Following Iarnróid Éireann cutbacks in recent years, the area around Roscommon Train Station had grown neglected and in need of some attention – but thanks to a joint initiative between Roscommon Town Team and Roscommon Heritage Group, the station is now back on the right track!
Roscommon Heritage Group chairperson, David Molloy, detailed some of the recent work by volunteers which has led to the introduction of new plants and a brighter welcome for visitors to the town.
“The idea to place plants around the station came from the heritage group and the planting was facilitated by Roscommon Town Team.
“Roscommon Train Station is the first point of contact for many visitors to Roscommon and it grabs their attention so it’s important that the area reflects well on the town.
“Irish Rail have worked very closely with us and have assisted us at many levels. David Dibble, a member of the Heritage Group, has been particularly active and so too have Richard Waters and Marty Kiernan. They have also received great help from local Irish Rail staff,” he said.
Mr. Molloy added that those involved were very conscious of the fact that the exclusive Hibernian Express service regularly stops overnight at the train station and said it was important that the area looked well in order to entice visitors back to Roscommon. The Heritage Group are also hoping to obtain old photographs of the station as well as other memorabilia which will be put on display.
Roscommon Town Team Chairperson, Larry Brennan, said that the work at Roscommon Train Station was part of the bigger mission of attracting visitors into the town.
“One of the objectives of Roscommon Town Team is to drive footfall into the town. We are committed to promoting Roscommon town as a tourist destination and to make their stay as enjoyable as possible.
“To this end Roscommon Train Station is the first and final point of contact for visitors to our town. Roscommon Town Team are delighted to support Iarnròd Èireann any way we can to enhance Roscommon Train Station”.
Basil McGann is a station operative with CIE and he paid tribute to the “great work” being carried out in Roscommon.
“There have been big improvements at the train station and the place is looking a whole lot brighter. It’s a very welcome addition.
“It’s the first impression people get when they arrive in Roscommon by train. As they say: first impressions last,” he said.