Cash boost for restoration of Quiet Man train station
The crumbling railway station which featured in the opening scenes of classic movie The Quiet Man is on course to be opened up as a major tourist attraction by St Patrick's Day next year.
It follows an unexpected €80,000 (£71,802) grant from the Irish government, which came after campaigners - including Ballymena-born actor Liam Neeson - helped save it from collapse.
Just over three months ago the abandoned station in Ballyglunin, Co Galway, was saved when a community-led crowdfunding campaign raised €30,000 (£26,925) to secure the building.
Campaigners then learned late last week that the landmark is to receive a further €80,000 from the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.
Project chiefs said the first stage of the renovation work - which is primarily the building of a new roof - will get under way early next week and last for about six weeks. A second stage of works funded by the new grant will take place, involving the restoration of the interior of the landmark.