Limerick Colbert railway station

Last updated

Limerick Colbert Station

Luimneach Stáisiún Uí Cholbáird
Irish Rail logo.svg
Limerick Railway Station
General information
LocationParnell Street, Limerick, V94 H2PP
Coordinates 52°39′32″N8°37′26″W / 52.659°N 8.624°W / 52.659; -8.624 Coordinates: 52°39′32″N8°37′26″W / 52.659°N 8.624°W / 52.659; -8.624
Owned by Iarnród Éireann
Operated by Iarnród Éireann
Structure typeAt-grade
Other information
Station code40
Key dates
1858Station opened as Limerick
1966Renamed Limerick Colbert Station
Preceding station  Iarnrod Eireann simple logo 2013.png Iarnród Éireann  Following station
Terminus  InterCity
Dublin–Limerick via Thurles
Terminus  Commuter
Terminus  Commuter
Limerick Suburban Rail
  Limerick Junction
Terminus  InterCity
Limerick Suburban Rail

Limerick Station (Irish : Stáisiún Luimnigh) also known as Colbert Station (Irish : Stáisiún Uí Cholbáird) or Limerick Colbert serves the city of Limerick in County Limerick. It is on Parnell Street and is the main station on the Limerick Suburban Rail network. It has approximately 2,500 rail passengers a day travelling on four rail routes. The Bus Éireann bus station on site services approximately one million passengers a year, with 125 buses departing each day. [1]



The station is the terminus of the Dublin–Limerick, Limerick–Nenagh–Ballybrophy and Limerick–Ennis–Galway lines. [2] Connections for Cork, Clonmel, Carrick-on-Suir, Waterford and Kerry stations, such as Killarney, Farranfore and Tralee can be made at Limerick Junction.

Bus Éireann's Limerick depot is adjacent and offers Intercity, Express and Eurolines services.

Connecting to Shannon Airport

Buses connect the railway station to Shannon Airport.


The station in 1907. Limerick Railway Station Fast Excursion to the International Exhibition.jpg
The station in 1907.

The station opened on 28 August 1858, replacing a temporary station 500 metres (1,600 ft) further east, which had operated from 9 May 1848. [3] It was built by the Waterford and Limerick Railway (W&LR), which ran its first train, as far as Tipperary, on Tuesday, 9 May 1848, with intermediate stations at Killonan, Pallasgreen and Oola (all since closed). Two months later the GS&WR connected their Dublin–Cork line with the W&LR at Limerick Junction, near Tipperary. The work was carried out at the height of the Great Famine, resulting in extreme financial difficulties for the company.

Originally named "Limerick", the station was given the name Colbert on 10 April 1966 in commemoration of Cornelius Colbert, one of the executed leaders of the Easter Rising of 1916.

Other former routes [4] [5] from Limerick station included:

The direct line to Cork between Patrickswell and Charleville and the North Kerry line between Ballingrane and Tralee were dismantled in the [late 1960s - to be confirmed] and in the late 1980s respectively. A single-track remains in place between Limerick Check and Foynes, although disconnected from the network.

Parts of the video for the Westlife song "My Love" were filmed at Colbert Station. [6]


Conditional planning permission was granted by Limerick city and county council for the €16.8m redevelopment of Colbert Station in December 2014. [7]

Plan included:

Phase 1. A new pedestrian plaza limestone paved area of 3,350 square metres (0.83 acres) replacing the car park at the front of the station.

Phase 2. Knocking the former toilet block to make way for a new bus station, with the former bus station being converted into the access area for a new 235-space car park.

Phase 3. Significant refurbishment of the interior of the railway station with new finishes throughout and provision of a new ticketing office and retail units.

Funding of approximately 3 million euro was secured for Phase 1 and work began in Quarter 1, 2015. [1] The disused Fuel Station site was leveled and work completed on-site for a temporary car park in summer/autumn 2015. [8] The temporary parking was used while work on station redevelopment took place. Phase 1 was completed in 2016.

