William Dargan constructs the first commuter railway line in Ireland between Dublin and Kingstown (now Dún Laoghaire).
© Mary Evans Picture Library
The Belfast and
The Gobbins path, is
The railway companies
trips to beauty spots like
Whitehead, where they
developed attractions to
With the arrival of the steam train in the 19th century it became possible to move large amounts of people and goods in relatively short times.
Boyne Viaduct, Drogheda (1878) by Henry Roper-Curzon (1822-1892)
Presented by Mrs Montgomery Bealieu House, 1948. Drogheda Municipal Art Collection, Highlanes Gallery
Construction begins on the Boyne Viaduct, an engineering marvel that completes the railway connection between Belfast and Dublin.
Berkeley Deane Wise, the
visionary engineer who
creates The Gobbins path,
is born in Wexford.
The house where Wise was born in New Ross, Co Wexford.
Courtesy of Berkeley Forest House
BBRC, now the Belfast and Northern Counties Railway Company, extends the railway line to Larne, making it Ireland's major port for Scottish visitors.
Company seal of the Belfast and Northern Counties Railway Company.
From The Northern Counties Railway by J R L Currie (drawings by J D C
Charlton and E N Calvert-Harrison)
BERKELEY DEANE WISE
The man who masterminded The Gobbins path
Following his apprenticeship on the challenging Bray Head Line on the coast south of Dublin, Berkeley Deane Wise becomes an assistant engineer with the Dublin, Wicklow and Wexford Railway Company at just 22 years old.
The coastal line near Bray Head claimed two lives when this viaduct collapsed in 1867 - just a few years before Wise began designing bridges and tunnels on the same stretch.
From The Illustrated London News, 24 August 1867
Berkeley Deane Wise is appointed Chief Engineer of the Belfast and Northern Counties Railway (BNCR) and is soon designing new railway stations at Larne, Portrush, Carrickfergus and elsewhere.
Railway Station at Portrush designed by Wise, around 1900.
Photograph © National Museums Northern Ireland Collection Ulster Folk & Transport Museum
Wise's dream is about
to be realised:
Work starts on
the first path
at The Gob
Poster advertising The Gobbins from 1954.
Courtesy of the Hawkins family, The Rinkha
Wise's path is promoted as having, 'No parallel in Europe as a marine cliff walk'. Thousands of visitors testify to its unique appeal.
The Gobbins path is opened for the first time
Postcard of Man O'War.
Courtesy of PJ O'Donnell