The Dundas aqueduct
There is a television station or channel called BBC 4. On Tuesday next, 5 May 2015, it will broadcast
A two-hour, real-time canal boat journey down one of Britain’s most historic waterways, the Kennet and Avon Canal, from Top Lock in Bath to the Dundas Aqueduct. Using an uninterrupted single shot, the film is a rich and absorbing antidote to the frenetic pace and white noise of modern life.
More info here. I do not know whether folk outwith HM Realm can watch the programme on television or on tinterweb.
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Tagged aqueduct, Bath, BBC Kennet and Avon, Dundas
Here is a small amount of information about Belturbet and some of its industrial heritage. The photos were taken on a brief visit in July 2011.
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Tagged barge, Belturbet, boats, Castle Saunderson, Cavan, distillery, Erne, flow, Ireland, Kilconny, quay, steamer, Ulster Canal, waterways, Waterways Ireland, weir
The invaluable KildareStreet.com tells us of this written Dáil question and answer on 4 February 2015:
Martin Heydon [FG, Kildare South]: To ask the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if her attention has been drawn to concerns regarding the lack of dredging on the lateral canals of the River Barrow and overgrown vegetation which is making navigation difficult; her plans to improve this situation; and if she will make a statement on the matter.
The lateral canal at Ardree on the Barrow [OSI ~1840]
Heather Humphreys [FG, Clones Sheugh]: I am advised by Waterways Ireland that, as the Barrow Navigation is wholly situated within the River Barrow and River Nore Special Area of Conservation (SAC), due regard must be given to the provisions of the EC (Birds and Natural Habitats) Regulations 2011. These require a rigorous assessment to be carried out to assess the impacts of any work on the protected species and habitats, prior to any works being undertaken.
If the impacts cannot be screened out and a Stage II assessment is required, a full planning application must be made. In addition, the Fisheries Consolidation Act 1959 (as amended) prohibits any in-stream works, such as dredging, during the spawning season from October to June.
I am informed by Waterways Ireland that dredging on the lateral canals of the Barrow Navigation was historically done during the winter months but that this is not now possible. However, Waterways Ireland is working with Inland Fisheries Ireland to formulate procedures which would allow work to be carried out in accordance with the relevant legislation. In addition, Waterways Ireland is continuing to work with all relevant agencies to ensure that as much work as possible is carried out on the Barrow within the time constraints which exist.
I have been assured by Waterways Ireland that it remains fully committed to the development of the Barrow Navigation in line with its statutory remit.
This question produced useful information, whereas some TDs seem to ask questions only as a way of assuring their constituents of their undying love and devotion. See, for instance, Brendan Smith, who has asked the same question at least three times.
Note that the short dredging season presumably applies to other rivers that are within SACs, such as the River Shannon at Plassey.
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Tagged Barrow, canal, dredging, Ireland, lock, Operations, Plassey, Shannon, vessels, water level, waterways, Waterways Ireland
If you enjoyed the account of the 1851 cot race at Plassey, you might also like to read about the 1850 regatta at Killaloe.
Posted in Canals, Charles Wye Williams, Extant waterways, Ireland, Irish inland waterways vessels, Natural heritage, Operations, People, Scenery, Shannon, Sources, Steamers, Tourism, Water sports activities, waterways, Weather
Tagged Ballyvalley, Béal Ború, boats, canal, Clare, cot, Friar's Island, Ireland, Killaloe, Kincora, Limerick, lock, Lough Derg, Pierhead, pole, quay, rapids, Shannon, steamer, vessels, Waterways Ireland
Dr Jim Stageman has made a painting from a photo of John Weaving on a whiteboard in an American hospital. Click here; you’ll probably have to work through the gallery of thumbnails [there are seven] below the main picture to get to JW.
Younger folk may wish to know that the photo was also the basis of a painting used in a film.
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Tagged Ireland, John Weaving, Shannon
After opening Lough Derg, we passed by Holy Island, with its ruins and round tower looming in the distance. The island contains about twenty acres, and so valuable are the feed derivable from the host of penitents who repair to do their stations on the Holy Isle, that the ferry, between it and the main, is rented for a considerable annual sum.
JK [Sir James Emerson Tennent Bart]Letters to the North, from a Traveller in the South Hodgson, Belfast; Milliken and Son, Dublin 1837
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Tagged Clare, Holy Island, Inis Cealtra, Lough Derg, Mountshannon, Operations, Shannon, waterways