66 years ago this year John Ford rolled cameras in Ballyglunin train station or Castletown as it was know in the 1952 Hollywood classic 'The Quiet Man'. Fast forward to 2017 and this iconic station in county Galway lays host to hundreds of visitors from home and abroad each year to breath in a piece of irish movie history. They may not be able to do this for much longer if the roof on the station house isn't dealt with IMMEDIATELY and this is where we need your support.
The station roof has been in a bad state of disrepair for sometime but now the local community who have worked tirelessly for years to keep this piece of Irish culture alive are facing the prospect of it collapsing. Raising funds for a project like this is no easy task and over the years many improvements have been made by committed volunteers to keep the station standing.
The Ballyglunin Railway Restoration Project is a non profit organistation which was established in 2004 to restore the station back to its former splendor.
Our team is made up of a hard working group of dedicated volunteers of more than 20 people. It works on a committee basis with a new core team elected each year. The group have secured funding from other sources over the years and have ran many successful events to raise funds like a series of plays in the partially restored storehouse along with a festival over the last 2 years. We have a lot of experienced people working with us from a wide variety of backgrounds who all bring their different strengths to the table.
The restoration is expensive and ongoing and we have huge plans to develop this amazing location but our big priorty this year is to replace the roof before it collapses or else we’ll be saying goodbye to all our hard work and a slice of irish history. We have secured small amounts of funding from galway county council for a toilet facility and for a projector and screen.
Most of the budget will be spent on material and labour costs along with the expertise of a conservation architect.
The only challenge that we can foresee is weather to complete the project. The estimated time to complete the build is 6 weeks.
We would like to say a sincere thank you to everyone for supporting this worthy project.