William Ockenden has been described as a Dutch engineer who worked on three eighteenth century Irish navigations: the Mallow to Lombardstown canal, the Kilkenny/Nore navigation and the Limerick Navigation [Park Canal section], all of them notably unsuccessful.
It seems likely that he was English, not Dutch, but may have lived in Ireland before inheriting property in England. But was he an engineer or a mill-owner and MP? Were there one or two William Ockendens at the time?
Here is some information and some speculation. I would welcome more of the first.
Posted in Built heritage, Canals, Economic activities, Engineering and construction, Extant waterways, Historical matters, Industrial heritage, Ireland, Shannon, waterways, Waterways management
Tagged Blackwater, Kilkenny, Limerick, Lombardstown, Mallow, Nore, Ockenden, Park Canal, Shannon
The Limerick Advertiser states, that whilst a funeral was lately passing from the shore to a small island [presumably Inis Cealtra, Holy Island] in the great Lough above Killaloe, the friends and relatives of the deceased having thought the ice sufficiently strong to carry the corpse across, it unfortunately broke, and the remains of the deceased were precipitated into the water, and a number of people, who were conveying the corpse, fell in and perished.
Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette
3 February 1820
Posted in Extant waterways, Historical matters, Ireland, Safety, Shannon, Weather
Tagged corpse, funeral, Holy Island, ice, Inis Cealtra, Lough Derg
Not that many pubs, surely.
Perhaps you’ve noticed an outbreak of strange stickers on Shannon hireboats, proclaiming that the river is “Ireland’s mystical waterway”. Cynics will dismiss this as just more marketing bollocks, in this case associated with the claim that the Shannon, which is in the middle of Ireland, is part of something called “Ireland’s Ancient East“. I do wish that, when marketing dudes get these brainwaves, they’d keep them to themselves.
But wait! What if we’re all wrong? What if the Shannon really is a mystical waterway? After all, wasn’t there recently a miracle in Athlone?
Mind you, you may need an encounter with spirits yourself after reading that lot: the spirits that come in 70cl bottles.
Posted in Economic activities, Extant waterways, Ireland, Irish inland waterways vessels, Modern matters, Operations, Safety, Shannon, Waterways management
Tagged . miracle, Athlone, marketing bollocks, mystical waterway, Shannon, spirits
The following photographs (and many others) were taken from the Watergate in Athlone on Sunday 5 August 2018. An IWAI Rally was in progress and the Lough Ree Yacht Club’s annual regatta was beginning, but there is of course no suggestion that the boats and boaters shown in these photos had any connection with either of those august institutions.
No doubt it is difficult to estimate speed
I do not know what is happening here
The jetski was relatively harmless
A large BRIG RIB, I think
Madarua goes upstream
Madarua goes downstream
Madarua alongside a cruiser
Madarua upstream again
Madarua upstream again
A busy boater: up …
… still going up …
A red RIB
This one is almost sedate
Spotting the photographer
Three RIBs coming downstream (the nearest is not one of the three)
Three RIBs travelling more slowly below the railway bridge
There is, I believe, a 5 km/h [~2.7 knots] speed limit for boats passing through Athlone. The area covered includes the river at the Watergate and upstream for some distance above the railway bridge.
At its August meeting, the Killaloe–Ballina Local History Society presented “a selection of oral history recordings taken over 25 years ago of some of Killaloe’s and Ballina’s most elderly residents”; you can read about the event here.
Most of the recordings were made in 1992. One was an interview with Tom Nolan, formerly of the Grand Canal Company, and you can read a transcription of the interview here.
Posted in Canals, Economic activities, Extant waterways, Historical matters, Irish inland waterways vessels, Operations, People, Shannon, waterways
Tagged Ballina, Grand Canal Company, Killaloe