Mallow Mallow Next Stop Kerry Junction!
AGH has been made aware that an application has been put forward to IarnrÃ³d Ã‰ireann by Kerry County Council inquiring as to the possibility of changing the official name of Mallow train station to Kerry Junction.
Sources inside KCC tell us that they have been getting increasingly worried about a downturn in tourist numbers travelling to Kerry via the train network. A study carried out on behalf of KCC found that tourist intending to travel to Kerry on the train often end up in Cork by mistake! The study identified the recent ramping up of the Dublin-Cork service and the downgrading of the Dublin-Kerry service as the chief cause of this downturn. The new emphasis on the Cork service means passengers travelling to Kerry have very few direct options and more often than not have to get the Cork train with a change in Mallow for all stations to Kerry.
The study went on to identify poor quality pubic address systems on trains and Limerick Junction being in Tipperary as factors which also added to the tourist confusion. One Councillor is quoted as saying “You get off at Limerick Junction for Limerick, so why not Kerry Junction for Kerry?”, and it’s hard to argue with that logic. The Councillor went on to add “if we have to go to the people we will! …and I’m 100% sure that a majority of people here in Kerry would vote for the proposed name changeâ€?.
Such a name change would not be unique in the Irish context, Tipperary Junction becoming Limerick Junction is just one example.
It is not yet clear how this matter will play out or if IarnrÃ³d Ã‰ireann will even act on the request. One thing is clear however, that the people of Mallow and the people of Cork will not be happy.