The second edition of PJ Slattery’s book, The Life and Times of a Railwayman, is now available with additional valuable historical facts and records of Tipperay’s past.
A lot of the book deals with Limerick Junction, as this is where PJ spent most of his life. There is a good account of the people who worked and lived there over the years, going back as far as 1859. It also has a section on the Cork tunnel, which took 8 years to build.
“After giving 50 years’ service, I thought I had a lot to contribute to a book on the railway. It is not all my own life story as it deals with the coming of the railway from the building of the main line from Kingsbridge to Cork, including the opening of the Limerick to Waterford line. It looks at the reception and the speeches that were made at Limerick Junction for the official opening on July 1st 1848. Also covered is the banquet at Lord Hawardens residence, Dundrum.” explains PJ.
“I look back at the changes that have taken place over the years” he said.It is 16 years since PJ published the first Life and Times of a Railwayman.