Kingsbridge Station c. 1880 –  courtesy of the National Library of Ireland

Heuston Station, formerly known as Kingsbridge Station, was opened in 1846 and served as the headquarters of the Great Southern and Western Railway. Currently, it is operated by Iarnrod Eireann and provides a rail service to the south and west of Ireland. It was designed by the English architect Sancton Wood and incorporates in to its exterior design the coats of arms of the three main cities it serves, Dublin, Cork and Limerick. In 1966 the station was renamed to commemorate Sean Heuston who was employed in the station offices and played a key role in the Easter Rising, 1916.

As a historical landmark, Heuston Station has been central to Dublin city’s vibrant past, facilitating the transport of people and goods throughout the country in what was one of the most sophisticated transport systems of its time, second only to that of Great Britain. At the height of its development, the Irish railway system covered 3,500 route miles. Today, that number has halved with developments in other modes of transport, but Heuston Station remains at the heart of transportation for Dublin and beyond.

The station’s interior pays homage to its namesake, with commemorative plaques installed on the walls for travellers, tourists and visitors to learn more about the role Sean Heuston played in the Easter Rising. Located in the heart of Ireland’s capital city, this historical building has witnessed the many developments in the country’s social, political and economic landscape, from ‘second city of the [British] empire’, to Irish Free State and then, in 1922, Republic.

This website will explore Heuston Station as a building of significant historical interest, and here you can explore the life and legacy of Sean Heuston, as well as nearby attractions and the history of transport in Ireland.