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The Farranfore to Valencia Harbour Railway – Volume Two: The Life of the Line: Its Train Services, Locomotives and Personalities



Author : Patrick O’Sullivan

ISBN : 9780853616108
Cover : paperback
Price : £10.95

In this volume author Patrick O’Sullivan, who was born and bred in Cahirciveen, uses his intimate knowledge of the area to really bring the story of this remote and spectacular railway, and of the people it served and those who worked on the line, to life.

Agriculture and fish were the main revenue earning sources for the Valencia branch. The monthly cattle fairs at Cahirciveen, where the unique breed known as ‘Kerry Cattle’ were traded, was the backbone of the local economy, providing for the needs of the farming community and the cash to purchase the all-important artificial fertilisers for the land. County Kerry is a major stronghold of Gaelic Football, and the story of the ‘Ghost Train’ from Valencia Harbour is told fully – this train has become part of Kerry footballing folklore. It is likely that the train was introduced in the mid-1920s when Kerry were the top dogs in All-Ireland Football, stretching for a decade from 1923 to 1932, taking part in eight of the finals held.

A5 format, 152 pages.

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