The Dublin to Cork Canal

A Dublin paper has promulgated, at some length, a plan for the improvement of Ireland, which, we are confident, were it brought forward in Parliament, would be unanimously approved of, especially as it can be effectually done without any expense to the Nation. The plan is, a Canal, to be joined to the Grand Canal at Dublin, and to extend, in a Southern direction, to the County of Cork, a distance of 131 miles, which will, at once, penetrate into the centre of the great agricultural districts of Ireland. The expense, calculated at £400000 or £3000 per mile, to be raised by Lotteries, the tickets to be drawn in London, and conducted under the eye of Government Commissioners as our former National Lotteries.

Lancaster Gazette 24 February 1827

2 responses to “The Dublin to Cork Canal

  1. Given that the railway age had started by 1827, the level of fantasy involved is on a par with draining the Shannon.

  2. It seems to have originated in an unsigned two-part article in the Dublin Mercantile Advertiser, and Weekly Price Current of 22 and 29 January 1827. It was to run from Monasterevan to Mountmellick, Durrow, Borris-in-Ossory, Roscrea, Cashel, Golden and Cahir, with branches to Maryborough (Portlaoise), Limerick and Clonmel, thus linking to the Shannon and the Suir. It would run close to Mountrath, Templemore, Thurles, Newport, Urlingford and Killenaule and would end not at Cork but at Mallow: “A Rail-road from Mallow to Cork, a very short distance, is in progress, which will render the communication between these places easy and immediate”. A sure-fire winner, I’d say. bjg

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