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 190 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 203 (October 2020) – Contents:

  • The Last Years of the Castlederg & Victoria Bridge Tramway, Ernie Shepherd
  • Sleepers at Albert Quay, Tim Moriarty
  • Clements on the Midland, Cian Scanlon
  • R.N. Clements – A biographical sketch, Gerald Beesley
  • The B & I Liner Trains, Barry Carse 
  • Irish Railways – The Gauge Question, Albert Thornton
  • The Railwaymen’s Munitions Strike, 1920, Peter Rigney
  • Sustenance at Heuston, Tim Moriarty
  • A Friend in Need, Kevin A. Murray
  • Observations and Comments
  • Irish Railway News
  • Obituaries
  • Society Matters

Journal 202 (June 2020) – Contents:

  • The Route to CEO, Jim Meade of Iarnród Éireann
  • The Southern Railway, Norman Gamble
  • The 1949 Donegal Accident, Gerard Beesley
  • The Ballylinan Tour of 1963, Tim Morton
  • Policing the Great Southern & Western Railway, Tim Moriarity
  • Writings on Irish Railways 2019, Tom Wall & Alan O’Rourke
  • Observations and Comments
  • Irish Railway News
  • Obituaries

Journal 201 (February 2020) – Contents:

  • The Donaghadee Branch of the B&CDR, Brian McDonald
  • GNR(I) Sunday School Excursions, David Seymour
  • Diesel locomotives No. 201
  • Knocklong, the Railway and the murder of two RIC policemen, Oliver Doyle
  • Security on our Railways, Tim Moriarty
  • Reviews
  • Irish Railway News
  • Observations and Comments
  • Society Matters


Journal 200 (October 2019) – Contents:

  • Journal No. 200 – Editorial Introduction
  • Irish Memories, Les Hyland
  • The IRRS of Yore, Tim Moriarty
  • Signalling Anomaly at Campile, Ernie Shepherd
  • Locomotives numbered 200, Gerald Beesley and Sean Cain
  • Trams numbered 200, Clifton Flewitt and Mike Maybin
  • NIR and the 2019 Open Golf Championship, Joe Cassells
  • Insomnia in Bandon, Tim Moriarty,
  • The Wicklow Quay Tramways, Ernie Shepherd
  • Ireland’s first officially recorded 100 mph
  • Journey Jottings from our Roving Reporters
  • Irish Railway News
  • Observations and Comments
  • Obituaries

Journal 199 (June 2019) – Contents:

  • Welcome from the Editorial Team
  • Down Memory Lane, The Rt Hon the Lord O’Neill KCVO TD
  • The Kinsale Branch, Stanley C. Jenkins MA
  • Honours Restored, Tim Moriarty
  • The Boyne Viaduct at Drogheda, Éamonn Greene
  • “Runaway Train – Disaster at Greenore”, Ernie Shepherd
  • Writings on Irish Railways 2018, T.F. Wall & A. O’Rourke
  • Observations and Comments
  • Irish Railway News
  • Richard Maunsell Honoured
  • Obituaries
  • Society Matters

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

See also the complete index of IRRS Journals from 1947 to 2017