Carrowkeel: it's place and it's people

Late 1880's Michael Mitchell spent some time looking out his front window, changes were taking place and the landscape around him would be transformed forever. Now in his late 70s Michael was born and raised in Carrowkeel, Kiltullagh, just meters from the line, station house and platform that were under construction in front of him.

Fast forward some 120 years later, Michael's Great Great Grandson, Maurice Mitchell owned the station house Michael had looked out at all those years earlier. Times were changing for Maurice too. Long gone was the railway line of his Great Great Grandfather's time. Late 2000's saw the Galway - Dublin Motorway come as close to Dunsandle Station as the railway line had to the Mitchell family home in the late 1880's.

Both men experienced very similar changes in very different times, privacy, noise levels and changing landscape to name a few. While probably struggling to come to terms with these changes, no doubt Michael saw the benefit of the railway line similar to how Maurice sees the benefit of the motorway today.

Originally named Carrowkeel Station, it was later changed to Dundandle Station. The motorway roundabout now metres from Dunsandle Station is known as Carrowkeel roundabout/junction.

Photo here taken from the top floor of Dunsandle Station House in 2008 when the motorway was under construction.

Dunsnadle Railway Station on the Loughrea - Attymon Branch Line

The following image also from 2008 shows how close the Loughrea Attymon Branch Line came to the Mitchell family home.

Dunsnadle Railway Station on the Loughrea - Attymon Branch Line

Disel Train Dunsandle Railway Station

Disel Train arriving at Dunsandle Station - on route from Loughrea to Attymon

Baronial Lines of the MGWR, The - O'Cuimin, Padraig - 1972,
ISBN 0-901552-00-3

The station house, on the 230ft platform is stone-built with a slated roof. It consists of a two storey dwelling house and single storey offices. The latter comprise booking office, waiting room, ladies' waiting room, and outside men's toilet. The stone-built goods shed is opposite the station house on a loading bank some 50 ft long. The shed measures 30 ft by 12 ft internally and it and the main building are to the same design as the buildings at Hollymount. There was, in earlier years, a crane on the goods bank, to the south of the shed.

Pictures taken meters from Michael Mitchell's home at Carrowkeel.

2008: View from Dunsandle Railway Station House, showing the new roundabouts under construction for the Galway-Dublin M6 Motorway.