Proposal 1847 to build Railway from Bandon to Bantry with Branches to Clonakilty and Skibbereen, Provisional Board including Earl of Bantry, Viscount Berehaven, John O’Connell, Bantry, Samuel Hutchins, Ardnagashel, Alexander O’Driscoll JP. Skibbereen, Thomas H Marmion, Skibbereen, James Hutchinson Swanton, Skibbereen, Doctor Daniel O’Donovan JP, Ahakista, with Committee of Direction in Ireland and London.

The proposal came to nothing eventually the main line went to Skibberen with a branch to Bantry in the 1880s built by William Martin Murphy’s father. An old man in Scart off the Bantry Cork road recalled as a child the line being laid and as an old man taken up.