Mill sites — Ireland
The Directors of the Barrow Navigation Company will receive Proposals for the several unoccupied Falls on their line of Navigation. These falls are from five to ten feet, with a constant and powerful supply of water; and, from some of the large Establishments now on the line of Navigation, a fair estimate may be formed of their value.
The River Barrow joins the Grand Canal at Athy, 32 miles from Dublin, from whence there is a navigation to Dublin capable of carrying Boats of 50 tons burden, and the River Barrow is navigable from Athy to the Sea-ports of Ross and Waterford, between which places there is a constant and extensive communication for 20 miles of its length.
The River Barrow is not above 10 miles of its length from any part of the extensive Collieries, known by the name of the Kilkenny Collieries, and only three miles from some parts of them, and the country intersected with good Roads. There are several Towns situated on the River adjoining the Falls, `with a superabundant well-disposed Population, only wanting employment. The country is well inhabited, the soil fertile, the climate mild, the River not being frozen over once in ten years.
Any further particulars may be learned by application to the Company’s Acting Secretary, E S Hunt; and Messrs Latouche, Dublin, if by letter, post paid.
Dublin Mercantile Advertiser, and Weekly Price Current 13 June 1825
Posted in Built heritage, Canals, Economic activities, Engineering and construction, Extant waterways, Historical matters, Industrial heritage, Ireland, The grain trade, Waterways management
Tagged Athy, Barrow, coalfield, colliery, Dublin, Grand Canal, mill, New Ross, water power, Waterford
The first battalion Grenadier Guards, upwards of 700 strong, commanded by Lieut-Col Barclay, arrived here on Thursday last, from Dublin, and have since proceeded by canal, in Messrs Pickford’s fly-boats, to London.
Gore’s Liverpool General Advertiser
14 August 1823
Posted in Canals, Extant waterways, Foreign parts, Ireland, Passenger traffic, Sea
Tagged canal, Dublin, fly-boat, Grenadier Guards, Liverpool, London, Pickford, soldiers
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.
Posted in Ashore, Built heritage, Canals, Economic activities, Engineering and construction, Extant waterways, Historical matters, Industrial heritage, Ireland, Operations, Rail, Roads, Sea, Sources
Tagged 1846, Dublin, Liffey, panorama
The proposed Grand Canal Museum.
h/t Tyler Cowen
Looking towards Clondra Lock.
Posted in Built heritage, Canals, Economic activities, Engineering and construction, Extant waterways, Historical matters, Industrial heritage, Ireland, Shannon, waterways
Tagged bridge, Camlin, canal, Clondra, lock, Royal Canal, Shannon, Tarmonbarry