County Laois: Railway Network

The creation of the railway network radicalised transport and communications in the nineteenth century. The main line from Dublin to Cork runs through the county and resulted in an array of engineering and architectural accomplishments. Portarlington Railway Station (c.1850) is a particularly fine example. Some of these structures have been adapted for private use.

Portarlington Railway Station, Station Road, COOLTEDERY, County Laois

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Victorian railway station complex, built 1850, comprising two ranges of buildings with former restaurant to one building. Renovated, c.1995. Designed by Sancton Wood. Double-pitched slate roofs with decorative brick chimneystacks, overhanging eaves, cast-iron rainwater goods and scrolled and pierced bargeboards. Snecked ashlar tooled limestone walls with ashlar quoins. Pointed-arch window openings with limestone ashlar surrounds…


Portarlington Railway Station, Station Road, COOLTEDERY, County Laois

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Cast-iron footbridge over railway line, c. 1850, with cast-iron lattice work. Sited on two railway platforms (replacement tarmacadam, c. 1990), spanning railway line in grounds shared with railway station.


Mounthrath Railway Station, Cheerybrook, CLONARD or CAPPALOUGHLIN, Kilbricken, County Laois

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Detached two-bay two-storey railway station, built c.1850, with five-bay single-storey wing to left having gabled projecting porches. Now derelict. Double-pitched and gable-fronted slate roof with snecked sandstone chimneystacks with limestone ashlar quoins and timber bargeboards. Squared rubble sandstone walls with chamfered limestone ashlar quoins. Pointed-arch window openings to ground floor with limestone surrounds, now blocked-up…


Ballybrophy Railway Station, KILPURCEL, Ballybrophy, County Laois

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Detached Tudor Revival railway station, built c.1855, with projecting porch and gables. Detached railway goods shed, c.1900, to site. Double-pitched slate roof with clay ridge tiles, red brick chimneystacks on limestone bases and timber bargeboards. Yellow brick chimneystacks to extension. Snecked limestone walls with projecting plinth. Rock-hewn and nap rendered walls to extension. Pointed-arch window…


Abbeyleix Railway Station, Ballycolla Road, TULLYROE, Abbeyleix, County Laois

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Detached four-bay two-storey former railway station, built c.1864, on an L-shaped plan with single-storey return to rear. Extended, c.1970, comprising two-bay two-storey range to accommodate residential use. Double-pitched slate roof, gabled to half-dormer attic windows, with limestone ashlar chimneystacks, limestone coping and flat-roof to extension. Rock-hewn snecked limestone walls with quoins and tooled to coping.…