Disused Railway, Shillelagh to Woodenbridge, Avoca, Wicklow, Ireland

  • Author:ActiveME
  • Created: August 28, 2012
  • Updated: December 12, 2017
Location: Wicklow
  • DistanceInstructions
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  • Distance39.07 km
  • Time0 s
  • Speed0.0 km/h
  • Min altitude21 m
  • Peak91 m
  • Climb92 m
  • Descent135 m

The Shillelagh to Woodenbridge branch railway followed the Aughrim River in the beautiful Vale of Avoca, Co. Wicklow. The line opened on 22 May 1865 but closed for passenger and goods traffic on 24 April 1944 and finally closed altogether on 20 April 1945. The section from Woodenbridge to Aughrim however remained open until 1953. Woodenbridge was the junction on the Dublin Rosslare railway Line for the Shillelagh branch. Shillelagh village was planned as part of the FitzWilliam estate in the 17th century.

There has been talk recently to reopen Avoca railway station which is on the Dublin to Rosslare Line. Passenger services were withdrawn here on 3 March 1964, almost 101 years after its opening, on the Dublin-Rosslare railway line on 18 July 1863.

A section of this disused railway line has been redeveloped as a walking route called the 'Tinahely Railway Walk' with the potential for more walks or cycles routes in the future.

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The Shillelagh to Woodenbridge branch railway followed the Aughrim River in the beautiful Vale of Avoca, Co. Wicklow. The line opened on 22 May 1865 but closed for passenger and goods traffic on 24 April 1944 and finally closed altogether on 20 April 1945. The section from Woodenbridge to Aughrim however remained open until 1953. Woodenbridge was the junction on the Dublin Rosslare railway Line for the Shillelagh branch. Shillelagh village was planned as part of the FitzWilliam estate in the 17th century.

There has been talk recently to reopen Avoca railway station which is on the Dublin to Rosslare Line. Passenger services were withdrawn here on 3 March 1964, almost 101 years after its opening, on the Dublin-Rosslare railway line on 18 July 1863.

A section of this disused railway line has been redeveloped as a walking route called the ‘Tinahely Railway Walk’ with the potential for more walks or cycles routes in the future.

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