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30th Jul 2016

PIC: This map shows how much better Ireland’s railway system was in 1920

Carl Kinsella

Anyone in Ireland who’s regularly in need of an inter-county train knows that to describe our railway system as ‘comprehensive’ would be, well, a lie.

But that wasn’t always the case. A map doing the rounds on social media this week highlights the huge difference between Ireland’s railway lines as far as 1920 and today.

The ‘before’ picture shows a well-connected Ireland with areas like Fermanagh, Cavan, Monaghan and Donegal all serviced by several train routes.

Nowadays there are large swathes of even Cork and Kerry that are inaccessible via train.

Take a look at the map and see how handy it would be for you if these train lines existed today. Thanks to IBEC and and CBI Northern Ireland, who provided the research and graphics.

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