During June 2017, extensive re-signalling works took place at Limerick Colbert. These works replaced two life-expired signal cabins that signaled all routes into and out of the station. During this time, platforms 3 and 4 were also straightened, lengthened and resurfaced. [9]

In October 2017, one of the former Station Signal cabins was demolished to facilitate the extension of Platforms 1 and 2. Buffer stop arrangements to comply with modern safety requirements, similar to those on Platforms 3 & 4 were also provided for. [10]

Separately Limerick council sought in 2015 to redevelop the Parnell Street area including the interface between the street and Colbert station. Plans included a raised platform and new pedestrian crossing across Parnell Street at the entry to Colbert Station to complement the new pedestrian plaza. Work was completed in 2017. [11]

See also

Related Research Articles

County Limerick County in Ireland

County Limerick is a western county in Ireland. It is in the province of Munster and is located in the Mid-West which comprises part of the Southern Region. It is named after the city of Limerick. Limerick City and County Council is the local council for the county. The county's population at the 2016 census was 194,899 of whom 94,192 lived in Limerick City, the county capital.

Foynes Port town in County Limerick, Ireland

Foynes is a town and major port in County Limerick in the midwest of Ireland, located at the edge of hilly land on the southern bank of the Shannon Estuary. The population of the town was 520 as of the 2016 census.

Rail transport in Ireland Transport Infrastructure

Rail transport in Ireland is provided by Iarnród Éireann in the Republic of Ireland and by Northern Ireland Railways in Northern Ireland.

Iarnród Éireann Irelands national railway operator

Iarnród Éireann or Irish Rail, is the operator of the national railway network of Ireland. Established on 2 February 1987, it is a subsidiary of Córas Iompair Éireann (CIÉ). It operates all internal InterCity, Commuter, DART and freight railway services in the Republic of Ireland, and, jointly with Northern Ireland Railways, the Enterprise service between Dublin and Belfast. In 2019, IÉ carried 50 million passengers, up from 48 million in 2018, and a record peak.

Limerick Junction railway station Station in County Tipperary, Ireland

Limerick Junction is the interchange railway station for trains originating in Limerick, Dublin Heuston, Cork, Waterford, Tralee and Ennis stations. The station opened on 3 July 1848.

Heuston railway station Railway terminal in Dublin, Ireland

Heuston Station also known as Dublin Heuston, is one of Dublin's largest railway stations and links the capital with the south, southwest and west of Ireland. It is operated by Iarnród Éireann (IÉ), the national railway operator. It also houses the head office of its parent company, Córas Iompair Éireann (CIÉ). The station is named in honour of Seán Heuston, an executed leader of the 1916 Easter Rising, who had worked in the station's offices.

Patrickswell Town in County Limerick, Ireland

Patrickswell, historically known as Toberpatrick, is a small town in County Limerick, Ireland. It is primarily a commuter village for people working in Limerick, particularly the nearby industrial suburb of Raheen. The population was 847 at the 2016 census.

N21 road (Ireland)

The N21 road is a national primary road in Ireland. The route runs from the M20 outside Limerick to Tralee with connecting roads to other parts of County Kerry. It is 84.37 km (52.43 mi) in length. It runs through the towns of Abbeyfeale, Newcastle West, Adare and the village of Templeglantine. Prior to October 2010 the N21 also ran through the town of Castleisland. The town has since been bypassed. Rathkeale was also bypassed in 1992.

Cork Kent railway station Railway station in Cork, Ireland

Kent Station is an Iarnród Éireann railway station in Cork, Ireland. Originally opened in 1893, the station operates as a hub for Intercity services to Dublin and Tralee and commuter services to Mallow, Cobh and Midleton. In 2016, Kent Station was the fifth busiest station in the Republic of Ireland, as well as the busiest outside of Dublin.

Ballybrophy railway station Railway station in Ballybrophy, Ireland

Ballybrophy is a railway station in the village of Ballybrophy, County Laois, Ireland, halfway between Borris-in-Ossory and Rathdowney in the Barony of Clandonagh.

