I came across a quiz I compiled in 2004 for the Athy Water Festival. Q6 no longer applies and I can’t guarantee that all of the others are still true, but here is it anyway.
- What is the taste of the town where a doleful damsel laments her armless boneless chickenless egg?
- What armless legless Barrow man did not have to be put out with a bowl to beg but was an enlightened landlord, “a Member of Parliament, Lord Lieutenant of the County Carlow, Member of the Privy Council of Ireland, magistrate, world traveller, yachtsman, sometime dispatch rider in the East India service, crack shot, keen fisherman” and “a terror with the ladies”?
- What are the names of the aqueducts immediately above and below Vicarstown?
- What is the only Barrow lock with no corresponding weir?
- Where did the now-derelict canal branch from Monasterevan go to?
- What beer is named after a Barrow saint? [Carlow Brewing Company used to have a red ale named St Moling’s]
- How many bollards are there on each side of Lock 28 on the Barrow Line? [Maybe the number has changed since 2004]
- What is the name of the double lock on the Barrow?
- “A swan goes by head low with many apologies
Fantastic light looks through the eyes of bridges
And look! a barge comes bringing from Athy
And other far-flung towns mythologies.” Said who?
- What two rivers enter the Barrow between Maganey and Bestfield Locks?
Tie-breaker: (a) Who composed “Five Locks on the Barrow”? (b) What are the five locks?
Leave your answers in the Comments below (if you like).
Here is the latest in the Canal & River Trust’s series of soundscapes, this one based at Glasson. No, not Glasson near Lough Ree: this Glasson is at the seaward end of a branch of the Lancaster Canal. More info here.
And if that’s not enough, here’s a video visit to the Foxton Locks while they’re drained for repairs.
h/t (a) our HNC correspondent and (b) Jonathan Calder.
The Liffey in 1846, cropped from a panorama published in the Illustrated London News on 6 June 1846.
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The proposed Grand Canal Museum.
h/t Tyler Cowen
Looking towards Clondra Lock.
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The Western Mail & South Wales News of 19 April 1929 had an article by M Franklin Thomas about “Ireland’s Big Engineering Scheme”. The article was illustrated with a map and three photographs were reproduced on the newspaper’s “picture page”. It had a couple of interesting points about the headrace and tailrace considered as navigations; I can’t recall seeing these points made elsewhere.
This [headrace] canal is level, but a flow of about 3½ miles per hour will be maintained owing to the water released through the turbines and navigation locks.
I don’t recall seeing a figure for the current. I presume that that is with three turbines running flat out.
There is an interesting account of the laying of the concrete apron that protects the banks against the “wave action set up by navigation, and the flow of the stream, wind, &c”. And the lock was to have an “ingenious arrangement by which the entering streams of water neutralise each other’s effect”.
Mr Thomas says
The tail race is one mile and a half long, cut from the solid blue limestone, and one of the most interesting points was the method adopted to permit barges to ascend the tail race against the enormous scour from the turbine discharges.
A special navigation channel is cut from the locks to a point some 200 yards below the outfall, and the bed of the tail race rises 20ft in the mile and a half, so that the depth of water will be 35ft at the outfall from the turbines and 15ft at the junction with the Shannon.
This will give a cushioning effect, and the rate of flow will be thus reduced to enable barges to navigate upstream. A bend is also provided where the special navigation channel joins the tail race and the rate of flow is estimated to be the same as that of the head race — 1.5 metres per second, or about 3½ miles per hour.
I would be glad to hear from anyone who can cast further light on this, and especially on whether the rising bed does have the intended effect.
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Tagged Ardnacrusha, current, headrace, locks, tailrace