On Wednesday last the Ballyglunin Railway Restoration Project received a massive boost through funding of €80,000 from Galway County Council following a detailed application by the group to the National Town and Village Renewal Scheme.
Speaking after the announcement, the group said that “the Ballyglunin Railway Restoration Project team is thrilled with the news of this massive vote of confidence by the Galway Co Co in the work we are doing. We have had a hugely successful year following our international crowd funding campaign, National Heritage Council funding for the roof and the various activities that we have hosted at station. This funding will allow us to continue our restoration programme as well as developing an all-encompassing strategy for the station and surrounding area. We would like to acknowledge the enormous goodwill that has been shown towards the project in recent times. Our vision is to create a world class visitor attraction and arts centre for the West of Ireland while providing a multifunctional resource for the community. Ballyglunin is the perfect example of how the skills and talents of a community can be pooled to develop innovative projects.”
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We are delighted to announce that actor Gabriel Byrne has pledged his support to the campaign to save The Quiet Man train station in Ballyglunin, Co. Galway. In a statement Gabriel Byrne said:
“The opening of The Quiet Man in Ballyglunin station is unforgettable. Barry Fitzgerald leads John Wayne and us the audience through a magic door into a mythical otherworld called Innisfree.
I’ve long admired the film and as well as narrating Sé Merry Doyle’s superb documentary I have presented The Quiet Man at the Metropolitan museum in New York.
The image of Ballyglunin station is known to millions all over the world and is part of film archaeology.
Please donate to www.ballyglunin.com or fundit.ie and help to restore this iconic building not just for us but for future generations who will come to love The Quiet Man.”
Ballyglunin Community Development Charity is delighted to announce that Liam Neeson has formally pledged his support to the campaign to save The Quiet Man train station.
In a statement Liam Neeson said:
“I have been a professional actor for over 40 years, and during that time I have had the great fortune to have made over 70 films with many world renowned directors. Of all those directors, I would say 60 of them have said that John Ford’s, The Quiet Man
, is in their top 5 list of favorite and influential films. The movie has become part of Irish folklore and is justifiably and rightly called a Classic film.
The Ballyglunin train station in Co. Galway played a significant part in that film. The station is now showing its age, and requires urgent repair. We must save this iconic building, otherwise it will be lost.
Please help save this important part of our film heritage by donating what you can to Fundit.ie
. Thank you.” – Liam Neeson
We need your help to save Ballyglunin Train Station
There is now a very real risk that the roof on the Ballyglunin Train Station will collapse. Due to the high costs involved in restoration of protected structures, the Ballyglunin Community Development charity is launching an international crowd funding campaign next Thursday 18th May to raise €30,000. This funding will go directly into the restoration of the roof on the building. We hope that you can help us with this important project. The campaign will be hosted on Fundit.ie
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The Ballyglunin Railway Restoration Project is delighted to announce that it has been awarded over €1,600 from Galway County Council through the Community Support Scheme. The funding will go towards the upgrade of facilities within the station building as well as the development of interpretative signage for the wider area.
The group would like to express its sincere gratitude to Galway County Council for this important funding boost to the project. The funding will allow the station to be used for a wider range of activities and will also permit better access to the station by the general public.