Ross Station House
Ross railway station was erected to facilitate the Martin family of Ross House and the Community in the wider Rosscahill area. The 1901 census records the then Station Master as Michael McHugh, 56 years, a widower. Residing with him was his son, also Michael and his daughter Maggie. Both are in their teens. All were born in Dublin.
The 1911 census records William Nolan, aged 42 years, a widower as the then Station Master. Residing with him is his daughter Margaret Mary, aged 9 years. William Nolan was born in Roscommon and Margaret Mary in Galway.
Approximately one mile on the Oughterard side of the station in the townland of Killaguile was the railway gate-lodge. The 1901 census records John Harris, 60 years, a widower as the occupant. He described himself as a Railway Policeman. Residing with him is his sister Mary Anne Coates, aged 62 year, a widow. Both were born in Wicklow. The 1911 census records Michael Joyce, 40 years as the occupant. He described himself as a Railway Linesman. Residing with him is his wife Bridget, nee Naughton and five family members. Michael and his wife Bridget were natives of Oughterard parish.
Credits: St. Annin’s National School Centenary 1896 – 1996 booklet, Reflections on Lough Corrib and By the Corribside by Maurice Semple, Galway, Irish Times, Dublin
June 6th 2014