In the beginning of the 19th century there was a growing need for the establishment of a more modern system of transportation. Most areas were linked by road. Usually they were of poor quantity which made travel difficult. There was a great need to link the west to the rest of the country. Lord Ashtown who was the owner of the nearby Woodlawn House had the foresight to see the value of having a railway at hand because it would open markets to East Galway. Lord Ashtown offered the land necessary for the line free of charge to the Railway Company it was due to the influence of Lord Ashtown that the station was situated at Woodlawn.
Here is a website showing some fantastic photos of Woodlawn House http://www.abandonedireland.com/wl.html