Tralee is the capital of County Kerry, the south-western corner of Ireland. In 1828 funding was sought for a canal to link the town to the sea at Blennerville. The canal, only about 2 km long, opened in 1846; it closed in the 1930s when a deepwater quay was built at Fenit.
The canal was restored in the 1990s/2000s by the Office of Public Works, for around IR£1,000,000, but is, I think, controlled by Tralee Town Council and Kerry County Council. The town basin seems to be called a marina but the term “Tralee Marina” seems to refer only to a block of flats. I am open to correction on all of that. I would also like to know who the lockkeeper is, how he or she is to be contacted and what the canal charges are. Reliable information on the size of the lock and the depth of the canal would also be useful.
There is an interesting account of the canal here, but I think the author is wrong about the bridge: the Ordnance Survey map shows it as a swivel bridge. This page mentions an article about the canal.
Here you can see the whole of the canal, running from Tralee (on the right) to the sea at Blennerville on the left. You may have to select the larger image and move down and to the left a bit: I can’t work out how to get these links to start in the right place.
The road runs alongside the canal as far as the swing bridge. You can walk down the north bank from there to the lock; there is also a road that leads to the lock.
Tim Boddington of Bollington has very kindly sent me his photos, taken during restoration work on the lock — and in sunshine. I have inserted some of them below. Many thanks to Tim.
The sea lock
I presumed that the paddle mechanisms were the vertical red things about half way along each gate, with (again, I presumed) hydraulic hoses leading to them. And so indeed, from Tim Boddington’s photos, it proves to be.
The next photo shows the view out to sea.
That bollard is one of the few pieces of lock furniture visible. In the next photo, there is no sign of any bollards.
Along the banks
The swing bridge
The town basin
There is another Tralee-related story here.