IRRS Journal

The IRRS Journal contains a wealth of news and articles covering all aspects of contemporary and historical railways in Ireland. Fully illustrated with modern and archival photos, including maps and special features, members receive three issues per-year (February, June, October). Since 1947, over 200 issues of the Journal have been published, becoming the authoritative and unrivalled source of record for Irish railways. To subscribe to the Journal, see IRRS Membership page.

Journal 212 (October 2023) – Contents:

  • All-Island Strategic rail review, Mark Merrigan
  • The token exchange railtour, Neil Dinnen
  • A Decade of change, 1953 – 1963 – Part 2, Dan Renehan
  • Observations and comments
  •  Publications
  • Ballymacarrett Again! Norman E Gamble
  • Of Arms and Men – the UTA corporate Symbols, Tim Moriarty
  • Trains for the GAA Hurling Finals; 1973 /2023, Barry Carse
  • Athboy branch communications, Tom Wall
  • Society News
  • Writings on Irish railways 2022 A O’Rourke & T Wall
  • An Annual bibliography
  •  Irish railway News

Journal 211 (June 2023) – Contents:

  • Ancestry and the IRRS Archives, Rhona Murray
  • A Second Station at Limerick Junction, Ernie Shepherd
  • William Dargan’s English Railways – The Liverpool & Bury Railway, Robert Hartley
  • Observations and Comments
  • Society Matters
  • Derry Pilgrimages Trains, 1952
  • Publications
  • Tuairisa Bhais – Obituaries
  • A Decade of Change, 1953 – 1963 – Part 1, Dan Renehan
  • Connolly Railcar Links, Barry Carse
  • Irish Railway News

Journal 210 (February 2023) – Contents:

  • Newtownstewart Derailment 1943, Norman E Gamble
  • Visits to Irish railways in 1954 & 1955, David L. Chatfield
  • The Railways in the Economy of Salvation Part 2, Tim Moriarty
  • Society Matters
  • Publications
  • Obituaries
  • A GNR(I) Driver Remembers, Conrad Natzio
  • Enterprise: Catering and Customs, Stephen Rafferty
  • Observations and Comments
  • Irish Railway News

Journal 209 (October 2022) – Contents:

  • Trams and the IRRS
  • The Enterprise Express (Part Two): 1981-2021, Barry Carse
  • Distant Points, David Stirling
  • Connecting a Nation, Deryck Fay
  • Broadstone Revisited – Again, Richard Maund
  • Observations and Comments
  • Publications
  • Carson’s Great Northern Scrapbook, Tim Moriarty
  • Irish Railway News
  • Royal Railway Events, Tim Moriarty

Journal 208 (June 2022) – Contents:

  • Inchicore 175 Anniversary
  • The Enterprise Express (Part One): 1947 – 1980, Barry Carse
  • Livestock on the Line, Mark Merrigan
  • The Railways in the Economy of Salvation (Part 1), Tim Moriarty
  • Howth to Beragh via Mountain Stage, John Curran
  • Observations and Comments
  • Publications
  • Writings on Irish Railways 2021, Tom Wall & Alan O’Rourke
  • Obituaries          
  • Society Matters
  • Irish Railway News

Sample of IRRS Journal (No. 192, Feb 2017) and eJournal (No. 1)

See also the complete index of IRRS Journals from 1947 to 2022