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Railways at loop head peninsula

The West Clare Railway, made famous by the entertainer Percy French, opened in 1887 and ran for almost a century on a narrow-gauge line between Ennis and Kilkee. It was closed in 1961.

In the mid-1990s, a local preservation society began work on reviving the railway at Moyasta Junction. The group was led by Jackie Whelan, who carried out all the excavation works, track-laying and fencing on a voluntary basis.

On 5 July 2009 the West Clare Railway’s original steam locomotive No 5, the Slieve Callan, was rebuilt and returned to Moyasta Junction. The West Clare Railway experience also includes the original station house, together with the ticket office and waiting room, a vintage dining carriage selling snacks and souvenirs, and a collection of memorabilia. The railway is open between April and September, with rail trips running between 1pm and 4pm. Admission is €8 for adults and €4 for children.

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