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William Dargan

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Merrion Square, Dublin, Dublin, Republic of Ireland
T: +353(0)16057700

William Dargan, the Irish railway 'King', pioneered many of the Irish railways in Ireland. There are numerous dedications and monuments to him throughout Dublin.

William Dargan was born in Carlow in 1799, and trained as an engineer and surveyor with Thomas Telford in Hollyhead.

Known as the Irish railway 'King;, Dargan constructed Ireland's first railway from Dublin to Dún Laoghaire (then Kingstown) in 1833. He constructed over 1,300 km of railway to important urban centres of Ireland.

He was a member of the Royal Dublin Society and also helped establish the National Gallery of Ireland. He was also responsible for the Great Dublin Exhibition held at Leinster lawn in 1853.

He had a town house at 2 Fitzwilliam Square, where there is a plaque dedicated to him. He died in 1867 and was buried in Glasnevin. There is a monument of him outside The National Gallery of Merrion Street. One wing of the Gallery is also dedicated to him. Dargan Bridge, Dublin's new cable stayed bridge for Dublin's Light Railway Luas is also named after him.