Athenry on the Midland Great Western Railway's Dublin to Galway line was a busy junction for the line from Limerick to Claremorris, the latter having lost its regular passenger service in 1976. The station at Athenry is very attractive; retaining all its MGWR buildings, including the former goods shed. The stations buildings on both the up & down platforms are built of brick and retain their original canopies The junction for Limerick is at the western end of the station beyond the former goods yard, and the now disconnected junction to Claremorris is at the eastern end beyond the road overbridge. The now redundant signal cabin is located on the down platform at the western end beside the level crossing, which is now automated.
Passenger services between Galway and Limerick were restored in March 2010 following the re-opening of the line south to Limerick, however it is uncertain whether the northern section to Claremorris will ever be restored.