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Report - Goggins hill tunnel - Cork - May 2019


Irresponsible & Reckless
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On December 8 1851 the Ballinhassig to Cork section of the West Cork Railway opened. Prior to this some 300 men were tasked with working day and night to construct Goggins Hill tunnel. This tunnel along with the huge Chetwynd Viaduct were two huge engineering challenges for the time. Sadly they both now sit abandoned.

Goggins Hill tunnel has 3 ventilation shafts. Sporadic sections are brick lined due to collapses. This now creates a lovely change between rock and brick arches. At 828 metres it is the longest abandoned railway tunnel in the Republic of Ireland.

The West Cork Railway officially closed on March 31 1961.

Its been ages since I've tried to photograph anything like this and even with a decent torch and my flash I struggled to get the pictures I was after. The ventilation shafts look beautiful with water cascading down to the tunnel floor and I really tried but blah. There are some lovely colour/texture changes in this tunnel and I thought it was an interesting one worth sharing on here.

The first section is a huge brick lined affair.

Which eventually changes to the natural rock.

Here is the first ventilation shaft.

And my attempts at capturing the water falling through...

After a nice mooch on through to almost the end we head back the way we came...

Thanks for looking, Bug.​


Irresponsible & Reckless
Regular User
That’s nice. Big tunnels do soak up the light don’t they? Looks good!
Thanks mate. Yes they sure do. I remember years ago I ventured into Drewton tunnel and it was good fun to light up. One day I might have a wide angle lens again and I’ll definitely be going back to get the shots I was after.


Fear is the little death
Regular User
Nice, I like the offset air shafts.


Irresponsible & Reckless
Regular User
Lovely opening shot.
Thanks man. It’s a lovely country to photograph.

Really nice pics and looks like an interesting explore. Thanks for sharing. :thumb
Cheers, I liked the place.

Nice, I like the offset air shafts.
I don’t think I’ve ever seen any ventilation shafts constructed like this. I’m sure there was a reason for it though.

Thanks for sharing. I particularly like the photo of the water falling from that offset airshaft.
Thanks I appreciate that. They were hard to photograph but I imagine if it was lashing rain above they’d be even more photogenic.

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