Thurles railway station

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General information
LocationRailway Road, Thurles, County Tipperary, E41 H027
Coordinates 52°40′35″N7°49′19″W / 52.67639°N 7.82194°W / 52.67639; -7.82194
Owned by Iarnród Éireann
Operated byIarnród Éireann
Structure typeAt-grade
Original company Great Southern and Western Railway
Pre-groupingGreat Southern and Western Railway
Post-grouping Great Southern Railways
Key dates
1848Station opens
1880line to Clonmel opened
1963Clonmel passenger trains withdrawn
1967line to Clonmel closed

Thurles railway station serves the town of Thurles in County Tipperary in Ireland. The station is on the Dublin–Cork Main line, and is situated 86.5 miles (139.2 km) from Dublin Heuston. [1] It has two through platforms and one terminating platform.


An average of 17 trains each day between Dublin Heuston and Cork Kent serve Thurles station. [2]


Grave at Ardmore Cathedral of Declan Hurton (IRA), killed at Thurles station in December 1921. Irish War of Independence grave.jpg
Grave at Ardmore Cathedral of Declan Hurton (IRA), killed at Thurles station in December 1921.

The Great Southern and Western Railway opened the station on 13 March 1848. [3] [1] The station was designed by Sancton Wood. [4]

On 5 August that year William Smith O'Brien was arrested on the station while waiting for a train after an unsuccessful insurrection in Ballingarry in South Tipperary. [1] There is a plaque at the station commemorating the event.

In 1880 the Southern Railway of Ireland opened between Thurles and Clonmel on the Waterford and Limerick Railway (W&LR), making Thurles a junction. [5] Following failure to pay a debt the Board of Works took over the line with operations handed to the W&LR until that was absorbed by the GS&WR in 1901. [5]

On 9 December 1921, Old IRA members were being released during the Irish War of Independence. As internees reached Thurles railway station, a bomb was thrown at the train. Vol. Declan Hurton was injured and later died of his wounds. [6] [7]

CIÉ withdrew passenger services from the Thurles – Clonmel line in 1963 and closed the line to freight in 1967.

Thurles station has three times won the Irish Rail Best Intercity Station prize.[ citation needed ]


A Local Link bus stops at Thurles Railway Station. Timetable is 391 – (T42) Thurles to Limerick via Newport & UL [8]

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  2. "Dublin Heuston to Cork" (PDF). Iarnród Éireann. Retrieved 8 May 2018.
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Preceding station Iarnrod Eireann simple logo 2013.png Iarnród Éireann Following station
Ballybrophy   InterCity
Dublin–Cork Main Line
  Limerick Junction
[[Dublin Heuston
Portarlington railway station|Dublin Heuston
Dublin–Tralee Main Line
Templemore   InterCity
Dublin-Limerick Main Line
  Limerick Colbert
 Disused railways 
terminus  Great Southern and Western Railway
Thurles–Clonmel line
  Horse and Jockey