Stories From The Railway

A Royal Visit To Kilmeadan - 1885
On April 17th 1885, their Royal Highnesses the Prince and Princess of Wales and Prince Albert Victor, accompanied by the Earl and Countess of Listowel, the Marquis of Ormond, Lord and Lady Lismore, paid a short visit to Lord Waterford at Curraghmore. The one thing that was commented on generally was the all but total absence of the farming classes at Kilmeadan, along the road to Portlaw and Curraghmore. The only men of this class were some dozen who stood in a field some distance from Kilmeadan with a black banner on which the words "Evicted tenants - Will the Prince reinstate them?" were printed.

At Kilmeadan Railway Station extensive preparation had been made for the Royal Reception. The Station was decorated with flags, flower, festoons and garlands and a large awning was erected at a point where it was arranged that the Royals would alight. There were a large number of soldiers and police present. There were up to two hundred people on the platform of the station. There was a military escort in waiting consisting of a squadron of the 21st Hussars under Captain Montague, a detachment of Waterford artillery under Captain Cuffe and a large force of Police under County Inspector Owen, and District Inspectors Milling and Higgins.

Mr. Connington, the Station Master had everything in admirable order. A large crowd of local people greeted the Royals in respectful silence on the railway bridge. The Royal party were taken to Curraghmore in Lord Waterford's carriage, drawn by two grey horses. - Waterford News, 19th April 1885

11 Year Old Killed - 1887
An 11 year-old boy was killed in the vicinity of Kilmeadan Railway Station in 1887. The boy, the son of a local farmer, was playing on the road nearby and was run over by a local van. He died at the scene.

Boy Wounded By A Policeman - 1903
On the 6 June 1903 a boy named Patrick Diggins, was accidentally wounded in the knee while travelling from Waterford to Kilmeadan by train. A policeman travelling on the train was showing a gentleman from Kilmacthomas how his gun was used when he discharged a shot into the boy who was sitting on the opposite seat.

King Edward VII And Retinue Visit Lismore In 1904 - Click To Visit Photo GalleryKnighthood At Waterford Railway Station - 1904
On a return to Waterford on 2nd May 1904, Prince Albert, now King Edward VII, travelled from Dun Laoghaire, County Dublin via Kilkenny, arriving at Waterford North Station at 12.50pm. The station was decorated with crimson and a salute was fired by HMS Aeolus, berthed at the Quays along with three other ships of the Home fleet.

The King was entertained by the Mayor of Waterford, James A. Power at a reception in the City Hall. The party then attended the Waterford Show and returned to Waterford South Station for a 16.05 train to Lismore. The King was very impressed with the hospitality shown to his party, which included his wife Queen Alexandra and their daughter Princess Victoria. To show his appreciation he enacted a simple ceremony and bestowed a knighthood on the Mayor of Waterford in Waterford South Station. The King then took the train through Kilmeadan to Lismore, where he was greeted by the Duke of Devonshire and other dignitaries.

Soldier Accidently Shot - 1923
On the 2 July 1923 a solider Private O'Regan was accidentally shot at Kilmeadan Creamery while on duty during the Farm Labour Strike of that year. He was cleaning his rifle when it discharged a shot.

A Child Is Born At Kilmeadan Station! - 1930's
Sometime in the 1930's a woman, believed to be from the Fiddown/Piltown area, was being rushed to Waterford via Kilmeadan and apparently a lively pony and trap ride across Fiddown bridge brought things to a head and the bouncing baby boy was born on the platform at Kilmeadan. It is thought that the child went on to become a priest.

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