Divided by oceans, linked by a canal

Last Monday the erudite and sapient Póló wrote about a photo he took in Armagh on a school trip in the 1950s. He put a copy of the photo on a web page in 2004 and, eight years later, he got an email from the person who now lives in a house that was shown in the photo. Póló was able to supply a better copy, pleasing his correspondent, and (as Póló said)

[…] he learned something new and I got a better dating on my trip and photos.

But it was his next paragraph that rang a bell with me:

I am always telling people, particularly those who are following up their family history, that they should have a presence, however minimal, on the web. That way people can find you and you never know what they might be bringing to the table.

Just before reading that, I’d had a message from a correspondent in Australia. He had seen my page about the old Athlone canal and reckoned that he was probably related to a previous, British, visitor to the page; I put them in touch and it seems that they are cousins. You can read the correspondence on my Athlone canal page. So a reference to an abandoned canal on an obscure Irish website has helped two folk to get in touch — and I, and other visitors to the site, have learned a bit more about the canal.

But there is more to learn. Does anyone know anything about Canal Lodge? The AthloneLive forum has disappeared, so I can’t ask there, and I have no other information to hand. I am making enquiries, but if anyone has any information about the building I would be glad to receive it and I’ll make sure it’s passed on.



4 responses to “Divided by oceans, linked by a canal

  1. Erudite and sapient. Why, thank you kind sir. I’ll have to up my fees.

    But seriously, reading your excellent post and James’s earlier comment reminded me that, on the day I gave the Medlar talk, I had been pressganged into participating in an afternoon session on sources on which I am no expert.

    I had done out some notes for this which I later put up on the site as a short paper. I just had a reread and it struck me it might be of interest.

    Unfortunately, sapient and all, I don’t know anything about the Athlone Lodge.

    Best Regards


  2. Thanks for that link, Pól. bjg

  3. You may be interested in a recent publication “Jane W. Shackletons Ireland” Published by the Collins Press. It has quite a collection of late 19th century and early 20th century photographs of the canals in Ireland
    Jane Shackleton was a keen photographer whose favourite subjects included inland waterways and industrial buildings.
    Apart from the photographs of historical interest it contains many charming pictures of the Irish of that time.

  4. Good point; thanks, Paul. Here’s a link to the Collins Press page. bjg

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