The Dublin to Kingstown Railway: the First Railway in Ireland – Opened on 9 October 1834

Posted on October 9th, 2012 by The British Newspaper Archive

The first railway in Ireland was the Dublin to Kingstown Railway, which opened on 9 October day in 1834.

To mark the day, we’ve posted two stories from ‘The Belfast News-Letter’ and ‘The Caledonian Mercury’ which report on the first journeys that took place on the new railway, and which convey people’s excitement about this historic moment.

If you’re interested in learning about the development of railways in the UK and Ireland during the 19th century, then the Archive contains 1,000s of stories about ‘the Railway Mania’ of the Victorian era. Just do a keyword search for ‘railway’, then use the filtering options to choose the geographical location and the period you’re most interested in.

newspaper report on the opening of the Dublin to kingstown railway

Belfast News-Letter – Friday 31 October 1834

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newspaper report on the opening of the Dublin to kingstown railway

Caledonian Mercury – Saturday 25 October 1834

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