Rosslare Strand railway station Station in County Wexford, Ireland

Rosslare Strand railway station is in Rosslare Strand, County Wexford, Ireland. It is the junction of the Dublin–Rosslare railway line and the Limerick–Rosslare railway line, the Rosslare Strand to Waterford section of which is mothballed.

Waterford railway station Station in Waterford City, Ireland

Waterford railway station serves the city of Waterford in County Waterford, Ireland. The station is located across Rice Bridge on the north side of the city.

Clonmel railway station Station in County Tipperary, Ireland

Clonmel railway station serves the town of Clonmel in County Tipperary, Ireland.

Nenagh railway station Railway station

Nenagh railway station serves the town of Nenagh and surrounding area in County Tipperary, in the Mid-West Region of Ireland.

Cloughjordan railway station Station in County Tipperary, Ireland

Cloughjordan railway station serves the town and surrounding area of Cloughjordan, County Tipperary in the Midwest of Ireland. The station is located 1 km south west of the town centre on the Templemore Road.

Commuter (Iarnród Éireann) Rail service in Ireland

Commuter is a brand of suburban rail services operated by Iarnród Éireann in the Republic of Ireland, serving the cities of Dublin, Cork, Limerick and Galway. This brand is distinct from the longer distance InterCity brand, and Dublin's higher frequency DART brand. Most Commuter services share a track with InterCity services. During the first decade of the new millennium, Iarnród Éireann put a significant amount of effort into upgrading its network, with new tracks, signalling, station upgrades and trains. Commuter services are operated by diesel multiple unit train sets.

IE 22000 Class

The 22000 Class "InterCity Railcar" is a diesel multiple unit in service with Iarnród Éireann in Ireland.

Limerick Suburban Rail

Limerick Suburban Rail are a group of Iarnród Éireann commuter train services from Limerick Colbert to various other destinations on three different lines.

This article deals with transport in Waterford city in Ireland. The city is connected by road, rail, bus, air and sea. There are currently proposals for a bus rapid transit (BRT) system, consisting of bus trams, or streetcars, to be used in future.

Limerick–Tralee line Railway line in Ireland

The Limerick–Tralee line, also known as the North Kerry line, is a former railway line from Limerick railway station to Tralee railway station in Ireland. It also has branch lines to Foynes and Fenit. Most of the line today has now been converted into the Great Southern Trail.


  1. 1 2 "Bus Éireann News - Bus Éireann - View Ireland Bus and Coach Timetables & Buy Tickets". 13 January 2015. Archived from the original on 16 January 2015. Retrieved 22 May 2019.
  2. Irish Rail. "Limerick (Colbert)". Archived from the original on 16 January 2015. Retrieved 22 May 2019.
  3. "Limerick station" (PDF). Railscot - Irish Railways. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2 March 2011. Retrieved 5 September 2007.
  4. "Limerick". Archived from the original on 30 November 2017. Retrieved 22 May 2019.
  5. "Limerick as a railway centre" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on 24 May 2018. Retrieved 22 May 2019.
  6. "WESTLIFE- My Love". Archived from the original on 29 June 2016. Retrieved 30 November 2016 via
  7. "Green light for €16.8m new Limerick travel plaza". Archived from the original on 18 November 2017. Retrieved 22 May 2019.
  8. "Works progressing at Limerick's Colbert Station". Archived from the original on 18 November 2017. Retrieved 22 May 2019.
  9. Burke, Ceimin. "Major disruptions coming down the tracks for Limerick train users". Archived from the original on 10 December 2019. Retrieved 22 May 2019.
  10. "LimerickSignalling". Archived from the original on 16 November 2018. Retrieved 29 May 2018.
  11. "Parnell, Davis & Wickham Street Upgrade & Improvement Works -". Archived from the original on 25 May 2019. Retrieved 22 May 2019.