company, in a tangled series of nested sub-clauses as read out by the Chairman, The Hon. Richard H. Nugent. Irish Times - Friday 05 August 1910:

    I would just like to mention in reference to the new sidings at Ballvsodare that our expectations of extra traffic, to accommodate which the additional sidings have been provided, has been more than realised, as, during the half year, the goods traffic to and from Ballysodare Station increased by nearly 1,500 tons, principally owing to the enterprise of Messrs. Pollexfen and Co., the conducting of which great milling firm our friend Mr. Jackson, who, I am sorry to say, is not present with us here to-day, takes such a conspicuous part. (Hear, hear.)

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    suckindeesel

    • 14/Sep/2023 16:24:49

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/29809546@N00/ And to think that you couldn’t get a pound of flour in the shops during the Covid lockdown. The penny finally dropped that we were completely dependant on foreign imports.

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    suckindeesel

    • 14/Sep/2023 19:54:21

    https://flic.kr/p/2k1z2Yf 1969, still open for goods. Branch line on left to the flour mill. via Ernie’s Railway Archive https://flic.kr/p/2iXvUsD 2006 via John Catterson https://flic.kr/p/2iXvUsD 2007 via FEWS FOTTS https://flic.kr/p/4CLfz9 2008 Via Val https://flic.kr/p/9uvzj8 2010 via Joe Bloggs