Boyle to Sligo

In today’s Irish Times Tim O’Brien gives us a brief history lesson on Ireland’s crappy transport system. He uses as an example Alice, who traveled from Boyle to Bray on the train 50 years ago, and says it took her the same amount of time to get from Boyle to Dublin as it does today, 3 hours.

Well I didn’t travel 50 years ago, but I remember it taking longer than 3 hours to get from Sligo to Dublin (Sligo is further away on the same line. It takes 30 mins or so to get to Boyle from Sligo). While I’ll agree that train-transport in Ireland is quite shite, it is not at bad as this article makes out.

And still the Sligo train chugs out of Connolly Station, covering the distance to Boyle in about three hours – as it did a half-a-century ago.

As for the rest of the article, well the roads really are that bad.

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