Teresa Carey becomes the first woman to join what has previously been the all male profession of train drivers.

Teresa Carey from Tralee joined Iarnród Éireann as a catering assistant in 1994, and worked her way up as a gatekeeper and train guard before commencing locomotive driver training in January 2001. This morning her colleagues in Kent Station gave her a warm send-off as she took the controls herself on the 9.05am passenger service from Cork to Dublin.

It’s been a great day, it’s been a great year, and I’m very pleased that I’ve made it this far, and now I’m ready to face the tracks on my own.

Teresa will be based in Cork, and will initially operate Irish Rail services on the Cork to Heuston route before being trained on the Cork to Cobh and Cork to Tralee services.  She wants to see more women joining her, and doesn’t see her choice of career as unusual, 

I don’t really see it that way now, I suppose, living in this man’s world...I’m quite proud that I’ve become the first locomotive driver in the Republic, and I would certainly encourage more women to follow suit.

The media attention meant Teresa’s first run departed a few minutes late, but she made up the time along the way, and arrived in Dublin on schedule.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 16 May 2002.  The reporter is Paschal Sheehy.