The Messrs Robinson of Athlone, having supported Captain Mathew, the Conservative Member for the town, last election, threats have been offered and violence used to the boatmen conveying turf to their distillery, and in consequence the establishment will henceforth burn coal in the concern, a great loss to the country people.
Clare Journal, and Ennis Advertiser 23 February 1835
Posted in Economic activities, Extant waterways, Historical matters, Irish inland waterways vessels, Operations, Shannon, The turf trade
Tagged Athlone, boatmen, bridge, coal, distillery, Mathew, Robinson, turf
The Waterloo will sail hence for Warren’s Point, This Day (FRIDAY) the 16th instant, at Three o’clock; on TUESDAY the 20th, and SUNDAY the 25th instant.
The Mountaineer, C H Townley, will sail hence for Dublin, on SUNDAY next, the 18th instant, at Three o’clock.
The Belfast will also shortly resume her station between this Port and Dublin. These being the only Steam-packets which land their Passengers AT THE CITY, by them the Public avoid the dangerous landing at Dunleary in small boats, the hazardous and expensive mode of conveyance thence to Dublin (a distance of several miles), the disagreeable disputes with boatmen, the impositions practised by the lowest order of society, with various other difficulties; against which the complaints are universal.
Days of sailing from Liverpool will be, Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.
Apply at the Packet-office, bottom of Redcross-street, or to WILLIAM STEWART.
Liverpool Mercury 16 May 1823
From the British Newspaper Archive run by Findmypast Newspaper Archive Limited, in partnership with the British Library.
Posted in Foreign parts, Historical matters, Ireland, Passenger traffic, Sea, Steamers, Tourism
Tagged belfast, boatmen, Dublin, Dun Laoghaire, Dunleary, Kingstown, Liverpool, lower order, Mountaineer, Newry, Red Cross Street, Redcreoss Street, steam boat, Steam Packet, steamer, steamship, Warren's Point, Warrenpoint, Waterloo, William Stewart
The building and the use of Irish inland waterways, by navvies and boatmen respectively, will be discussed at the May Day Labour History School, to be held at Athy Community Arts Centre on Saturday 30 April 2011. The events of the day (copied from here):
12pm-4.00pm: photographic exhibition commemorating the workers who built the canals and the boatmen who transported the goods throughout the canal network.
2pm-2.15pm: Official Opening of the Festival by the Mayor of Athy
2.15pm-4.00pm: series of talks examining the socio-economic and cultural impact that the opening of the canals had on provincial life. The typical life of the early navvies and boatmen will be brought to life, and the struggle for improvement in conditions leading to early Trade Union formation will also be explored.
8.00pm: A concert of Labour and Workers’ songs, featuring two of Dublin’s well-known balladeers, Tom Crean and Jimmy Kelly. The concert will be preceded by a Wine Reception at 7.30pm.
More details of the weekend here or here (PDF). I wouldn’t bother trying the SIPTU site: I couldn’t find the info there.
Posted in Ashore, Built heritage, Economic activities, Engineering and construction, Extant waterways, Industrial heritage, Irish inland waterways vessels, Irish waterways general, Operations, People, Politics, Waterways management
Tagged Athy, Barrow, boatmen, boats, bridge, canal, Dublin, Grand Canal, Guinness, Ireland, labour, May Day, navvies, Operations, SIPTU, turf, waterways