Ewan Duffy reports on damage here.
Posted in Ashore, Built heritage, Canals, Economic activities, Engineering and construction, Extant waterways, Ireland, Restoration and rebuilding, Tourism, waterways, Waterways management
Tagged cycling, damage, Grand Canal, greenway
Back in the days when nitwitted Irish governments believed the state had found the secret to permanent wealth, Sinn Féin was promised the Clones Sheugh, a rebuilding of part of the line of the Ulster Canal. For reasons that are not clear to me, the reason for the project was concealed by a lot of nonsense about economic regeneration.
Sinn Féin still want their sheugh, and have continually asked questions about it. They own the Northern Ireland department currently responsible for waterways. And they have, I believe, forced its southern counterpart to pretend it will deliver the sheugh. Admittedly it’s really just going to dredge the River Finn — Saunderson’s Sheugh — and call it the Ulster Canal, which is better and cheaper than doing anything about the real Ulster Canal, but we might wonder why the current southern minister, Heather Humphreys, a TD for the Cavan-Monaghan constituency wherein Clones lies, is quite so keen on sheughery.
Perhaps Wikipedia can help.
Cavan-Monaghan constituency, general election 2011
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Posted in Canals, Economic activities, Engineering and construction, Extant waterways, Foreign parts, Industrial heritage, Ireland, Politics, Restoration and rebuilding, Sources, Ulster Canal, waterways
Tagged Clones, Clones sheugh, department of arts heritage and the gaeltacht, Erne, Finn, Heather Humphreys, Ireland, Lough Neagh, Saunderson's Sheugh, Sinn Fein, Ulster Canal, waterways, Waterways Ireland
A correspondent is anxious to identify the location shown in a painting of a bridge over a canal.
It is most likely that the scene is somewhere on the wider waterways of northern England. It is just conceivable that it might be in Ireland, though, so I said I’d put a copy up here and see if anyone can identify it. If you can, please leave a Comment below.
Unidentified canal bridge. Click to enlarge
The waves covered the quays in some places to a depth of three and four feet, and rolled in to the adjoining streets with resistless fury. Shannon-street, Charlotte’s Quay, and the Mall were completely inundated, and in the corn stores on Honan’s-quay, Harvey’s quay, &c, the water reached a height of four feet in some instances.
I already had a page about the floods in Limerick in November 2009; here is an account of the floods in Limerick in 1850.
Posted in Ashore, Built heritage, Drainage, Economic activities, Engineering and construction, Extant waterways, Ireland, Operations, Safety, Shannon, shannon estuary, Sources, Steamers, The grain trade, waterways, Weather
Tagged estuary, flood, hurricane, Ireland, Limerick, Lough Derg, Shannon